The Food Project: Food Policy and Board Relations Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 12, 2018)

Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply for this position.


Location: Lincoln, MA

Fellowship Position

Position title: Food Policy and Board Relations Fellow

Department: Executive Leadership

Reports to: Executive Director

Address of fellowship placement: 10 Lewis Street, Lincoln, MA 01773

Department Description

The Food Project brings together youth and adults from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to grow food for hunger relief and for innovative food system initiatives in Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts. The Food Project employs over 120 teenagers on 70 acres of urban and suburban farmland in a three-tiered, year-round youth leadership program. The Food Project builds and manages growing spaces for residents in food-insecure neighborhoods; increases access to affordable fresh, healthy food through environmentally and economically sustainable distribution models; and works alongside FoodCorps to improve school food and encourage healthy food habits among children. The Food Project organizes on both local and state levels to ensure that food systems are healthy and just for everyone in the Commonwealth.

Position Description

The Food Project seeks a highly organized candidate to provide critical support to the Executive Director (ED) in two main areas: policy and administration. Reporting directly to the ED, the Food Policy and Board Relations Fellow will work closely with the Executive Team and the Board of Trustees to ensure that the organization’s senior leaders are operating with efficiency, order, and impact. The Fellow will research and compile local reporting on food benefits (such as SNAP and WIC) to better inform both local and statewide policy makers with the goal of ensuring that the MA Local Food Action Plan is considered in legislative changes. A successful candidate will leverage and support the work of the ED to ensure direct lines of communication and information distribution between staff, board, and food system organizers, effective governance, and can provide leadership in the field of sustainable agriculture and youth development.

Examples of specific responsibilities, projects, tasks, and/or duties of the Fellow include:

  • Facilitate, through record keeping, synthesis of disparate information, and collaboration, excellent communication between resident-led, community-level food organizers, and statewide policy influencers.
  • Create and circulate reporting on local and statewide food system benefits including their need, use, potential, and threats. Utilize reporting to direct collaboration between resident-led, community-level organizing and statewide organizers.
  • Synthesize and finalize Executive Director’s bimonthly reports to the Board that include an organizational performance summary, program updates, and policy actions.
  • Coordinate robust Board engagement, effective Board meetings, and exceptional Board record-keeping.
  • Facilitate the scheduling, planning, documentation, and follow-up for meetings of Executive Director, Executive Team, and Board, and Board Subcommittees.
  • Work with Executive Director and senior leadership team to coordinate and implement 9 staff meetings each year


  • Proven experience in time management, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

Professional Development

  • Daily contact with members of our Board and executive leadership team (ELT), including Executive Director James Harrison.
  • Attendance and participation with Executive Director in local and state level food policy and systems change meetings and conferences.\
  • Participation in Board of Trustees meetings that occur every other month and will include discussions of financial reports and fundraising, programmatic updates, and strategic objectives.
  • Participation in The Food Project’s “Institute,” a bi-annual three-day training session offered to organizations and individuals looking to learn from The Food Project’s history and models.
  • Ongoing all staff workshops and trainings.