Program Manager with the Food Leaders Lab
The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a non-profit initiative to ensure food is healthy, affordable, fair and sustainable for all. Through policy creation, cooperative relationships and innovative projects, our goals are to close the gap in access to healthy food and food assistance programs, cultivate a fair local food economy, protect environmental resources and foster a diverse regional movement for Good Food. To help achieve these goals, we are seeking an experienced, motivated individual to join our team as FOOD LEADERS LAB PROGRAM MANAGER.
The Food Leaders Lab (FLL) Program Manager will oversee activities that support the leadership of community residents to lead and engage in local food policy and systems change. Based in our commitment to social and racial equity, LAFPC has created the Food Leaders Lab to invest in the leadership of the most impacted communities within the local food system - including people of color, women, and low-income residents - in advocating for increased access to healthy food, improved public assistance, access to economic opportunity and sustainable food and farming. The FLL Program Manager will bring a deep knowledge of how structural racism has shaped inequities in the food system, familiarity with principles of leadership development and movement building, and program management skills to build out the Food Leaders Lab program following a successful pilot in 2019. Food Leaders Lab is a training ground to build a movement for good food for all by training, supporting and organizing community residents. Currently, the program has two anchor initiatives:
(1) Food Leaders Lab Leadership Training - FLL Leadership Training is an ten-week intergenerational, multi-lingual course that trains community advocates and residents from neighborhoods directly impacted by food access disparities in leadership development and skill building to bring about policy and community change. The FLL Program Manager will coordinate with community-based partners to identify resident leaders, coordinate instructors, provide facilitation and instruction, implement evaluation, and engage graduates of leadership training in ongoing participation in LAFPC’s policy and program work. The next leadership training will take place in early 2020 in South Los Angeles.
(2) Parent Leadership For Food Security - The Program Manager will lead a project to engage parents and families in low-income communities across Los Angeles County to develop recommendations on ways to increase enrollment into CalFresh and improve neighborhood food access in partnership with First 5 LA Best Start Partnerships and the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. The project includes developing a cross-regional leadership team of parent leaders who are passionate about food equity, hosting 5 community workshops to collect input, technical assistance as needed on food security issues in Los Angeles County, and the development of a report reflecting residents’ policy recommendations. The FLL Program Manager may also support other food policy issues, particularly to connect Food Leaders Lab participants and graduates to LAFPC policy working groups, campaigns or other volunteer opportunities. The FLL Program Manager will be based in LAFPC’s Policy Department and joining a dynamic and diverse team of 8-10 people in an innovative work environment located in Downtown Los Angeles.