Farming Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit farm-to-table culinary job training program that fosters community leaders in the food system. We offer transitional employment and on-the-job training in gardening and cooking through our social enterprise restaurant at Manny’s in San Francisco’s Mission District; our community food hub, Refettorio San Francisco, in the Civic Center; and our urban training garden in the Western Addition neighborhood. Our Apprentices overcome major barriers to employment, primarily experiencing homelessness or being formerly incarcerated. We are a highly collaborative, community-based organization, notably working with Food For Soul and their international network for Refettorio SF.
Farming Hope is a team dedicated to fighting our region’s devastating crises of homelessness, hunger, and lack of community. Growing and serving food allows our Apprentices to give back to their city. We’re all hungry to give back and belong. Learn more about our Apprentices and organization at farminghope.org.
The Deputy Director is one of three director-level positions. The person in this role will have extensive opportunity to co-direct and create programs, working with the Executive Director and Operations Director to improve our staffing, fundraising, and program models. This model of three directors allows specialization and ownership, as well as a sense of teamwork at the top of the organization. As a small but growing organization, there will be many hands-on components of the job, in addition to the long-term strategic aspects. If you love setting and achieving a grand vision, but also don’t mind moving chairs, this may be the role for you.
The Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing core components of operations, organizational structure, and personnel management for Farming Hope. This is a role with a high expectation of co-ownership and commitment at the organizational level. While initially wearing several hats, this new position is part of the process of intentionally specializing roles within Farming Hope as we structure for growth.
Farming Hope is at a growth point, requiring experienced and visionary staff to help lead our multi-location model, first toward greater impact and organizational sustainability, then toward healthy and community-driven expansion.
While this is a challenging role, there will also be intentional opportunities for learning and growing as a project and personnel manager, as well as an inclusive community leader. As a job training nonprofit, Farming Hope advances a culture of continual learning and professional development, emphasized by our participation in national networks and conferences including the Catalyst Kitchens and REDF networks, as well as weekly check-ins and open access to colleagues and external mentors for coaching and support.
Program and Impact
The Deputy Director will provide leadership and vision around program effectiveness and the most crucial aspect of Farming Hope’s work: the well-being of our Apprentices.
● Work with Chef Trainer to ensure highest outcomes for Apprentices
● Oversee curriculum improvement, coordinate guest teachers
● Manage impact data tracking
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will oversee the financial health and well-being of the organization’s money, bringing a creative eye to our financial model.
● Coordinate with bookkeeper
■ Monitor budget
■ Issue invoices and payments
● Manage bank account and credit cards
● Coordinate with CPA to submit taxes
The Deputy Director is the primary people manager for the organization, providing accountability support for staff and advancing a balanced, effective work culture.
● Coach staff to set and achieve their Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)
● Run staff meetings, 1-on-1 check-ins, and reviews
● Lead recruitment and hiring with an emphasis on DEI and applicable lived experience
● Manage HR information system, including: Payroll, Hiring/termination, Benefits questions from staff
You will work closely with the management team to co-lead high priority projects of the organization.
● Directly support fundraising, particularly through events and relationship stewardship
● Co-lead external communications including press relations, newsletter
● Related duties as required
These responsibilities listed above represent approximately 75% of the Deputy Director’s average work week. The other 25% will be up to the discretion of the individual and their manager, and intentionally includes time for networking, thinking, and planning for Farming Hope’s vision to expand in both quality of services and organizational capacity.
Skills and Experience
● Self-starter: To grow from small nonprofit to scalable social enterprise, the organization requires a highly motivated and ambitious individual who has demonstrated success in building programs or organizations.
● Multi-tasker: This position requires wearing several hats each week: administrator, personnel manager, networker, communicator. Do you have experience advancing multiple projects toward a collective mission?
● Experience, not just passion: Do you bring knowledge of project management, nonprofit management, and/or leading teams? We need a candidate able to teach us, and take the lead on their own learning advancement. Candidate must have: 5+ years experience in relevant fields (nonprofit or organizational management); Strong spoken and written communication skills
● Detail-oriented: This role requires someone with impressive administrative skills. Those who find details and data boring need not apply.
● Structural thinker: Are you able to create and manage systems that new employees can easily learn? As we scale, we need a leader who can help create a sustainable, internal operating structure for existing and new colleagues.
● Commitment to transformation: We want to empower those experiencing poverty to be community leaders; we want our food system to be more sustainable for all; we want our staff to think differently about charity and justice. Sound like something you want to help build?
Additional preferred qualifications:
● Spanish fluency
● Lived experience of barriers to employment
● Foodservice or agricultural experience
● Fundraising experience
To Apply — Please Read Closely
Send your resume and a cover letter as PDF files to email@example.com.
Please answer these questions in your cover letter:
- What work or personal experience do you bring that would most catalyze Farming Hope’s mission? Use numbers, stories, and be specific.
- Share about a work project you maintained or managed after it was already underway. What did you learn?
$85,000 – $90,000 salaried, based on years of experience
100% employer funded health & dental benefits (Kaiser gold and Delta Dental)
Why You Should Work With Us
Farming Hope is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition as defined under State law, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and/or local laws and ordinances.
At Farming Hope we have a clear vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people are able to learn, teach, and grow. Diversity is more than a commitment at Farming Hope—it is necessary to advance equity and inclusion for the Apprentices in our training program and our guests in the community.