Program Director

Company: High Desert Food and Farm Alliance
Location: Bend, OR
Compensation: $60,000-$70,000
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Administrative, Agriculture, Nonprofit
Region: Central
Date Posted: January 26, 2024

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High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

Job Title: Program Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: based in Bend, Oregon – work throughout Central Oregon

Compensation: $60,000-$70,000
Start Date: ASAP

Applications will be reviewed as received, interviews will be held on a rolling basis

The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA) is a non-profit whose mission is to support a healthy and thriving food and farm network in Central Oregon through education, collaboration and inclusivity.  We meet our mission by fostering relationships between producers (farmers, ranchers and food businesses) and consumers, increasing awareness of and access to food from our region, and cultivating community participation with local food. We serve farmers, ranchers, food businesses, nonprofits and underserved families in the high desert region of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.  We believe everyone deserves good food.

We offer three core focus areas:

  • Food Access (with programs in: Grow & Give, a fresh food donation and on-farm gleaning program; VeggieRx, a fresh vegetable and fruit prescription program; Fresh Harvest Kits, ready-to-prepare meals in a bag; Rural Food Security)
  • Agricultural Support for farmers and ranchers;
  • Consumer Education/Resources (including our annual online and print High Desert Food & Farm Directory).

Position Summary

HDFFA is seeking a passionate and extremely organized full-time Program Director to oversee and manage funding for our programs: Food Access; Agricultural Support, and educational outreach opportunities.  The Director oversees a dynamic team of staff members who work in collaboration with many stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is committed to local food and farms and has experience working in rural regions, preferably within Central Oregon.  They will enjoy working with a dynamic team and have supervision experience.  They must have grant and program management experience including government grants, be able to write and manage grants, and have the skills to work collaboratively with partner organizations including public and private agencies, agricultural producers, and food businesses. They play a leadership role with HDFFA’s continuous deepening learning of diversity, equity, inclusion and access principles. and model these ideals internally and externally.  They will work closely with the Executive Director.

Primary responsibilities and functions

Program and Staff Oversight (~50%)

  • Grant management for state, federal, and private grants including reports and budgets (roughly 30 program grants).
  • Sustain, enhance, and drive food access and agricultural support programs in coordination with associated staff members
  • Supervise part and full-time program staff
  • Coordinate the work of the program team, including subcontractors, consultants, and agency partners
  • Co-create key advocacy initiatives with staff and the Executive Director
  • Lead program evaluation


Partnerships/Relationship Building (~25%)

  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders, including government agencies, the Central Oregon Health Council, NeighborImpact food bank, Warm Springs tribal members, Crook County on the Move and others
  • Cultivate shared vision among stakeholders
  • Continue to work with and learn from our partners in the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and be willing to share best practices and lessons learned back to the HDFFA team
  • Work collaboratively with our target audiences, including rural and vulnerable communities
  • Participate on the leadership team for COHC RHP workgroup and other relevant groups within food systems regionally, state, and nationwide.

Fundraising/Development (~10%)

  • Support the Executive Director in organizational strategy development
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, write and manage public and private grants for the program budget
  • Support the Executive Director in growing financial resources

Administrative (~5%)

  • Advance internal and external work on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Participate as a key member of the HDFFA’s Team

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (preferred).
  • Minimum of 3 years experience, or 5+ years experience in a related field of work.
  • At least 2 years of supervisory experience
  • Minimum 2 years experience working on and managing federal grants
  • Proficient in MS Office and Google Drive
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Stellar written and oral communication skills; excellent organizational skills; and strong interpersonal, planning, and training skills
  • Positive attitude and a proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations, and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Ability to work with a close-knit team that enjoys and fosters a collaborative environment, as well as to work independently
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultures and with a deep commitment to DEI principles.

Desired Qualifications

  • Works independently with a high level of integrity
  • Is familiar with food systems and agricultural production
  • Demonstrates organization, planning and follow through with intentionality
  • Practices and models a philanthropic mindset
  • Provides and supports team members with direction, purpose, priorities, strategic planning, and clear timelines
  • Exercises a high level of professionalism, confidentiality, and provides clear lines of communication
  • Effectively leads and supports organizational change
  • Has strong interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to resolve conflict, and help others do the same.
  • Has strong written and verbal communication skills; organizational and time management, delegation and follow-up skills
  • Demonstrates success in supervising others
  • Has the ability to work as a team player, as well as the ability to lead a team

Compensation, Benefits and Time Commitment
Salary range: $60,000-$70,000 depending on experience

Benefits include:

  • Health and vision insurance (80% covered by HDFFA) after 30 days of employment
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days
  • Fully vested SIMPLE IRA contribution of 2% after 90 days of employment
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Canopy Wellness
  • Annual cost of living increase
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Amazing team to work with!

Full-time equivalent of 40 hours per week, some evening and weekend hours will occur (estimated 30 events/meetings per year).  The position is a hybrid position, working in our Bend office with at-home options. Travel throughout the region is required (10% of the work time) with a personal vehicle; travel will be reimbursed at a set non-profit rate. This position may occasionally involve driving a company vehicle. The candidate must possess a current, valid, Oregon driver’s license. In addition the candidate will need to provide a 5-year motor vehicle record obtained through DMV2U – Login ( that includes no license suspensions or major violations in the last five years.


Application materials will be reviewed as received.