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About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

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Program Director – Arlington, VA

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting applicants for the position of Program Director for the Wallace Center.  The responsibilities, duties and qualifications for this position are described in the attached position description.


Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. Winrock embraces continuous quality improvement and a culture of impact, accountability and entrepreneurship.


The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Excellent benefits include life, disability and medical insurance; retirement; and other normal Winrock benefits.


Applicants should go to Jobs page at to submit their application, cover letter and current resume.

Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  EOE/AA



Position Description


Position Title:  Programs Director                     

Group:  Agriculture & Enterprise 

Unit  Wallace Center

Reports to:  Director, Wallace Center  



The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every community.  The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations. 

Position Summary:

The Programs Director will provide leadership within the Wallace Center for program management, fund development, and staff development. This position will work closely with the Wallace Center Director to optimize management of current programs and help grow the scope and size of our programs. Programming areas include those within Wallace Center’s market based strategies that focus regional food systems, sustainable agriculture, food safety and capacity building through technical assistance and training programs. Program responsibilities will include designing, implementing and managing the completion of some or all project deliverables including evaluations and reporting. Additionally, the Program Director will manage staff and take steps to mentor and build their capacity for effective project management practices and professional development. As a member of the Wallace Center staff, the Program Director will initiate and direct program/project planning, development of funding, and preparation of major proposals, and when appropriate as part of the Enterprise and Agriculture unit as a whole.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage a set of Wallace Center projects and programs designed to foster a more sustainable and equitable food and farming system in the US.
  • Work with the Center’s director and other Wallace staff to develop innovative strategies to leverage Wallace’s prior work in developing market-based solutions that can grow over the short and long term into core Wallace programs. 
  • Oversee operational and administrative activities related to Wallace Center programs ensuring they are consistent with and meet Winrock standards
  • Establish effective project management practices across all Wallace projects following Winrock standards, adapted to handle specific project needs and conditions, yet ensuring effective internal controls and minimizing risks.
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to staff in program management to effectively build their capacity for managing for compliance and associated risk for their projects
  • Assume a key role in developing new partnerships, collaborations and identifying, seeking and securing new funding for the Center’s programs.
  • Coordinate activities of internal staff and manage external contractors and consultants.
  • Engage with the Agriculture and Enterprise group and other Winrock program groups in order to contribute to Winrock as a learning and adaptive organization.
  • Assist with communicating Wallace initiative activities to internal and external audiences.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Represent Wallace and Winrock at conferences and seminars across the country.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Background


  • Minimum MS/MBA/MA in Environmental Science/ Studies or Policy, rural development, Agriculture, Economics, Political Science, Business or related fields.


  • Ten years of project or organizational management experience including project design and budgeting, set up, implementation, program evaluation and close out.
  • Significant experience with operational and administrative systems which are used within non-profit organizations
  • Familiarity with sustainable and regional food systems, including for example value chain development, local sourcing, and aggregated distribution
  • Extensive experience in program development/business development and grant writing
  • Experience engaging with state or federal government agencies and entities
  • Experience working to address issues faced by socially and economically vulnerable communities in rural and urban contexts
  • An understanding of business and enterprise development and the range of skills and capacities one needs to be successful in food and agricultural business 
  • Experience in hiring, managing and evaluating staff and providing them professional development opportunities
  • Experience in training, provision of technical assistance, design and delivery of workshops and public speaking


  • Strong project management knowledge, analytical/problem solving skills, creativity and initiative
  • Experience and success working within an environment with high-level operations and compliance systems.  
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse team environment and effectively promote the WI’s mission, values, and objectives.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills as well as the curiosity and learning agility necessary to be successful in a growing organization with evolving operating and financial systems.
  • Demonstrated skills in project planning, budgeting and evaluation
  • Strategic thinking & creative problem solving qualities
  • Successful candidate will be sensitive to the needs of an ethnically and economically diverse client base
  • Strong grant writing and proposal coordination abilities
  • Demonstrated team building skills. Able to work effectively in teams and inspire effective teamwork with project partners
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated communication skills (written and oral) for proposal preparation, public relations and communicating with donors
  • Proficient in institutionally supported software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Skype for Business, and PowerPoint-), experience with Salesforce and project management software a plus.


Ability to travel domestically on relatively short trips approximately eight times a year

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