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Nutrition Programs Director 

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Supervises: Nutrition Program Managers

The Director of Nutrition Programs is responsible for guiding the nutrition program team; ensuring exemplary program delivery and building staff and volunteer capacity through leadership development. S/he promotes strategy, planning, assessment, and implementation of collaborative countywide efforts to address food security and advance health equity in Santa Cruz County.

Leadership and Management

  • Mentor and coach team members; appraise performance and resolve conflicts as needed.
  • Invest time into Nutrition Programs staffs’ development and professional growth to ensure a cohesive department across all levels
  • Ensure nutrition programs staff are accountable for achievement of strategic goals and performance objectives
  • Serve as an active and engaged member of the Executive Team to provide strategic direction for the food bank.
  • Collaborate on various interdepartmental teams to find effective ways to serve communities and participants.
  • Display passion and optimism for the work, provide vision and inspiration to peers and direct reports, and exemplify Second Harvest’s core values.
  • Oversee departmental interviewing, hiring, and training; plan, assign, and direct work.

Enhancing Health Equity in Santa Cruz County

  • Uphold the use of popular education as a core philosophy and methodology of teaching nutrition education and community organizing.
  • Foster meaningful relationships with staff, volunteers and participants, as a way of uniting and encouraging others to achieve a common objective
  • Forge relationships and collaborative partnerships with community organizations and institutions working on advancing health equity, representing SHFB and the specific needs of food insecure populations.
  • Represent Second Harvest’s work as it relates to health equity to community groups and at events through networking, public relations, and speaking engagements as needed.
  • Engage in educational and advocacy efforts related to health equity with agency partners, the community, government entities, and grantors.
  • Participate actively in community, statewide and national organizations and collaborations related to health equity to further the mission of the food bank
  • Innovate with internal and external partners on new approaches to food security and improving health outcomes; be willing to take risks and try new strategies

Guide Evaluation Work to Measure Nutrition Program Impacts

  • Develop and lead the overall strategic direction for Second Harvest’s nutrition education efforts, including process measures and strategic goals that align with the food bank’s mission and vision.
  • Oversee the development, collection and analysis of participant data. Use captured primary data in order to inform and implement program changes
  • Serve as a liaison to external organizational partners seeking data on food security and other relevant health indicators
  • Partner, as appropriate, with academic institutions to conduct research on food insecurity as it relates to health and well-being within specific populations.

Job Details: This is a full-time, regular, exempt position with a salary of $65,000 - $80,000; depending on experience. The position is Monday through Friday with varying weeknight and weekend meetings and/or events.

Benefits: For the employee: free dental and vision insurance (shared cost for dependents). Free life, long-term disability and AD&D insurances. Shared cost medical insurance. Eligibility begins on the second month of employment (i.e. if you are hired June 20th, you are eligible starting July 1st). This benefit package is valued at an average of over ten thousand dollar a year.

  • First year: 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, and 10 holidays.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan: Second Harvest matches employee contributions up to an annual cap.
  • Employee Assistance Program

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume via Position open until filled.


Second Harvest Food Bank does not discriminate because of race, religion, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, genetic information, genetic characteristics or any other legally protected status. The Food Bank also does not discriminate based on the perception that anyone has any of these characteristics, or is associated with a person who has (or is perceived as having) any of these characteristics.

Position Requirements


Education, Training & Experience

A Master’s degree in public health, nutrition or dietetics, education, or social work; or equivalent experience. Five years minimum experience in non-profit management or social service agencies, or equivalent field.


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong time and priority management skills
  • Effective meeting facilitator and engaging multiple stakeholders on complex issues
  • Adept at coaching and mentoring staff, as well as resolving conflicts with grace
  • Comfortable with public speaking and making engaging and concise presentations to a wide spectrum of audiences.
  • Robust report writing and analytical skills
  • Accomplished user of Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams)
  • Bilingual (Spanish) required
  • Bicultural (Hispanic/Latino) strongly preferred
  • Sensitive when communicating with individuals from different racial, ethnic or economic groups/backgrounds.


  • Must have access to a motor vehicle, as well as valid auto insurance coverage, for occasional driving on the job.
  • Must have valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record, as documented by a current MVR (will be obtained by the Food Bank’s insurance carrier).
  • It is the responsibility of all SHFB personnel to participate in our Food Safety/Food Defense programs.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Pay Range $65,000-80,000 DOE  
Close Date  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
About the Organization Second Harvest Food Bank provides over 8 million pounds of food assistance annually, to over 55,000 people per month, through its network of 200 member agencies and programs. By increasing access to healthy food, Second Harvest is making a profound impact towards growing a healthier community.  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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