Job Opening: Grassroots Action Network Director (Community Food Security)

Grassroots Action Network Overview:  The Grassroots Action Network (“The Network) is one of three program areas that, together and in partnership with other organizations, are building a global movement to address the systemic causes of and solutions to persistent hunger and poverty.  In particular, the Network identifies and champions the work of innovative grassroots hunger and poverty organizations that promote self-reliance among the people they serve, especially those organizations who are embracing a community food security model.  The Network is a resource to these organizations, mobilizing and equipping them to implement sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty in their own communities as well as engaging in related policy and advocacy efforts.

Position Summary

The core functions of the Grassroots Action Network Director are the following:

•  To ensure the effective implementation of programmatic activities that support community based organizations with capacity building resources and networking opportunities, encourage the replication of model programs and best practices, and grow an active and engaged national network of community-based organizations.

•  To continually innovate and improve the Grassroots Action Network, its strategies, programs and resources.

•  To manage and lead a team of staff including a Capacity Building Coordinator, a Grassroots Outreach Coordinator and a Program Assistant, creating a supportive, learning environment for this team where everyone is encouraged to grow and succeed professionally and held accountable for contributing creatively and effectively to WHY’s programs, services and strategies.

•  To lead the Grassroots Action Network in collaborating effectively and collegially with other Program Areas and WHY Departments as well as external partner organizations.

•  To contribute to setting the strategic direction and vision of WHY’s Programs in support of its mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field related to hunger and poverty, community development, community organizing, sustainable agriculture and/or community food systems and a minimum of five (5) years related experience and/or training.  OR Master’s Degree with a minimum of three (3) years related experience and/or training.
  • Track record in strong program and staff management skills and employee supervision and evaluation.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in program planning, management and evaluation.
  • Ability to travel.

Prospective candidates should submit a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume via email to


Alison M. Cohen

Director of Programs

WHY (World Hunger Year)

505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2100

New York, NY 10018

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