Job Posting City of Boston: Director of the Office of Food Initiatives

Title: Director of the Office of Food Initiatives

Organization: City of Boston

Brief Summary of Position:

Reporting to the Chief of Health and Human Services, and with collaboration across city departments, the Director of Food Initiatives will develop and implement an agenda aimed at strengthening Boston’s food system.


  • Work with senior City officials, partners, and other staff to develop and implement city-wide food initiatives focused along all phases of the food supply chain- from growing to processing to wholesale and retail sales and distribution, with a focus on affordable and equitable access to fresh, healthy food for all Boston residents.
  • Identify opportunities and gaps in food production, processing, permitting, and distribution, refining policy and attracting infrastructure investment to close those gaps.
  • Reinvigorate the Mayor’s Food Policy Council and track implementation of various council items:
    • Enlist stakeholder participation from key public, private, and non-profit entities all along the supply chain to advise on priorities and strategies for the Department’s work;
    • Engage the Council in developing key goals and priorities for the Office of Food Initiatives;
    • Inform and coordinate with Council members on food policy and related matters vital to the City and the Mayor’s agenda;
    • Identify emerging opportunities and incubate new food initiatives related to Council goals.
  • Identify and raise new funding through foundations, and other federal, state and private sources to support the Office and advance the City’s initiatives.
  • Promote and communicate Boston’s food agenda to the public:
    • Identify and promote city-wide resources on access to local, healthy food;
    • Share progress on city-wide food initiatives and Council activities;
    • Launch campaigns to promote local purchases of fresh food in partnership with appropriate City agencies and partners;
    • Conduct information sessions and workshops on food systems.
  • Facilitate city-wide data collection and M/E activities.
  • Perform related work as required.


  • At least five (5) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in food systems, organizing, public policy, or community engagement/outreach.
  • Bachelor’s degree highly preferred, master’s degree preferred, with strong academic performance.
  • Commitment to advancing the healthy, local food agenda and promoting the work of the Boston Food Council.
  • Must have demonstrated excellent team and consensus building attributes and dynamic leadership ability to develop and lead multi-disciplinary work teams.
  • Strong planning, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving and communication skills to work with a wide range of constituencies, internal users, senior management, public and private partners, and external personnel on matters requiring coordinated activity across organizational lines.
  • Experience working with and facilitating conversations amongst diverse populations preferred.
  • Familiarity with Boston’s neighborhoods and Boston’s health, land, and food business-related issues a plus.

Boston Residency Required

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