Job: Director of Program Evaluation, City Harvest

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Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect 33 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal.

While meeting the immediate need for food in the five boroughs, City Harvest ensures hungry New Yorkers have the food they need on an ongoing basis, identifying communities with high rates of poverty and diet-related diseases for additional support. Healthy Neighborhoods targets supplemental deliveries of free fresh produce to these areas in combination with a unique mix of nutrition education and other programs to increase supply and demand for affordable, nutritious food. In partnership with local residents and organizations, City Harvest is working towards the vision of healthy, food secure neighborhoods.

City Harvest is seeking a hands-on Director of Program Evaluation who will be responsible for leading program evaluation efforts for City Harvest’s innovative Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, independent individual with a strong nonprofit program evaluation background who is interested in successful practical implementation of complex program initiatives. The candidate should bring expertise in evaluation methodologies and familiarity with findings in several areas, including obesity, dietary health, food access, and community capacity. The candidate will be responsible for communicating complex evaluation findings in a compelling and accessible way to key stakeholders and ensuring that City Harvest remains part of the national dialogue around food access and obesity prevention.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead all program evaluation efforts for a variety of programs focused on food access, nutrition education and hunger relief.
  • Identify and develop strong working partnerships with research partners such as universities to deliver in-depth, rigorous but practical program evaluation initiatives.
  • Build upon existing data collection instruments and methodologies to generate optimal data to measure progress in achieving program outcomes.
  • Lead a small team in the design, project management and analysis of program evaluation data and clearly communicate key findings to a variety of stakeholders including program staff, funders, community practitioners and senior staff.
  • Contribute to program design and development of theories of change, and serve as a thought partner to program team leaders.
  • Manage a team of two staff responsible for data collection and entry, database management and inter-departmental communication.
  • Work with program team to share and interpret findings, and lead efforts to adopt practices of a “learning organization.”
  • Maintain familiarity with ongoing research in relevant fields.
  • Identify opportunities to position City Harvest as a leader in this arena and contribute to the knowledge of what works.
  • Represent City Harvest in sharing research findings with other organizations (conferences, publications, etc.).
  • Manage departmental budget.

Requirements

  • PhD in public health or related field.
  • 5-7 years of nonprofit program evaluation experience with increasing responsibilities.
  • In-depth knowledge of research findings and methodologies in the areas of obesity, dietary health, food access, and community capacity.
  • Outstanding expertise in diverse quantitative and qualitative program evaluation methodologies.
  • Excellent in project management and deadlines driven.
  • Outstanding ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people, and to successfully navigate organizational politics.
  • Supervisory management experience desirable.
  • Outstanding in working in partnership with other organizations to deliver meaningful results.
  • Solutions driven, with the ability to see a complex project through from conception to completion.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to prioritize resources where they will be most useful.
  • Ability to view the larger picture and strategize how to consistently improve systems.
  • Excellence in ability to communicate research and evaluation findings in laymen’s terms.
  • Responsive and comfortable working in a fast-paced, high accountability environment.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Active listener.

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@cityharvest.org. Please include Director of Program Evaluation in the subject line. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email. City Harvest conducts background checks and writing and computer literacy tests for final candidates for this position.

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