Boston: Real Food Challenge seeks Operations Coordinator

The Real Food Challenge is looking for a highly organized, talented person to join our dynamic national team. The position offers a competitive non-profit salary, comprehensive healthcare benefits and flexible vacation.

Program Description
The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national campaign that recruits, trains, and supports student leaders working to get their schools to purchase more just and sustainable food. Our flagship goal is to redirect $1 billion of college and university food purchases to “real food”—food that’s fair, ecologically sound, humane, and local and community-based—over the next 10 years. We work toward this goal, and the broader goal of supporting a vibrant student food movement, by uniting college students through on-campus organizing, leadership training institutes, and summits.

The coming year is a really exciting one for us. The number of students and schools developing powerful sustainable food projects has grown exponentially since our launch in 2008.

Given this expansion and transition, we’re seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented individual to join our national staff and play a critical role in growing Real Food Challenge as a national organization.  This includes managing administrative work and event logistics, participating in strategic planning for the organization, assisting with fundraising, and advancing special initiatives.

Administration (30%-50%)

  • Processing reimbursements, budget tracking, handling contracts & invoices
  • Managing donor database and cultivating individual donors
  • Tracking contacts and information related to programs and campaigns
  • Real Food Calculator approvals and support
  • Managing spring recruitment process
  • Supporting logistics for national training and summit

Organizational Development and Strategy (5-10%)

  • Participating in National Administrative Team
  • Attending conferences as a representative of Real Food Challenge

Team Supervision (10-20%)

  • Supervising interns
  • Leading a national working group

Other Potential Responsibilities (20-40%)

  • Supporting Summit Planning Process
  • Developing Core Operations Fellowship Program
  • Developing and delivering curriculum for Regional Field Organizers, Grassroots Leaders
  • Organizing students in the Northeast (maximum 15 hours/week)
  • Assisting with grant-writing, grant reports and individual fundraising
  • Assisting with regular communications, including e-blasts, website, social media, etc.
  • Real Food Awards
  • Food Day Coordination

*Some responsibilities may be carried out by interns or shared with other national staff, but will be managed primarily by the Core Operations Coordinator. 


  • Must be able to work from The Food Project office in Boston, MA
  • Very detail-oriented
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • In-depth knowledge of the politics and practice of student activism and/or student-run groups preferred
  • Commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, student power and social movements
  • Experience with group facilitation, teaching, public speaking, and networking preferred
  • Experience with Real Food Challenge network, preferred
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Docs, Facebook, and other online and social media tools, preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of university food systems, issues surrounding small farms, fair trade cooperatives, regional distributional or similar issues a plus

Compensation:  Salary range: $26,000-$30,000. Includes full health benefits. Reimbursements for travel and pre-approved expenses.

To Apply:  Email a resume and cover letter (in pdf form, please) to Tricia Kiefer, The application deadline is May 13, 2012.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early or to notify Tricia Kiefer if they intend to apply.

The Real Food Challenge is a program of The Food Project.

Tricia Kiefer
National Programs Fellow
Real Food Challenge

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