Director of Programs and Community Impact

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Position Title: Director of Programs and Community Impact

Reports To: Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Supervision Requirements: Supervises multiple Senior Program Managers, Program Managers, and Grants Manager

Work Unit: Programs

Location: San Rafael, CA with regular work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area

Hours: Full-time, salaried, exempt status

Salary Range: $78,122 - $105,694


The Agricultural Institute of Marin is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Rafael, California. AIM's mission is to educate, inspire, and connect communities, responsible farmers and producers as part of a healthy, Earth-friendly, equitable local and regional food system. We envision a responsible food and farming system that is environmentally beneficial, economically viable, and socially just. AIM serves 400+ farmers, food purveyors, and artisans from 40 California counties who participate in AIM's Certified Farmers Markets in the cities of Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Point Reyes, San Rafael, and San Francisco. AIM also provides hands-on and virtual education programs to thousands of children and adults, operates a farm audit program, runs a mobile market for older adults and underserved communities, curates a multi-farm produce box program, and operates CalFresh/EBT and Market Match services to create a healthier, equitable food system across the San Francisco Bay Area.


AIM embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.


The Agricultural Institute of Marin is seeking a Director of Programs and Community Impact to provide day-to-day management of AIM's programs. The Director oversees the unit that manages AIM's programs that currently include the Rollin' Root mobile market, Diggin' Education, Growing Success, Farmers Market Incubator Booth, the Bounty Box, Volunteers, Food Access Collaboration and Policy, and a suite of USDA-funded grants (Local Food Promotion Program, Farmers Market Promotion Program, and the Climate-Smart Commodities Grant). This is a multi-faceted position that requires strategic program, policy, and partnership development and coordination of programs to benefit small-scale farmers, communities, and equitable food systems. Major responsibilities include: developing and implementing programs, grants and contracts; managing staff; monitoring program effectiveness and continuous improvement; and serving as liaison to AIM's Program Advisory Committee.

The Director of Programs and Community Impact is a member of the AIM Leadership Team ensuring the organization is successful in the pursuit of its mission and will contribute to the development of AIM's Strategic Plan. The Director is an individual who values diversity at all levels and is committed to fostering an environment in which community members and co-workers from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Director will empower Program staff to thrive in their jobs, while supporting a culture of teamwork, accountability, and momentum.


  • Provide leadership and oversight of AIM's portfolio of programs and grants.
  • Manage the budget and annual goals related to the operation of AIM's programs, achieving revenue goals and staying within approved expenditures; track progress on revenue targets in support to the Chief Financial and Operations Officer.
  • Direct the process for preparing program-related financial and administrative reports for AIM's Board of Directors, funders, and stakeholders.
  • Work with the CEO, Director of Farmers Market Operations, and other program managers to plan programs from start to completion, involving deadlines, milestones, and processes.
  • Contribute to the creation of program impact reports, case studies, blog posts, social media posts, and testimonials.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of training and technical assistance programs to benefit small-scale farmers and food makers (e.g., Farmers Market Incubator Booth and training workshops).
  • Supervise program managers, monitor employee productivity, provide constructive feedback and coaching, and resolve complex problems.
  • Formally evaluate the work of Senior Program Managers and Program Managers through quarterly goal-setting and annual performance reviews.
  • Assist in the recruitment of new Program staff and volunteers.
  • Organize workflow and employee schedules, and ensure that employees understand their duties or delegated tasks.
  • Identify opportunities to coordinate AIM's programs and resources in a holistic way across the communities we serve and through integration with AIM's farmers markets.
  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal and grant guidelines and internal policies.
  • Oversee program review audits and site visits by funders.
  • Work with Marketing & Communications staff to develop materials for use in program operations and outreach.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of program plans to conduct community-wide outreach and engagement.
  • Ensure that AIM's programming is relevant to BIPOC and other under-served communities, designed with an awareness of the lived experience, cultural, and linguistic needs of farmers and program participants.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and Development staff to identify fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Develop grant proposals and prepare budgets for government and foundation grants, as well as other funding opportunities.
  • Represent AIM on food policy councils and other collaboratives.
  • Maintain excellent relations with program participants, market participants, local governmental/sponsoring entities, other non-profits, funders, and local communities.
  • Oversee AIM Program Advisory Committee meetings, set agendas, and share program-related information in partnership with Committee Chair.
  • Participate on the internal Leadership Team, attending regular meetings, accepting projects and tasks as necessary, and helping shape and advance AIM's overall objectives.
  • Other management duties as assigned.


  • Five years' experience in program management, grants management, or related experience.
  • Knowledge and passion for California agriculture, food-related information, food organizations and food access.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering and managing grant or contract-based programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing, budget management, and reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills.
  • Comfortable speaking in group settings.
  • Experience with computer systems, such as Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Ability to maintain calm and handle emergencies that may arise.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize in an environment with competing demands.
  • Excellent conflict resolution and de-escalation skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of independently cultivating partnerships and projects across diverse sectors and stakeholders.
  • Spanish, or other language abilities a plus.


  • This position requires the employee to work in an office environment and outside in all weather conditions.
  • This position requires the employee to interact with farmers, persons of various socio-economic backgrounds, funding organizations, corporations, government agencies, government officials, and the general public.
  • This position requires the employee to be a licensed driver with a safe driving record.
  • This position requires occasional weekend work to visit program sites and may require early morning work or late evening work.

Benefits: Health insurance, paid sick leave, 2 – 4 weeks paid vacation (depending on length of service), 12 paid holidays, 401k, professional training opportunities, work outdoors, dog-friendly office, fun and dynamic team environment

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