Food System Program Fellow

Position: Food System Program Fellow
Location: Durham, NC

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org,<../AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/4DV6MKBW/www.self-help.org,> www.self-helpfcu.org<../AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/4DV6MKBW/www.self-helpfcu.org> and www.responsiblelending.org<http://www.responsiblelending.org>.

Position Description:

Self-Help is seeking a Food Systems Fellow to join our team in Durham. Under the supervision of Self-Help’s Policy Director, the Healthy Food System Program Fellow will help lead Self-Help’s new initiative to strengthen opportunities for underserved food entrepreneurs to build economic security for their families and deliver healthy food to their communities by developing a national network of lenders and organizations to improve capital access. This is a grant funded fellowship that is expected to last one to three years and is managed in conjunction with Self-Help’s commercial lending team.

This new initiative will leverage Self-Help’s lending experience, knowledge and relationships to create partnerships nationwide and build referral networks, share knowledge, develop new capital sources and explore policy solutions that benefit food systems innovators, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs of color.

Our overall goal is to build lending and economic development resources and connections that strengthen the sustainable food system. Our strategy is to complement our own financing with a national web of lenders and organizations that will improve capital access for underserved food entrepreneurs and to identify new resources and tools and conduct research that can inform the field.

Essential Responsibilities:

Help lead the day-to-day work of this new initiative, working closely with the Director of Policy. This includes but is not limited to:

* Leading outreach initiatives and building a national network of policy, partners, ensuring regular communication and information sharing.
* Providing creative ideation on how to leverage program impact in both short and long term.
* Organizing regional convenings nationwide.
* Representing Self-Help at outside functions such as conferences and convenings, as necessary.
* Creating and maintaining web-based information clearinghouse on Healthy Food Systems Finance players and resources.
* Creating metrics for measuring the impact of healthy foods lending, with the goal of building a framework for information sharing between partners
* Coordinating various food system finance policy research efforts;
* Working with healthy foods lending team, as appropriate.
* Researching and advocating for public policy positions.
* Facilitating internal meetings to help drive planning and next steps.
* Tracking program activities and accomplishments.
* Performing other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience.
* Strong writing and communications skills.
* Data analysis and research skills.
* Self-motivated and self-directed.
* Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
* Ability to use social media to effectively communicate to key stakeholders.
* Ability to develop, cultivate and nurture relationships with key stakeholders.
* Knowledge of the Healthy Food Systems and Community Development Finance fields.
* Proficiency with SalesForce, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
* Ability to travel approximately 35% and to work evenings and weekends, when required.

Desired Qualifications:

* Master’s degree in a related field.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.


To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>. Please include the position title as the subject. Application must be received by May 31, 2017 to ensure consideration. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool. The position will remain posted until filled.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

BALLE Executive Director Search

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is searching for a new Executive Director. See the full position description attached with key items below. More info at www.bealocalist.org<http://www.bealocalist.org>


The new Executive Director will be a proven and visionary leader with deep field expertise and demonstrated experience as a high capacity fundraiser. In addition, BALLE’s next leader will have an entrepreneurial track record, being able to sense the emergent needs of the moment and meet them with strategic, innovative and timely services and programs. To qualify for this role, the next E.D. must also operate through the lenses of racial and economic justice and environmental sustainability and be committed to continuous learning and decision-making based on principles.

In addition, the next Executive Director will be committed to the understanding that internal change is a prerequisite to systemic external change and will continue BALLE’s commitment to change the current system by cultivating a shift in the mindset from which the system arises. At the same time, the next Executive Director is responsible for identifying and effectively illuminating the most successful tools and models for building local living economies that are emerging in the field. Most of all, the right candidate will have the vision and skills needed to guide BALLE into its next era of effectiveness.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

Key Responsibilities :

* Fundraising and revenue generation to ensure that BALLE has adequate funds to carry out its work
* Leadership for setting strategic direction to achieve BALLE’s mission, realize its vision and actualize these strategies through the creation of programs to meet the moment
* Organizational and budgetary goal-setting and evaluation to ensure programmatic and financial excellence
* Compelling communication and network builder
* Recruitment and development of top quality people and a high performance management team
* Building effective partnerships with mission-aligned organizations and leaders in the field
* Community and public relations to inspire commitment from constituents and partners
* Developing and supporting a strong Board of Directors

Essential skills and experience :

* Thorough commitment to BALLE’s mission and vision
* Management experience developing and operationalizing strategies that advance organizational mission
* Broad fund-raising experience, including with major donors
* Operational and financial acumen, including the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives through a managed budget
* The ability to develop and manage a high performance team
* The ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
* Effective public speaking and a high comfort level in the public eye
* Experience leading through the lens of equity and a commitment to ongoing learning in confronting racism to strive toward economic justice
* Experience leading through the lens of environmental sustainability and a commitment to ongoing learning in how economic systems can work in harmony with natural systems
* Working knowledge of the developments and trends in the field of local economic development, especially as it pertains to increasing economic justice, environmental sustainability and local self-reliance in basic needs.
* Entrepreneurial, adaptable, and an emergent strategies approach to business planning
* Experience with network leadership and collaboration with diverse groups of people
* Passion, integrity, mission-driven, self-directed

Application Information :
To apply, please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position to [email protected] . In the subject line, please include your FIRST and LAST name, the job title for this position, and the organization name (“Name – BALLE – ED”). Please do not contact the client directly. Schaffer&Combs has been retained by BALLE to manage this Executive Director search. Schaffer&Combs solves problems and provides growth solutions for purpose-driven organizations.






Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a Denver based, 41 year-old non-profit lending source specializing in loans for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to secure traditional bank financing. With total assets of over $23 million from a range of private and public funding sources, CEF makes loans of up to $500,000 throughout Colorado, with customers in a broad range of industries such as service and retail businesses, manufacturing, arts and entertainment enterprises, and nonprofits in the human services and community development sectors. Although a majority of the nearly 700 borrowers with active loans in 2016 are located in the Denver Metro and Front Range Area, CEF serves businesses throughout the state.

CEF is seeking a Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) to carry primary responsibility for CEF’s financial management and administrative operations, with special emphasis on internal operational and portfolio management, financial and strategic planning, and investor relationship management. The DFA holds major responsibility for capital deployment, funds management, budgeting, financial reporting and forecasting, and is supported by an experienced controller who is responsible for accounting.


* At least five years of experience as a CFO, controller, other senior
financial officer in a financial services organization or function, preferably with experience in nonprofit or governmental accounting;
* Demonstrated effectiveness as a manager of staff and organizational

including experience analyzing and managing portfolio risk;

* Demonstrated competence in the preparation and analysis of proposals
and budgets, and in reporting outcomes with governmental and private funders;
* Demonstrated computer and financial forecasting skills;
* Master’s degree in accounting, finance or related field is required;

* Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Colorado
Enterprise Fund;
* Superior analytical, writing and verbal skills;
* Personal adaptability to work effectively with diverse populations,
disadvantaged communities, government and corporate stakeholders and high level community leaders.

For further information, or to apply, contact:

David Erickson-Pearson

Erickson-Pearson Search

8801 Creekside Way, #1321 Highlands Ranch, CO 80129.

Phone: 303-703-6165. Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> .

Erickson-Pearson Search …..finding mission-driven leaders

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Do either of these positions sound like you? Learn more and apply now at ourchildrenstrust.org/jobs-internships/.

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