Fair Food Network is seeking its next
Senior Director, Impact Investing to lead its Fair
Food Fund and impact investing programming. This work is
reimagining how capital in all forms – financial, social,
intellectual – moves in communities so that food entrepreneurs can
be leaders of a more equitable future. Fair Food Network deploys
multiple tools — from financial investments to capacity building to
policy advocacy — in pursuit of its mission to grow community
health and wealth through food. Fair Food Network focuses on
creating immediate impact alongside systemic change in ways that
harness the power of the food economy to address root causes of
racial, social, and environmental inequities. Together with a
national network of partners, the Fair Food Network is generating
improved health, economic well-being, and environmental
regeneration. The successful candidate will blend impact investing
skills and knowledge of effective entrepreneurial support
strategies with strategic thinking, superb communications skills,
and an entrepreneurial approach to advance Fair Food Network’s
impact in this rapidly evolving space.
Fair Food Network impact investing programming includes a
national Food Fund that deploys integrated, catalytic capital
investments, often in partnership with other community lenders, as
well as a growing array of technical assistance offerings. The
program’s goal is to unlock opportunity for entrepreneurs, with a
focus on businesses led by women and BIPOC entrepreneurs, in
pursuit of a thriving, equitable local food economy. Current areas
of work are in Michigan, the Northeastern US, and Camden, New
Over the last 8 years, Fair Food Network has supported hundreds
of entrepreneurs with technical assistance and invested $4 million
in businesses across nine states. Its work enables deals that
otherwise might not be possible, developing leaders and fostering
new funding collaboratives. In Michigan, Fair Food Network is the
administrator of the Michigan
Good Food Fund, a statewide collaboration that supports good
food entrepreneurs working to increase access to healthy food and
spark economic opportunity in places that need it most.
As Fair Food Network looks to the future, it is expanding its
vision and seeking to grow its impact. This includes bringing in
new and diverse resources and continuing to innovate, expand its
offerings, and deepen the community integration of place-based
collaborations like the Michigan Good Food Fund.
This full-time position will be at the forefront of this
critical work, in collaboration with a dedicated team of four (4)
direct staff reports and several consultants.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW SENIOR
Reporting to Kate Krauss,
Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of Fair Food Network,
the Senior Director, Impact Investing will engage in the following
challenges and opportunities:
Craft and implement a strategic vision for the Fair Food
- Shape and evolve the program thesis, including:
- The deployment of integrated capital and capacity-building
investments that catalyze other investments;
- Community engagement strategies, including developing and
refining community ownership, localized decision-making, and power
shifting models; and
- Strengthen place-based models that bring together community
partners for collective impact, including the Michigan Good Food
- Provide vision for portfolio construction to ensure the Fair
Food Fund is meeting the needs of entrepreneurs, community and
lending partners, and investors, as well as contributing toward
Fair Food Network goals.
- Identify and drive opportunities where the Fund’s risk-tolerant
capital can be deployed to close deals that otherwise wouldn’t be
- Engage the Fund investment committee to provide optimal
strategic support and oversight.
Demonstrate sector leadership and fundraising
- Represent FFN’s work in public forums, industry events, and
with prospective and current funders/investors.
- In collaboration with our development team, grow the network of
funders and investors supporting community investment, building
relationships, and serving as “opener” and/or “closer” for
- Develop content for proposals and reports, quarterly and annual
impact reports, portfolio analyses, essays for regional and
national publication, and other pieces as needed.
Manage a cohesive and collaborative team.
- Contribute as a member of Fair Food Network’s Leadership Team,
bringing a collaborative and strategic approach to growing a
strong, diverse, and healthy organizational culture.
- Guide, develop, and mentor program staff, and manage the team
to achievement of measurable objectives aligned with long-term
- Support program evaluation including refinement of short-term
outcomes and long-term results measuring social impact.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications
enumerated below, the ideal candidate for the Senior Director
position will possess many of the following professional and
personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
- Experience in direct lending, private investment, and/or
community development finance.
- Demonstrated success in deal sourcing and designing creative
financing strategies, particularly within Black and Latino/a
- Highly developed acumen for integrating community engagement
into program implementation.
- Strong presentation and oral communications skills and
experience with selling a program to funders, industry partners,
and other stakeholders.
- Management experience with proven ability to grow and mentor an
efficient, committed, and creative team.
- Entrepreneur and “builder” orientation with a track record of
professional innovation paired with a desire and ability to shape
the internal systems necessary to support its success.
- Vision and passion for this work, including a desire to push
against the status quo and bring about change.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The starting salary for this position is $140,000. Comprehensive
benefits include: flexible Paid Time Off (PTO); available
comprehensive health insurance (medical + dental + vision) for
employees and dependents with a low employee contribution;
available 5% employer match on a 401k; up to 12 weeks of
Family/Parental leave; and opportunities for professional
Fair Food Network is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
prefers this Senior Director position to be co-located within
commuting distance. A relocation package is available. Remote
employment will be considered for exceptional candidates anywhere
in the United States, provided that s/he/they are able to attend
meetings virtually, make regular trips to Fair Food Network
headquarters and work during regular Eastern Time Zone office
hours. Travel to client sites and stakeholder offices around the US
will be required.
More information about Fair Food Network may be
found at: fairfoodnetwork.org
This search is being led by Tamar Datan and Robert Diggs of
NPAG. Candidates may submit their
cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along
with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Fair Food Network’s commitment to diversity includes
the recognition that our mission is best advanced by contributions
of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture. Recruiting
and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that
reflects the diverse communities that we serve is a priority, and
we encourage applicants of all ages, cultures, races, colors,
religions, national or regional origins, disability status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other status
protected by law.