Director - Food Systems

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Publication Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) works at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems, locally and globally. IATP has offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.  This position is based Minneapolis.



IATP seeks a full-time Director to lead the Institute’s work to support a healthy, just, food system. The Director will work with colleagues and partners to design and implement a multi-year plan to identify and advocate for policies that support a more decentralized and democratized food system, and dismantle political and economic obstacles to these systems. This work will include regional, national and international strategies. The position will require visionary thinking, a background in food policy, strong analytical, writing and communication skills, and the ability to work with a diverse set of communities.


§  Coordinate IATP staff  in developing food policy initiatives

§  Lead project implementation

§  Participate in advocacy efforts for policy change

§  Supervise and participate in teams

§  Support communications through the news media, social media and IATP websites, as well as written reports and analyses

§  Represent IATP publicly

§  Participate in fundraising and reporting



§  Understanding of and support for IATP’s perspective on food, health and agriculture issues

§  In-depth understanding of the barriers to just, healthy food systems, and policies and practices that can shift power and build resilience in such systems. Excellent communication, public speaking, writing, analytical, and project management skills

§  Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders

§  Ability to learn new issues, work independently and take initiative while meeting agreed upon goals and deadlines

§  Valid driver’s license and ability to travel

§  Solid computer skills

§  Team player - good interpersonal skills and sense of humor a must. 



§  Masters degree or equivalent community work in food systems, public health, agriculture, public policy or related fields preferred.

§  5-10 years’ experience working professionally on agriculture and food issues

§  Supervisory experience preferred.

§  As with all positions at IATP, experience living and working in other countries, and an internationalist perspective, is valued.



Honesty, integrity, initiative, and leadership.


Work is normally at the office, and includes regional, national and international travel up to 20% of the time. Some evening and weekend meetings or events are required.



Compensation for this position is based on qualifications and experience.  IATP offers excellent health insurance, vacation and sick leave benefits and a lively, creative work environment.


APPLICATION: Send resume and cover letter to  The position is open until filled; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IATP is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color to apply for this and all positions at IATP.  This job description is posted on



Ben Lilliston

Vice President of Program

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Minneapolis, MN


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