Community Health Improvement Partners hiring Food Systems Director

San Diego, California

Are you passionate about the local food movement? Do you have experience supporting local food procurement in the institutional meal environment? Are you an experienced project manager and coalition builder? Do you want to help further strengthen and build a thriving local food system in San Diego County?

The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a project facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners, is hiring for a full-time Food Systems Director. The position will oversee the continued development and operation of the Initiative’s two active, nationally-recognized subcommittees dedicated to the advancement of local, healthful foods and beverages in San Diego County hospitals and school districts: Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team and San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce.

To review the job description, click here or see below. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to JuliAnna Arnett at jarnett@sdchip.orgby Wednesday, January 28th.

TITLE: Director, Food Systems- San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative
SUPERVISES: Food Systems Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Initiative Senior Director
FTE: 1.0 FTE


Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 non-profit collaboration of organizations that envision communities where everyone achieves optimal health. CHIP responds to community-prioritized health needs through partner collaboration and community engagement with innovative and effective community health programs. CHIP is composed of two departments: Collective Impact and Community Health and Engagement.  The CHIP Collective Impact department manages the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (Initiative).

The Initiative is a public / private partnership whose mission is to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. The Initiative achieves this mission by creating, supporting, and mobilizing partnerships in the seven domains of the community with the greatest potential impact on childhood obesity—government, healthcare, schools, early childhood, community, media, and business. The Initiative is funded by public and private partners, and facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP).

The Initiative recognizes the importance of a local, sustainable food system in achieving its mission and ensuring all community members have access to healthy, affordable foods. The Initiative facilitates two active, nationally-recognized subcommittees dedicated to the advancement of local, healthful foods and beverages in San Diego County hospitals and school districts: Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership (NHLT) and San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce (F2S Taskforce).

The Director of Food Systems will direct all aspects of the F2S Taskforce and NHLT, including program oversight, management, and accountability (e.g., project timelines, budget, outcome measures). The Initiative’s food system work is funded through the USDA, Leichtag Foundation, Health Care Without Harm, and The California Endowment. Click on the enclosed links for more information on the F2S Taskforce and NHLT.


  • Establish NHLT and F2S Taskforce vision and strategy
  • Facilitate and manage project committee meetings
  • Develop and manage partner relations with local institutions, growers, distributors, other key stakeholders
  • Develop and facilitate partner trainings, workshops, and events (e.g., Let’s Go Local! Produce Showcase, growers workshop, etc.)
  • Oversee the development of  institutional tools (e.g., seasonality chart, grower recruitment materials, State of Farm to School Report) to support healthy, local procurement
  • Provide technical assistance to growers, institutions, and other key partners to support healthy, local, and sustainable procurement
  • Serve as media spokesperson and conduct presentations for food system related projects
  • Oversee project fund development and relationships, including grant reporting and management
  • Develop and manage all project related budgets
  • Lead and facilitate evaluation activities for food system and procurement related projects
  • Manage project staff and interns
  • Participate as a member of the CHIP team including CHIP management and staff meetings, special events, employee appreciation, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, sustainable agriculture, urban planning, business or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Expertise in local procurement and food systems.
  • Minimum of three years experience working within or in support of healthy, local procurement in the institutional meal environment; must have 5 years experience with program and contract management.
  • Experience in systems-based approaches to public health or chronic disease prevention.
  • Experience coalition building and facilitating consensus among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in managing projects, particularly in an environment with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Experience with identifying and obtaining grants and funding.
  • Self-directed, motivated, creative and organized.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal skills, and oral / written skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

Only the applicants that meet these requirements will be considered for employment.


With or without reasonable accommodation(s), the essential functions of this position require certain physical and mental abilities.  These abilities include, but are not limited to: sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting (up to 25 lbs.), typing, writing (in English), reading (English), speaking (English), seeing, hearing, driving, basic mathematical calculations, problem solving, reasoning, composition, and decision-making.


$28.85- $33.66 per hour. 40 hours per week. Full benefits package.

Community Health Improvement Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.