9001 Limehouse Lane Louisville, KY 40220 info@foodliteracyproject.org 502.491.0072

Director of Programs

JOB OPENING: Director of Programs

TERMS: Full-time, Regular (year-round), Exempt.  As a small organization, the Food Literacy Project is open to creative, non-traditional approaches to filling this important leadership position.  Opportunities may exist for the work environment to be flexible.  Please inquire.

SUPERVISED BY:  Associate Executive Director

SUPERVISES: Program Manager, Program Coordinator, 2 AmeriCorps VISTAs

THE ORGANIZATION: The Food Literacy Project’s mission is youth transforming their communities through food, farming, and the land. Working toward a vision for a healthy and equitable community where people and places thrive since 2006, FLP engages youth, their families, schools, and neighbors in hands-on learning and leadership development experiences with farming fresh foods at outdoor classrooms on Oxmoor Farm and Iroquois Urban Farm, in school gardens, classrooms, kitchens, and through our mobile education garden, Truck Farm. The organization advances a more just and sustainable food system and strengthens communities, positioning youth as drivers of personal and social change. The following values drive the Food Literacy Project’s work:

ENERGY: We are bold and inspired by our community.

ROOTS: We are grounded and purposeful, connected with people and dedicated to sustainably

addressing community needs.

DISCOVERY: We embrace the joy of learning by doing.

CULTIVATION: We bring great care to our work and relationships; we nourish growth in our community, and in turn are nourished ourselves.

ABUNDANCE: We leverage our community’s diverse assets to achieve personal and social change.

JUSTICE: We pursue fairness and equity.


  • Are you an experienced and courageous leader ready to take an established program into its next phase of growth and community impact?
  • Are you a resourceful problem-solver who is ready to collaborate in a fast-paced and rewarding small non-profit work environment?   
  • Do you enjoy cultivating relationships with community partners to make a difference in our community?
  • Can you develop and implement high-quality programs and systems change initiatives with a talented team?

The Food Literacy Project is hiring a new Program Director to lead the organization’s programmatic effort and ensure continued mission success. The Program Director will lead a staff team of 5, augmented by dedicated volunteers.


  • Define the strategy for the development and growth of FLP programs and food systems work.
  • Lead the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FLP programs and food systems work. Provide on-the-ground support for direct-service programs; develop and manage the program budget. 
  • Hire, train and lead the program staff team. 
  • Create timely and compelling program plans, grant proposals and reports, and marketing and communications materials.         


  • Demonstrated experience leading a team in complex, emergent work.
  • Experience managing a community-based education or development program; experience with diverse populations, especially underserved youth; experience working in and/or with south and west Louisville communities strongly preferred.
  • Ability to cultivate a culture of excellence and teamwork among staff and volunteers and hold team members accountable.  
  • Possesses excellent communication (verbal and written) and active listening skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects at once.
  • Knowledge of food systems and food justice issues.
  • Be physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects (walking, lifting, kneeling, etc.), and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Experience using a computer and applicable software (i.e. Microsoft Office, Publisher, Photoshop, Databases, etc.); Social media and website experience.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, 5 references (3 professional, 2 personal), and a professional writing sample (i.e. grant proposal or report, program outcomes report, etc.) to Angelique Perez, Food Literacy Project Associate Executive Director.  Hardcopy submissions are preferred (see mailing address below), but electronic applications are accepted by email: angelique@foodliteracyproject.org.  Applications will be accepted through August 25th by 5 pm.

The Food Literacy Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Food Literacy Project emphasizes diversity in both our programs and our staff, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable federal laws.