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Program Director, Leland International Hunger Fellowship

Program Director, Leland International Hunger Fellowship


CLIENT: The Congressional Hunger Center 

JOB TITLE: Director, Leland International Hunger Fellowship

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer

JOB CLASSIFICATION AND TYPE: Exempt, Full-time (US Citizens) 

LOCATION: Washington, DC (CHC is remote for now but plans to return to the office a minimum of two days a week in the first quarter of 2022 while maintaining hybrid schedules in the future. This position requires limited domestic and international travel).


JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for directing the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, the Program Director takes the lead on programmatic goals and strategy, fellow recruitment, selection, and advising; host organization recruitment and selection; program budget, administration, and reporting; and strategic partnerships. Advises and supports other staff who lead training and learning, fundraising, and communications. This individual may manage other program staff. Excellent communication and program management skills required, and a demonstrated commitment to the Congressional Hunger Center’s mission to end hunger and poverty.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


1. Program Management (25% of time)

·         Provide strategic direction and guidance for the Leland Program; ensure program goals are met.

·         Devise and implement program policies, including those for fellow financial packages, small grants, Professional Development Funds, site visits,                        reporting, and evaluations.

·         Analyze evaluations and reports from fellows and supervisors to demonstrate program results and make program improvements.

·         Assist with grant-writing/fundraising efforts related to the Leland Program.

·         Contribute marketing and communications content for website, reports, promotional materials, newsletter articles, and online publications.

·         Promote the Leland Fellowship and the Congressional Hunger Center to external audiences and develop new programmatic partnerships.


2. Fellowship Advising (20% of time)

·         Track fellows’ workplan progress via monthly reports, periodic phone/video check-ins, semi-annual assessment process, and site visits, as needed.

·         Develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with host organizations and fellow supervisors to ensure programmatic goals are                            accomplished.

·         Provide regular and ad hoc guidance to fellows on workplan, workplace issues, and long-term professional goals.


3. Fellow Recruitment and Selection (15% of time)

·         Establish recruitment and selection goals and objectives for each class of fellows.

·         Devise and implement recruitment strategy and plan.

·         Establish, modify, and continually improve application process and materials for fellow recruitment and selections.

·         Oversee processing of applications.

·         Implement selections process, including correspondence with applicants and interviewees; interview schedule and logistics; and communication with              potential host organizations.

·         Review fellowship applications, create and revise interview protocols, conduct interviews, and select finalists.


4. Host Organization Recruitment and Selection (10% of time)

·         Establish goals and objectives for each class of host organizations.

·         Establish, modify, and continually improve application process and materials for host organization recruitment and selections.

·         Devise and implement recruitment strategy and plan.

·         Develop and maintain relationships with current, past, and potential site supervisors and host organizations.

·         Review and evaluate applications, conduct interviews with field and policy supervisors to assess suitability/performance of current host organizations.

·         Match fellows with selected host organizations; secure replacement/alternative host organization(s) should an initial match become untenable.


5. Contracts, Compliance, Budgeting, and Reporting (15% of time)

·         Prepare program and grant budgets.

·         Monitor program and grant budgets; track and review monthly expenditures in all areas.

·         Propose fellow financial packages and host organization cost-share amounts, adjusted per programmatic cycle.

·         Draft and submit grant reports, including quarterly, annual, and ad-hoc government and

·         corporate funder reports.

·         Ensure all legal contracts and workplan arrangements are established and fulfilled with host organizations before field and policy years.

·         Ensure all fellowship agreements and payment arrangements are established and fulfilled when onboarding new fellows.

·         Review the program guide and fellow and host organization templates biannually and update, as necessary, in consultation with the Chief Operating              Officer.

·         Troubleshoot any contractual issues that may arise with advice from Chief Operating Officer and/or Executive Director.

·         Collect host organization cost-share payments in field and policy years.

·         Manage program purchases and procurements and ensure compliance with the Hunger

·         Center’s procurement policies and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform

·         Guidance, as required.


6. Training and Professional Development (10% of time)

·         Establish learning and development goals for fellows, including training objectives of in-person and virtual learning opportunities, in collaboration                    with Learning Manager.

·         Advise the design of training agendas, selection of speakers, and training logistics.

·         Advise the design of virtual learning opportunities and courses.

·         Manage incoming class orientation.

·         Assist fellows with Professional Development Fund (PDF) planning, as requested.

·         Support and assist in identifying professional development opportunities for fellows.

·         Support the administration of other learning and development tools, including 360-degree

·         assessments.


7. International Food Security Policy (5% of time)

·         Maintain knowledge of global food security policy and programs and federal policy initiatives relevant to Hunger Center’s international policy agenda.

·         Provide limited contributions to international policy development and advocacy for the Hunger Center, occasionally participating as one of the Hunger            Center’s representatives in global food security coalitions and advocacy fora.


TRAVEL:  Domestic and overseas travel required (approximately 5% of time).



The Program Director may directly supervise other program staff, including the Program Associate. The Program Director may directly supervise Program Interns.



·         An equivalent amount of training, education, and experience will be considered.

·         Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education from an accredited college or university.

·         (Master’s degree preferred.)

·         Minimum eight years of job-related prior program management experience. (Minimum ten years preferred.)

·         Familiarity with global anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations.

·         Strong knowledge of and experience with global development and policy community,

·         particularly organizations based in Washington, D.C.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES (which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position).

·         Knowledge of and/or interest in global food security and public policy, leadership development and coaching young adults, nutrition, and agricultural              development

·         Strategic management skills: ability to set goals, design and manage initiatives, and align program activities with organizational and program goals

·         Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment, multi-generational environment

·         Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, fluid environment; able to adapt to last-minute assignments

·         Self-starter with excellent follow-through and high level of attention to detail

·         Strong ability to synthesize feedback from multiple parties

·         Ability to work concurrently on multiple short-term and long-range projects.

·         Ability to multitask, work independently and see projects through from start to finish.

·         Ability to comprehend and construct memos, letters, and detailed correspondence, share

·         information in one-on-one situations, as well as participate in group meetings/discussions.

·         Ability to work with standard office equipment and adapt to new technical platforms.

·         Familiarity with Salesforce, Box, and other digital and cloud-based tools. Proficient in Microsoft office suite.

·         Ability to present information within and outside of the Hunger Center, on the Hunger Center’s behalf.

·         Commitment to values of the Hunger Center, including racial and gender equity.


EQUIPMENT USED TO PERFORM THE JOB (which may be representative but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position):

·         Standard office equipment including desktop and laptop computers, printer, photocopier, scanner, projector, speakers, and software (cloud-based)               telephone and fax system.


WORK ENVIRONMENT (Environmental and atmospheric conditions that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job):

·         Exposed to moderate noise levels

·         Exposed to moderate interior temperature fluctuations


PHYSICAL ABILITIES (that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation):

·         Requires extended periods of time at a desk, using a computer up to 8 hours daily.

·         Requires seldom standing, walking, and reaching with hands/arms



This is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, D.C. We are remote for now but plan to return to the office a minimum of two days a week in the first quarter of 2022 while maintaining hybrid schedules in the future. This position requires limited domestic and international travel.

The salary range for Director roles starts at $90,000, with exact salary depending on experience.

The Hunger Center provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan that provides for up to a 4% employer match contribution, and a generous paid-time-off policy, including a one-week organization-wide vacation at the end of each calendar year.

Please be aware that all Hunger Center employees must be fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.


Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly, as the review of applications will begin immediately. Only applications submitted via the above link above will be considered.

The Hunger Center has engaged GRS to assist with the recruitment effort for this position; inquiries about the position should be directed to Patrick Shields at:

Patrick Shields, Search Manager

Global Recruitment Specialists "Positioning You for Success"

Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

Telephone: +1- 203-899-0499




To be considered, please apply through the webform linked above. People of color, women, people with disabilities, Veterans, LGBTQ people, returning citizens, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Hunger Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

This opening was posted on January 27, 2022