Ceres Community Project


Position Title: Program Director  

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Sebastopol, CA
STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director leads and oversees the delivery of all program services for Ceres Community Project. This position is a member of the senior leadership team and works closely with program management staff across all sites to strengthen our ability to refine and deliver meaningful and effective programs for our clients, youth and community. This position is also responsible for the development, deployment and ongoing management of systems and processes designed to measure, analyze and evaluate our services across the organization. This role offers the chance for a talented and experienced individual to provide innovative leadership in shaping the future of Ceres Community Project and to continue our efforts in leading a national conversation around the vital connection between whole organic food, strong social connections and health.
Key responsibilities for this position include strategic leadership, program management, developing and managing staff and teams, overseeing youth development best practices, and conducting measurement and evaluation across all programs. The ideal candidate will bring professional experience having overseen multiple programs in a human services environment and have exceptional skills in managing and developing individuals and teams. The Program Director is a self-starter, who proactively identifies and resolves issues, and is able to lead group processes that result in positive and collaborative problem solving.

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, and program management staff, provide strategic direction on all of Ceres Community Project's programs and services to ensure a seamless, integrated vision of program design, delivery and measurement.
  • Meet annual program goals for client services, youth development, and community nutrition education.
  • Motivate and lead an existing team, provide supervision, mentoring and professional development opportunities; promote an atmosphere of excellence in service delivery.
  • Provide guidance and oversight on best practices for youth development.
  • Oversee performance measurement and management systems that support continuous improvement of service execution and delivery, including activities such as data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Partner with database provider and Director of Operations to develop user requirements and ensure employees at all levels of the organization have the systems and information they need to perform their jobs at the highest capacity.
  • In collaboration with program staff, manage overall program budgets, including adherence to specific requirements of grants and funding agencies; provide necessary data and stories to Development staff to support grant applications and reporting.
  • Design and conduct training around a variety of topics, including, but not limited to: youth development, program planning and deployment, service delivery, and evaluation.
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, provide strategic leadership and set the organizations evaluation priorities and agenda to support the creation and use of data to improve service delivery and drive strategic decision making.
  • Develop effective working partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders in the broader community including health care referral partners, colleague organizations, relevant County departments, funding sources, community partners, volunteers and clients.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership experience in program design, management, and evaluation in a human services setting, with strategic leadership responsibility for a multi-program department during a time of programmatic growth.
    • High energy, positive, "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and high degree of initiative.
    • Comfortable in a growing and evolving organization, where proactive change in response to constituent needs and opportunity is part of our culture.
    • Experience developing and overseeing program budgets.
    • Professional training and experience with youth development best practices.
  • Significant staff management and development experience; ability to effectively manage direct reports to deliver high quality services through effective training and onboarding as well as ongoing coaching and mentoring.
    • Highly developed communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization across a wide range of external stakeholders and constituencies. 
    • Ability to supervise or lead a team, including exceptional coaching, facilitation and mediation skills; ability to coach and counsel employees and volunteers.
    • Ability to develop others by determining paths for career development and constructively delivering direct feedback to direct reports, colleagues and volunteers. 
  • Experience creating and refining business processes and unifying standards and best practices across a diverse organization, while respecting the distinct needs of individuals and groups. 
    • Experience with program evaluation and measurement and the use of program evaluation data to support continuous improvement. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving culturally diverse populations.
  • A strong passion for the mission and vision of Ceres Community Project.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Experience working as a member of a senior team to support overall organizational and strategic planning and management.
  • A Team player: Demonstrates cooperative spirit, respects professional boundaries and is successful at sharing responsibilities with others
  • Poised: able to maintain a calm, positive and constructive attitude during interactions with diverse populations, sometimes in challenging situations
  • Decisive: Thoughtful when considering options, seeks input from others, makes difficult decisions when necessary
  • Tech Savvy: Skilled with computers, proficient with function appropriate technology, learns quickly, uses technology to enhance job performance with the interest and ability to learn new technology
  • Agile: Able to move effectively between big-picture thinking and hands-on logistics
  • Leadership: Is abreast of current projects and actively planning for the future. Leads and gains results through others through example, communication, delegation, and accountability. Is a representative of Ceres internally and externally
  • Strategic Thinker: Works to establish and articulate vision, shows creativity when defining solutions
  • Results-Driven: Defines appropriate goals, works toward achieving goals, articulates vision and steps for achievement
  • Flexible and available: must be flexible to work nights, weekends or holidays to meet demands
  • Innovative: Creative, offers new ideas, risk taker, amenable to change
  • Project manager: Monitors status of projects, understands project details, holds project owners accountable, delivers clear and accurate feedback  

The Program Director directly manages the Client Program Manager, Executive Chef, Santa Rosa & Marin Program Manager, Youth Program Manager, and Nutrition Program Manager, and has a total of fourteen staff reporting.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

Physical Requirements

While performing duties of job, staff member is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds unassisted. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus 
Work Environment: 

The position is based in Sebastopol but requires travel to all program sites in Sonoma and Marin counties. Occasional nights and weekends. 

Founded in 2007, Ceres Community Project works to build healthy communities by restoring whole, organic and locally grown food to its place as the foundation of health, empowering youth, and connecting people in heart-centered ways to others and the earth.
Ceres Community Project's main program, Healing Meals for Healthy Communities, provides free and low-cost nourishing organic meals, nutrition education and caring support to people facing serious illness. All of the meals are prepared by teens that learn about growing, cooking and eating healthy whole foods and the connection between diet and health, develop life and work-ready skills, and discover their power to make a difference. The Healing Meals program improves healthy eating behaviors among clients, teens and adult volunteers and educates the whole community about the link between healthy eating and the health of both people and planet.  It also strengthens the social fabric of the community, another factor that is at the root of health.
In addition to operating three program sites in Marin and Sonoma Counties, Ceres has trained thirteen communities nationally to replicate our model. We are also active at the state and national level in advocating for policies that support equitable access to healthy food and health care, including reimbursement for medically tailored meals by insurers.  For more information, please visit www.ceresproject.org

Ceres Community Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and strongly encourages members of minority groups to apply. 
All employment decisions at Ceres are made without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status or any other status protected by laws or regulations.

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our lives, work and organization.


Everything Matters

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the greatest positive impact.


Young People are the Future

Young People are intelligent, responsible, capable, creative and caring,
and must be central participants in shaping our collective future.


The Universe has a Purpose

Everything is connected, and life continually invites us to experience gratitude, abundance, connection, community and healing. 



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