Program Director, Food and Wellness Network (FAWN)

Posted by Turning Points for Children on December 18, 2017

The FAWN (Food and Wellness Network) Director provides leadership in the development, implementation and oversight of FAWN’s community-based interventions aimed at reducing food insecurity and promoting healthy food access for children and families in the Turning Points for Children service area. FAWN operates two community-based food pantries in Frankford in Northeast Philadelphia and at Tilden Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia. The FAWN Director will be a social entrepreneur who wants to put big ideas about food insecurity to work within established systems. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to run their own operation, with the stability and support offered by a large organization.

Performance Measures

  • Raise and manage funds to sustain FAWN program
  • Expand pantry operations at Tilden Middle School
  • Build partnerships to bring additional health and wellness resources to FAWN clients
  • Accurate and timely reporting on services


  • As a member of the Turning Points management team, supports the daily operations of Turning Points as needed and participates as needed in agency strategic planning and evaluation.
  • Provides direct supervision of the Site Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators, Nutrition Educators, and other staff as assigned.
  • Maintains, grows and oversees FAWN community engagement activities.
  • Plans, reviews and evaluates operating policies, practices and procedures for FAWN and initiates policy review.
  • Assists FAWN staff in operationalizing new processes and program innovations.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of adjunctive community-based programs aimed at reducing food insecurity and promoting healthy food access for children and families in the TPFC service area.
  • Works with Turning Points management teams to cultivate relationships with subcontracted agencies providing relevant community-based and prevention programs, including negotiating contracts and scopes of services, instituting and implementing compliance oversight procedures, approving expenditures, etc.
  • Uses program outcome data to help drive and improve program implementation via the development of programmatic policies and procedures.
  • Keeps abreast of new evidence-based practices aimed at reducing food insecurity and promoting healthy food access for children and families, and assists in evaluating such programs for potential use by Turning Points.
  • Participates in grant writing and other resource development activities for FAWN program and other community-based and prevention programs as needed.
  • Develops and sustains collaborative partnerships with community agencies, and city and state departments that support the success of hunger relief and health promotion programs.
  • Manages FAWN program budget.
  • Manages expenses and relationships associated with leasing the FAWN Frankford building including paying monthly utilities and maintaining security and fire systems.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of program development, evaluation methods and procedures.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Ability to conceptualize, implement and evaluate new projects.
  • Experience with grant-writing and reporting.
  • Proficient in both Spanish and English preferred.
  • Culturally sensitive to the needs and diversities of multi‐cultural communities.
  • Skills in typing, basic computer operations, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of social services, child welfare and family systems services.
  • Knowledge of hunger relief systems, health promotion, and nutrition education.
  • Able to work independently, demonstrating good judgment and prioritizing.
  • Must be accurate and detail oriented.
  • Practices good customer service skills in all working relationships.
  • Experience facilitating public meetings, and other public forums.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, respectful, and courteous nature.
  • Strong writing and oral presentations skills.
  • Current driver’s license and good driving record.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the management or administration of a social service or hunger relief program.

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s in social work, public health or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

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