Food System Program Fellow

Position: Food System Program Fellow

Location: Durham, NC

The Organization:
Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina's Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at,

Position Description:
Self-Help is seeking a Food Systems Fellow to join our team in Durham.  Under the supervision of Self-Help's Policy Director, the Healthy Food System Program Fellow will help lead Self-Help's new initiative to strengthen opportunities for underserved food entrepreneurs to build economic security for their families and deliver healthy food to their communities by developing a national network of lenders and organizations to improve capital access. This is a grant funded fellowship that is expected to last one to three years and is managed in conjunction with Self-Help's commercial lending team.

This new initiative will leverage Self-Help's lending experience, knowledge and relationships to create partnerships nationwide and build referral networks, share knowledge, develop new capital sources and explore policy solutions that benefit food systems innovators, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs of color.

Our overall goal is to build lending and economic development resources and connections that strengthen the sustainable food system. Our strategy is to complement our own financing with a national web of lenders and organizations that will improve capital access for underserved food entrepreneurs and to identify new resources and tools and conduct research that can inform the field.

Essential Responsibilities:
Help lead the day-to-day work of this new initiative, working closely with the Director of Policy. This includes but is not limited to:
* Leading outreach initiatives and building a national network of policy, partners, ensuring regular communication and information sharing.
* Providing creative ideation on how to leverage program impact in both short and long term.
* Organizing regional convenings nationwide.
* Representing Self-Help at outside functions such as conferences and convenings, as necessary.
* Creating and maintaining web-based information clearinghouse on Healthy Food Systems Finance players and resources.
* Creating metrics for measuring the impact of healthy foods lending, with the goal of building a framework for information sharing between partners
* Coordinating various food system finance policy research efforts;
* Working with healthy foods lending team, as appropriate.
* Researching and advocating for public policy positions.
* Facilitating internal meetings to help drive planning and next steps.
* Tracking program activities and accomplishments.
* Performing other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Bachelor's degree and 2 years related experience.
* Strong writing and communications skills.
* Data analysis and research skills.
* Self-motivated and self-directed.
*  Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
*  Ability to use social media to effectively communicate to key stakeholders.
*  Ability to develop, cultivate and nurture relationships with keystakeholders.
*  Knowledge of the Healthy Food Systems and Community Development Finance fields.
* Proficiency with SalesForce, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
* Ability to travel approximately 35% and to work evenings and weekends, when required.

Desired Qualifications:
* Master's degree in a related field.

Physical Requirements:
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.

To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to<>. Please include the position title as the subject.  Application must be received by May 31, 2017 to ensure consideration.  Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool.  The position will remain posted until filled.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.