PROGRAM MANAGER-Farm-to-School Supply Chain Development

Full-Time Position Available at CADE

CADE seeks a full-time Program Manager to for its Farm-to-School Supply Chain initiative that will create a model that will close gaps in the regional food supply chain by commodity--from farm to processor to distributor to school--unlocking the potential for public school districts in NY’s Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley to purchase 30% of food locally, to help realize NY’s new Farm-to-School law. The position is based at CADE’s office in Oneonta, NY ( The deadline to apply is September 20, 2019.


  • Manage all aspects of project implementation aimed at enhancing farm-to-school (F2S), local food procurement by closing gaps in the food supply chain, ensuring the project meets stated goals.

  • Identify supply chain stakeholders required for engagement--producers, processors, distributors, school purchasers, and NYS public leaders--and develop / maintain strategic partnerships.

  • Undertake a qualitative and quantitative research assessment, including by developing data collection tools, conducting key informant interviews, focus groups, etc., to identify relevant gaps and explore potential solutions with stakeholders.

  • Put forward recommendations for all stakeholders on closing supply chain gaps, including by introducing sustained mechanisms to ensure a stable, F2S food supply chain.

  • Convene relevant stakeholders to share assessment findings and test prospective solutions.

  • Support implementation of solutions, putting in place new mechanisms while collecting regular feedback on successes or learnings.

  • Capture and hone lessons, helping to define a model of success with potential for statewide replication.

  • Put forward a successful F2S supply chain model to public leaders, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Regional Economic Development Councils, F2S communities of practice, and others to be considered for state-wide replication.

  • Monitor overall project progress and conduct impact evaluations to assess project success


  • 3-5 years experience implementing farm-to-school projects and/or school food purchasing

  • Familiarity with supply chain stakeholders and NYS F2S legislation

  • Experienced in conducting applied research (i.e., developing data collection tools, compiling and analyzing data, synthesizing and putting forward findings into public spaces) and supporting and facilitating implementation of findings in building a regional model.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and build bridges among diverse audiences

  • Excellent facilitation and leadership skills

  • Experienced in monitoring & evaluation and impact report writing

  • Outstanding program/project management skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; Master’s degree a plus

  • Self-starting, highly motivated, big picture-oriented while attentive to detail

  • Able to work well independently as well as part of a team


This is a full time position that includes health insurance and 3 weeks vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience.

CADE, 189 Main St (PO Box 641),
5th Fl Mezzanine
Oneonta, NY 13820 / Facebook: @cadefarms


To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, 3 references, and salary history to by September 20, 2019. When applying, please include Program Manager Application in the subject line. No phone calls please. Note that this position requires a presence in the office 5 days a week and is not conducive to remote work.

CADE is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. CADE prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, military status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, women, and LGBT applicants are encouraged to apply.