Director of Programs

Wholesome Wave Georgia (Atlanta, GA)


At Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), we believe all Georgians should have access to good, wholesome and locally-grown food. Founded in 2009, WWG’s mission is to strengthen local food communities by empowering networks of farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices. In 2009, WWG launched as a state-wide chapter of Wholesome Wave National’s Double Value Coupon Program to double Federal Nutrition Assistance (FNA; i.e., SNAP, WIC) benefits at Georgia farmers markets. Through our Georgia Fresh for Less (GF4L) program, WWG has grown from three partner farmers markets in 2009 to a network of over 60 markets and directmarketing farms today. WWG launched the Southeast’s first Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program in 2015, connecting low income families with chronic illness to health care providers and nutrition and culinary education. Since 2009, WWG has provided over $2.3 million in healthy food to Georgia’s FNA recipients and in revenue to local farmers through these two programs. For more information, please visit


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs is responsible for the oversight and management of all Wholesome Wave Georgia programs. S/he has as external facing role, developing relationships with community organizations and members, and internal facing role, managing a team and establishing high standards of performance across all programs. This position is full time.


Strategic Program Direction and Vision

  • Strategically grow and develop WWG programs, building the strength and effectiveness of organization’s statewide network
  • Develop and utilize existing systems to monitor programmatic compliance and increase fidelity
  • Explore and develop innovative new pilot programs to deepen impact and reach

Program Activities

  • Cultivate new and existing relationships with program and community partners with the goal of increasing program participation and awareness
  • Manage relationship with Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and ensure seamless program delivery and quality control of the SNAP Outreach grant
  • Consistently develop, implement and share programmatic best practices and learnings across statewide network
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of all programs
  • Monitor programmatic expenses
  • Create and present quarterly programmatic reports to staff and board members


  • Engage and manage program staff and interns; defining team roles and responsibilities and leading performance evaluation process
  • Serve as the management liaison to the advisory board through leadership, development and collaboration with members


  • Broad experience working across disciplines such as community development, sustainable food systems, environmental issues and public health
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about food access for low-income populations, demonstrated interest and experience with food access in Georgia a plus
  • Superb multitasking and time management skills: able to manage several programs at a high level simultaneously in a fast paced environment and assist team in prioritization and time management
  • Innovative mindset: consistently looking for ways to improve and expand programs that is rooted in evidence and best practices
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to meet stringent deadlines
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities; ability to exercise good judgement, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: demonstrated ability to express information effectively in a clear and convincing manner
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and relate well to individuals from varied backgrounds
  • Skilled leader, able to manage and inspire a team to produce high quality results
  • Flexibility, a positive attitude and willingness to adjust to a rapidly changing landscape and the possibility of unanticipated projects and demands
  • Ability to quickly come up to speed on existing initiatives and on WWG programs.
  • Willingness to travel independently and represent a state-wide organization. Driver’s license and access to a car are necessary. Familiarity with farmers markets, farms and other outlets for Georgia's local food system strongly encouraged
  • High degree of emotional intelligence


  • Master’s degree in relevant field such as Public Health, Community Development, Program Management, Non-profit Management, Social Work, or combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience planning, implementing, and evaluating large-scale community programs, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • At least 1 year experience managing program expenses and developing programmatic budgets
  • At least 2 years experience in monitoring and evaluating community programs including survey development, data collection and analysis and/or report generation
  • Proficiency in applications like Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, TaskRay, Qualtrics, and/or SAS/SPSS strongly preferred.
  • Experience with WWG’s programs (as a beneficiary, administrator or community partner) preferred


  • Salary is mid $40's plus benefits
  • Position will be based out of WWG’s Kirkwood, Atlanta office.


Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining background, experience, and interest to

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 25, 2018. Please use subject line “Director of Programs"