VP of Programs

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The James Beard Foundation

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April 5, 2021
March 5, 2021

VP of Programs



The James Beard Foundation (JBF) believes good food represents more than just taste. The Foundation’s mantra, Good Food for Good, embraces both the power and the deliciousness of food. The James Beard Awards are a marquee program of the Foundation with a 30-year legacy of showcasing excellence and leadership in the food and beverage community. 

Since March 2020, the James Beard Foundation has pivoted its programs and resources to providing support for people in the food and beverage community to help businesses survive the COVID-19 crisis and rebuild a more resilient and equitable industry. The Foundation’s Open for Good campaign raises awareness about the importance of independent restaurants in their communities. It provides businesses and individuals with financial support, advocacy and leadership training, and other critical resources to guide reopening and building back better in the wake of the pandemic.

Reporting directly to the Foundation’s CEO, the VP of Programs will lead the James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) portfolio of programs and campaigns to maximize the positive influence the Foundation has on the restaurant industry and food world – through social, cultural, and policy change.

JBF is a mission-first organization that is pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry and broader food system: An industry underpinned by racial and gender equity, environmentally sustainable practices, and a sustainable business model; where food is seen as valuable work and a long-term career in food is viable.


The VP of Program will lead the strategic development and operationalization of the research, training, education, convening, and critical resources needed to support our community to make progress against the new standards. This position will be responsible for the next phase of the evolution of our existing ‘Impact’ programs: Women’s Leadership Programs; Advocacy and Policy initiatives and the Chef’s Bootcamp for Policy & Change; Sustainability initiatives; Education & Scholarships; and will support our Community programs. Additionally, they will drive the development of new programs in line with ‘Open for Good’ and the longer-term health of the industry and food system. The ambition is to build [3] overarching impact campaigns that are multi-year, combine a number of programs and initiatives, and are anchored in defined and measurable impact outcomes.

The VP of Programs will partner with and support the VP of Community in the design and execution of our DEI initiatives respecting the intersectional nature of our impact work.

The VP of Programs will serve as a Senior Leader to ensure programmatic alignment, coordination, and impact across the organization, and will have overall accountability for the programming P&L. A core focus will be collaborative working to ensure all our efforts align with our strategic impact priorities. In addition to partnering with the VP of Community, other priority relationships include:


Working with the COO and Development team to secure the funding needed through sponsors, Foundation grants, and individual donations to ensure sufficient and sustained investment. Programs will also form a core component of the Foundation’s ‘capital’ campaign and the VP of Programs will play a central role in building and delivering the investment case.

Supporting the VP of Awards to ensure our Impact priorities are expressed through the prestigious annual awards.

Working with the VP of Events to ensure our Impact priorities are expressed through all the Foundation’s Events, including the Beard House events/initiatives, etc.

Partnering with the VP of Communications to develop content and communications in line with our mission and programming.

Act as point person with the Board of Trustees for all our Programs including leading the ‘Impact’ Committee and Subcommittees and supporting the VP of Community’s lead of the Board DEI Committee.

A critical function of this role will be liaising with the chef community as we look to deepen existing relationships and build new ones. Key to this position's success will be the ongoing fostering, nurturing, and empowerment of a network of food and beverage professionals. 

The VP of Programs will represent the Foundation externally at industry events, on industry organizations, and will be pivotal in external stakeholder management.

Given the breadth and depth of scope, this role is very much a leadership and team management role. The VP will participate as a member of the leadership team of the Foundation, supporting the broader strategic vision and goals of the organization. The position is accountable for [3] direct reports and for building and developing the capabilities and team needed for the successful delivery of the Foundation’s programming in service to its mission.


·      Deep experience of collaborative and cross-divisional working

·      Coaching and team development

·      Program design, development, and execution

·      Exceptional stakeholder management 

·      In-depth knowledge of the independent food and beverage industry

·      Experience working with chefs and restaurateurs

·      Strong understanding of public policy and advocacy

·      Passion for gender and racial equality

·      Understanding of environmental sustainability and points where it can be addressed within the restaurant industry 

·      Excellent public speaker

The James Beard Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

There are many benefits to a career at the James Beard Foundation. In addition to promoting a good food world through thought leadership, education, and advocacy, JBF offers its employees a dynamic work environment with benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, 403(b) retirement savings, and generous paid time off. Additional perks include Transit Check, discounted health club memberships, and eight complimentary passes annually to dine at the James Beard House.

Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Please include the VP of Programs in the subject line. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email.

VP of Programs



The James Beard Foundation (JBF) believes good food represents more than just taste. The Foundation’s mantra, Good Food for Good, embraces both the power and the deliciousness of food. The James Beard Awards are a marquee…

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