Associate Director

Food for Life
Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£55,000 pa
30 May 2019
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About us 

We are a Bristol based charity focussed on making real food the easy choice for everyone and reconnecting people to where their food comes from through our Food for Life programme. We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals, care settings and whole cities, helping them raise food standards and build food knowledge and skills through a ‘whole-setting approach’. 

About the opportunity

We are entering an exciting period of growth and are looking for someone to lead and shape the overall development of the Food for Life programme for the future, including its business development, marketing and communications, service design and impact functions.

Your role

This is an exciting, broad, development-oriented role, charged with driving Food for Life forward - as a programme, as a brand, and as a movement.

You will develop earned income and philanthropically-funded work for Food for Life, in pursuit of the Soil Association’s mission, with a strong emphasis on insight, innovation, service design, impact and advocacy opportunities.

As a key member of the Soil Association’s new Food and Farming Leadership Team, you will contribute to the development of synergies between our different work themes and teams, across the whole group, to maximise our ‘holistic’ USP.

About you

We are looking for a proactive leader of people and business. We are looking for you to demonstrate experience of playing a key leadership role and strategic planning in at least two of the following areas: business development, marketing and communications, service/product design/development and impact/evaluation teams.

You may come from a charity or social enterprise background, particularly if you’re familiar with the public sector as a major customer, and you must have experience at scale (and probably some for-profit background too). Or you may come with a background that is solely private sector, and you’d now like to apply your skills and experience to a charitable cause in a way which better aligns with your own values.
Whatever your background, you will be excited to take a step into a strategic leadership role, with plenty of board exposure. You’ll enjoy joining a highly capable, dynamic team, impacting some of the most critical challenges the world faces today (and loving their work at the same time). Values and leadership behaviours are critical to this role, as well as a desire to harness the power of food to drive positive change for people and the natural world. But this is no soft option – the team are determined, enterprising and ambitious.

Please visit our website, or view the supporting documentation for a Job Description and a candidate pack. 

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people that we work with. In accordance with this commitment we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including: 
• 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service (pro rata)
• A defined contribution pension scheme
• Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
• Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
• Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
• Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 10th June 2019

Interviews will be held in Bristol and confirmed with successful candidates. 

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, our Director, Food and Farming, James Cashmore, would be very happy to speak to you. Please feel free to contact him by email or by phone on 07970 085131. (We are not working with recruitment agencies on this role thank you.)

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role to Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname).

Thank you for your interest in the Soil Association and our job opportunities.