The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances the human rights of farmworkers, the long-term interests of growers, and the ethical supply chain concerns of retail food companies through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program that emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has been recognized by human rights experts as “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the US and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.” To learn more, please see the FFSC’s annual report.
FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Pay is highly competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience. Benefits include employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance, generous paid vacation and parental leave policies, and an employer-matched 401(k) plan.
- Lead a diverse, dynamic team of human rights investigators responsible for conducting comprehensive audits of participating growers’ operations.
- Continuously monitor the progress of the audit program, including coordinating the team in scheduling the audit calendar, corresponding with participating growers, preparing for audits, and following up after audits;
- Intake, investigate, and resolve confidential complaints received through FFSC’s 24-hour complaint hotline and audit procedures;
- Lead FFSC’s team of investigators in time-sensitive on-the-ground complaint investigations;
- Conduct sensitive interviews with farmworkers, supervisors, and management;
- Prepare and review audit materials, including interview tools and detailed, accurate notes from interviews and complaint investigations;
- Work closely with FFSC senior staff and management to improve auditing methods;
- Organize and analyze data from audits, complaints, and investigations using the FFSC database;
- Perform additional duties and projects as assigned.
- Fluency in Spanish required. Fluency in Haitian Creole or French desired, but not required.
- At least three years of experience in a leadership position in a non-profit, public service, or labor organization, and proven ability to support, guide, and develop more junior staff;
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate professionally with individuals of varying backgrounds and educational levels;
- Experience with grievance and complaint procedures, legal case management, and/or alternative dispute resolution;
- Strong interviewing skills;
- Strong attention to organization, detail, and accuracy;
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
- Discretion and maturity in dealing with confidential information;
- Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors) for extended periods of time;
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and handling competing priorities in a fast-paced setting with irregular hours;
- Demonstrated commitment to human rights; and
- Desire to work closely with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels.
Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at email@example.com. The subject line of the email should read “Director of Field Operations.” Please indicate in the body of the email where you found the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.