Assistant Director of Strategic Alliances

Big Green
October 7, 2019
Boulder, CO
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Matthew Elden
1637 Pearl Street Suite 201


Who are we? Big Green, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, believes that real food should be available to everyone. We build Learning Gardens in schools, adding outdoor classrooms and community gathering places that connect kids to real food and empower them to make healthier food choices. Learning Gardens are the platform from which we leverage the power of real food so that every child will have the opportunity to learn, play, and grow in a healthy community. Our team is dynamic, collaborative and passionate about real food, education, and healthy communities. Please refer to for more information about our work.
What’s the job? At Big Green, we believe that an integrated service delivery approach is key to successful youth wellness interventions. We are actively seeking a highly motivated, results-oriented Assistant Director of Strategic Alliances, responsible for developing, overseeing, and executing our alliances strategy with a set of key partners. This role requires a unique blend of nonprofit and conceptual technical expertise. The ideal candidate will have the drive, influencing skills, and ability to collaborate with various constituencies to advance Big Green’s mission.
Is this job for you? The ideal candidate will have proven experience managing complex alliances or coalitions with nonprofit and public institutions as well as an aptitude for shepherding strong partnerships. As the Assistant Director of Strategic Alliances, you will be responsible for setting strategy, guiding impact and mission alignment, and building out our program partner engagement toolkit.
This position reports to the Vice President of Programs.
What you can look forward to…
  • Cultivate, sustain, and manage key organizational program partnerships; develop a strategy for program replication/expansion (including documentation, resource sharing, and collateral material development).
  • Develop and execute comprehensive strategies for solidifying strategic partnerships with national, regional, and local nonprofits.
  • Create executive alignment and commitment to key partnership goals and strategic initiatives by maintaining strong communication with key leadership contacts.
  • Define and create messaging and collateral that clearly articulates the integrated solutions joint value proposition for our beneficiaries and for funders.
  • Drive alliance and partnership engagement through proactive impact mapping sessions, and the build-out of a partnership engagement toolkit.
  • Lead partner marketing and cross-promotion efforts working closely with Big Green’s marketing team.
  • Assess the organization’s needs and identify prospective partners with innovative solutions that address those needs. Use existing empirically grounded frameworks to support these efforts (e.g. Centers for Disease Control’s Whole Child Model).
  • Advise on potential new corporate and private sector partnership opportunities along with supporting the strategic rationale and business case justification.
  • Perform ongoing management and assessment of each partnership, adjusting terms and modifying relationships as necessary.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including the evaluation team to (1) identify major successes in national or local program partnerships and alliances and devise a strategy for scaling (as appropriate) and (2) address failures in partner delivery that require executive attention and action.
  • Work with Big Green subject matter experts to identify, evaluate and prioritize new collaboration opportunities with each partner.
  • Support and own special projects as needed.


What You’ll Need to Succeed
  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, public health, social work, or a related field (preferred).
  • 7+ years of relevant, full-time employment experience within the nonprofit and/or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting or promoting programs that are youth-centered, nutrition, gardening and cooking focused, community health-focused,  and grounded in social justice, and/or food systems.
  • Experience developing proposals that articulate alternatives, value propositions, benefits, risks, and anticipated social impacts of multi-sector partnership strategies.
  • Superior communication skills: written and verbal. Ability to represent Big Green to relevant organizations.
  • Experience working with and serving a diverse audience(s).
  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful, with the initiative to develop and implement plans to strengthen, sustain and replicate Big Green’s program partnership strategies.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, including the ability to manage projects simultaneously and to set priorities in a fast-paced, goal-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional critical thinking and reasoning skills with the ability to quickly and intuitively grasp how new products, complimentary program models, and earned income structures could impact Big Green from a strategic and financial perspective.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience collaborating with internal stakeholders across multiple cross-functional disciplines.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining strong relationships with a diverse set of internal and external constituencies.

Big Green offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes generous paid leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage.

At Big Green, our growth is nourished by diversity.  We share a commitment to creating equity through our work. Our close knit-team believes in inclusivity and celebrates the uniqueness of everyone.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should apply by October 31, 2019. Click here to apply.

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