Propeller Program Coordinator – Food

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply
Email your answer document, resume, and cover letter to Andrea Chen at In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position. Please write the job title and your name in the subject line of the email.

Propeller Program Coordinator – Food


Food Program Coordinator Mission: To execute efficiently and smoothly on food accelerator program, sector participation and policy goals, and alumni program and tracking for high-value add, 90%-100% client satisfaction, and venture growth in impact and revenue.


Position Outcomes:

Sector Participation – Food

  • Knowledge of food security and local food economy  – sector industry market forces, up-to-date sector developments, entrepreneurial opportunities, etc.
  • Identification and development of strong and trusting relationships with sector industry leaders, influencers, stakeholders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs
  • Participation in sector meetings to represent Propeller and social entrepreneurship interest
  • Identification of one policy issue per sector, influencers mobilized to change policy, monitoring of policy change progress, and policy change

Healthy School Food Collaborative (HSFC)

  • Ensure compliance to higher healthy food standards and 5% local procurement initiative within the HSFC
  • Manage third party evaluation of HSFC with program partner Louisiana Public Health Institute to measure plate waste, consumption, and program effectiveness
  • Work to increase consumption of healthy foods in the HSFC

Accelerator Recruitment:

  • Startup Accelerator: Recruitment of 20-40 “good fit” applicants in food security/local food economy
  • Growth Accelerator: Recruitment of 10-20 “good fit” applicants/sector

Impact Accelerator – Food (Startup and Growth Tracks)

  • Management of food ventures programming, including Lead Mentor office hour scheduling, monthly cohort meet-ups, sector convenings, Demo Days, coaching office hours, and strategic planning
  • Ensures 98% high value-add and high satisfaction in all accelerator programming
  • 66% of ventures in Startup Track implement pilot, validate customers, reach social and financial goals, have first paid customers
  • 90% of ventures in Growth Track reach revenue, impact, and financing goals

Impact Tracking and Reporting

  • Manage and oversee tracking and reporting of accelerator and alumni-wide impact, financial progress, and stories through surveys, incentives, meetings, and events
  • Support as needed on Salesforce and database maintenance

Alumni Program:

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all alumni
  • Development and management of high value-add meetings, including quarterly meetings with 100% Alumni program satisfaction

Fund Development

  • Consistent and positive stewardship of funders in food through regular communications on impact, execution of program deliverables, and regular expressions of appreciation



  • Execution-Oriented – Able to complete tasks and meet goals on time and at high quality.
  • Efficiency – Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
  • Passion – Loves working with food entrepreneurs and has a “do whatever it takes” mentality to help companies succeed.
  • Organization and planning – Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets time in an efficient, productive manner.  Focuses on key priorities.
  • Assertiveness/Makes Decisions – Moves quickly and takes a forceful stand without being abrasive.
  • Follow-through on commitments – Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost.
  • Intelligence – Learns quickly.  Demonstrates ability to quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information from new business models, critical relationships, and new sectors.
  • Analytical skills – Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it.  Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetrating insights that can accelerate a business.
  • Attention to detail – Does not let important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
  • Persistence – Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactivity – Acts without being told what to do.  Brings new ideas to the company.
  • Honesty/integrity – Does not cut corners ethically.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient.  Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Work ethic – Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done.  Has a track record of working hard.
  • Ego in Check/Openness to criticism and ideas – Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.  Admits to mistakes.
  • Experience or coursework in food systems and food security
  • Experience or coursework in public health and/or program evaluation
  • (preferred) Personal car with valid insurance you are willing to use for occasional errands (with compensation for mileage)

Start Date: Summer 2015 (June – July 2015)

Compensation: $35,000+/year with health, vision, and dental benefits and cell phone stipend.

Hours: Full-time, evening and weekend hours may be requested for events and program meetings.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2015; we recommend early applications and may fill the position before the deadline.

Application Directions: Please answer the following questions in a separate document:

1.    Why do you want to work at Propeller?

2.   What do you think will be your greatest strength in this role? In what way do you think you will need to grow the most to be successful in this role?

3.   What do you find gives you the most energy in your current work? What drains your energy the most in your current work?


Email your answer document, resume, and cover letter to Andrea Chen at In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about Propeller and your interest and qualifications in the position. Please write the job title and your name in the subject line of the email.


About Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans. We drive social, environmental, and economic impact in New Orleans by incubating ventures that have the potential to solve our city’s most pressing issues. Our vision is to build a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling key challenges in our issue areas of food securitywater management, healthcare, and educational equity in order to make significant change for underserved individuals. 


Propeller and its Fellows have received local and national recognition in The New York Times, TIME, Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur magazine, GOOD, Wired, Forbes and The Times Picayune. To learn more about the Impact Accelerator, please visit  To learn more about our impact in the food sector, please visit,


Propeller is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Women and minority individuals are encouraged to submit applications.