Strategy and Partnerships Project Manager
Who We Are
FoodCorps believes every school should be a healthy school and every child–regardless of race, place or class–deserves to be well nourished and ready to learn. In underserved communities across the country, our AmeriCorps leaders teach students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partner with farmers and food service workers to create nutritious and delicious school meals, and collaborate with communities to insure a long-term culture of health. Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies – like policy change, leadership development, and action-oriented networks – that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools.
What We’re Looking For
FoodCorps seeks a Strategy and Partnerships Project Manager to join our growing team. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Strategy and Partnerships, the Project Manager will work across the Strategy and Partnerships team in supporting FoodCorps’ systems change strategies to include our government relations and policy work, reWorking Lunch Initiative, and other projects that extend FoodCorps’ impact beyond our direct service AmeriCorps program. This position will be a key member of the Strategy and Partnerships team and will be responsible for coordinating essential department processes, managing project timelines, providing overall support across our supply-side and policy functions, and providing specific administrative support to the Chief Strategist, Deputy Director, and Senior Director of reWorking Lunch. The Project Manager will provide increased efficiency across FoodCorps’ work on systems change through strong management of logistics and projects, and will spend a significant amount of their time providing support to the internal cross-departmental team leading the reWorking Lunch Initiative. This is a full-time position, based at FoodCorps’ New York City office.
Who You Are
You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission and vision, deeply committed to equity and inclusion, and excited about contributing to the success of the mission through impeccable project management and administrative coordination. You are a team player who thrives on building meaningful internal and external relationships. You are a highly motivated self-starter, detail-oriented, and comfortable juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You have stellar judgement, operate with diplomacy, and exhibit a high-level of professionalism and confidentiality. You possess a “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude to getting work done, a high degree of determination, and are skilled at “managing up” to senior leaders. You are curious by nature, a great collaborator, and an effective communicator. You are interested in the overlapping areas of business, policy, and management that make-up the world of school food, and you bring a pragmatic approach to making change within a complex, budget-constrained system. You leave no stone unturned in your work, always seeking new and creative solutions to complex problems. You have both a comfort with ambiguity and desire to drive toward end goals. The fact that this is a new role excites you because your superpower is creative problem solving and anticipation of needs. Building efficient and sustainable processes in a fast-paced environment comes naturally to you.
Take the lead on special projects, like planning a department-wide retreat, analyzing data for a key project, or preparing briefs
Coordinate closely with the Deputy Director of S&P and the Senior Director of reWorking Lunch and other key staff to provide overall project management, administrative, and relationship management support to the reWorking Lunch Initiative
Develop and manage the tracking system for reWorking Lunch goals
Manage budgets for each reWorking Lunch work stream
Contribute to the planning of the reWorking Lunch Annual Event
Participate in Strategy and Partnerships meetings and conversations as a team member by contributing ideas and sharing perspectives
Provide administrative assistance across the Strategy and Partnerships department, including the scheduling and coordinating of internal and external meetings and conference calls, travel and expense reconciliation, vendor relations, and printing and preparing materials
Track priority projects and to-dos for the Chief Strategist and support her inbox management
Provide behind the scenes coordination of project timelines and deliverables across the department
Support key internal and external meetings for Strategy and Partnerships team members, ensuring that materials are organized, logistics are finalized, technical support is accomplished, and physical space is conducive to aspirational outcomes
Skills of the Ideal Candidate
3-5 years of relevant professional work experience required
Capable of dealing with a variety of personalities in situations requiring diplomacy, poise and firmness
Enjoys working behind the scenes, keeping details organized, and managing multiple complex projects at once
Stellar talent for project management: strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, and prioritization
Ability to plan and run meetings seamlessly
Strong facilitation skills
Strong, capable relationship builder, including by phone and email, using multiple ways of communication according to partner preference and geography
Ability to work as a team player and also to work independently with minimum supervision
Firmly dedicated to FoodCorps commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Ability to adapt to the ever-changing environment of a fast-growing team and organization
Possess an intellectual curiosity, understanding and enthusiasm for the work of FoodCorps
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter and salary requirements through our hiring site.
FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location, and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) matching, professional development funds and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Manager role with a salary range beginning at $60,000 per year.
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FoodCorps is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. FoodCorps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law.
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.