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Manager - Operations and People

About Feed the Truth

Feed the Truth is a new nonprofit organization that stands with a burgeoning global movement with an ambitious goal: to create a healthier, more just society by challenging the global food and beverage industry’s exploitation of our health, environment, and democracy. It was seeded by Daniel Lubetzky—a philanthropist and entrepreneur best known for creating the snack company KIND—with the goal that Feed the Truth would “hold all of us in the food community accountable for what we say and claim” and counteract the food industry’s undue influence in shaping policy and science. As we prepare to launch Feed the Truth’s work, we are building a talented team that can help the organization become a driving force for change. 

Position Summary

The Manager: Operations and People will help Feed the Truth build and manage its organizational capabilities to deliver on its mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will provide day-to-day management of human resources, information technology, finance and accounting and general business operations of the organization while helping drive the long-term strategic vision for operations and culture as we grow. We are a small team in start-up mode, but expect to grow quickly so are looking for the candidates who are strong on big picture strategy while not shying away from day-to-day implementation of tasks. You will serve as a thought-partner and trusted advisor to our Executive Director and  work with staff and consultants across the organization to ensure that Feed the Truth operates as a high-performing, high-impact organization.  If you are an operations dynamo, looking to make an impact on one of the most critical issues of our time with a fantastic team, this could be the job for you.

Please note: The Manager: Operations and People will manage consultants but will not oversee any full-time staff initially. There is a high likelihood that this role will manage staff in the future.

Your responsibilities will include: 

Operations and Finance

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of Feed the Truth’s hybrid (remote and in-person) office and team.  
  • Plan, develop, and manage operations policies and programs, regularly identifying areas of improvement.
  • Oversee the accounting functions for Feed the Truth, in partnership with our accountant, including tracking and analyzing expenses to ensure accuracy of monthly financial reporting.
  • Manage vendors and contractors, overseeing the contracting and invoicing process.
  • Maintain relationships with bank partners and other outside vendors.
  • Partner with the Leadership Team and accountant on budgeting, forecasting and organizational planning.
  • Coordinate annual financial audit and tax return preparation and filing, serving as the principal point of contact for the accountant and audit firm.
  • Maintain grant records and track grant payments and report requirements. Assist with the preparation of grant proposal budgets, providing financial and organizational information as needed. Manage the administration of sub-grants.
  • Develop and oversee compliance with IT policies. Identify and manage IT support solutions and ensure staff have the necessary hardware and software they require. 
  • Maintain necessary business insurance and ensure compliance for the organization’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status, including all necessary federal and state corporate filings.
  • Perform general office duties, such as ordering supplies, purchasing office equipment, and managing phone and conferencing accounts, etc. 
  • Serve as point of contact for office space lease, evaluating space needs and contract negotiations.

People and Human Resources

  • In partnership with the E.D. and other leaders, help to build a vision for Feed the Truth’s organizational culture that is rooted in a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Oversee the organization’s HR function, serving as the point of contact for all HR needs of employees. Act as a first line contact for employee concerns and for questions around HR policies and procedures.  
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Professional Employment Organization (PEO) to ensure payroll, employee benefits, deductions and leave are effectively managed.
  • Establish, regularly review, and update HR processes, employee benefits and policies.
  • Develop and implement a staff performance review and evaluation process as well as ongoing learning and professional development opportunities.
  • Provide direct support to hiring managers in recruitment, including screening resumes, conducting interviews and/or reference checks as needed, and extending offers. Work with an outside recruitment consultant to run searches as needed. 
  • Manage staff on-boarding and off-boarding process.
  • Maintain employee personnel records.
  • Actively participate in co-developing an inclusive, equitable, and collaborative culture. 
  • Take a lead role in employee retention and support opportunities, such as benefits, training opportunities, celebrations, and staff recognition.

Organizational Strategy 

  • Work closely with the Executive Director to build the structure, vision, and functions for a growing nonprofit.
  • Collaborates with leadership to support the organization’s goals and plans, especially around people operations such as staff structure, culture, staff recruitment and retention.
  • Help drive organizational planning.
  • Serve as thought partner to the Executive Director and a go-to resource for staff.  
  • Ensure Feed the Truth holds true to its values throughout the organization.

Qualifications

Required skills, experience, and attributes:

The strongest candidates for this role will possess:

  • At least seven years of experience managing operations, people and human resources programs, and finance and or accounting functions - ideally in a nonprofit and/ or start-up organization.
  • A highly organized and detail-oriented work style and experience handling confidential and sensitive information. 
  • Strong project planning and management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines simultaneously.
  • Experience in a start-up or a small nonprofit, been a part of its evolution, and have played a role in the organization’s growth and success.
  • A reasonable comfort level with technology and have experience with key programs, including Excel, QuickBooks, Bill.com, Expensify and virtual meeting applications.
  • An understanding of nonprofit finance.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience working with DEI initiatives.
  • A problem-solving approach and a preference for a fast-paced work setting.
  • Excellent communication skills including writing and presenting. 
  • The ability to work with a variety of staff across the organization as well as vendors and consultants.
  • An upbeat, helpful tone while keeping high standards for accountability. 
  • A demonstrated interest in food justice and democracy. 

Preferred skills, experience, and attributes:

  • Experience working closely with an E.D. or CEO.

Details: This position is based in Washington, D.C. Candidates must be based in the Washington, D.C. area or be willing to relocate. You will report to our Executive Director. Please note: During the COVID pandemic all staff are working from home. There is no set date to return to the office and we will only do so when it is safe to do so.

Salary and benefits: The salary range for this position is $80 to $90K per year and the salary offered will be dependent on market factors and the candidate’s professional experience and capabilities. This is a full-time, exempt position. We are open to the possibility of a part-time position at 75% at a pro-rated salary for the right candidate.  

How to Apply

  • Click on the apply button and submit your application including a cover letter which speaks to your interest in our mission. Please also let us know where you heard about the job.
  • We are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. Please apply as soon as possible. The closing date for applications is Thursday, April 29th, 2021.

Feed the Truth encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, parental status, or veteran status.


 

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