November 3, 2020

Senior Manager, Food Sovereignty (Updated 11/3/2020)

Metro Caring

Do you:
– Support building an anti-hunger movement in Colorado?
– Like working as part of a team and developing leadership in others?
– Approach your work with a racial equity lens?
– Enjoy getting things done and making a tangible impact?
– Have experience managing managers of people?
– Love identifying potential solutions to streamline recurring tasks and processes?
Metro Caring, Colorado’s leading anti-hunger organization, is accepting applications for our Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty. This is a new position within our growing team.
The Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty will work toward our vision of an equitable and inclusive local food system and economy by providing oversight of our direct-programming work related to food and community wealth building. They will oversee the planning, coordination, and supervision of managers of the Nutrition and Food Access teams. Finally, they will ensure the strategic alignment between the program execution and the vision of our programs and benchmark qualitative and quantitative data toward those outcomes.
While training and onboarding will be provided, we are interested in applicants who have the following skills, abilities, and experience:
• At least two years’ experiencing managing staff, including setting direction and goals with a team, with a demonstrated ability to develop and empower adult leaders, and can interpret vision and innovation into implementation
• At least two years’ experience leading, managing, directing, or coordinating the daily operations of a program, site, or facility
• Ability to implement strategic plans and operate autonomously
• Experience with data-driven decision making, implementation (Kaizen, Continuous Improvement, Plan/Do/Study/Act, LEAN or similar) and evaluation
• Ability to bring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive lens to management and programming
• Familiarity with issues of systemic inequity and food system, food justice or economic justice issues
• Experience working with diverse populations of people, specifically supporting conflict resolution (and restorative justice) as they arise from working with such a large and diverse community
• Track record with grant writing, reporting and/or grant management
• Budgeting and financial management skills
• Ability to work well independently, highly motivated, and a self-starter
• Bilingual preferred in Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, or Burmese
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to job@metrocaring.org with “Metro Caring Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty” in the subject line, and title your documents “First Name_Last Name_SMFS_Resume” and “First Name_Last Name_SMFS_Cover Letter”. Please use your cover letter to communicate why you are excited to work to help build a sustainable anti-hunger movement in Colorado, highlighting any of the above skills, abilities, and experience above that you have. This position will be filled on an ongoing basis. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled; however, priority will be given to those applicants who submit their materials before 5:00 PM MT on Friday, November 6th.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
POSITION TITLE: Metro Caring Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty
REPORTING TO: Metro Caring Chief Executive Officer
LOCATION: The Metro Caring office is located at 1100 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218. Onboarding and training will take place at the office, with most of the work taking place remotely.
STARTING DATES: No earlier than November 25th. We are committed to finding the right addition to our amazing team.
COMPENSATION: $60,000 – $75,000 full time, nonexempt annual salary. Metro Caring offers a fulfilling workplace and comprehensive benefits package, including: joining a diverse, passionate, enthusiastic and collaborative team; 120 hours per year of paid time off; paid sick leave; paid holidays; 401K retirement plan with a 3 percent employer-paid match; and competitive employee health, dental, short-term disability and family leave plans.
The Metro Caring Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty duties include:
Supervision and Management of People
• Cultivate positive, values-aligned team culture among staff, volunteers, and larger community, while working with managers to develop their teams
• Open and effective communication between staff, partners, and community, develop rapport and build relationships with staff, volunteers, community members, and broader partners
• Coach and train staff and key program volunteers
• Provide direct supervision to the leaders of each program to guide and support their professional development, programmatic outcomes, and team performance
• Observe behavior and dynamics across food sovereignty program teams and apply coaching and development techniques
• Lead team members in making sound, values-aligned decisions, learning from failures, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement
• Support managers in hiring, retention, development and mentorship of diverse talent (Responsible for hiring, onboarding, performance management, performance development of managers and direct reports, and firing as needed)
• Host quarterly team retreats to review progress and set goals to align with strategic plan

Management of Operations, Programs, and Logistics
• Work with managers and direct reports to develop budgets and ensure delivery of program results on time and budget
• Ensure implementation of high-quality food sovereignty and asset-based community development tactics aligned to the strategic goals of the organization, implement strategies to improve team processes and programs in to align to goals and outcomes
• Solve problems; identify areas for innovation and continuous improvement with a creative, analytical, results-oriented frame
• Facilitate communication between core program staff, volunteers, participants, managers, and leadership; sync program schedules and calendars
• Work with grant writer, managers, and development team to raise revenue for Food Sovereignty and Community Development work and partnerships; generate content and participate in proposal writing; ensure timely and accurate reporting
• Identify and pursue new opportunities to grow the department’s budget and impact
• Assess and manage current and prospective partnerships to ensure values and strategy alignment and sufficient return on investment, and contribute meaningfully to strategically and values aligned coalitions and partnership work such as the Blueprint to End Hunger
• Oversee Community Connection and Navigation efforts to empower people to take control of their health and wellbeing; build and maximize community opportunities; and ensure programs, tactics and partnerships center on participant strengths, dreams, goals, and expertise
• Work with the Communications and Strategy teams to identify and train members to be certified spokespeople, cultivating the stories and data needed for any related grant writing, reporting, earned media opportunities, advancing coalition work, and legislative needs
• Other duties as needed

Data and Evaluation
• Facilitate department evaluation and progress reports, ensure collection of program data and outcome evaluation
• Complete program reports for the organization’s leadership team, Board of Directors, evaluation committee, and funders; provide support for administrative staff to collect and report required data
• Cultivate equitable evaluation norms and processes on team and move department from measurement of outputs to measurement of impact and outcomes
• Evaluate the impact of department programs and support the implementation of changes in line with the goals of the broader impact team and organization

Culture of Engagement
• Participate in applicable team meetings and monthly all-staff meetings/retreats
• Attending and completing two volunteer shifts within first week of employment
• Complete a quarterly shift in another program or department
• Join volunteer gatherings (brief, twice daily meetings for shift volunteers) at least twice weekly
The Metro Caring Senior Manager of Food Sovereignty must be self-motivated and friendly, with strong verbal and writing skills. They must be able to maintain composure in a busy environment with a lot of commotion and . They should possess the ability to juggle multiple priorities and projects and meet deadlines under pressure. They must have a desire to learn on the job and meet any challenge with a positive attitude and the ability to hold oneself and others accountable for reaching goals. Values-alignment is a must, especially a commitment to pursue equity, rise together, and champion the mission.
Applicants must have reliable transportation. Relocation costs are not covered by Metro Caring.
Metro Caring is an equal opportunity employer. The organization is dedicated to the goal of building and maintaining a diverse staff and we encourage applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), veterans, first-generation Americans, and those that identify as LGBTQ and non-binary are strongly encouraged to apply.

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