New Opportunity with FoodCorps: Special Assistant to the CEO

foodcorpsSyed Ali ’13 would like you to know about this new opportunity to work with FoodCorps in New York. Check out the position below and apply now!

Who We Are:

FoodCorps is a fast-growing national nonprofit that provides a scalable response to the epidemics of childhood obesity and food insecurity, while training a new generation of leaders in the fields of food, health, education and sustainability. We support motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service transforming school food through a three-pillared approach: 1) knowledge: teaching kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from; 2) engagement: building and tending school gardens where children get to grow, cook and taste real food; and 3) access: sourcing high-quality local food for school lunches. The efforts of FoodCorps’ service members improve the health of school food environments, making durable changes for students that last well beyond their service terms.

What We’re Looking For:

FoodCorps seeks an exceptionally motivated and highly organized candidate to provide critical support to the Chief Executive Officer of this rapidly scaling high-impact social enterprise. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Special Assistant will work closely with the Executive Team and the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization’s senior leaders are operating with efficiency, order and impact. Thanks to your efforts behind the scenes, we will leverage maximum benefit from our CEO, run exceptionally effective governance and management meetings, and stay on target with our ambitious goals of growth and ongoing improvement. This is a fulltime Coordinator-level position based in our New York office near Union Square, requiring some travel.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling, planning, note-taking, and tracking follow-up for meetings of CEO, Executive Team and Board
  • Coordinating CEO’s internal responsibilities and supporting strong management of VP-level staff by CEO
  • Interfacing with the Coordinator of External Affairs, who is responsible for the CEO’s outward-facing work
  • Monitoring progress toward organizational, departmental and individual goals and performance indicators
  • Completing research, analysis and writing tasks and managing a variety of strategic special projects
  • Facilitating robust Board engagement, effective Board meetings and exceptional Board books

Who You Are:

You recognize that effective leadership meetings and successful senior management are critical engines of a well-run organization––and you are excited to be the oil that makes those engines run smoothly at FoodCorps. You are a hard-working, detail-oriented team player who can successfully juggle and complete competing priorities on tight deadlines. You are systems-oriented and enjoy managing complex projects that span from travel logistics to data analysis to planning of a staff retreat. You are an exceptionally clear, precise and confident communicator, with impeccable verbal and written skills. You are excited to work in close partnership with the CEO and the organization’s senior leaders, but you approach that opportunity with humility, loyalty and a “no job too small” commitment to meeting the needs of your colleagues and your supervisor.

Skills of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant work experience required; advanced training welcome
  • Proficiency in Apple software, Google Apps and Microsoft Office required; Salesforce skills a bonus
  • Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills and a passion for project management
  • Must enjoy working with people and on teams; must be willing to both take direction and manage up
  • Must have strong interpersonal acumen and ability to anticipate and address supervisor and staff needs
  • Must bring intellectual curiosity and ability to think outside of the box to efficiently solve problems
  • Must be happy to work evenings or weekends when necessary and to travel occasionally
  • Must be a strong fit with FoodCorps’ organizational culture, which is fast-paced with an emphasis on technology and collaboration among our geographically distributed staff
  • Must bring excellent written and verbal abilities, strength in multi-tasking, goal-setting, and prioritization
  • Must excel in a deadline-driven, high-pressure, entrepreneurial environment
  • Must hold the highest standards of loyalty and ethics to safeguard confidential information

How to Apply:

We are looking to hire quickly; applications will be accepted only until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to FoodCorps via HiringThing.

Candidates invited to compete for the position should expect to complete multiple interviews and sample work assignments.

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, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law. Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare.