Deputy Director: Operations, HR, and People
Feed the Truth, a new and growing nonprofit that works to realize a healthier, more just food future, is seeking Deputy Director: Operations, HR, and People to build and manage its organizational capabilities to deliver on its mission. This is a ground-floor opportunity to help shape the organization’s growth trajectory and culture, working closely with Feed the Truth’s leadership team and growing staff. We’re looking for candidates who have the operational know-how, people skills and commitment to racial equity to help grow Feed the Truth’s impact and that of the broader global movement for food justice.
About Feed the Truth
Feed the Truth seeks to be a force for food system change working to hold the powerful to account and create a healthier and more just world. Feed the Truth was seeded by Daniel Lubetzky—a philanthropist and entrepreneur best known for creating the snack company KIND—with the goal that organization 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. Mr. Lubetzky’s ten-year $25 million funding commitment to Feed the Truth is unique in that it enables the organization to build and sustain a strong foundation from which it can take risks and help contribute to and grow a movement for a healthier, fairer food system that works for people and not just profit.
Feed the Truth works to get Big Food to make big change through smart campaigns, shareholder advocacy, a partnerships-first approach and strategic research and analysis to create greater corporate transparency and accountability. Our work is centered around and informed by the people who are feeling the impacts of a food system gone awry. It is also driven by the urgency of this political and cultural moment and the need to transform an exploitative and racially unjust food system.
As the Deputy Director: Operations, HR, and People, you will manage Feed the Truth’s human resources, information technology, finance and accounting and general business operations while helping to develop and implement strategies to build the organization and culture as we grow. You will serve as a thought-partner and trusted advisor to our Executive Director on key organizational issues. We are looking for the candidates who are strong on big picture strategy while not shying away from day-to-day operations work. In this role, you will manage consultants and one staff person.
Your responsibilities will include:
Operations Strategy and Management
- Continue to build and oversee the necessary operational infrastructure to support the organization's strategic plan, programmatic priorities and growth targets.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of Feed the Truth’s hybrid (remote and in-person) office and team, regularly identifying areas of improvement to ensure a secure, efficient and collaborative work environment.
- Develop, implement and ensure compliance on organizational policies related to operations, ICT, finance, accounting, and HR.
- Collaborate with leadership to support the organization’s goals and plans, especially around people operations such as staff structure, organizational culture, knowledge management, training, recruitment and retention.
- Working closely with our accountant, oversee the accounting functions for Feed the Truth, including tracking and analyzing expenses to ensure accuracy of monthly financial reporting.
- 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 reporting requirements. Assist with the preparation of grant proposal budgets, providing financial and organizational information as needed. Manage the administration of sub-grants.
- Identify and manage ICT support solutions and ensure staff have the necessary equipment and training they require
People Strategy and Management
- Working closely with the Executive Director and other leadership, help define and cultivate an organizational culture that is rooted in Feed the Truth’s values and 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.
- 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.
Required skills, experience, and attributes. Ideally, you have:
- At least eight years of work experience, including a background in managing operations, people and human resources programs, and playing a role in finance and or accounting functions - preferably in a nonprofit setting;
- A highly organized and detail-oriented work style and experience handling confidential and sensitive information;
- Strong project planning and project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines;
- Experience working closely with an E.D. or CEO;
- Strong people skills and judgement;
- An understanding of nonprofit finance;
- Willingness to serve as organizational point-person and go-to resource on a variety of initiatives;
- Agility with technology and virtual meeting applications;
- Excellent communication skills, including writing and presenting;
- A can-do attitude and a positive, problem-solving orientation;
- A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience working with DEI initiatives;
- The ability to work with a variety of staff across the organization as well as vendors and consultants.
Preferred skills, experience, and attributes. It’s a big plus if you have:
- Experience working for a small nonprofit and has been a part of its evolution;
- Experience working with Boards of Directors;
- Experience with information security;
- Experience with platforms such as QuickBooks, Bill.com, and Expensify;
- An interest in food justice and democracy issues.
Details: This position is based in the Washington, D.C area but we will consider candidates based in the U.S. who are near a major travel hub and can travel easily. You will report to our Executive Director.