Good Food Accelerator Program Manager

Title: Good Food Accelerator Program Manager

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience

The Good Food Accelerator Program provides Good Food entrepreneurs with curriculum, coaching, mentoring, strategic support, and access to resources and sources of capital so they can thrive commercially and grow profitable Good Food businesses.

Position Description

The Good Food Accelerator Program Manager is responsible for supporting administration and delivery for FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator programs, including the Good Food Accelerator (GFA) and Good Food Accelerator Extension (GFAx). The Good Food Accelerator Program Manager will report to the Managing Director of the Good Food Accelerator; will oversee Good Food Accelerator Program Assistant; and will collaborate with program consultants and other FamilyFarmed staff.

Position Details

  • Full-time, permanent, salaried, exempt and benefits-eligible
  • Salary range of $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits package includes PTO, health insurance, and retirement with company matching contribution
  • Typical office hours at 225 West Hubbard Street in Chicago are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While the annual six-month GFA cohort is in session, the position requires on-site presence at 1871, located at the Merchandise Mart, one day per week for curriculum delivery. Position includes occasional evenings and weekends during scheduled events. This position is eligible for a weekly “remote workday” after a discretionary period.

Essential Functions

The Good Food Accelerator Program Manager will support the Managing Director of the Good Food Accelerator program in the delivery of 6-month GFA cohort and bi-annual GFAx cohort(s) from start to finish, including but not limited to areas of:

  • Outreach, recruitment, and selection
  • Speaker coordination and curriculum delivery
  • Fellows’ deliverables tracking
  • Network cultivation

Programmatic Administration and Implementation Activities

  • Assisting in creating program work plans, processes and/or agendas for meetings, and assisting in the coordination of GFA-related events, curriculum and overall program operations
  • Fielding inquiries from entrepreneurs and potential Fellows, mentors and partners
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with current and future program participants, mentors, consultants, partners, funders, service providers, and sponsors
  • Coordinating weekly curriculum sessions and maintaining accurate curriculum/speaker archives
  • Tracking completion of Fellows’ deliverables
  • Assisting in creating surveys and other metrics tracking tools
  • Coordinating program-related events
  • Designing visual aids (decks, etc.) for meetings, presentations, grant applications, etc.
  • Coordinating marketing and outreach with FamilyFarmed’s communications and marketing team
  • Assisting with the management of the Good Food Financing Fair and the coordination of the Pitch Slam at the annual Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference
  • Managing special projects as assigned

Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to tailor communications to different audiences
  • Highly organized and task oriented
  • Ability to multitask and meet simultaneous deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize goals and delegate tasks
  • High comfort level with navigating group dynamics, including committee and classroom settings
  • Successful relationship builder
  • High degree of empathy and sensitivity
  • Utilizes discretion when handling sensitive information

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 2 or more years of related experience, including overseeing entry-level staff
  • Experience working with start-ups/emerging brands
  • Prior experience managing a business accelerator
  • Prior experience with non-profit program management
  • General understanding of food business supply chain and distribution
  • Passionate and active in Chicago’s Good Food space
  • Experience using a CRM database
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite or similar products (Google/Apple)

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, and filing cabinets. During scheduled events, the work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places.
  • The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but there will be cases where the noise level is loud to extremely loud.

Physical Demands

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. During scheduled events, the physical demand characteristics described below are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is regularly required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
  • The employee frequently is required to walk.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

It is FamilyFarmed’s policy to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion and other conditions or opportunities of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, veteran status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

FamilyFarmed will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, veteran status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, job classification, upgrading, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for and quality of training.

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To Apply

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to employment@familyfarmed.org with the subject line: Good Food Accelerator Program Manager.