Statewide Network Manager

Company: Oregon Food Bank
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: 65,000 - 75,000
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Categories: Nonprofit
Region: Portland Area
Date Posted: June 21, 2019

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Who We Are:

Oregon Food Bank. (OFB) works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, volunteerism, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming.

· We are collaborative. At the center of a network of over 1,200 food assistance sites, OFB’s work is done in collaboration with organizations throughout Oregon and in Clark County, WA.

· We focus on freshness. OFB’s Produce Initiative and Fresh Alliance Program. bring fresh food to people facing hunger.

· We champion self-reliance. OFB’s education courses teach skills that make families more resilient and support life-long healthy eating habits.

· We advocate for change. OFB advocates for public policies and programs and supports community food systems that address the root causes of hunger.

· We are committed to equity and inclusion. We believe that only a diverse, vibrant staff that is fully included will be able to achieve our mission.


Who We Are Looking For

Oregon Food Bank seeks a strategic, collaborative and skilled manager to oversee the development of Oregon Food Bank’s network of food distribution, healthcare, education, and community food systems partners to address hunger and its root causes. In collaboration with the Statewide Network Team and the Partnerships & Program management team, the Statewide Network Manager designs strategies to disrupt hunger and to build service capacity and coordination among partners working to distribute food assistance, to improve community food systems, to provide food literacy education and to connect community members with other forms of assistance. The Statewide Network Manager facilitates cross-department collaboration and innovation with both internal and external partners to develop and implement service strategies which amplify the leadership of those experiencing hunger to compassionately meet the needs of under-served communities, promote health and nutrition, and address the root causes of hunger through the development of holistic, community-generated solutions. The SWN Manager participates in short and long term planning, manages program budgets, implements program evaluation activities, inspires and leads a high-functioning, diverse team, and maintains collaborative relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Our organizational commitment to equity is as follows:

At Oregon Food Bank, we hold people experiencing hunger and food insecurity in Oregon and SW Washington at the center of our actions and decisions. We envision a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to food that is both nourishing and in keeping with their culture. We recognize that systemic injustices exist – such as racism, classism, and sexism – and that these create and perpetuate conditions that sustain poverty and hunger. Understanding this, we commit to serve marginalized communities, in both urban and rural environments, in ways that value who they are and their lived experiences. We resolve to listen to and include these communities in our work, and to respond where bias and inequities appear. We will confront oppression and poverty by developing solutions to hunger that are community-driven, honor a diversity of needs, and value everyone. Our food programs and public policy efforts aim to build a society where everyone can thrive – celebrating our differences and working together to overcome injustices that might divide us…because no one should be hungry.

Primary Responsibilities:

· Provide strategic direction to ensure programs are integrated with other strategies to end hunger and meet needs in local areas. Articulate a vision, energize champions, test assumptions, pilot and evaluate options and publicize program impacts. Set short and long-term program objectives, leading the design and implementation of program evaluation and reporting activities.

· Supervise a team charged with statewide implementation of capacity building of regional food banks, community food systems programming, healthcare partnership development and statewide education programs.

· Define critical competencies (skills and mindset) and provide regular feedback to ensure a high level of productivity, excellent customer service, teamwork and professional growth.

· Design and communicate clear team roles and accountability to maintain a positive and collaborative work culture. Facilitate open communication, representing diverse experiences.

· Maintain a positive, collaborative and productive work culture among project teams.

· Oversee the design and implementation of strategies that elevate the voice of people with lived experience of hunger, food insecurity, and/or poverty. Facilitate and support cross-departmental efforts to adapt program delivery to client perspectives.

· Facilitate collaboration and peer learning among Oregon Food Bank’s partners to improve nutrition for low-income individuals and families: increase variety and choice in food access, increase cultural competencies, spur innovative programming and sustainable solutions.

· Oversee the design and implementation of partner education and coordination efforts, including trainings, 1:1 technical assistance, quarterly network meetings, subject area training days, and committee meetings.

· Manage contracts and relationships with program partners and funders – including administrative oversight, writing grant reports and assisting with applications, and tightly managing the budget and outcomes.

· Contribute to the P&P management team to define and build consensus for OFB’s strategic direction and culture; including personal learning to address systemic inequity and its role in food insecurity.

· Develop and recommend Statewide Network Team annual work plan, goals, objectives and program budgets for incorporation into OFB annual plan and budget. Operate within annual budget of income and expenditures and ensure successful completion of the annual work plan. Create and utilize standard department documents such as program descriptions, project plans, logic models, and evaluation plans.

· Other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

· At least 5 years demonstrated experience working effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders to design responsive programs and leverage large-scale community collaborations.

· At least 3 years of program management experience, including project oversight, directing the work of staff or volunteers, establishing and managing projected income and expenses, grant reporting, impact evaluation and outcomes tracking.

· A collaborative and flexible style, with a learning orientation and team approach, including excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills

· Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

· Proven skills in building effective systems, with strong project management skills and attention to detail.

· Demonstrated ability to manage staff or volunteers in a team environment including managing work planning, cross-team collaboration, and professional development.

· Significant experience in social services, community organizing, group facilitation, community education, and/or organizational development and creating inter-organizational cooperation.

· Experience engaging community members in the design and implementation of new programs.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to make presentations and develop reports that may include technical information.

· Experience developing mission-driven staff; including strategies addressing mission-creep, burn-out and compassion fatigue.

· Proficient in computer skills and familiarity with software and applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote, Outlook, CRM (HighRise) and GoToMeeting; ability to quickly master new software and online tools.

· Proven success as a technical assistance provider with diverse stakeholders, ideally with a range of approaches and methods.

· Clear dedication to social justice, inclusion and equity and an ability to effectively apply these frameworks in the context of anti-hunger work.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Professional or volunteer experience within food banking, hunger relief programming and/or community food systems work.

· Professional experience and/or prior formal education in fields such as: public administration, network management, adult education, community organizing, healthcare, and/or public health.

· Proficiency in a language other than English, bi-lingual and bi-cultural skills strongly preferred.

· Experience and expertise in conflict resolution.

· Experience living in and working with rural communities.

· Community food security and local food systems experience and/or previous social, racial, and economic justice work.

The Fine Print: Work is performed in a variety of office environments and other locations inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank while using a telephone and sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. May lift, move, and carry objects of about 20 pounds, such as boxes, materials, and other supplies. Frequent travel by car to points outside the greater Portland metro area, with overnight stays 6-8 times a year, as well as work outside normal working hours, such as evenings and weekends.