Urban Seeds seeks Movement (Operations) Manager

Urban Seeds seeks a Movement Manager with demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and the skills, passion and drive to lead the organization into the future. The Movement Manager will be tasked with leadership and pursuit of Urban Seeds’ mission and vision, managing and supporting a dedicated staff, cultivating relationships with the communities that support and are supported by Urban Seeds, and procuring resources to sustain organizational stability and growth. The Movement Manager will work directly with the Board of Directors and staff to implement our strategic plan, enhance and execute fundraising strategies, and plan and manage daily operations.

Please indicate your interest by emailing your resume and a cover letter in which an essay response to “What is your vision to diminish food insecurity in Vanderburgh County”, is addressed. The essay response itself should be no longer that one page. Our email address is urbanseeds.org@gmail.com. Interviews will be held on Monday February 4thfrom 5 – 7 PM. You will be contacted to schedule your 30-minute interview session.

Role Qualifications

The Movement Manager will be thoroughly committed to Urban Seeds’ vision, mission, and approach. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • At least 3 years of management experience; track record of effectively leading outcomes-based programs
  • Strong social justice orientation with an understanding of and commitment to food justice
  • Experience working with and developing programs in underserved communities
  • Ability to develop and implement a fundraising strategy that includes funding from diverse sources
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and demonstrated ability to use different types of data effectively to evaluate programs
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high performing teams
  • Fiscal management sensibilities to ensure financial health of the organization
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong understanding of marketing and public relations functions with the skills to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Role Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure ongoing programmatic excellence
  • Oversee fundraising and development efforts with a view to diversifying Urban Seeds funding streams to support existing program operations and expand capacity to implement our strategic plan
  • Sustain a positive environment at Urban Seeds by maintaining collaborative culture and cooperative working relationships within and outside of the organization
  • Oversee and support the active engagement of Urban Seeds board members, project work groups, partnering organizations, funders and volunteers
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for the organizations’ operations
  • Establish consistent quality of finance, administration and human resources systems and processes needed to achieve strategic goals
  • Lead, coach, develop, motivate and inspire the Urban Seeds team to achieve the organization’s mission and vision
  • Ensure effective systems for rigorous program evaluation to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Raise Urban Seeds’ visibility as a leader in our field of expertise and serve as the organization’s representative to all external stakeholders including but not limited to funders, organizational partners, the food industry, media, government and other agencies

Year 1 Measurable Outcomes 

  • Pending grant approval, provide oversight for the community bulk buying club and the food systems online platform
  • Maintain a list of local, state, and federal grant opportunities, and assist in development of grant opportunities
  • Attend Monthly Board meetings and the twice/year retreats with our non-profit mentor
  • Create/send monthly newsletter via MailChimp; write a weekly blog post; Daily engagement on and management of social media
  • Raise $20,000

2 of the following 3 outcomes 

  • Coordinate nine shop/cook on a budget demonstrations
  • Integrate with three existing organizations to further to further our strategic initiatives
  • Represent US at one monthly community event at which an alignment of mission is present




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