Title: Institutional Impact Manager

Reports to: Director of Institutional Impact

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Closing date: Friday, May 31, 2024

Our organization:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement and partnerships to create a transparent and equitable food system for people, animals, and the environment. We do this by helping major institutions nationwide adopt and implement the Good Food Purchasing Program.

Over 65 institutions in 26 major US cities have enrolled in the Program. With a collective annual food spend of $1.2 billion, these institutions and cities are committed to directing their purchasing power toward the five Program values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. Using the Program’s metric- and data-driven framework, they measure and improve food purchasing practices over time.

We also work with national partners, local grassroots coalitions, and institutions to shift toward values-based purchasing from farm to fork, and to build a cohesive network movement in support of more resilient and equitable food systems.


In collaboration with the Director of Institutional Impact, the Institutional Impact Manager will serve as the primary liaison with institutions enrolled in the Good Food Purchasing Program, working with them to develop short and long term implementation strategies to improve their Program performance within 1-5 years. The Institutional Impact Manager will facilitate collective action across institutions as needed, provide project management for 1-2 regional “proofpoint projects,” and collaborate with Center staff to develop tools and resources to support program implementation. The Institutional Impact Manager will also work in collaboration with the Center’s Engagement Department to build and support a productive changemaking ecosystem where community-based coalitions and institutions implementing values-based procurement are aligned and coordinated.

This is a remote role that requires occasional travel. The Center for Good Food Purchasing is based in the Bay Area of California.

Essential functions:

Training & Technical Assistance 

  • Provide one-on-one technical assistance and action planning for enrolled institutions
  • In collaboration with Center staff, develop tools and resources to support successful Program implementation
  • Identify and amplify best practices across the Program through resource development, content creation, and facilitated peer-to-peer networking
  • Document “proofpoint” case studies to inform Program development and policy recommendations
  • Maintain and expand library of external tools and resources to support and augment technical assistance


  • Develop programming for, and facilitate as needed, national Good Food Operator’s peer-to-peer bi-monthly learning video conferences
  • Identify and develop topical peer learning cohorts, mentoring, and information sharing opportunities as needed
  • Support file sharing and access across Good Food Operators network

Project Management and Administration

  • Serve as project manager for regional proofpoint projects
  • Develop project management plans that ensure deliverables are met and ensure feedback loops across internal and external stakeholders inform project management and results
  • Draft reporting content for related grants and contracts
  • Support ad hoc organizational projects and processes as needed

Required qualifications:

  • 5 or more years work experience as a procurement professional and/or in institutional food service, particularly K-12 schools
  • Project management experience
  • Collaborative spirit with experience working with a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong writing and public speaking, active listening, and healthy conflict resolution
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a virtual environment
  • Comfort managing multiple tasks, prioritizing effectively, seeking guidance when needed, and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work with a remote team, including regular access to phone, internet, and video conferencing
  • Experience in, or passion for, building sustainable, equitable, fair, and humane food systems
  • Willingness to travel domestically (estimated at least twice per year)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Operational knowledge of federal meal programs and requirements
  • Experience with/knowledge of California food systems issues and actors
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Work experience as either a buyer or supplier of institutional food
  • Data analysis ability: qualitative and quantitative methods, and facility with Excel, particularly pivot tables

Compensation & Benefits:

The Institutional Impact Manager is a regular full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $79,000. The Center for Good Food Purchasing, a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, is a people-first workplace that values flexibility, work-life balance, and restoration. In addition to offering competitive benefits (i.e. medical/dental/vision, disability/life insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) plan with employer match after two years), we also offer generous paid holidays (25 days in 2024, including annual summer and winter breaks, in addition to vacation time), two flexible working Fridays monthly, and remote work stipends.

Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as women, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How To Apply:

Submit your application by Friday, May 31, 2024 via this form. The form will ask for your contact information, a brief cover letter in pdf format that describes relevant experience, your resume in pdf format, a brief writing sample, and two to three professional references.

If selected, the interview process will consist of one initial video interview (25 minutes), with the potential for a second video interview (60 minutes).

You will receive a response within 2 weeks of the application close date. We respectfully request no calls or emails.

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