Senior Manager, Innovation & Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Nashville, TN

Community & Nonprofit , Fundraising/Development

Position Description / Responsibilities

We are hiring for a full-time Senior Manager, Innovation & Nutrition to join the Agency & Program Services department at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Who we are: Since 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a member of Feeding America™, has been providing food to our more than 1 million neighbors at risk of hunger in middle and west Tennessee. In support of our mission, which is “to provide food to people facing hunger and work to advance hunger solutions” – last year, we distributed more than 41 million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies, providing more than 36.5 million nutritious meals to hungry children, families and seniors throughout our 46-county service area. To learn more about out work, visit our website and our social media.

What you’ll do:
Senior Manager, Innovation & Nutrition designs and implements partnerships and initiatives that work to solve hunger issues in our community. Researches and develops best practice interventions that increase long term food security. The position requires creativity and innovative thinking that builds on current models to expand our reach into communities, while ensuring equity is central to our work. Works with traditional and non-traditional partners to expand the reach and scope of our food distribution. Develops and oversees the Nutrition Program as well as health care partnerships. This position supports and fosters our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is the foundation for creating a culture of belonging for all personnel.

Key Responsibilities
- Develops and implements innovative partnerships that work to move clients from food insecurity to self-sufficiency across the 46-county service area. Oversees pilot programs initially, then makes data-driven recommendations on continuation, and ensures smooth transition of piloted programs to the Partner Agency team.
- Oversees development and implementation of healthcare partnership initiatives and grant funding.
- Oversees nutrition program and curriculum development, as well as work of the Health & Hunger Manager (RD position). Evaluates university level Dietetic Intern Program, which is directly managed by Health & Hunger Manager.
- Provides presentations and training on Food Insecurity and Hunger & Health.

When & Where
- Schedule: Typical daytime workweek hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Occasional evenings and/or weekends may be required for meetings or special events, as well as responding to issues, outside of normal working hours (e.g., disaster response, community events, etc.).

- Travel: Occasional daytime travel required, up to 15% of work week within the local service area. Current driver’s license with copy of current auto insurance and acceptable Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) results required.

- Flexibility: our flexible work program is a strategic tool to achieve organizational goals, empower employees to do their best work and foster engagement by supporting high performance, business continuity as well as wellbeing and work-life-balance. WorkFlex arrangements are complex, specific to individuals and roles and include the following options: alternative schedule, compressed week, reduced and job sharing.

- Essential business/ first responder: In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, Second Harvest is typically considered an essential business service and emergency responder. All employees may be required to perform regular or emergent duties on-site. Employee safety is balanced with business and community necessity. Some positions are more likely to be required on-site than others.

Position Requirements

Is this you?
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree required. Credentialed Registered Dietitian (RD) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is required for this position, or its employee. If one has an RD designation, it is not required for the other team member.

- Experience: 5+ years of related experience required.

- Skills & Capabilities: Knowledge of USDA nutrition standards, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, food quality, and food safety; Interacts with persons of various social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds for the purpose of nutrition education; Public speaking and presentation skills with ability to provide nutrition information and instructions; Proficient in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel to manage scheduling and communications, produce letters, educational materials, and spreadsheets; Knowledge of general accounting and business practices to effectively work within a budget; Works as part of a team and collaborate with colleagues.

- Other requirements: our pre-hire process requires acceptable results from the following: professional reference feedback, criminal background, Motor Vehicle Record and a pre-employment drug test. Current Driver’s License and automobile insurance are also required. Criminal backgrounds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis considering several factors (timing, frequency, severity and job relation).

- Competencies: Coaching and developing others, result orientation and execution, quality improvement & project management.

Application Instructions

Think this sounds like a role and workplace where you would thrive? Apply now!

You can express interest in joining our team, in any of the following ways:
- Online: employment application on our website: Resume and cover letter can be uploaded with applications on the website as well.
- Email: Resume and cover letter can be sent to our Human Resources team at
- In person: applications can be completed by visiting us on-site at any of our distribution centers, locations can be found on our website:

Thanks for your interest in working for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee - we love it here and think you will too!

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