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Redd Operations Manager

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
01-30-2017
Application Deadline:
12-07-2016
Reports To:
Director of Investment Strategy
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Attn: Redd Operations Manager

Summary:

The Redd LLC, a project of the nonprofit Ecotrust, is seeking an Operations Manager to manage logistics, maintain the physical plant, and support the tenants of the Redd on Salmon Street. In Phase I of the project (Redd West), the Operations Manager will hold responsibility for successful daily operations of a building that includes a warehouse and cold storage facility, three commissary kitchens, and Class A office space, while nurturing the ecosystem of tenants, sub-tenants and stakeholders and remaining rooted in the Redd’s founding values. In Phase II (Redd East), the Operations Manager will support leasing, construction and events during the two-year build-out and launch.

The role requires a flexible individual, adept solving problems large or small, who embraces ambiguity, change, and multiple stakeholders, and gets things done.

Responsibilities:

The Operations Manager will oversee all Redd operations, and will be the point of contact for Ecotrust on-site.

Tenant Community Management

  • Create an atmosphere of collaboration and professionalism through daily interaction with tenants. Tenant management includes seeking and supporting collaborations, resolving conflicts between/among tenants, as well as lease-related issues between tenants and the Redd.
  • Work with tenants to support their business growth in line with the shared vision and values of the Redd.
  • Identify and engage partner organizations who may be able to support the project and its tenants.

Health and Safety

  • Ensure a safe environment for all tenants, staff and visitors on the full campus.
  • Work with tenants to help them maintain all necessary food safety certifications (including HACCP and other relevant plans) and insurance.
  • Act as an in-house expert for tenants on all food safety regulatory issues.

Community Engagement 

  • Increase visibility and awareness of the Redd’s programs, identify opportunities for community engagement, and support the Redd’s public relations and community engagement plan.
  • Coordinate all event rentals, including all permitting, insurance and logistics (with support from Ecotrust’s Event team).
  • Schedule and lead regular Redd tours, plus VIP and community partner tours as requested.
  • Conduct data and story collection from tenants and partners to track the Redd’s impact (with support from Ecotrust’s Development and Knowledge Systems teams).

Finance and Administration

  • The Operations Manager is responsible for the financial bottom line of the project’s operations.
  • Manage P&L, ensure congruence with Ecotrust financial reporting.
  • Manage tenant leasing, vendor management, accounts receivable and accounts payable, operations expenses, payroll, insurance management, and reporting.

Management

  • The Operations Manager will maintain an effective organization and provide leadership to manage daily operations while focusing on the Redd’s mission.

Qualifications:

*Transferable skills: any skills gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.
  • Action-oriented: must be able to collect input from multiple feedback, chart a course forward, and see tasks through to completion.
  • Likeable: enjoys coordinating with tenants, engaging community stakeholders; has a reputation for enabling positive organizational cultures.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: anticipates challenges and opportunities; relentlessly solution-oriented.
  • Financial/Operational Acumen: experience with operations and logistics; track record of successful P&L management.

Relevant Experience:

  • Food industry or warehouse experience required, including familiarity with food safety regulations and compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience in operations management within an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience with community-based food systems preferred.

In addition to being a trusted contact for all Redd tenants, the Operations Manager will work closely with existing Ecotrust teams, including:

  • Investments – the Redd on Salmon St. is a for-profit, mission-driven, real-estate development project managed by Ecotrust’s capital team; the Operations Manager will report to Ecotrust’s Director of Investment Strategy.
  • Food & Farms (F&F) – the nonprofit programmatic team is responsible for ensuring the campus meets its mission to help develop a strong regional food system; the Operations Manager will work closely with F&F to support tenants’ business growth and development, filter potential new tenants, and partner to execute and evaluate programmatic projects and initiatives that innovate new, viable regional food system frameworks.
  • Communications/Events – Ecotrust has an in-house communications and events team that provides foundational support for branding, marketing, PR, web and digital media, in-house event production, and support for client event rentals.
  • Development – fundraising is a vital component of the capital stack to finance the campus, and as such, the Operations Manager will work with the development team to support donor cultivation and stewardship.

How To Apply:

Complete an Ecotrust Employment Application form (available above as a PDF or Word DOC) and forward with a cover letter (1 page maximum) and resume to: with this position’s title in the subject line by close of business on the day of the application deadline listed above.

Additional Information:

ABOUT THE REDD

The Redd is a development project in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District, led by Ecotrust. The project is designed to facilitate the success of local/regional food producers and related enterprises by connecting farmers, ranchers and fishermen to wholesale buyers, especially institutions serving vulnerable populations within our community.

The physical campus includes two city blocks – 76,000 SF of property, with over 50,000 SF of leasable warehouse, production kitchen, and related office/retail/event space. With this campus we endeavor to preserve food warehousing and production functions, and the jobs that go with them, in the City’s core. In addition, through use of the retail and convening space, we aim to engage eaters in building a collaborative, responsive, open relationship with regional food producers, thus helping those living in the City connect with our food system partners outside the urban growth boundary.

Who we are: Ecotrust is a regional organization that has been leading restoration-based economic development since 1991. Ecotrust’s many innovations include cofounding an environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision making. Learn more about our work here: www.ecotrust.org

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Additional Information

Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000

This is a full-time position. Ecotrust offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and disability coverage.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to the contact above in advance to request assistance.

Farm to Institution and Farm to School Internship

Location:
Portland, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date:
01-09-2017
End Date:
07-28-2017
Reports To:
Farm to School Coordinator
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Attn: Farm to Institution and Farm to School Internship

Summary:

Ecotrust coordinates the Northwest Food Buyers Alliance (NWFBA), a peer-to-peer network of foodservice directors at schools, hospitals, correctional institutions, assisted living facilities, and corporate campuses in the Pacific Northwest, who believe they can best serve their eaters and communities by sourcing local, sustainable, delicious ingredients. To show the impact of this alliance, Ecotrust is collecting data on the procurement of local fruits and vegetables by participating institutions. Learn more about NWFBA here.

Additionally, Ecotrust supports farm to school (F2S) in eight school districts in Oregon and SW Washington as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools initiative—an effort dedicated to improving the health of students, staff, and teachers in K-12 schools. As part of this project, Ecotrust is collecting and analyzing data on the procurement and promotion of local foods for participating districts. Learn more about Ecotrust’s farm to school work here.

An intern is needed to help collect, sort, and analyze data related to procurement of local specialty crops (fruits and vegetables) within the NWFBA and procurement of local foods in the eight Thriving Schools districts. This intern will also help to develop, implement, and analyze surveys that assess the attitudes and behaviors of participants in relation to local foods procurement. While these are separate projects, there is some overlap between the two and alignment of data and analysis needed. Hours will likely range from about 5-10 hrs/week, with a total of 125-150 hours for the entire project. Dates and hours worked are flexible/negotiable and could be worked in a more concentrated fashion over a shorter period of time, if desired. Immediate assistance is needed January–April.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Intern will receive a $1500 stipend.

Responsibilities:

  • Regular communication with Farm to School Coordinator and Food & Farms Director
  • Work with NWFBA Advisory Team partners (Oregon Department of Agriculture and Health Care Without Harm) to collect needed data for school and hospital partners
  • Collect data directly from a representative sample (4-6) of other types of institutional foodservice buyer members of the NWFBA
  • Work with food service directors and other partners in Thriving Schools districts to collect needed data related to local foods procurement and promotion efforts
  • Create systems to organize and sort data collected from NWFBA institutions and Thriving Schools districts
  • Analyze data in response to guiding questions
  • Help to draft, implement, and analyze final evaluation survey for NWFBA members and Thriving Schools districts
  • Produce a report of findings to support final project evaluation and story-telling

Qualifications:

Must be organized, responsive, and enthusiastic about regional food systems work. Background and/or expertise with data collection and analysis methods and tools preferred (includes previous employment or volunteer experience and/or relevant course work).

How To Apply:

Please email , include “Farm to Institution/Farm to School Internship” in the subject line, and attach your resume. Please include a brief cover letter (1 page or less) as an attachment or in the body of the email describing why you are a match for this opportunity. Specific reference to past experience with data collection and analysis recommended. A completed Ecotrust application is NOT REQUIRED for this position.

Thank you for your interest!

Additional Information:

Who we are: Ecotrust is a regional organization that has been leading restoration-based economic development since 1991. Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. Learn more about our work here: www.ecotrust.org

Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.

Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. The contact listed on the job announcement must receive all required documentation by the closing date of the recruitment.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please reach out to the contact above in advance to request assistance.