Organization: National Grocers Association Foundation
Position: Project Director
Reports to: Foundation Director
Location: Office is located in Washington, DC but remote position will be considered
Date: January 2023
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association for America’s 21,000 independent community grocers. Independent community grocers are at the heart of local communities and the U.S. economy, where they provide jobs and boost tax revenue while bringing choice, convenience and value to hard-working Americans. NGA advocates for continued growth and innovation of the field, ensuring a level playing field.
The NGA Foundation is the nonprofit arm of NGA which runs numerous programs supporting careers in grocery as well as technical assistance for government programs. Our work focuses on recruiting, training, and retaining employees and connecting grocers with government programs that will improve their businesses. One program of NGAF is the USDA grant funded SNAP EBT Modernization Technical Assistance Center (SEMTAC), which provides assistance, education, and resources on the SNAP Online Purchasing Program, Mobile Payments Pilot, and other modernization efforts. SEMTAC helps retailers better serve their communities by supporting the process to accept SNAP for online grocery purchases and allowing mobile payments.
The NGA Foundation is seeking a Project Director to oversee SEMTAC. This is an up to 4-year grant funded position. The Project Director will be responsible for budget creation and oversight, establishing and meeting timelines, and meeting identified deliverables. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver with strong attention to detail who has managed teams before.
Oversee the grant budget and revise as needed according to project need.
Create a project management plan based on grant deliverables and timelines and manage project to the plan.
Directly manages three individuals and has oversight of a team of consultants.
Manage relationships with key project partners including USDA.
Assist Resource Manager with resource development and responsible for final approval of resources for USDA review.
Represent SEMTAC at state retailer association meetings and other events.
Draft and review blogs and press releases on project as needed.
Respond to and manage incoming technical assistance requests per expertise.
Other duties as assigned.
Skills & Experience
Problem-solver with exceptional attention to detail
Two years managing a team of at least two people
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational and prioritization skills
A focus on continuous improvement and open to feedback and guidance
Proficiency in Microsoft office suite, Microsoft Teams, customer relationship managers, and a project management software such as Monday.com
Requires bachelor’s degree and at least three years relevant experience in grants, project management, or related field. Alternatively, no degree but six years of experience
Preferred experience/interest in food industry/grocery
Salary starting at $75,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Those interested in applying should email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Project Director 2023” as the subject line no later than 2/17/23. Interviews will occur in March with a projected start date of April.
NGA is an equal opportunity employer offering generous benefits including: partial employee paid health and dental insurance, 11 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday, 20 PTO days per full work year, and a generous 401(k) with a minimum 5% match.
NGA works to ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services. Independent community grocers are critical to the strength and vitality of the people they serve. By advocating for the growth and continuing innovation of these local independent business leaders, we help bring choice, convenience and value to hard-working Americans, and ensure ongoing economic advancement and prosperity for our country. It is our core belief that independent community grocers bring strength and vitality to the markets they serve. Independent community grocers are the true entrepreneurs of the grocery industry, passionately committed to their customers, their associates and the markets they serve. Privately owned by families, or by employees, these retailers operate a variety of retail formats, and while most are serviced by wholesale distributors, others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Independents differentiate in the marketplace based on the needs of the local community, while showing a strong commitment to civic life and providing their neighbors quality goods and nourishing foods.