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Programs Manager

Food Bank of the Rockies
Palisade, CO
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

About Food Bank of the Rockies

Founded in 1978, Food Bank of the Rockies was originally known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900-square-foot schoolroom in northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store, our first food donor, and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor, our first partner agency. Today, Food Bank of the Rockies has extended its reach across northern Colorado, providing food and supplies to more than 800 hunger-relief programs.

Since 1978, Food Bank of the Rockies has provided more than 700 million meals for people in need. So far in 2021, through our direct service programs and partners, we have distributed over 66 million pounds of food, the equivalent of nearly 54 million meals annually or 226,000 meals every day to children, seniors and families in need. Food Bank of the Rockies is a member of Feeding America and of Feeding Colorado, a consortium of the five food banks operating in Colorado.

Food Bank of the Rockies has a staff of 180 employees at distribution centers in Denver, Wyoming and the Western Slope.


Come join our team! Very few worked holidays, great time off benefits, caring people-centered culture where you matter not only to us but also to the people experiencing food insecurity that we serve. This year we will be moving into a brand-new custom-designed facility that will be shared with Meals on Wheels Mesa County, so it’s an exciting season. Be a part of something bigger than a job!

This position is responsible for leading, assisting, and collaborating in the overall planning, implementation, and evaluation of all hunger relief programs conducted by the Western Slope's Programs Department, comprised of four areas: Partner Support, Government Programs, Food For Kids, and Outreach. The Programs Manager will act accordingly to meet guidelines/regulations for Feeding America, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Bank of the Rockies, and support and implement Food Bank of the Rockies' strategic plan.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead other Western Slope Programs staff in accomplishing annual goals and providing outstanding service to partners. Model core values in daily behavior and help staff to develop and grow in capacity and capability.
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of the functions, operations, and regulations of hunger relief programs governed by Feeding America and USDA/Food and Nutrition Service
  • Responsible for maintenance and oversite of partner files; manage monitoring and compliance activities in accordance with Feeding America and Food Bank of the Rockies' policies for all existing agencies
  • Coordinate with Development staff to ensure compliance methods are in place with grant requirements and evaluations of program outcomes
  • Utilize CERES and Link2Feed database to oversee the maintenance of current partner information, check inventory, grants, numbers served, and create monthly reports as needed
  • Ensure strong partners are in place through recruiting, capacity building, and providing strong customer service across the Western Slope to meet the Meals per Individual in Need (MPIN) goal
  • Responsible for Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): recruit distribution sites; analyze metrics; ensure compliance
  • Take appropriate action with any grievances or non-compliance issues in regards to Food Bank of the Rockies' practices, standards, policies, or regulations
  • Assists with executing the strategic plan, meeting fiscal year goals and program requirements
  • Research, evaluate and compile data using Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap methodology in conjunction with CERES Inventory software system to ensure equitable meal distribution in counties
  • Be informed of trends through the Feeding America Network; relationships with outside organizations; networking, and attending community meetings
  • Participate in community meetings to build awareness of Food Bank of the Rockies partners and hunger relief programs to increase participation and distribution of food to those facing hunger
  • Ensure regular e-communications with all partners and status meetings with top partners

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills and a passion for developing other leaders
  • Able to represent Food Bank of the Rockies with professional poise and work effectively with a wide range of constituents
  • Demonstrate compassion and sensitivity in interactions with all communities
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and follow-through skills
  • Must be self-motivated and possess a strong sense of organization.
  • Proactive and independent problem solver
  • Exercise independent judgment, think critically and strategically, collaborate with others, and follow through to execute projects and program requirements
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Able to work well with a diverse set of people; communicate clearly and concisely, written and orally, to individuals and groups.
  • General computer skills are required
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Sitting and standing for long periods, walking intermittently
  • Using office equipment such as computer, mouse, keyboard, printer
  • Indoor office environment, occasionally; outdoor work environment frequently
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear and taste or smell
  • Occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds
  • Use specific vision abilities, including close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Frequently operating and navigating a vehicle within rural communities.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor's degree preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in roles of progressive responsibility for interpersonal contact
  • Prior experience working with low-income communities preferred
  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Office Suite and online technologies
  • Experience using collaborative tools for file storage and sharing, meeting scheduling, and virtual collaboration preferred

Expected Hours of Work:

This role is based on the Western Slope of Colorado. This is a full-time, exempt position. Evenings and weekends may be requirements for this position. Some travel is required, roughly 15% of the time


Salary: $55k - $58k based on experience; eligible for up to 6% bonus based on our Annual Incentive Plan


Food Bank of the Rockies offers a fulfilling workplace and comprehensive benefits package, including: paid time off; paid sick leave; 10 paid holidays; 401K retirement plan with a 6 percent employer-paid match; and competitive employee health, dental, and vision, including maternity/paternity leave. We offer 8 hours of volunteer time

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True passion and excitement for making an impact are just as important as work experience.

We encourage you to apply even if you feel you don't check every box in this posting.

Food Bank of the Rockies is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), M/F/D/V/SO.

Food Bank of the Rockies


Palisade, CO
81526 USA



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