Food Distribution Assistance Program Associate

The Golden LEAF Foundation seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, quick learner to join the team at Golden LEAF to manage a new, time-limited, federally funded Food Distribution Assistance Program.

About the Food Distribution Assistance Program

The 2021 state budget appropriated $10 million to Golden LEAF to make grants to nonprofits for food distribution assistance. The Food Distribution Assistance Program is funded by federal State Fiscal Recovery Funds through the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The program is anticipated to last at least two years through application review, award, and implementation of funded projects. Funds must be expended by the end of 2026, but may be expended sooner. This program is not anticipated to be renewed. This associate position is funded through the State Fiscal Recovery Funds appropriation for the program.

Position Overview
The primary responsibility of the Food Distribution Assistance Program Associate is to support implementation of the Food Distribution Assistance Program. This includes implementing the process for reviewing applications and developing recommendations for awards, monitoring awards, managing compliance, and participating in outreach and engagement efforts for the program. This position reports to the Vice President/Chief of Staff. This position collaborates with other positions dedicated to the Food Distribution Assistance Program. Golden LEAF anticipates at least one and possibly two other positions dedicated to the program.

Preferred Characteristics
The successful candidate will have a background in, working knowledge of, or the ability to learn core concepts regarding food distribution through food banks working with nonprofit partner agencies and school-based weekend food assistance programs.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of, or the ability to learn requirements associated with use of federal funds for grant programs.

The successful candidate must have a strong desire to be part of a mission-driven team and possess knowledge of the non-profit and/or governmental sectors. 

The successful candidate must exhibit exceptional standards of professionalism in performing duties for Golden LEAF, possess high standards of integrity and honesty, and be committed to quality in all aspects of work. A strong work ethic and high energy level are essential to success.

The successful candidate must have strong attention to detail and the ability to consistently implement processes and procedures necessary for operation of the program and for compliance with grant monitoring requirements.

The successful candidate must be able to effectively communicate and manage relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds, possess strong analytical, investigative, and organizational capabilities, and be able to distill ideas and clarify issues. The abilities to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, follow through, and meet deadlines are critical.

Primary Functions
Review and Analysis of Applications

  • Reviewing and analyzing grant applications, including conducting due diligence and site visits, preparing recommendations for discussion with staff, and collaborating with staff to formulate recommendations for funding.

Monitor Awarded Grants

  • Reviewing grantee progress reports, disbursement requests, and financial reports, analyzing the information presented, following up on missing items, and identifying and addressing questions or concerns, and conducting site visits as warranted.
  • Identifying instances of grantee non-compliance and making recommendations for appropriate corrective action.
  • Serving as a resource for grantees with questions regarding Golden LEAF grant administration policies and procedures.

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This position will be based at the Golden LEAF offices at 301 N. Winstead Avenue in Rocky Mount, NC, with travel within the state expected (amount varies, anticipated to be several days per month). Currently, Golden LEAF offers a hybrid work-from-office and work-from-home schedule.

Experience with finances of governmental, educational, and/or nonprofit sector entities and with programmatic reporting. Must be able to use common software programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel, and to learn the basic operations of a grants management database system. Knowledge of purchasing, billing, and financial reporting practices in the not-for-profit and governmental sectors will be helpful. Golden LEAF will conduct a criminal background check and may conduct additional background checks and drug tests of applicants as a condition of employment.

Compensation and Benefits
The Program Associate position is a full-time, professional position with compensation and benefits commensurate with responsibilities and experience. This position has an anticipated hiring range of $48,500 – $55,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

This position has an anticipated starting timeline of early August. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis beginning no earlier than July 29.

How to Apply
Questions about this position can be directed to Kasey Ginsberg, Vice President/Chief of Staff, by email: Applications must be submitted using the form below.

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