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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Senior Manager, Innovation & Nutrition

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

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.

Job Responsibilities

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.


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.

Additional Information


What Second Harvest has to offer:

  • Work with a purpose: As one of middle Tennessee’s largest nonprofits, our local hunger relief work is uniquely rewarding, hands on and solutions oriented. We are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven and focused on results. A career with Second Harvest ensures that you not only earn a paycheck, but also help your local community through meaningful work. If you are passionate about serving your neighbors in need and are committed to our mission of ending hunger, we invite you to join our 120+ person team in the fight against hunger, as we work to achieve our vision of a hunger free community.
  • Award winning workplace: we are a best-in-class workplace because we are passionate and people focused – we listen, respect, care and challenge each other, so that our neighbors can count on us. Our employees have identified us among The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces eight times based solely on employee surveys and feedback. We are invested in our team and offer frequent whole-person wellness opportunities through our Harvest Wellbeing Program. We focus on staff physical and mental health, financial empowerment, personal and professional development as well as social and community engagement. There is ample opportunity to be engaged, have work-life-balance and grow with Second Harvest.
  • Compensation & Benefits: Second Harvest is proud to offer rich and affordable total compensation packages. Total compensation for full-time employment includes many benefits, in addition to base pay. The paid days off policies include: 10 holidays, 15 vacation, 12 sick and personal time, as required by law. Traditional benefits offered include medical (employee-only coverage paid 100% by employer) dental and vision. Additional available benefits include annual bonus potential, annual performance reviews with potential merit pay increases, flexible work, retirement (with a generous employer match), disability insurance (short and long-term), life insurance as well as long-term care insurance.
  • DEIB & Equal Employment Opportunity: we celebrate and value diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We are intentionally working to diversify our team so that our employees reflect the diverse communities that we serve. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply! Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented and diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. We provide equal employment to all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or other legally protected characteristics.

How to Apply

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:

  1. Online: employment application on our website: Resume and cover letter can be uploaded with applications on the website as well.
  2. Email: Resume and cover letter can be sent to our Human Resources team at
  3. 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!


  • Date Posted: April 25, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: M-F, 8 AM - 4:30 PM