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The Operating Officer will work directly with the Chief Executive Officer to plan and implement operations and business administration strategy for UFA, such as HR, facilities, evaluation, and more. Successful candidates will arrive at UFA energized by the mission, and excited to build systems that allow a young, quickly growing organization to flourish. 

The Operating Officer will be a part of the UFA leadership team, and will help to coordinate between the Business Development, Marketing and Communications, Programs, and Administration departments. 


  • Create and implement organizational staff and initiative evaluation system

  • Be human resources point person for all UFA staff

  • Manage facilities, administration, and other vendor relationships of organization

  • Work with UFA  accountant to manage finances, taxes, filings, mail, and other office management

  • Manage the hiring and training of new staff

  • Manage staff professional development

  • Lead efforts to develop a positive, open, staff culture and implement team culture development activities

  • Collaborate with the CEO in setting and driving organizational vision, operational strategy, and hiring needs

  • Translate strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth helping to implement organization-wide goal setting, performance management, and annual operating planning

  • Oversee company operations and employee productivity, building a highly inclusive culture ensuring team members thrive and organizational outcomes are met

  • Ensure effective recruiting, onboarding, professional development, performance management, and retention

  • Adhere to company, federal, state, and local business requirements, enforcing compliance and taking action when necessary

  • Analyze internal operations and identify areas of process enhancement

  • Develop actionable business strategies and plans that ensure alignment with short-term and long-term objectives developed in tandem with the CEO

Necessary Skill and Experiences

  • Passion motivation from the mission of UFA

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • 6 years of experience in business administration

  • Operations management experience

  • Proven record in hiring and retaining employees 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, or related field

  • Demonstration of contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion within a team or organization

  • Understanding of advanced business planning and regulatory issues

  • A solid grasp of data analysis and performance metrics

  • Ability to plan and implement a staff and initiative evaluation structure for the organization

Desired Skills

  • Experience in sustainability, climate change, or food waste

  • Experience in nonprofit, especially association, leadership

  • Experience in CPG, food and beverage, retail, financial, or product verification industries 

  • International business experience

This Opportunity is 

  • For someone who gives feedback with humility, and receives it as a gift

  • For someone interested in working to combat the climate crisis 

  • For someone excited by being a part of a rapidly growing global environmental movement 

  • One for which women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply 

  • One for which all ages are encouraged to apply 

  • One for which no identity variables whatsoever will be used to discriminate

Compensation and Benefits

  • $100,000-$110,000 USD annually, overtime exempt

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Health insurance stipend

  • 100% Remote work opportunity

  • An energetic, open, positive, communicative, and supportive team 

  • Exposure to a large network of companies, from CPG startups to legacy food companies

  • Ability to scale the single greatest solution to climate change while managing a brand that will reach millions of people 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to apply@upcycledfood.org

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Upcycled Food Association is a nonprofit focused on preventing food waste by accelerating the upcycled economy. With hundreds of Members across dozens of countries, UFA is changing the consumer product supply chain to eliminate food waste by design. Through consumer education and networking, UFA is empowering consumers to prevent food waste with the products they buy.

According to Project Drawdown, reducing food waste is the number one solution to global warming. Upcycling food prevents food waste by elevating otherwise wasted food into new, high quality products and ingredients (think of spent brewery grain to make flour, or juice pulp to make crackers). UFA was co-founded by mission-driven upcycled food companies seeking to systematically scale the upcycled industry. Within the first six months of existence, UFA partnered with Harvard Law School, World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others, to officially define “upcycled food” for the first time. UFA continues to grow its Membership and developed the revolutionary Upcycled Certified™  product and ingredient certification which to date has certified close to 150 products and ingredients representing a projected 350,000 tons of food that annually would have otherwise gone to waste.

If UFA is successful, it will grow the upcycled industry to be the prominent sustainable food category globally. Our work is poised to increase the capacity of food upcyclers to prevent more than 9 billion pounds of food waste per year (equivalent to more than 26 billion pounds of CO2 emissions per year) by 2030. This means that our work will account for whole percentage points of major global environmental goals, such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3: to halve food waste by 2030.

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