The Good Food Institute (GFI) is on the forefront of the movement to use food technology and markets to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from climate change and global hunger to antibiotic efficacy and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. The Good Food Institute’s Director of Innovation will have an critical role in ensuring that a good food future happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. At GFI, you will work with entrepreneurs and scientists to create new companies that will develop the latest innovations in plant-based and “clean meat,” dairy, and eggs; help current companies be successful; and create direct competition with conventional animal products—thereby driving millions of dollars into these sectors and transforming the food system.
How You Will Make a Difference
As GFI’s Director of Innovation, you will build and manage a team that is laser-focused on moving the best and most successful entrepreneurs, tissue engineers, synthetic biologists, plant biologists, and others into plant-based and clean food technology—both as founders of new food technology companies and as employees at companies GFI is helping to found and build. You will do this by:
Who We’re Looking For
We are seeking smart, thoughtful, and creative self-starters who want to push back against climate change, transform industrial animal agriculture, and develop healthy and humane foods that are accessible to everyone.
The Director of Innovation must have an extremely strong work ethic and ability to see projects through to completion, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, experience leading teams, and enthusiasm for GFI’s mission. You will enjoy a high level of autonomy while being responsible for managing potentially competing needs of the team. You must be self-motivated, work well both independently and in concert with a larger group, and be comfortable working with a rapidly evolving and growing team. Top candidates will be able to envision the wider impact of GFI’s innovative entrepreneurial work and make team-inclusive, strategic decisions and plans that maximize our efforts.
The ideal candidate will have a combination of both entrepreneurial and scientific skill sets, so we are considering candidates with an MBA or similar finance/entrepreneurial degree from an accredited university and a professional or academic background that includes the hard sciences and/or engineering. All candidates should have demonstrated experience leading and managing teams.
Enjoy full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, working from home, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!
(Please Note: We are only able to consider applicants who are based in the United States and who are U.S. citizens or who already possess a United States Worker Visa.)
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the Good Food Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. GFI complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.