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Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Support the executive vision and strategy of the organization

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 resistance and the exploitation of billions of animals annually. The Special Assistant to the Executive Director will correspond with many of GFI's most important contacts, execute special projects that will inform the strategic direction and efficacy of the organization, and provide vital logistical and travel support that will enable GFI's presence at key events and meetings. 

How You Will Make a Difference

As the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, you will work closely with GFI's co-founder and executive director Bruce Friedrich by: 

  • Assisting with high level meetings, analyzing and reviewing documents and proposals, and engaging in other day-to-day organizational activities.
  • Initiating, managing, and completing projects assigned by the executive director that may involve convening groups of staff, consultants, and others; collecting and analyzing data; carrying out research; and presenting data.
  • Engaging in substantive conversation with diverse GFI connections on behalf of the executive director. 
  • Drafting letters and correspondence, presentations, and general information on behalf of the executive director.
  • Managing and supporting the executive director’s schedule by booking travel arrangements, scheduling and confirming meetings, and managing his general calendar.

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. GFI staff enjoy high levels of autonomy and 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.

The Special Assistant to the Executive Director must also have:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organization and efficiency.
  • High level of intelligence and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation: the ability to work well independently and under pressure, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
  • Friendly, positive, customer service-oriented personality.
  • Commitment to GFI’s philosophy and mission. 

We are considering candidates with a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Enjoy working from home, full medical coverage, optional dental and vision packages, a 401(k) retirement plan, flexible holiday and vacation plans, room for advancement, respectful managers, and supportive colleagues at The Good Food Institute!


Application Deadline: February 28, 2018


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.

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