Managing Director, Food Programs

Job Type

Full Time




77 Water Street
New York City
New York
United States


Position Summary: 

The role of the Managing Director, Food Programs is to develop and manage a robust, financially sustainable, high quality kosher food network that effectively harnesses public, private and philanthropic support and meaningfully addresses all aspects of hunger in the Jewish community and the wider community. The Managing Director, Food Programs would serve as Met Council’s spokesperson for Jewish hunger, would highlight the achievement of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Digital Choice Food Pantry system and would be an advocate for additional funding and resources for the Met Council’s network of food pantries and holiday food distributions. 

Principal Responsibilities:

The Managing Director, Food Programs, would be responsible for carrying out the mission of Met Council’s Kosher Food Programs including:

  • Strategic planning,
  • Financial management,
  • Development,
  • Operations of the warehouse and pantries,
  • Supervision and evaluation of the Virtual Pantry Program,
  • Passover food card program,
  • Acquisition of food,
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with UJA-Federation of NY, funders, government, organizational partners and all segments of the Jewish Community,
  • Supervise and directs all network staff, including volunteers, in the execution of their duties and evaluates their performance.


  • Must have a passion for serving the Jewish poor consistent with the mission of Met Council.
  • Must have demonstrated ability in managing and leading people.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with other individuals and organizations; operating with high level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to create new programs.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication, leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteer boards and committees.
  • Ability to plan, monitor and evaluate budgets; ability to manage people; ability to plan, organize and implement activities appropriate to the advancement of organizational goals; ability to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interest of the agency.
  • A high degree of organizational, program development, management, planning, human relations, reporting and evaluation skills.

Skill and Education:

  • College degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience (preferably in the area of human services).
  • Working knowledge of Kashruth Law (required).
  • Experience in food operations (required).
  • Experience with public presentations and operating with a high level of professionalism (required).
  • Experience forging and building relationships with community and government leaders (required).
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (required).

Special Requirements:

  1. Travel throughout the five boroughs using public transportation.
  2. Ability to move around and about the warehouse.
  3. Completion of food safety courses: NYC Department of Health Certificate in Food Protection, NYC Department of Health Food Protection. Course for Special Food Programs, ServSafe Certification. 

Physical Demands:  

  1. Required Constantly: Walking, sitting, grasping, bending, stooping, squatting, computer input, finger dexterity and coordination of hand, eye and foot. 
  2. Required Frequently: Standing and climbing stairs; carrying laptop & files (approx. 8-10 lbs).
  3. Required Occasionally: Reaching above the shoulder, and lifting 5-25 pounds, pushing and pulling.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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