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JOB REQUIREMENTS: Job ID: 20790 POSITION SUMMARY The FFI Food Business Program Manager will be responsible for designing, updating, and managing FFI\'s suite of training, coaching, consulting, data/research, speaking engagements, projects, and content for our growing and scaling food brand customer base. All work will support the Food Finance Institute and their mission to both make sophisticated financial technical assistance available to every growing food, beverage, and value-added farm enterprise, all while centering justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all work. This individual will bring a unique skill set and background in scaling food businesses, financing food business growth, financial management, education and outreach. The position will report directly to the Director of the Food Finance Institute. This position requires extensive contact with people outside of the University, including bankers, investors, food entrepreneurs, managers and professionals; elected officials; economic development organization leaders and staff; media; and the general public. Occasional travel within and outside the state and occasional evenings are required. Providing or performing other related services or duties as needed will also be expected. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Strategy, Innovation and Fundraising (15% - 20%) Develop annual program plan, outreach strategy, and budget Co-develop strategy for FFI with FFI Director and other program leads Food Business Related Program Management (10% - 15%) Manage FFI\'s suite of growing and scaling (food brand-related) products including: Training (e.g. Food Brand Boot Camp, Raising Equity, Scenario Planning), Coaching (e.g. cohorts/packages), Consulting (e.g. financial packaging, one-on-one hourly consulting), Research (e.g. feasibility studies), speaking, and projects Deliver Food Business-Specific Training and Consulting (40% - 65%) Provide group coaching and one-on-one consulting to food businesses across Wisconsin and the broader United States, in particular around being prepared to raise money and Effectively deliver training to a wide array of growing and scaling food businesses across categories (snacks, beverage, pizza, ice cream, sauces, frozen, etc.) and industries (processing, emerging technology, food and beverage) Food Business Program Outreach and Development (20% - 30%) Build and maintain partnerships with organizations like the FaB Wisconsin, Naturally Network, New Hope Media (Expo West), and economic development groups Work with Small Business Development Centers, UW Division of Extension, regional universities, technical colleges, and local governments to serve appropriate business clients and obtain qualified client referrals and contracts for service Telecommuting or hybrid work options may be available. Preference will be given to candidates that reside within the state of Wisconsin or are willing to relocate. Occasional travel within Wisconsin and outside the state and occasional evenings are required. The office is located at 780 Regent Street in Madison WI. Telecommuting agreements are subject to change at any time. Questions may be addressed to: Sarah Wilson, HR Business Partner, at sarah.wilson@uwss.wisconsin.edu For additional details and to apply, visit the following website and search for Job ID 20790: www.careers.wisconsin.edu ***** OTHER EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrated food business management experience and/or ownership experience is necessary, along with comfort writing and reviewing business plans Experience coaching, training or consulting with other food businesses / entrepreneurs Highly customer service oriented, possessing effective oral and written communication skills to proactively work with food business owners to identify challenges and opportunities, and help craft solutions The selected candidate must demonstrate the ability and means to me t the travel requirements (in and out of the State of Wisconsin) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS A Master\'s in Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis on business, marketing or finance is preferred Natural food business category experience Experience working with impact investment Market research or data analysis experience ***** APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Apply Online: www.careers.wisconsin.edu