Careers

Join our team! The Non-GMO Project is located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. All positions are based in Bellingham, unless otherwise stated. To apply for any of the jobs listed below, please send a cover letter and resume to admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position for which you are applying in the subject line.


Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer

Help lead our team to build a non-GMO future! The Non-GMO Project is seeking an experienced strategic and operational leader to join our team as a Chief Operating Officer (COO) / Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

The COO/CFO will serve on the Non-GMO Project’s leadership team and will oversee the efforts necessary for the Non-GMO Project to achieve our strategic goals and objectives through operational and financial excellence. This is a new position and the COO/CFO will work in close partnership with the Executive Director to further develop the strategy, systems, and talent that will enable the Non-GMO Project to successfully expand its reach and impact. In addition to being a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, the COO/CFO will lead the Non-GMO Project’s operations and oversee the finance, HR, IT, and administration functions of the organization. The COO/CFO will be responsible for leading organizational development efforts, increasing efficiencies, and integrating cross-functional work as the Non-GMO Project enters its next phase of growth. The COO/CFO will also provide vision and strategic direction across talent and infrastructure teams, positioning the Non-GMO Project as a high-performing, sustainable, and scalable organization.

This role is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented, innovative professional to add tremendous benefit by developing strategic financial and operational solutions to ensure that the Non-GMO Project has the infrastructure – people and systems – to achieve dramatic results and impact.

Strategic Operations

  • Drive operational excellence across the organization, refining and/or creating systems and processes to ensure efficiency and effectiveness as the Non-GMO Project continues to grow in size and complexity
  • In collaboration with the Directors of Client Services and Standards & Verification, lead the next phase of development for the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program (PVP), with a particular emphasis on ensuring consistency, quality, strong financial performance and superior client experience.
  • Work with the Directors of Outreach and Marketing & Communications to oversee the range of marketing & communications programs to ensure the Non-GMO Project remains engaged and relevant with a growing market presence.
  • Partner closely with the Operations Manager to manage the organization’s physical infrastructure and systems maintenance (organizational SOPs, HR, phone system, security, cleaning, leases, etc.).

Human Resources

  • Oversee talent management to bring best-in-class talent processes to the Non-GMO Project, establishing a development/coaching culture that will positively impact employee well-being, career progression and internal culture.
  • Analyze the organization’s overall talent needs and develop appropriate solutions to ensure effective recruiting, hiring, training, and professional development.

Finance

  • Oversee the development of financial management systems and processes to support the Non-GMO Project’s strategic operations and longer-term vision.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Board to develop short- and long-term strategies to ensure the Non-GMO Project’s financial sustainability and to maximize its impact, including the growth of fee-for-service revenue, donations, and regularly evaluating the organization’s performance against goals.
  • Establish best financial practices within the Non-GMO project culture.
  • Oversee processes to monitor and project monthly cash flow and report regularly to the Board of Directors.

Qualifications:

  • Personal alignment with the Non-GMO Project’s mission and core values; strong preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with the GMO issue and have a sincere interest in helping to protect the future of the North American food supply.
  • At least 10 years of progressive leadership experience with strategic responsibility for multiple operations functions, preferably in a growing business or nonprofit.
  • Strong track record overseeing, advancing and integrating a wide range of functions including talent, finance, accounting, IT, facilities, budgeting, and more.
  • Strategic thinker who is willing to challenge the status quo and identify new ways to improve program delivery, reduce costs, and identify new sources of revenue growth.
  • Proven track record facilitating sustainable change and development in a high growth environment.
  • Experience leading, building, and developing teams while establishing high standards of excellence and accountability.
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills, with an ability to clearly identify strategic challenges and opportunities, and make tough decisions in the face of resource constraints and ambiguity.
  • Must possess the executive presence and gravitas to inspire confidence and passion in internal and external audiences alike.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or other advanced degree in related field strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to work on site in Bellingham, WA.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to admin@nongmoproject.org

Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.


Standards & Verification Director

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-genetically modified products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Non-GMO Project is seeking a highly organized and strategic leader to join our team as a full-time Standards & Verification Director. The Standards & Verification Director will work with internal departments and external constituents (e.g., Technical Committees, Clients and Technical Administrators) to maintain the leadership of the Non-GMO Standard in the marketplace. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Non-GMO Project Standard
    • Serve as a resource and knowledge base for interpreting and clarifying the Non-GMO Standard for internal and external stakeholders
    • Coordinate and manage the process of annual public comments and revision of the updated Standard
    • Train stakeholders on the technical aspects of the Standard
    • Provide formal technical guidance on how to interpret and apply the Standard
    • Assist in resolving participant complaints and issues surrounding interpretation of the Standard
  • Trademark Licensing
    • Ensure consistency of license agreements and trademark usage
    • Maintain oversight and management of license agreements with clients and brands
    • Resolve license agreement issues with clients and brands
    • Oversee enforcement of trademark usage violations
  • Technical Administrators
    • Oversight and management of technical administrators to ensure alignment with quality assurance guidelines
    • Maintain consistent and transparent communications with TAs
    • Report on TA performance and compliance with minimum standards
    • Work with TAs regarding contracts and related requirements, standardized verification processes and documents, and related matters
  • Surveillance Testing
    • Develop and maintain a robust surveillance testing program in order to solidify and verify the quality of the Non-GMO Project Standard and verification process
    • Oversee product audits and non-conformance reporting and enforcement
    • Report to Executive Director and Board on surveillance program activities and results on regular basis
  • Report on the status of GMOs in the marketplace
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, GMO research, and release of new GMOs into the supply chain
  • Facilitate communication with Technical Committees and outside stakeholders
  • Supervise and mentor team members
  • Promote the Standard with consumer groups, industry leaders and other thought leaders
  • Work closely with Client Services to maintain excellent working relationships and communication channels with food producers, brands and retailers
  • Provide technical and strategic support to Executive team

Qualifications

  • 4 year degree with an area of study in technical business administration, science, project management or similar discipline; biology or microbiology degree a plus
  • Excellent data analysis, oral and written communication, leadership, team work and project management skills
  • Critical thinking ability and contract management skills a plus
  • Experience with non-profits a plus
  • Ability to learn quickly and think strategically
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage and supervise direct reports
  • Must be able to work on site in Bellingham, WA

Strong preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with GMO issues and have a sincere interest in helping to protect the future of the North American food supply.

Education requirements

4-year degree

Employment type

Full time

Professional level

Managerial

Benefits

Health, vision, dental, paid holidays, sick days and vacation

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to admin@nongmoproject.org

Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.


Standards Manager

The Non-GMO Project is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented professional to join our team as a full-time Standards Manager. This position reports directly to the Director of Standards and Verification.

The successful candidate will be a strong project manager and effective relationship builder. Must be extremely organized and detail-oriented and comfortable working in a mission-driven organization. Must be able to take initiative and follow direction and able to stay on task with multiple projects and shifting deadlines and priorities. Previous experience in manufacturing is strongly preferred. Experience with certification/accreditation programs is also preferred.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as resource and knowledge base for interpreting and clarifying the Non-GMO Standard for internal and external stakeholders
  • Train stakeholders on the technical aspects of the Standard
  • Provide formal technical guidance on how to interpret and apply the Standard
  • Develop and maintain systems to improve response times and communications regarding interpretation of the Non-GMO Project Standard
  • Coordinate and manage annual Standard public comment and revision process
  • Report on the status of GMOs in the marketplace
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, GMO research, and release of new GMOs into the food chain
  • Work closely with Client Services and Quality Assurance to maintain excellent working relationship and communication channels with participants and technical administrators
  • Provide technical support to management teams
  • Produce quality reporting for use by various teams within the organization, related to Standard development and implementation
  • Supervise and mentor team members

Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Comfortable with and proficient at public speaking
  • Ability to learn quickly and think strategically
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and think creatively, combined with a willingness to take direction and be a team player
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage and supervise direct reports
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team
  • Must be able to work on site in Bellingham, WA
  • Must be able to travel 10 – 15% of the time (trade shows, industry events, etc.)

Strong preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with GMO issues and have a sincere interest in helping to protect the future of the North American food supply.

Education requirements

4-year degree

Employment type

Full time

Professional level

Managerial

Benefits

Health, vision, dental, paid holidays, sick days and vacation

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to admin@nongmoproject.org

Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line.


Office Manager

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking an Office Manager to join our mission-driven team. The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Office Manager plays an essential role in implementing and maintaining a robust operating structure for a rapidly growing organization. The ideal candidate will have previous experience handling a wide range of administrative and executive support tasks. This person will be able to work independently, is exceedingly well organized and committed to supporting the administrative challenges and needs of all staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the point person for all administrative questions and requests
  • Support the management of financial tracking systems, quarterly and annual finance reports, payroll and annual tax filings
  • Help coordinate and support the annual budgeting process
  • Maintain organization wide digital and paper filing system, including training records and personnel files
  • Manage software and subscription management
  • Track projects and action items, maintain systems for overall efficiency cross departmentally including annual operating calendar
  • Maintain accurate inventory of office supplies and equipment
  • Manage HR procedures including hiring, training, Employee Handbook release and implementation, and compliance with WA state labor laws
  • Organize and implement annual staff appreciation and event calendar
  • Coordinate travel arrangements
  • Provide IT support

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years related professional experience
  • Proven experience with bookkeeping best practices and software (preferably Quickbooks)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage HR systems
  • Attention to detail and ability to problem solve
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong editing skills given strong preference
  • Ability to learn quickly, think systematically and work independently under general instructions
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work plan to meet department and organizational needs
  • Warm, friendly demeanor
  • Intuitive nature with a passion for service
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity, discretion, trustworthiness and reliability
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Smartsheets, and other organizational technology
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and think creatively, combined with a willingness to take direction
  • Must be able to work on site in Bellingham, WA

Commitment: Full-time, hourly position, compensation commensurate to experience

Benefits include: Health, vision, dental, paid holidays, sick days and vacation

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your interest in working with the Non-GMO Project and particular skills or strengths you feel would make you a good fit for our team.


Client Services Assistant

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking a Client Services Assistant to help provide exceptional client service. The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The Client Services Assistant will report directly to the Client Services Manager and will work with the Client Services team to further develop our rapidly growing verification program.

The successful candidate will have customer service and technical support experience, and be comfortable working in a mission-driven organization. Must be organized, detail-oriented and have a friendly demeanor.
Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate strong relationships with clients particularly through administrative and technical support (both phone and email); serve our clients in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Respond to and resolve client services requests professionally and in a timely manner
  • Provide education to clients on the verification process and the Non-GMO Project Standard
  • Participate in individual or team projects, as needed
  • Deliver quality service and problem solving skills to clients
  • Support administrative needs of leaders in partnership with other staff
  • Participate in team meetings and share best practices by creating standardized processes that improve the quality of work and efficiency of the team
  • Participate in the development of talking points, newsletters and educational materials

Qualifications

  • Approximately 1-3 years of experience providing direct client-facing support
  • Associate or undergraduate degree in environmental, business, marketing, communications or similar field OR equivalent work experience
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate complex, technical concepts in a clear and simple manner.
  • Proficiency working in database systems, Google Drive and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team, while handling multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Ability to manage multiple client situations, needs and inquiries simultaneously
  • Must be able to develop and maintain good cross-department working relationships

Commitment

This position is a full-time, hourly position at 40 hours per week.

Benefits include: Health, vision, dental, paid holidays, sick days and vacation

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your interest in working with the Non-GMO Project and particular skills or strengths you feel would make you a good fit for our team.


Licensing Intern

The Non-GMO Project needs a qualified Licensing Intern to assist with our trademark licensing and compliance processes. Qualified candidates will have an interest in food transparency issues and learning about the legal aspects of business processes. Proficiency with computer software and database systems and the ability to focus in detail for prolonged periods of time is required. Students and/or graduates of business, law, political science, environmental policy, or related programs are desired. The Licensing Intern will work closely with the Licensing Coordinator in our Standards and Verification Department under the Standards and Verification Director.

Responsibilities Include

  • Surveillance for trademark compliance
  • Tracking compliance issues
  • Processing and analyzing legal contracts
  • Creating database reports

Requirements

  • Interest in law and business, particularly with regard to food transparency and environmental
  • issues
  • Current student or graduate in business, law, political science, environmental policy, or related
  • programs
  • Proficiency with operating systems, databases, and web platforms
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word
  • Attention to detail and process
  • Comfortable asking questions
  • Ability to focus on a particular project or task for prolonged periods
  • Available to work 10-20 hours/week
  • Available for at least 3 months

Commitment

We’re looking for a commitment of around 20 hours a week – ideally for a year, but we are open to length of time.

Please note this is an unpaid internship.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your interest in working with the Non-GMO Project and particular skills or strengths you feel would make you a good fit for our team.


Part-time Administrative Intern

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking part-time administrative intern to join our mission-driven team. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

Responsibilities Include

  • Providing general administrative support to the Office Manager
  • Tracking projects, action items and maintaining systems for overall efficiency throughout office
  • Maintaining accurate inventory of all materials, office and break room supplies
  • Maintaining digital and paper filing systems
  • Unpacking and distributing all incoming shipments
  • Assembling office supplies as needed
  • Organizing all materials and supplies
  • Updating and maintaining library
  • Canceling subscriptions as needed
  • Helping create and document procedures and desk instructions
  • Taking notes at meetings as needed
  • Tracking costs and researching discounts as needed
  • Researching random requests online

Requirements

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and think systematically
  • Warm, friendly demeanor
  • Intuitive nature with a passion for service
  • Discretion, trustworthiness and reliability
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat and Google
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and think creatively, combined with a willingness to take direction
  • Must be able to work on site in Bellingham, WA

Our team members come from varied educational backgrounds, and so can our interns. We do our best to tailor work to skills and interests, but we also end up sharing many tasks as a team. Our interns are asked to show leadership and take the initiative to solve problems, and to work independently and creatively. In addition, interns may also provide general administrative support to other departments as needed.

Further assignments vary based on skills, interests, and performance. This is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand what is involved in running a small non-profit.

Commitment

We’re looking for a commitment of around 20 hours a week – ideally for a year, but we are open to length of time.

Please note this is an unpaid internship.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your interest in working with the Non-GMO Project and particular skills or strengths you feel would make you a good fit for our team.


Part-time Internships

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking part-time interns to join our mission-driven team.

Requirements

  • Applicants should have a passion for sustainability and a basic understanding of the GMO issue (further education, including recommended reading, are part of the internship). In addition to aligned values, applicants should have:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • An understanding of common communication channels, including social media
  • Solid computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office and Internet research
  • A strong sense of order, organization and attention to detail
  • A professional phone presence
  • An ability to be flexible and take on a wide range of tasks, from creative design to data entry
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn

Priorities for intern support vary throughout our work-year and include a variety of projects from communications work to data management, including developing systems for organization and providing information materials to the public. Some students with graphic design and video skills have also assisted in producing visual materials, and copywriting projects are always abundant! Our team members come from varied educational backgrounds, and so can our interns. We do our best to tailor work to skills and interests, but we also end up sharing many tasks as a team. Our interns are asked to show leadership and take the initiative to solve problems, and to work independently and creatively. In addition, interns also provide general administrative support to all departments as needed.

Further assignments vary based on skills, interests, and performance. This is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand what is involved in running a small non-profit.

Commitment

We’re looking for a commitment of around 10-15 hours a week – ideally for two to three quarters, but we are open to length of time.

Please note these are unpaid internships.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: admin@nongmoproject.org. Please include the title of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your interest in working with the Non-GMO Project and particular skills or strengths you feel would make you a good fit for our team.