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.

The Non-GMO Project is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.


Request for Proposal: Board Facilitation, Succession Planning & Development

The Board of Directors of the Non-GMO Project is looking to partner with a qualified firm to facilitate their biennial Board retreats and to support the Board’s development work. The successful firm will have proven experience in designing and delivering strategic planning and Board development engagements from a wide range of sectors. Proposals are to be submitted by September 29th, 2017.

Organization Overview
The Non-GMO Project (“the Project”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering North America’s most widely recognized certification label for products made without GMOs. Incorporated in 2007, the Project’s mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, educate consumers and provide verified non-GMO choices. A primary function of the organization is to oversee a Product Verification Program, based on a rigorous, transparent and technically complex Standard. The Program currently verifies more than 43,000 products representing about $24B in annual sales. The Project is also a leader in consumer outreach and education on GMOs, with a social media following of more than 1.2M. This October, more than 12,000 retailers across the U.S. and Canada will participate in the Project’s annual Non-GMO Month.

The Project has an annual operating budget of $3M and approximately 30 full-time staff on site in its Bellingham, WA, headquarters. In addition, the Project contracts with, and has oversight responsibility for, four independent Technical Advisors, which conduct evaluations and inspections under the Product Verification Program. Governance bodies include a Board of Directors and an independent Standards Committee. A young organization entering a new stage of maturity, the Project is operated and governed by passionate and dedicated individuals who are committed to growing the organization strategically, thoughtfully and with a strong focus on personal and planetary well-being.

Project Background
The Non-GMO Project has grown significantly over the past 10 years. In 2011 there were just over 3,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products on store shelves and just under $2B in sales. 5 years later there were over 43,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products and almost $25B in sales. Over this time the organization has had to grow rapidly, in both capacity and capability, to meet this incredible demand for verification services and consumer and retailer outreach. Due to consumer demand, the Non-GMO Project butterfly label has expanded well beyond the Natural and Organic food sector into the much larger conventional product sector and into more complex supply chains.

The organization has entered a stage of maturity and complexity where the role of the Board must shift from operational advisors to organizational and strategic governance. This includes a greater focus on leadership succession planning, Executive Director oversight, and strategic planning. The Board has also grown recently to be more representative of the organization’s key stakeholders. This transition presents a timely opportunity to engage in Board development work.

Project Objectives
To successfully make this transition, the Board is looking for an experienced senior facilitator to design and facilitate their biennial retreats (November and April), and to support the Board’s goal of having an efficient and effective structure that supports their communications and decision making. Specific objectives for this work will include:

1. Working with the Board Chair and the Executive Director to design retreats agendas.
2. Planning and facilitating at least 2 Board retreats (2-2.5 days each).
3. Providing guidance to the Board on strategies, structures and behaviors that will support the transition from an operational to a more governance focus.
4. Ensuring a transparent and collaborative process that embraces the Non-GMO Project’s mission and values.
5. Advising the Board on a 5-year strategic planning process.

General Information
The Board and Executive Director are looking for a quick turn-around time for both the RFP response and selection of the successful firm. Initial work to identify the key strategic agenda topics is already underway in preparation for the November 13-15th, 2017 Board retreat in Seattle, WA. The spring retreat is scheduled for April 9th – 11th 2018 in Bellingham, WA. In preparation for these retreats, the successful firm will be asked to collaborate with the Board Chair and Executive Director to design retreat agendas and to facilitate both retreats. If the engagement is successful from both the Board and firm’s perspectives, the facilitator may be invited to extend their engagement contract. The Non-GMO Project Board consists 11 members, all senior leaders from organizations representing retailers, food brands and farmers. The Board currently has two working committees – the Executive Committee and the Standard Oversight Committee, which oversee the operational and technical sides of the organization. A list of current Board members can be found on our website.

Methodology & Process
Please provide an overview of the approach you would take to this engagement, with specific reference to the objectives listed above. Please identify the process you propose using, including communications, timelines,
and the stakeholders you would engage. Please provide detailed deliverables and the results to be expected. Please indicate in your response your level of interest in this work, and how your company would be a good fit for the Non-GMO Project.

Staffing and Credentials
Please provide business and project consultant credentials and identify how the project will be staffed. Please also provide a sample of clients for whom you have facilitated a similar process, and if possible, examples of work deliverables you can share to give us a sense of the quality of your work product.

Cost
Please provide cost estimates for this engagement to achieve the project objectives and scope of work described above, as well as any additional expenses.

Timeline
Please return your proposal by EOD September 29th, 2017.

Contact
Nikki Oleson, Executive Coordinator
nikki@nongmoproject.org
360-255-7704 ext. 108


Quality Assurance Coordinator

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking a Quality Assurance Coordinator to help protect the integrity of the Project’s Standard. 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 Quality Assurance Coordinator will report to the Quality Manager in the Standards and Verification department. This position is part of a team responsible for continued development and implementation of assurance programming in the Product Verification Program.

The successful candidate will have strong communication skills and be comfortable working in a mission-driven organization. Must be extremely organized and detail-oriented and enjoy working in small teams.

Responsibilities 

  • Administer all elements of laboratory approval and annual re-approval including ensuring compliance with NGP laboratory requirements, on-boarding new NGP-approved laboratories and serving as the primary contact for day-to-day operations of the laboratory program
  • Coordinate procurement and submission of surveillance samples for laboratory testing and track surveillance program expenses
  • Periodically measure efficiency of training through audits of data, processes and products.
  • Aid in monitoring corrective action plan initiation, progress, resolution
  • Utilize database systems to generate reports
  • Assist in determining the adequacy of internal systems
  • Contribute to team efforts as needed, including completion of clerical tasks.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field
  • Approximately 1-3 years of experience with business, quality assurance or technical writing
  • Computer literate; experience with database systems
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative and follow direction and to stay on task with multiple projects and shifting deadlines and priorities
  • A warm, friendly and outgoing demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a team

Preferred

  • Professional experience with organic or other food quality/safety standards
  • Professional experience with new program development

A combination of training, experience, and education that provides required knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of the position may be accepted.

Employment type

Full time, Hourly

Professional level

Intermediate, non-managerial

Benefits Include

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.


Part-Time Research & Survey Intern

The Non-GMO Project is currently seeking a part-time intern to join the Client Services Team to help with primary market research, specifically survey reporting. 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.

This is a great opportunity to learn how to work in a professional environment and to gain insight on the inner workings of a nonprofit. We value our interns and aspire to give them a learning experience that will be in line with their career goals.  We are happy to work with interns in receiving school credit and acknowledgement.

Responsibilities

  • Mining database for contact information
  • Create mailing lists
  • Clean contact information
  • Create mail merge using electronic survey platform
  • Send out the survey
  • Compile responses in a report format

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;

  • Desire and commitment to be a part of a mission-driven organization
  • Show leadership and take the initiative to solve problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Solid computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office and Internet research
  • A strong sense of order, organization, and attention to detail
  • Must be able to work independently and creatively
  • An ability to be flexible and take on a wide range of tasks
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn

Commitment

10-15 hours a week – ideally for one to two quarters

Please note this is an unpaid internship

How to Apply

Please email 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. 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.