Project Manager

JOB SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Director of Constructive Capital, the Project Manager will manage projects of strategic importance across the company’s departments and functions within the Constructive Capital Department. Emphasis will be on philanthropic giving and business development.

Dr. Bronner’s is an iconic brand with a deeply loyal customer base. With sales of $130m, the company’s products are found in many channels across the globe. Dr. Bronner’s defines Constructive Capitalism as making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality while dedicating profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner’s donates more than a third of its profits (approximately an $8m budget) to charitable and philanthropic causes worldwide. Issue areas include regenerative organic agriculture, drug policy reform, fair trade, community betterment, and animal advocacy, among others.

The management and distribution of these funds is primarily the responsibility of the Constructive Capital Department. The department is also responsible for business development projects such as business unit analysis, new product/market development, and company-wide strategic planning.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position requires an experienced professional with strong analytical, due diligence, writing, and project management skills. Equally important is a passion for working with mission-driven for-profits and non-profits.

SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF PROJECT WORK INCLUDE:

  1. Funding Request Application (FRA) review and evaluation:
    a. Source and identify prospective funding recipients
    b. Support due diligence (financial, management, mission-alignment)
    c. Determine philanthropic support (financial and non-financial)
  2. FRA recipient capacity building through professional service partners:
    a. Strengthening organizational systems and governance
    b. Developing fundraising strategies (e.g. donations, earned income models, etc.)
    c. Supporting leadership and management coaching
  3. FRA recipient Evaluation and Measurement:
    a. Assisting in annual funder evaluations and impact assessments
    b. Contributing to the company’s corporate social responsibility report
  4. Business Development Research and Analysis:
    a. Newmarket/product development
    i. Market and competitor analysis
    ii. Sales forecasting
    iii. Costing sheet and margin economics
    b. New ventures and special projects

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Project Management: Utilizing project management tools, driving projects forward
  • Exceptional writing skills: Project Manager must have the ability to present complex concepts, findings, and recommendations in succinct, salient, and readable reports and memos
  • Exceptional analytical skills: Ability to tackle large and complex problems in topic areas of interest by parsing out issues, weighing pros and cons, and developing recommendations
  • Strong oral communication and presentation skills: Ability to facilitate meetings, present reports, and think on your feet in meetings
  • Strong client relations skills: Ability to pick up on different organizational cultures and work with a wide range of different types of nonprofit leadership, including boards
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Ability to work well both as a member of a team and independently
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Self-starter: Ability to manage and prioritize work in a fast-paced environment, delegate work efficiently, and take direction from multiple project manager
  • Strong capacity to be self-reflective, commitment to personal and professional growth; intellectual curiosity, creativity, strong desire and capacity for diversity in professional challenges

INTERACTION

  • This position will require close ongoing interaction with funding recipients as well as the company’s Marketing, PR, Data analytics, and Finance departments.

EDUCATION/YEARS EXPERIENCE

  • Candidates must have a business degree, preferably an MBA, or a minimum of seven years of work experience (with three years post MBA if relevant) in business development, strategic planning, venture capital, management consulting, finance or related fields
  • Proven ability to lead cross-functional teams and provide project management support
  • Demonstrated ability to complete quantitative and qualitative analysis and financial models
  • Proven ability to conduct and/or analyze research related to consumers, industries, and competitors
  • Solid business acumen, problem structuring, and strategic problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong networks across philanthropic, impact investing, and natural products industries
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Passion for the industry
  • Self-starter, organized and highly motivated
  • Ability to be flexible and self-sufficient
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, and confident
  • Ability to work within a team environment and independently

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Use standard office equipment including proficient use of a personal computer, phone & printer.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS
Must have reliable transportation and possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license including proof of personal vehicle insurance coverage and insurability under the Agency’s insurance carrier standards.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL & ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Perform work in a climate-controlled office setting.
  • Sit and/or stand for extended periods, walk, bend at the waist and knees, kneel and use hands, arms and legs for dexterity and balance, and climb stairs frequently.
  • Occasionally lift, carry and balance objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Pull and push such objects as file drawers and supplies.
  • Prioritize and multi-task work and projects requiring good memory, concentration, and analytical thinking.
  • Occasionally perform the safe operation of office equipment and machines, and recognize and abate safety hazards within the workplace.
  • Must be able to hear, see (including peripheral vision and distinction of colors), read and communicate verbally and in writing frequently with a wide range of people from divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and origins.

The noise level in the work environment is usually at a medium level due to an open work area.

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