Careers at Manna

There is currently one available position at Manna Food Center. Please submit your resume and cover letter to, May 19 through Monday, June 5. 

Smart Sacks Program Manager – Manna Food Center, Gaithersburg MD

Job Overview and Requirements

Interested in using your leadership, organizational, and communication skills to contribute to food security? Do you want to be challenged at work, learn new skills, work in an organization that values equity and community engagement, have a lot of fun, and make a significant impact? Manna Food Center is seeking a Program Manager to enhance our school-based food assistance work to include school-based pantries while maintaining the program’s long-standing public school and community relationships.

Our Story: Manna Food Center has been providing food assistance to residents of Montgomery County, MD for nearly 35 years.  Through food distribution programs, nutrition education, and local advocacy Manna is creating a community where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to making Montgomery County a place where all live in dignity.  Our weekend bag program, Smart Sacks, has been operating for more than 10 years to address the food insecurity faced by Montgomery County elementary school students and their families.

We are in need of an experienced Program Manager who can work with the rest of the Programs team to shape and implement an ambitious strategic plan. The Program Manager is responsible for planning and implementing the Smart Sacks weekend bag program at Manna.  The primary responsibility will be piloting school-based food pantries at some of our highest need schools.  The Manager will also create and execute monitoring and evaluation strategies to ensure that program objectives are met.

Reports to: Director of Programs, Jenna Umbriac


Essential Responsibilities

Research and develops program enhancements and innovations, including school-based food pantries, to match organizational and County-wide goals and priorities.

Create and implement strategies to monitor and evaluate program impact.

Recruit and engage community partners, school staff coordinators, and sponsors/donors to support program maintenance and expansion in alignment with organizational goals.

Work with Development and Communications team to ensure accurate program outcomes and indicators are incorporated into grant applications and reports to support revenue generation and sustainability.

Oversee program menu and communicates with Logistics team with changes as necessary.


Our Hiring Process and Timeline

We will accept and review resumes with cover letters from May 19 through Monday, June 5.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to

We will aim to schedule phone interviews with top candidates during the week of June 5th.

Finalists will be invited to attend an in-person one-hour interview between June 12 and June 23.

Our intention is to make an offer the week of June 26. We would like to have the selected candidate start in early July.

Manna Food Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Essential Requirements

A great sense of humor!

Ability to work two Saturdays per year.

Commitment to our mission, vision and our values of Respect, Service, and Partnership.

Experience with multi-tasking effectively and prioritizing a wide variety of diverse and simultaneous responsibilities.

Excellent organizational and communication skills and attention to detail

Strong customer service skills and experience collaborating with diverse staff and community partners.

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Outlook


Compensation and Benefits

Salary range of $36,000 –$40,000, with the opportunity for an annual merit-based raise.  Salary negotiable and based on experience.

Full-time, non-exempt position, working 40 hours per week. We believe in work-life integration and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked.

10 days of paid vacation, 10 paid holidays (including employee’s birthday), 3 paid personal days, and 10 days paid health leave yearly

Upon successful completion of 60 days of employment, we offer an optional employee health plan and, after 90 days, the option to invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) with Manna matching employee contributions up to a maximum of three percent of pay.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to stand continuously for up to 3 hours at a time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Environmental Conditions

While packing and distributing food, the employee may be exposed to a wide array of environmental conditions including extreme heat and cold, rain, snow and ice.  The employee must be able to work in these conditions for up to 3 hours at a time.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification and are subject to change at any time. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Manna is an Equal Opportunity Employer.