Senior Manager, Racial Equality Journey - PepsiCo Foundation

There’s No One Else Quite Like You. Your Skills And Talents. Your Personal Experiences. Your Point Of View. Your Dreams.

At PepsiCo, we know the things that make you different are your real power. Because we’ve seen the amazing things that can happen when we dare to be different ourselves. 

PepsiCo's Racial Equality Journey focuses on three pillars - People, Business, and Communities:

  • When it comes to People, we are focusing on increasing representation; recruitment; and education, internships and apprenticeships.
  • When it comes to Business, we will leverage our scale and influence across our suppliers, marketing agency partners and customer base to increase representation and strengthen Black-owned businesses.
  • When it comes to our Communities, we’re working to drive long-term change by addressing systemic barriers to economic opportunity, investing an incremental $20 million over five years.

About Your Role 

*This role can sit in Plano, TX; Chicago, IL; Purchase, NY or remotely within the United States*  

As a Senior Manager, Racial Equality Journey for the PepsiCo Foundation you will lead the design, development and implementation of The PepsiCo Foundation’s programs that deliver on PepsiCo’s community-focused Racial Equality Journey (REJ) commitments including Community College Scholarships, Black Restaurant Support, Black Nonprofit Leadership, and additional programs as the journey progresses to include other marginalized U.S. minority groups. Programs have been identified to date (outlined below) and others are being created for new cohorts, e.g. Hispanic, Asian, etc.:

Black Nonprofit Leadership Program

  • Establish all program parameters: objectives, budget, in-kind donations (e.g., development of marketing/communications plans), curriculum for leadership training, cities for activation, steering committee, etc.
  • Lead the relationship with external experts/consultants to support program design and implementation
  • Develop recruiting materials and methodology for selecting nonprofit leaders to participate in the program: solicitation materials, applications, selection committee members and process, acceptance letters, legal/liability/limitation contracts (terms of agreement in partnership with the Law Department), I/T platform for interface and archiving
  • Select leaders for participation in the program
  • Recruit PepsiCo Exec Leadership for trainings/mentoring of participants. Establish guidelines, guardrails, and requirements
  • Serve as liaison between internal PepsiCo and external participants
  • Benchmark pilot year program design against peer organizations and integrate into Year 2 launch
  • Lead the nurturing of relationships with cohort organizations and identify additional opportunities for partnership; connect internal PepsiCo FDN resources, as appropriate
  • Track program and participant progress and identify storytelling opportunities for communications (internal and external)
  • Community College (CC) 2 year/Trade-Certificate Scholarships
  • Scope CC programs nationwide that take into account the: 1. Local job market, 2. Alignment with PepsiCo priority markets, 3. CCs with workforce development programs, including PEP’s 3 headquarter locations New York, Dallas, Chicago
  • Develop recommendation for 20 markets that adhere to program requirement that include a pathway to a living wage or career in the local market.
  • Partner with HR Talent Acquisition to scope local market job opportunities that translate to curricula offered at schools to ensure programs lead to a job with a living wage
  • Set clear program KPIs and align with CC partner
  • Partner with the Law Department to execute 20 independent contracts that clearly define program success criteria and obligations of the PepsiCo Foundation under those agreements. Set clear metrics, track progress, and course correct, as needed.
  • Wire and align internal stakeholders including PPGA and local market teams (PepsiCo Beverages & PepsiCo Foods)
  • Track program and participant progress and identify storytelling opportunities for communications (internal and external)
  • Develop and promote local volunteering opportunities for PepsiCo associates in all 20 cities

Black-Owned Restaurant Support

  • Scope and develop partner proposal that is the cornerstone philanthropic effort within PepsiCo’s REJ Black-Owned Business pillar ensuring it meets the needs of food businesses in the market and does so with a sensitivity to inequities that exist due to racial bias. 
  • Set specific and clear objectives and KPIs for nonprofit partner(s) to deliver programs across a minimum of 12 US cities
  • Ensure ample and engaging volunteer opportunities for PepsiCo associates in 12 participating cities/programs in partnership with PepsiCo Foodservice; connect to existing PepsiCo Foundation incentive programs and I/T tracking platforms
  • Track program and participant progress and identify storytelling opportunities for communications (internal and external)

Programs as part of PepsiCo’s REJ that are under development including Hispanic and Asian

  • Scope programs with identified partners and execute grant agreements
  • Set clear KPIs for projects that ladder to the achievement of REJ goals
  • Develop scorecards and tracking mechanisms with D&E project manager and provide regular updates

D&E Reputational Grants

  • Lead the development and execution of grants with multiple key stakeholder groups identified in partnership with PPGA and HR D&E teams
  • Identify and scope opportunities to align to PepsiCo FDN priorities and develop programmatic options
  • Track and manage FDN North America D&E budget


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Corporate Foundation experience strongly preferred
  • Broad, seasoned perspective on philanthropic field; knowledge of grant making preferred
  • External network with experts and nonprofit organizations relevant to PepsiCo’s REJ strongly preferred
  • Experience managing external relationships at senior executive levels
  • Seasoned leadership and influencing skills to gain credibility quickly at senior executive levels both within and outside PepsiCo
  • Ability to create, implement and operationalize vision/strategy. Strong process orientation with superior leadership and resource management capability
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills with ability to “develop the story” to persuade others
  • Ability to assess and make decisions quickly, to influence and align the thinking of others at senior levels. Respect for others with an appreciation and active advocacy for incorporating others’ points-of-view in order to arrive at the optimal solution with high levels of ownership across diverse cultures, functions, divisions
  • Personal credibility and leadership presence. Consistent demonstration of executive maturity and “grace under pressure”
  • Experience and success as autonomous leader with substantial PepsiCo business and operations knowledge
  • Empathy for, and commitment to, racial equality
  • Clear passion for the PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey
  • Ability to balance inspiration and motivation of others with process/detail orientation needed to deliver against objectives. 
  • Collaborative and engaging spirit
  • Experience and success as autonomous leader with substantial PepsiCo business and operations knowledge and familiarity with complex, multifunctional and multi-divisional considerations
  • Broad knowledge of social problems, programs and policies, and nonprofit program cost structuring
  • Proven ability to identify and define business issues and to develop creative alternatives and well-reasoned recommendations
  • High level of intellectual curiosity and perseverance with innate desire to solve problems, discover or generate potential solutions and drive through ambiguity
  • Broad awareness and insight into the root causes of and solutions to racial injustice in the U.S.
  • Excellent storyteller
  • Ability to absorb new and complex information quickly
  • Culturally and politically astute and possess a business mindset
  • Willingness to embrace ambiguity and a dynamic environment
  • Positive, highly motivated, problem-solving attitude
  • Effective time management and strong prioritization skills
  • This position is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States

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