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Due to the tremendous success of How Not to Die, traffic on NutritionFacts.org is up 36%! That’s the largest quarterly bump in our history. We’re up to nearly 100,000 views a day. And donations are double what they were this time last year.
I was initially hesitant when I was approached to write the book because of all the time it would take me away from the website. How many more people could the book reach than the millions my work was already reaching online? But the book’s runaway success turned into the best of both worlds—tens of thousands of copies sold through mainstream outlets like Costco and at the same time drawing unprecedented attention to my online videos. The number of people signing up to get daily, weekly or monthly notifications of all the new online content shot up 25% since the book came out. And though everything is free (and always will be!), many subscribers became monthly supporters to express their gratitude and help keep us chugging away.
This tremendous new outpouring of support marks a turning point for NutritionFacts.org. For most of these last five years, our goal was just to keep our heads above water, keeping the server bills paid and maintaining the site’s research integrity. But now we can go beyond the bare minimum. With just a skeleton crew, we’ve already been able to build up an amazing mass of volunteers, followers, and supporters. Imagine how many people we could help if we expanded our capacity. For example, did you know NutritionFacts.org currently has 152 active volunteers? And the only reason we can’t take on more is because we simply don’t have the capability. That’s why I’m so excited to announce Volunteer Director as the first of three new full-time, remote (work from home) positions:
Position #1: Volunteer Director
The Volunteer Director would be in charge of managing remote volunteer projects, and creating a sustainable, friendly volunteer community by recruiting and retaining the best volunteers around the world. They will define new volunteer projects and use creative ways to source and recruit outstanding and committed individuals. The ideal candidate is passionate about evidence-based nutrition, and thrives in a goal-driven environment. She or he should have experience with volunteer management, feel confident working in remote teams, and be very organized and self-motivated. For more on requirements and responsibilities (and to apply!) click here.
Position #2: Development Director
The Development Director would help maintain NutritionFacts.org user and supporter engagement, manage donations, and renew our annual state-by-state non-profit registration status. I’m embarrassed to say our average turnaround time getting back to folks that contact us through the website has slipped to 90 hours, but hopefully that will soon change! The ideal candidate is passionate about NutritionFacts.org’s mission, is detail-oriented, self-motivated, and has great interpersonal skills. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working on a remote team to have real impact and help manage a high-growth and well-respected non-profit organization. Click here for the application and more details.
Position #3: Social Media Director
Did you know NutritionFacts.org has more than a million Facebook and Google+ followers? We try to keep everyone informed, but how about a strategy to harness that energy to educate others? What we need is a Social Media Director. This professional would ideally be self-motivated, organized, insightful, creative, and experienced in publishing content and growing audiences across key social platforms. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to work on exciting nutrition and health-related topics while helping the digital presence of an online nonprofit. Go to NutritionFacts.org/employment for more details.
Nutritionfacts.org strives to offer competitive nonprofit salaries and health benefits (beyond just the kale health plan :). Unfortunately, NutritionFacts.org is not able to sponsor work visa applications, so applicants have to be U.S. citizens or otherwise legally authorized to work in the United States. NutritionFacts.org is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Speaking of staffing changes, I’m excited to announce that Katie Schloer, our fearless Program Director, will be promoted to Executive Director to help coordinate all the new staff. And our Director of Operations Tommasina Miller became so excited working at NutritionFacts.org about the potential for online outreach to save lives, that she is leaving us to go to coding school to learn how to create websites herself. Congrats to them both!
Michael Greger, M.D.
PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live year-in-review presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More Than an Apple a Day, From Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.
PS: NutritionFacts received an amazing response from the developer community with the open sourcing of our free Daily Dozen Android and iPhone app. Thanks to our wonderful contributors, and lead Maintainer, John Slavick, our Android App will be receiving its first major upgrade since release on the Play store very soon.
We want to keep both apps in sync as we continue moving forward. Currently, we are currently looking for a dedicated repository maintainer to head up the Daily Dozen iOS version. The maintainer would be responsible for collaborating with our current Android maintainer and NF project lead, Christi Richards on the future direction of the app, code promotion strategy, and general repository maintenance. If you’re a developer and think this might be a great fit, please contact Christi for more details on how to get started.