Executive Director

Location:
316 Adams Street Floor 2
Toledo 43604
Hours Per Week: 40

Contact: Caitlin Ballinger - caitlin@feedtoledo.org
More Info: https://feedtoledo.org/how-you-can-help
Last Updated: 08/08/2018
Expiration Date: 09/08/2018


Job Description:

A little bit about us..

Food For Thought (FFT) began in May of 2007 when a group of people came together with a common passion to feed the hungry. We started by feeding eight families per month through a stationary pantry in Oregon, OH and making 50 pb&j lunches that were handed out in downtown Toledo on Saturday mornings. The core mission of FFT is to feed the hungry in a thoughtful and intentional manner: we go directly to the people, we extend hospitality and treat everyone with dignity, and we build relationships. FFT hosts mobile food pantries, which provide shelf-stable food and fresh produce for free at different sites throughout the region, and every weekend we continue to make and hand out pb&j lunches with a robust corps of volunteers. FFT works to identify and address barriers to food insecurity in our community as they arise, and we give anyone with a passion to serve the opportunity to do so.

We envision a Toledo community where the hunger for food, respect, and belonging is met for all people. We are a small shop. We have big hearts and we do a lot with a little.

 
What we’re looking for..

FFT is seeking an authentic and passionate leader to continue building our organizational momentum and impact. We’re maturing and growing; we’re listening to new community needs and working with several partners to adapt our service strategies. This is an opportunity for a leader to showcase their creativity, charisma, and critical thinking skills to make big community impact in the realm of food security.


What we need you to do..

Strategic Leadership

  • Work with board, staff, and key stakeholders/partners to develop and implement short and long term mission-driven strategies and programmatic goals
  • Actively recruit and engage board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Build effective systems to track progress and impact, engage in comprehensive evaluation by listening to all stakeholders and share those findings in a compelling way
  • Oversee day-to-day operations, ensure programmatic consistency and improvement, while striving for excellence
  • Think creatively and strategically about mission fulfilment, cultivating or enhancing partnerships, leveraging community resources, coalition-building, filling identifiable gaps in community services
  • Lead and mentor staff, perform annual evaluations, delegate responsibility, inspire the team to see the impact of their collective work toward larger organizational goals


Fundraising and Communications

  • Create fundraising strategies and processes to engage existing, and cultivate new, individual donors
  • Build upon and execute major fundraising campaigns and events, research and write relevant grants, pursue new revenue-generating activities including fee-for-service programming
  • Engage corporate sponsors in mission-focused team-building opportunities to deepen organizational involvement and support
  • Develop new relationships with individuals, faith-based partners, and businesses to widen our fundraising base and volunteer network
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger, more widely recognized brand
  • Ensure Food For Thought has a visible and respected presence in the community
  • Serve as media spokesperson, including soliciting press coverage

 
 Board of Directors Management and Support

  • Serve as liaison between board and staff, strategic partners and funders
  • Assist with board development, including onboarding new board members
  • Provide materials and resources to board including monthly reports
  • With board leadership, ensure active board committees

 
Financial, Operational, and Administrative Management

  • Develop annual budget in collaboration with board finance committee
  • Manage cash flow and expenses in accordance with budget, oversee relationships with major vendors, and ensure prompt reporting for grants
  • Ensure overall efficiency and flow in daily operations
  • Develop and maintain personnel policies and procedures, ensure that operations manuals are up-to-date
  • Ensure that legal and regulatory requirements are met

 
What we’d love you to have...

  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to manage time efficiently while working on several projects simultaneously
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a relationship-builder who is an inspiring and credible community spokesperson
  • Capability to motivate staff and volunteers and cultivate/enhance community partnerships
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively, solve problems collaboratively, and show good judgement in decision making
  • Working knowledge of hunger and food equity issues as well as local social services and resources
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or equivalent workplace experience
  • A sense of humor, an appreciation for joy, the ability to understand the gravity of the work, but understand the importance of healthy work-life balance
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google products


Passion for the work is an absolute must!


If you’re the person for the job..

Please submit a resume and cover letter to caitlin@feedtoledo.org. You can learn more about our work in the community at feedtoledo.org. Candidate will be subject to a background check upon hire.


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