Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) https://greaterlansingfoodbank.org, the regional source of emergency food for mid-Michigan, is looking for a compelling, collaborative leader who is passionate about ending hunger! As Executive Director, this person will report to and support a high-functioning Board of Directors and be responsible for the overall management and direction of this 35+ year-old organization. Leading a seasoned team of professionals, the Executive Director will be the public face and chief fundraiser of GLFB, making certain that no one will go hungry in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Gratiot, Isabella or Clare Counties under our watch.
The successful candidate will be a talented networker who demonstrates a dynamic, proactive management style and strong business acumen; a person capable of leading GLFB’s 30+ employees, 140+ partner agencies and 3,500+ volunteers as they distribute over 8.3 million pounds of food to those in need. S/he will have excellent organizational skills, be strategic in their approach, communicate confidently and use the highest of ethical standards in fulfilling GLFB’s mission: To alleviate hunger one meal at a time, to create a future where everyone has access to nourishing food.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, including the protection of the organization’s financial assets, compliance with board directives and fulfillment of applicable Feeding America (national food bank network), federal and state requirements. Guided by the 18-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director’s primary focus will be to ensure that the GLFB’s services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives. Areas of responsibility include roughly 40% of time spent on oversight of internal operations (programming, finance, human resources, marketing/communications, administration, etc.) and 60% of time managing and promoting external affairs (public relations, fundraising, partnership development, etc.).
Specific job duties include:
Operations and Personnel Management
Implement work plans to meet strategic objectives; provide guidance, direction and authorization to carry out plans in conjunction with the Administrative Director, Operations Director, Development Manager and Marketing & Communications Specialist
Administer operational policies in accordance with Board approval
Review operating results of the organization and take steps to correct any issues or concerns
Directly oversee the current leadership team (4 employees) and indirectly manage the remaining GLFB staff and volunteers
Assure proper compliance with employment law as it relates to personnel matters
Assist in identifying, recruiting and educating GLFB personnel
Provide adequate training, supervision and evaluation of staff in a fair and equitable manner
Develop expertise in staff by encouraging further education and training; providing learning and leadership opportunities for growth
Oversee all disciplinary actions including terminations
Follow established policies, procedures and internal controls for prudent financial management including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board, local, state and federal laws, Feeding America policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines
Recommend a budget to the board annually, monitor and ensure that the staff adheres to the approved budget, and advise the Board of any significant variances on a timely basis
Oversee the management of grants and contracts; work with Development Manager to negotiate agreement terms that reflect the needs of GLFB, coordinate with legal advisors to finalize agreement terms; monitor progress of agreements and maintain agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms including receipt and expenditure of funds
Analyze and evaluate vendor services (particularly for insurance, employee benefits and management of GLFB funds) to determine programs and providers that best meet the needs of GLFB and make recommendations to the Board, as appropriate; Negotiate services, terms and premiums and execute contracts
Ensure timely fundraising goals are set and met
Seek new/additional revenue through diverse sources including grants, partnerships, donations, etc. (Current revenues average $17M annually; 65% of which is in-kind food donations)
Planning and Development
Facilitate strategic planning, including short-term and long-term goal setting, objectives, plans and policies
Establish and maintain key strategic partnerships to further the mission of GLFB
Support the work of the GLFB Board of Directors, providing staff support to the Board, Officers and committees as needed
Communication and Public Relations
Serve as the primary spokesperson for GLFB, demonstrating sensitivity, diplomacy and tact
Promote the GLFB and its initiatives through relationships with the media, governmental agencies, community and corporate organizations, agricultural groups, foundations, donors and the public at events, local meetings and at other venues as appropriate
Directs and oversee the fundraising for the organization, including planning, strategies and implementation; actively involved in fundraising cultivation and asks
Advocate for the GLFB on hunger issues (in conjunction with Food Bank Council of Michigan and Feeding America) to legislative bodies
Represent the GLFB in regional and national collaborative efforts to address food insecurity
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree in business or related field preferred, 10+ years of senior leadership experience; preferably in the non-profit sector. This is a high-level position requiring strong leadership, strategic thinking, communication and interpersonal skills. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to secure funding and implement innovative programs and services in collaboration with the GLFB staff, BOD, key stakeholders, community partners, donors and volunteers.
Additional Salary Information: The Greater Lansing Food Bank offers a dynamic, challenging work environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal fulfillment, competitive compensation and a full benefit package.
About Greater Lansing Food Bank
What do we do at the Greater Lansing Food Bank?
We feed people. We make certain that everyone in our community has access to nutritious food, because we can all agree, that no one should ever go hungry in our community.
Where does GLFB get food?
The food bank gets food from retailers, the USDA, food producers, purchased goods and from food drive donations.
Who do we serve?
Everyone at risk, because hunger does not discriminate. We provide emergency food to families and children and retirees and veterans who have served our country. We serve people who look just like you and me. We help people to perform better at work and school and at home, because food is a basic need. Remember, that no one ever plans to be hungry.
How are we able to do this?
We can only meet this need because of the continuing support of the caring people and businesses in our community.
Copyright 2019 Colorado Society of Association Executives. This site content may not be copied, reproduced, or redistributed without the prior written permission of the Colorado Society of Association Executives.