Director, The Walk for Hunger

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.




145 Border Street
United States


Project Bread is the state’s leading anti-hunger organization. Our vision is a Commonwealth of Massachusetts where all residents have reliable, consistent access to affordable, culturally appropriate, and healthy food. The organization has an annual operating budget of over $6 million and 30 fulltime employees, including ten development and communications staff. We strive to develop new ideas, new partners, and new ways of supporting people facing food insecurity in our state, while also addressing the root causes of hunger. All of our efforts are grounded in the belief that hunger is a solvable problem.

Through Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, the original pledge Walk in the country, we provide grants each year to hundreds of emergency food programs in communities statewide. The Walk raised approximately $2.4M in FY18. We also champion programs that provide Massachusetts residents resources for sustainable access to healthy food through school meals, Summer Eats- free meals for kids and teens, and through SNAP application assistance and outreach at community health centers, as well as through our statewide Food Source hotline. 


·        Manager of the Walk and Special Events

·        2 full time development associates


The Role:


The Director of the Walk for Hunger role is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, creative and self-driven leader to join Project Bread as we continue preparing for and driving a period of high growth for the organization. This individual will be the steward of Boston’s iconic Walk for Hunger, an event with a proud, 50 year history of grassroots community engagement that has had lasting impact on the lives of hungry people throughout Massachusetts.


The Director of the Walk for Hunger must be capable of thinking strategically and executing simultaneously and with confidence. This person will bring event expertise and fundraising expertise to the role - they are equally important. To be successful, the candidate will proactively engage and communicate cross-functionally and with direct reports in efficient, focused collaboration. Traits that define the ideal candidate are organized, effective, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and team oriented.


This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking to lead a major initiative, including operations, staffing, fundraising, and budgeting.


The Director of Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger will report to the Vice President of Communications and Development.


To be considered, a candidate must be interested in and committed to Project Bread’s mission of preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts.


Building the future:

As Project Bread celebrates 50 years of progress against hunger in Massachusetts and with new leadership in place, this is a pivotal moment. The time is right to evaluate the Walk in order to maximize its impact on several fronts – including, fundraising and therefore grant making capacity, cultural impact, and awareness. The walk director will have the unique responsibility of building a solid foundation for the future.

·        Own evaluation and strategy development for determining the most effective use of the Walk for Hunger both as the organization’s flagship fundraising event, our most visible and recognizable effort, as well as its role as a platform for community engagement around hunger in Massachusetts.

·        Manage planning and execution of the Walk for Hunger, with a focus on improving operational efficiency and cross functional work streams through excellent project management

·        Devise and implement the next iteration of peer to peer fundraising strategy to optimize walker engagement and expand reach

·        Sustain/grow The Walk for Hunger as a core revenue stream and gateway to other revenue streams

·        Leverage the Walk’s social impact, community involvement, and brand to create visibility for Project Bread among businesses, individuals and foundations.

·        Inform and engage senior leaders to predict and adapt to market realities

·        Generate, share, and support the evolving network of strategic alliances of the organization, including media and community partners

·        Build team cohesiveness and productivity

·        Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Walk for Hunger

·        Build repeatable processes that deliver results



1.      5-7 years experience managing complex, large scale events

2.      Expertise in development, peer to peer fundraising experience strongly preferred

3.      Demonstrated success in managing dynamic projects with multiple stakeholders

4.      Experience managing direct reports preferred

5.      Must be comfortable both setting the strategy and contributing work to make it successful

6.      Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment while being flexible and detail-oriented.

7.      Must be able to work efficiently on several projects simultaneously and prioritize deadlines

8.      Demonstrated conceptual skills and analytical capabilities

9.      Raiser’s Edge and Convio experience preferred

10.   Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

11.   Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger

12.   Cultural sensitivity.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree