Who We Are:
Feeding Washington is Washington’s statewide association of food bank distribution organizations. Our mission is to collaboratively develop a strong statewide infrastructure that effectively leverages resources to expand systemic capacity and provide maximum benefit to people experiencing hunger.
Feeding Washington was built on the belief that our system’s leaders must collaborate in order to effectively build a statewide system with the capacity to end hunger in Washington.
We believe that we can accomplish more together than we can independently, and that creating alignment and a shared vision will make our networked system stronger and more effective. We recognize that Washington’s hunger relief system utilizes and requires significant amounts of resources, and we believe that we should be active stewards, accountable for using them in a coordinated, effective and efficient manner. Together, we will chart a course for systemic investment that helps us use our collective strength.
Feeding Washington is working to build a centralized table where distributors can come together as active allies in support of each other and our shared mission. At this table we’ll work collaboratively to develop projects and programs that benefit our system as a whole, and we’ll create partnerships that help us avoid silos and competition for resources. We believe that collaboration at the distribution center level is imperative to be effective partners to each other, and to best serve local agencies and people facing hunger.
The Executive Director role at Feeding Washington is a new position at a young organization. You will lead staff members and partner with volunteer Directors and member staff who are committed to working with you to develop a vibrant organization. The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors.
Your peer in this role will be the Executive Director of Feeding the Northwest, an effective and quickly growing produce cooperative that sources fresh produce from the agriculture sector for distribution to food bank distribution centers in the Northwest and beyond. The E.D. of Feeding the Northwest reports directly to a Steering Committee, which reports to the Board of Feeding Washington. (See attached Org. Chart).
Two program efforts are currently underway at Feeding Washington, and with your leadership these projects will blossom and expand: 1) the Hunger Relief Insights project will offer neighborhood food banks a technology platform called Link2Feed that can help manage and track services provided, and 2) the RDO Collaboration and Capacity Building project will invite regional distribution partners to the Feeding Washington table to build their capacity, and more effectively expand and network a statewide hunger-relief system. We foresee a bright future in which new projects and programs are developed collaboratively to meet emerging opportunities and challenges across our statewide system.
In this role you’ll:
Manage the overall operations and resources of Feeding Washington including the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with Feeding Washington’s core mission and goals for the future.
Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with the leaders of Feeding Washington’s members (currently Second Harvest and Food Lifeline), and work to ensure that the overall mission, strategic plan, budget, and operating objectives of all three entities are aligned and coordinated
Identify and pursue public and private funding for the operations of Feeding Washington, working to ensure the cultivation of the funding necessary to achieve organizational objectives
Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans, monitoring the budget, and that ensuring that the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of the program and staff
Lead, develop, and plan the public affairs work of Feeding Washington. This includes serving as the spokesperson for the organization with key stakeholders: hunger-relief organizations, state agencies, elected officials, food industry partners, and funders.
Oversee the general administration of the agency, including board meetings, committee meetings, reporting, and other general activities
Provide inspirational leadership and direction to staff, and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization that achieves all long- and short-term goals and objectives
Who You Are:
You are an experienced leader with at least 10 years’ experience in non-profit settings and you have experience leading collaborative multi-org partnerships. You’ll be best prepared for this role if you also have experience with hunger relief and food insecurity.
You are a natural collaborator and partnership builder. You always think in terms of “we” vs “I”.
You’re adept at managing financial resources including budgeting and forecasting.
You can be a confident and ambitious fundraiser, and can inspire others to invest in a mission you’re passionate about.
Others experience you as a stellar communicator with high self-awareness and emotional intelligence. You work well under pressure, you are adept at navigating complex relationships, and you demonstrate competence and warmth through your interactions.
You have the capacity to discern priorities, assess complexity, and articulate a strong and clear vision for the future. You can develop strong forward-looking work plans and you’re able to drive accountability for accomplishing these plans with staff and partners.
You have an awareness and understanding of the role inequity and social injustice play in creating and perpetuating poverty. You’re committed to client dignity and integrating equity and inclusion practices within Feeding Washington’s practices and programs.
Ready to join Feeding Washington? Apply now!
To join our team as our Executive Director, please read the full job description and qualifications and apply online*. Complete applications must include a resume and cover letter and this posting will remain open until filled.
The Executive Director shall carry out the organizational goals and objectives, policies and
administration duties of Feeding Washington as defined by the Board of Directors.
Specific tasks of the Executive Director will include but not be limited to the following:
• The Executive Director has budgetary and strategic decision-making authority (as
delegated by the board). The Executive Director works closely with the Board of
Directors and all Board committees in support, advisory, and decision-making capacities.
Ensure that tasks assigned by these bodies are carried out. Acts as an ex officio member
of the board
• The Executive Director is responsible for managing the overall operations and resources
of Feeding Washington. This includes regularly engaging the Board and Members in a
comprehensive and visionary strategic planning process, implementing the
organization’s strategic plan, ensuring that budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with
Feeding Washington’s core mission and goals for the future
• The Executive Director is responsible for developing and maintaining a strong working
relationship with the CEO’s of the Members. The overall mission, strategic plan, budget,
and operating objectives of all these entities are more impactful when the collaborative
effort is closely aligned and coordinated. The collaborative effort is built upon trust,
transparency, and good communication. The Executive Director is central to keeping the
work of Feeding Washington aligned with the goals of the Members.
• In partnership with the Members, the Executive Director identifies and pursues
potential public and private funds for the operation of Feeding Washington. Ensure that
Feeding Washington cultivates the funding necessary to achieve organizational
objectives by meeting fundraising goals.
• Oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long- and short-range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in
place; setting financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a
manner that supports the needs of the program and staff.
• Oversee the general administration of the organization, including board meetings,
committee meetings, programmatic and regulatory reporting, and other general
• In agreement with the organization’s strategic plan, develop and implement programs
and activities that enable Feeding Washington and its Members to achieve measurable
progress toward the accomplishment of the organization’s mission, building alignment
and collaboration across its Membership.
• Help lead the Feeding Washington organization through a process that builds an
organizational culture committed to equity and inclusion, and ensure its programs and
activities utilize a racial equity lens.
• Provide inspirational leadership and direction to staff; ensure the continued
development and management of a professional and efficient organization; establish
effective decision-making processes that will enable Feeding Washington to achieve its
long- and short-term goals and objectives
• Lead, develop, and plan the public affairs work of Feeding Washington. This includes
serving as the spokesperson for the organization with key stakeholders: hunger-relief
organizations, state agencies, elected officials, food industry partners, and funders.
• Leadership - exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to
perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; inspires respect and
trust; solicits and accepts feedback from others; provides vision and inspiration to peers
and staff; gives appropriate recognition to others; displays passion and optimism;
mobilizes others to fulfill the vision. Measures self against standards of excellence; sets
and achieves challenging goals for both self and direct reports.
• Equity and Inclusion – demonstrates an overall commitment to promoting and
enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at Feeding Washington; has a strong
understanding of the intersections between hunger, poverty, racial inequity, and social
injustice; committed to client dignity and empowerment; fosters an equitable, and
inclusive work environment for all team members.
• Professionalism – works well under pressure; approaches others in a tactful manner;
treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position;
accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments; represents
Feeding Washington in all actions, lead in accordance with Feeding Washington’s
Mission and Values.
• Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems and roadblocks in a timely manner;
gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in
group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
• Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; gives and welcomes
feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit between and among member
agencies (e.g. Second Harvest and Food Lifeline). Puts the success of the organization
and its members above own interests; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed. Spends
significant time coordinating, collaborating and communicating with key stakeholders to
assure all interests are heard, considered and dealt with in a proactive manner.
• Planning and Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently;
plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other
people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
• Organizational Support – Follows direction of the Feeding Washington Board of
Directors and the organization’s policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks
correctly and on time; supports the organization’s goals and values.
• Dependability – Takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to
long hours of work when necessary to reach goals and deadlines. Completes tasks on
time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
• Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations;
listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group
presentation skills; participates in meetings (whether in leadership or attendee role).
• Stakeholder Service – Responds promptly to our stakeholders’ needs; solicits feedback
to improve communication and service; responds to requests in a timely manner; meets
commitments made to clients/partners/vendors/donors and all other stakeholders.
Minimum Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience:
Ten years’ experience in non-profit, food bank, association, business management, or
Language Ability: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to read, analyze, and
interpret general business periodicals, financial reports, professional journals, technical
procedures, or governmental regulations. Must have the ability to write reports, business
correspondence, and procedure manuals; to effectively present information and respond to
questions from groups of stakeholders (i.e. donors, clients, associations, government entities,
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to calculate figures and
amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area,
circumference, and volume. Must have the ability to apply concepts of basic accounting,
algebra and geometry.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to solve practical
problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited
standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral,
diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing
software, Spreadsheet software, Internet software.
Certificates and Licenses:
No certifications required. Driver’s License is required.
• The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• The position demands significant travel at times, including driving throughout the state
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to operate a
keyboard and computer, and continuously talk and listen by phone and in group and one-on one environments. The employee may occasionally stand or walk for a prolonged period to
make presentations. Driving an automobile is also part of the job, occasionally requiring long
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities
required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception
and the ability to adjust focus.
Who We Are:
Feeding Washington is Washington’s statewide association of food bank distribution organizations. Our mission is to collaboratively develop a strong statewide infrastructure that effectively leverages resources to…
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