Job Title: Executive Director
Status: Full Time, Exempt Position
Reports to: Board of Directors
Prepared Date: September 21, 2016
Summary: Lead statewide collaboration and advocacy efforts for the five Feeding America Food Banks that serve Louisiana. Serve as single point of contact for statewide entities such as government, media, and industry partners and increase statewide awareness and resources (food and funds) to combat hunger.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is not all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.
Food and Funds Development
- In collaboration with Board and Food Bank development staff, identify, solicit, and apply for potential public and private funds for the operation of the Association or for the Food Bank network. In addition, initiate special fundraising events/projects, or work closely with other groups in initiating and implementing fundraising efforts for the LFBA.
- Function as the primary link with LFBA funding sources and channel resources throughout the network to help maximize the ability of members to feed the hungry in the state.
- Assist Board in developing strategies for increasing food supply, including soliciting new food resources.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with the agriculture community to encourage support for increased produce donations and distribution throughout network.
Advocacy and Public Relations
- Position the LFBA as a thought leader and the leading organization in the state on hunger policy issues.
- Provide policy solutions and key research to Food Banks, legislators, and partners.
- Build and deepen statewide relationships with community, institutional, corporate, and governmental partners to expand engagement and collective action to fight hunger.
- Monitor state and national legislation and administrative policy issues that would affect members, partner agencies, or clients. Alert the Board of Directors and the Food Bank Network regarding issues which might call for legislative, administrative and social action.
- Connect legislators and other government representatives with Food Bank CEO’s to facilitate potential initiatives, training and other collaborations.
- Provide leadership in responding and articulating common message for governmental and legislative issues affecting Food Banks.
- Collaborate with other hunger-relief partners and join appropriate social justice and anti-poverty coalitions and networks to advance a common mission.
- Maintain public awareness of the problem of hunger in Louisiana and the immediate needs of Food Banks.
- In cooperation with the Board of Directors develop public relations strategy through coordinated media planning to maximize press outreach and other activities, as appropriate. Serve as spokesperson for the Association.
- Maintain statewide Food Bank and hunger statistics and data; gather and maintain records of Food Bank activities and disseminate such information to those requiring it or for use in speeches, presentations and funding opportunities.
- Maintain website, blog, and social media accounts.
Board and Food Bank Relations
- In collaboration with the Board, develop and implement an organizational strategic plan that includes goals in the strategic pillars of Feed (increase food and funds), Lead (increase awareness and advocacy) and Strengthen (increase capacity to distribute food).
- Submit an annual report of LFBA programs and progress on Board established goals.
- Plan and coordinate Quarterly Board Meetings and special Food Bank meetings or conferences when appropriate.
- Manage state SNAP Outreach Contract compiling monthly reports and submitting to DCFS.
- Maintain relationships with personnel from Louisiana departments of Agriculture and Children and Family Services to ensure a professional and productive working relationship.
- Maintain strong communication with DCFS staff on SNAP policies and programmatic changes.
- In coordination with the Board, develop budgets and maintain all necessary fiscal records.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Maintain active membership in organizations related to disaster response including Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
- Coordinate food distribution and communication among Food Banks in the event of disaster.
All other duties as assigned and approved by the Board of Directors.
Will require some travel.
MINIMUM PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor’s Degree, and five years experience in non-profit or business management, or equivalent experience.
- Outstanding leadership abilities
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to prepare and deliver public presentations
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Entrepreneurial skills
- Passion for Louisiana and the LFBA mission
- Prior experiences working with business, government, nonprofit, education and faith-based leaders
- Effective interpersonal skills; Ability to relate well to diverse stakeholder groups
- Dynamic, high energy and focused on the challenges at hand
- Excellent organizational skills
- Innovative and creative problem solver
- Impeccable character and integrity
- Commitment to diversity and equal opportunity
In order to successfully execute the goals of LFBA, especially relating to fund development, the State Director will need to cultivate positive relationships with a wide variety of local, regional, state and national officials, including but not limited to the following:
• Major individual donors
• Parish government leaders
• Mayors/officials of towns and municipalities
• Elected and appointed public officials
• Community-based agencies/partners
• Charitable Foundations
• Local, regional and national philanthropic organizations
• State, and local media
• Louisiana’s United Way leaders and stakeholders
The Mission of the Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) is to provide a unified voice for Louisiana’s hungry with short-term response, seeking long-term solutions through advocacy, education, and leadership. The Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered in the State of Louisiana. It is governed by a five member Board of directors made up of the executive directors for the five regional Feeding America Food Banks in the state. These Food Bank members have been fighting hunger in their local communities for more than 26 years and more recently have worked together to mobilize more resources to feed hungry people throughout Louisiana.
Since the entire state was impacted by the natural disasters of 2005, LFBA was formed to better serve the needs of all 64 parishes of the state. LFBA is committed to finding statewide solutions to strengthen and support the efforts of each member Food Bank in their region.
The key organizational objectives include:
• Increase the quality, variety and nutritional value of food available to feed hungry people in Louisiana
• Develop and secure new food and funding resources needed to close the gap on hunger in Louisiana
• Mobilize the public to support the fight against hunger by increasing awareness of hunger issues in Louisiana and the role of Feeding America Food Banks in addressing hunger
• Strengthen the coordinated hunger relief response to disasters through implementation of a statewide preparedness plan
• Advocate with state officials and others on issues of hunger and Food Banks
• Conduct statewide SNAP Outreach activities
• Act as a liaison with other agencies on issues that impact hunger relief
• Commensurate with experience
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 28th 2016