The Mid-South Food Bank’s mission is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South. By providing food for families, children and seniors, we impact their lives by solving one of the biggest struggles they face: getting enough nutritious food to eat to live a healthy life.
The Mid-South Food Bank has an excellent reputation in the communities it serves and is a member of the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief network, Feeding America. We serve 31 counties in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Through Food Bank operated programs and a network of 275 partner agencies, over 400,000 people are assisted annually.
This spring, we are excited to consolidate our operations into a brand new distribution center which will allow us to serve more people more efficiently. The Center will open in June and has the benefit of being closer to many of the Food Bank’s food donors and is closer to major highways.
The Mid-South Food Bank programs are geared toward the needs of a variety of constituents:
Children: In the Mid-South Food Bank’s service area nearly one in five children is food insecure. The Food Bank serves children in the region by distributing food through its partner agencies, and through its child hunger programs - Kids Cafe, Food for Kids BackPacks and Healthy School Pantry.
Families: Hunger’s Hope distributes food through its network of partner agencies: food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth and senior programs, rehabilitation and residential centers. The Mobile Pantry provides direct distribution of perishable and non-perishable foods to underserved communities.
Seniors: More than 29 percent of those receiving assistance from the Food Bank’s partner agencies are seniors over age 60. Through its senior nutrition program, the Mid-South Food Bank distributes food specifically to seniors. Senior Grocery Boxes are available through partner agencies and Mobile Pantries.
The Mid-South Food Bank has an operating budget of approximately $5m with 51 full-time staff and thousands of volunteers. The Food Bank is forecasted to distribute 15m pounds of food for 2019.
Location: Memphis, TN
The CEO oversees all aspects of the Mid-South Food Bank including fiscal accountability, people management, resource development (food and funds), operations management, marketing and public relations, and compliance. The position reports to the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have a genuine passion for ending hunger and is an experienced executive in leading and growing large complex organizations.
Strategic vision and leadership
Set the vision and participate in strategic planning with the Board and ensure that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with the core mission and goals for the future.
Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration to increase impact and efficiency while reducing expenses.
Provide leadership and inspiration to the staff and build a team that works collaboratively and maintains a culture of accountability.
Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board, and ensure open communication about measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
Development and external relations
Ensure that the Food Bank cultivates the necessary funding and product donations necessary to eliminate hunger across a 31-county service area.
Maintain relationships with current individuals, foundations and corporate donors, and cultivate new relationships with all Food Bank supporters.
Diversify and expand the donor base; increase donations from existing sources and identify new fundraising opportunities.
Raise the profile of the Food Bank across the entire tri-state service area and publicly advocate for the importance of reducing food insecurity.
Further the Food Bank’s mission through collaborative efforts with multiple constituencies including the Board, staff, volunteers, member agencies, donors, policy makers and elected officials, community leaders, the media, Feeding America and the general public.
Interact with Feeding America (and various regional and sub-regional food bank organizations) to enhance and further the Food Bank’s work to fight hunger locally, while working cooperatively with other food banks in the national network.
Infrastructure and operations
Provide oversight of the efficient distribution of food in the counties, of the food warehousing in keeping with Feeding America contract compliance and guidelines, and transportation and logistics.
Oversee the financial status of the Food Bank including developing long and short- range financial plans, monitoring the budget and ensuring sound financial controls are in place; set financial priorities accurately to ensure the organization is operating in a manner that supports the needs of operations and staff.
Create and promote a positive and best practice work environment; ensure effective team work in support of the Food Bank’s mission and goals.
Support and develop highly motivated and passionate staff throughout the organization.
A minimum of 10 years progressive professional experience in a leadership role in a comparable growth-oriented organization of similar size and complexity.
Executive leadership experience in food distribution, inventory management, warehousing, transport and logistics, or food banking; candidates with nonprofit experience in a network or multi-site environment will be equally considered.
Track record of successful fundraising from diverse sources and a high degree of comfort in asking for financial and in-kind donations.
Track record of developing and executing strategic plans; monitoring budgets, financial planning and analysis.
Experience working with volunteers and collaborating with a diverse group of constituents.
Passionate about reducing food insecurity and eliminating hunger in the Mid-South.
Excellent relationship building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with all internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrated strategic thinker; and a willingness to focus on tactical and operational issues.
Strong commitment to the professional development and retention of staff.
Entrepreneurial leader with proven ability to develop and steward a strong organizational culture.
Strong business acumen and ability to drive results; strives for continuous improvement, establishes goals, ensures readiness of the team, and translates goals into action.
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively coach and mentor staff; collaborate and build relationships; and leverage resources across the Food Bank to achieve desired outcomes.
A sense of humor and the personal qualities of integrity, calm under fire, and commitment to excellence.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, ideally with an MBA or related advanced degree.