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President / Chief Executive Officer

Madison, WI, USA | Feeding America

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The successful candidate for President & Chief Executive Officer will be a mission-driven, collaborative and innovative leader and manager. This individual will serve as the brand ambassador and champion for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, which includes connecting with a constituency of donors, volunteers, recipients of food and services, individuals, partner food banks, and corporate partners. The CEO will leverage the power of relationships and networks, working across private, public and corporate sectors to improve the issue of food scarcity in the region. This leader will possess a high level of broad business skills, financial acumen, and strategic management expertise. They will work cross functionally to generate resources and financial support, as well as oversee the agency relations, programs and operations teams. Second Harvest is a solid organization which will continue to be successful with a forward-thinking leader, who will build upon the strong foundation and problem solve for ever changing community needs.

Job responsibilities

Board of Directors Support

 Support the ongoing recruitment, orientation, training, and stewardship of members of the Board.

 Work closely with the Board Chair to ensure regular meetings, timely distribution of information to Board members, and compliance with the organizational by-laws and all relevant regulations and laws pertaining to non-profit corporations.

 Provide leadership to ensure Board involvement in strategic planning and establishing organizational policies. Provide staff support to committees of the Board as necessary.

 Works with Board to ensure they understand and fulfill fiscal responsibilities.

Organizational Leadership

 Actively participate in the strategic planning process to establish current and long range goals, objectives, plans and policies in coordination with the senior management team and Board.

 Ensure proper succession and business continuity planning occurs at all levels of the food bank.

 Provide direction, supervision, performance evaluation, and support to the senior management staff and assist with staff development.

 Establish and maintain an effective system of communication throughout the organization.

 Collaborate with Human Resources Director to ensure sound human resource practices and policies throughout the organization, maintaining a workplace environment that fosters a diverse and inclusive workforce.

 Assure the developmental and training needs of the workforce are addressed.

Financial Leadership

 Ensure the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets for Board approval.

 Monitors SHFB’s financial condition and ensures sufficient operating reserves and cash flow to meet the food bank’s obligations.

 Establishes and/or maintains an effective internal control system, and ensures that accurate and timely financial information is provided for internal and external use.

 Maintains positive relationships with financial institutions and external auditors.

 Oversee compliance with major grants and contracts to ensure that funds are used for required purposes and activities.


 Work closely with the Director of Development & Communications, Development Department and staff to establish strategies and activities to secure financial resources.


 Develop positive and productive relationships with all potential sources funding, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities.

 Develop and maintain relationships with major individual donors.

Public Relations

 Serve as SHFB’s chief public spokesperson to articulate the issues associated with hunger and food insecurity, and SHFB’s mission.

 Represent SHFB to the public, including regular speaking engagements with the media, religious, business, civic, government, school, and other public groups.

 In collaboration with Communications Manager, use all available and appropriate resources to raise and sustain public awareness about hunger, food insecurity and SHFB’s mission and activities.

Community Leadership

 Position SHFB as the lead non-governmental entity in southwestern Wisconsin addressing hunger relief through active, positive relationships with partner organizations, other hunger-relief groups, government leaders, other food banks, vendors, donors, and volunteers.

 Provide leadership in community building and advocacy regarding hunger and food insecurity issues.

 Coordinate with Feeding America and regional food banks to enhance and further SHFB’s work to fight hunger locally, while working cooperatively with other food banks in the national network.

 Attend all necessary Feeding America meetings and conferences.


 Fosters a “Safety First” culture, ensuring a safe environment for employees and volunteers, as well as food safety.

 Monitors all programs, food acquisition and distribution, and other operations, providing guidance and leadership to senior management.

 Evaluates programs and operations to ensure continuous improvement.

 Recommends appropriate action, including establishment of new programs, and/or expansion of existing programs and operations as needed.

Application qualifications

 Demonstrated senior leadership with an emphasis in supervision, operations, public relations, strategic planning, financial/budget planning experience in complex organization with a commitment to safety.

 Minimum of ten years of senior leadership/management experience Lead through example and influence; ability to prioritize and communicate with staff about key objectives necessary to achieve organization goals.

 A demonstrated passion for eliminating food scarcity and hunger

 A highly results-oriented, strategic leader, who is innovative and forward thinking, listens for emerging trends from staff and community, and who is able to translate new ideas into action.

 Excellent relationship building skills with ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.

 A sense of humor and the personal qualities of integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, calm under fire, and commitment to striving for continuous improvement.

 Proven expertise: ability to delegate and empower staff, providing authority to work independently and to motivate others to perform well.

 Strong financial and business acumen using sound and accurate judgment to make timely decisions.

 Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to relate well to all levels of SHFB; ability to build appropriate rapport with community partners, donors, media, and families served, with authenticity and integrity

 Ability to speak publicly, in presentations to groups and to the media, to communicate the branded message internally and externally (mission, vision, values).

 Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively coach and mentor team members; collaborate and build relationships; and leverage resources within the function and across the organization to achieve desired outcomes.

 Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Non-Profit Management, Public Policy or a related field; Master’s preferred.

 Experience working with a community based non-profit organization, as a board member or in a leadership role.

 Ability to travel regionally and nationally for required Feeding America meetings and conferences.

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