The Iowa Food Bank Association, a collaborative effort of food banks serving Iowa, is searching for a new full-time Executive Director. The successful candidate will become one of the leading voices for the cause of hunger relief in the State of Iowa, overseeing the functions that the Association performs together, being the primary point of contact with statewide groups and public officials, and leveraging best practices within the membership to benefit all. In addition, the Executive Director will lead the advocacy effort to end hunger in Iowa, possibly as a joint effort with the emerging Iowa Hunger Coalition. The ability to perform all of these functions independently along with a Bachelor’s degree and experience in business, social services, or a related field is required, with a nonprofit and public policy background and experience with statewide groups preferred. Interested candidates should send an updated resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to IowaFBADirector@yahoo.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those interested are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible.
Position Title: Executive Director
Type: Exempt Full-Time
Reports to: Chair, Iowa Food Bank Association
Iowa Food Bank Association
Des Moines, IA (location flexible)
About the Iowa Food Bank Association
The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaborative effort of food banks serving the State of Iowa. The mission of IFBA is to support the Feeding America food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa in their work to ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all. Its primary focus is to coordinate efforts that benefit its members and are more efficient and effective when performed at a statewide level.
The primary responsibility of the Executive Director is to ensure progress toward organizational goals and objectives and organization adherence to established policies and procedures as defined by the Iowa Food Bank Association board. Those goals and objectives generally fall into three categories:
- Functions performed more effectively together such as advocacy & SNAP enrollment assistance,
- Being the primary point of contact with statewide groups and with other states, and
- Helping each other leverage best practices among the Association membership to benefit all.
Advocacy and the Iowa Hunger Coalition
Advocacy is a major element of this role, both in promoting legislative initiatives to public officials as well as the cause of hunger relief to the public. At the present time, the IFBA is involved with a new initiative called the Iowa Hunger Coalition (IHC). If the IHC comes to pass, the IFBA would remain as a 501(c)(3) membership organization of food banks, while the IHC would be a broader 501(c)(4) advocacy coalition open to all hunger-relief groups across the state.
It is anticipated if there is an IHC, the same individual would lead both organizations, with strict separation of finances and other resources as required by law. However, whether the IHC comes together or not will have little impact on the responsibilities of this position, as if not, the same advocacy role would continue to be performed by the IFBA.
In either scenario, it is envisioned that the Executive Director would become one of the leading voices for hunger relief in the State of Iowa.
Major Responsibilities for the Iowa Food Bank Association
- Work with the members of the Iowa Food Bank Association to develop goals and objectives of the organization, and develop an annual budget to support that plan.
- Identify, solicit, and apply for public and private funds to support Association initiatives.
- Assist the board in developing strategies and procedures to increase food supply, identifying and soliciting new food resources, soliciting donations, and developing statewide food drives.
- Function as the primary link with the Iowa Food Bank Association funding sources and channel resources through the network to help maximize the ability of members to feed individuals who are hungry
- Develop public relations strategy through media outreach. Maintain public awareness of the problem of hunger in Iowa and the immediate needs of food banks in the state. Pursue opportunities to speak to clubs and groups to educate the public regarding hunger issues and solicit support for the Iowa Food Bank Association.
- Alert the Board of Directors, members of the Iowa Food Bank Association, and state in general regarding places and issues which might call for legislative, administrative, and/or social action dealing with hunger. Provide leadership in dealing with governmental and legislative issues affecting food banks. Establish and maintain a presence in the Iowa statehouse.
- Cooperate in common concerns with social agencies in the state and become a supportive part of appropriate conditions and networks.
- In coordination with the board, the treasurer, and anyone contracted to provide such assistance, develop budgets and maintain fiscal records and accountability of the corporation, including bank statements, grant administration, bookkeeping, payroll, audits, and tax records.
- Maintain active membership in organizations beneficial to the mission of the Iowa Food Bank Association and the food banks in Iowa, including Feeding America and state VOAD. Attend conferences and meetings on behalf of the IFBA as approved by the Board of Directors.
- In cooperation with membership, develop statewide hunger message including statistics, data, and impact of food banks.
- In cooperation with the Iowa Food Bank Association Board Chair, coordinate details and prepare material for board meetings.
- Assist with resource allocation, including in-kind gifts and product.
- Provide technical assistance and training to member food banks and staff as requested or needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree and experience in business/finance, social services or related field. Nonprofit and public policy background preferred.
- Ability to plan, organize, and facilitate multiple collaborations and activities.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of groups and public officials.
- Ability to identify and target major funding prospects and to plan, organize, and direct solicitation programs.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability and willingness to travel and to work evenings and weekends occasionally as needed.
- Computer skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel and the Internet.
The Iowa Food Bank Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.