President and CEO

Feeding Westchester

POSITION

President & CEO

ORGANIZATION

Feeding Westchester

feedingwestchester.org

LOCATION

Elmsford, NY

ABOUT FEEDING WESTCHESTER:
Feeding Westchester is Westchester County’s largest food bank and hunger-relief organization. Together with over 300 agency partners, Feeding Westchester leads food distribution programs as well as health, education, and assistance initiatives to help the community nourish its neighbors with the food they need today and also provide the fundamental resources needed to build a better tomorrow.

Started in 1988, Feeding Westchester is responsible for 95% of all emergency food distributed throughout Westchester, delivering 10.5 million pounds of food last year. Prior to the current crisis, one in five people in the county experienced food insecurity. This translates to over 200,000 residents including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and over 60,000 children who qualify to receive free or reduced-price school lunch.
Feeding Westchester has long-term relationships with over 80 manufacturers, farmers, and retail partners to source and recover food and leverages an impressive network of over 11,000 volunteers annually. Within the 30,000 sq. ft warehouse in Elmsford, NY, the team of 42 dedicated Feeding Westchester team members work passionately to distribute healthy food to neighbors in need via both direct programming and partnerships with 300+ agency partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and community centers, throughout the county. Feeding Westchester is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the country.

FEEDING WESTCHESTER DURING THE COVID CRISIS:
Today, hunger is rapidly escalating across the county due to the COVID-19 crisis. Feeding Westchester’s swift and aggressive emergency response has garnered increased local and national interest, with the organization serving as a model and resource for food banks across the Feeding America network. For fiscal year 2019-2020 ending in June, Feeding Westchester is tracking to deliver 50% more or at least 15 million pounds of food, far exceeding the pre-crisis expectation of 11 million pounds. As the need continues to increase daily, Feeding Westchester’s programs have never been more critical to the Westchester community. The Board, staff, volunteers, and partners are committed to sourcing and safely distributing food through this crisis to meet this growing demand.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The new President & CEO (“CEO”) will lead an approximately $16 million organization ($8 million operating budget and $8 million representing the value of donated food) establishing and executing a bold vision to enable the organization to meet short-term needs, while positioning Feeding Westchester for long-term success. Reporting to the Board of Directors and overseeing a team of 42, the CEO will provide the visionary leadership needed to take Feeding Westchester to the next level of partnerships, innovation, and impact.
This is an exciting opportunity to serve vital food needs of vulnerable individuals and families in Westchester by leveraging and expanding the financial resources and operational capacity of a dynamic organization and its diverse network of community partners. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, increased food insecurity, and future uncertainty, Feeding Westchester’s mission is more paramount today than ever.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Leading and Setting Strategic Vision

  • Provide the leadership and vision necessary for Feeding Westchester to achieve its mission, grow income, partners, and programs, and continue to improve operational efficiency.
  • Lead the strategic planning process in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff to reassess and craft both a short-term and long-term plan.
  • Inspire, lead, develop, and engage a network of passionate volunteers, staff, and local partners as well as ensure clear communication and support for organizational goals and objectives.
  • Build a people-first organizational culture that promotes a high level of morale, program excellence, and collaboration among staff and volunteers.

Mobilizing Resources and Establishing Partnerships

  • Grow fundraising efforts and overall dollars by directing development efforts, setting, and achieving financial goals, and personally soliciting gifts.
  • Expand and oversee funding sources, including fundraising campaigns for foundations, individual donors, government, corporate sponsorships, and new business initiatives.
  • Cultivate relationships with funders through effective stewardship and reliable reporting, including local, state, and federal government officials.
  • Drive and build strong relationships and alliances with Feeding America and its network, as well as with community agencies and the private sector, including supply chain partners.

Strengthening Community and Brand

  • Optimize Feeding Westchester’s image, awareness, and impact by implementing an effective strategic communications program including marketing, branding, and public relations.
  • Serve as the chief representative, spokesperson, and ambassador to local, state, and national constituencies, passionately articulating the hunger problem and community needs.
  • Represent the organization and its brand messaging to the public, the private sector, and government leaders and be accessible to and cooperate with the media.
  • Work with and advocate on behalf of community partners to benefit the needs of the county.

Collaborating with the Board of Directors

  • Partner with the Board on current and future strategic plans.
  • Work closely with and advise the Board Chair and the Board’s committees on policies and planning, financial/resource development, governance, and Board recruitment.
  • Participate in Board meetings, help shape the agenda, and engage in discussion, deliberation, and decision-making to advance the mission.
  • Drive frequent, open, and transparent communication with the Board and its committees and serve as an interface between the Board and staff where necessary.

Driving Fiscal and Operational Excellence

  • Provide fiscally sound management and fiduciary oversight for long-term financial viability including prudently managing resources and budgets.
  • Offer thought leadership and guidance throughout the program planning, development, and implementation process.
  • Evaluate programs regularly and offer strategies for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency; make strategic changes when necessary.
  • Oversee a high-functioning supply chain through which sufficient food is solicited, purchased, and delivered in order to fulfill the requirements of Feeding Westchester’s programs.

ABOUT THE CEO:
The new CEO will be an inspiring, dynamic, and solution-oriented leader with a minimum of 15 years of experience. They will have demonstrated success with strategic planning, fundraising, organizational management, and program development from the public, private, corporate, and/or nonprofit sector. The successful candidate will have broad business/nonprofit management experience and financial acumen. Knowledge of hunger and poverty issues, and/or experience in food and hospitality preferred.

As a person, you are:

  • A mission-driven, visionary leader – you are a strategic and innovative thinker who can engage others around core values and lead in a changing landscape.
  • A manager who can build, develop, and inspire a team –you put people first and have experience motivating, supervising, delegating, andcollaborating openly with a diverse staff.
  • An entrepreneurial and business-minded executive – you are operationally savvy, impact-driven, and capable of driving a complex and multifaceted organization.
  • A natural relationship and partnership builder – you leverage a high level of emotional intelligence to cultivate and engage new and existing donors and community partners.
  • An articulate and persuasive communicator and spokesperson – you have the gravitas, energy, and communication skills to represent and fundraise for Feeding Westchester.
  • A problem solver who can lead in a crisis – you are poised and calm under pressure and offer clear, creative, and actionable solutions.
  • A passionate advocate for food insecurity issues – you are personally and professionally motivated to serve as a voice for those at risk of poverty and hunger.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply: We welcome your applications, recommendations and/or nominations for this important role. Please send correspondence and applications to: feedingwestchester@sandlersearch.org

Feeding Westchester is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Feeding Westchester will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.