The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM) – www.fbem.org is seeking a President/CEO who is passionate about ending hunger! The FBEM, a 35+ year-old regional food distribution network, seeks an empowering, collaborative leader with a proven track record of successful organizational management, relationship building and high professional ethics. The President/CEO will be instrumental in building upon the FBEM’s solid foundation of highly competent employees, strong financial backing and well-regarded reputation (both regionally and nationally) to reduce hunger in our 22-county service area.
The successful candidate will be a talented networker who demonstrates an inclusive, transparent management style and strong business acumen; a person capable of leading the FBEM’s 100+ employees and 6,500+ volunteers as they distribute over 65 million pounds of fresh water and food to those in need. As the public face of this award-winning Food Bank, the President/CEO must have an engaging, compelling presence and be genuine in their desire to achieve food security in our region!
The President/CEO is responsible for the overall administration and management of the FBEM, including its staff, programs, facilities, finances, events and partnerships. Guided by the 18-member Board of Directors, the President/CEO’s primary focus will be to ensure that the FBEM’s services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives. Areas of responsibility include roughly 40% of time spent on oversight of internal operations (programming, finance, human resources, marketing/communications, administration, etc.) and 60% of time managing and promoting external affairs (public relations, fundraising, partnership development, etc.).
Specific job duties include:
Operations and Personnel Management
Implement work plans to meet strategic objectives; provide guidance, direction and authorization to carry out plans in conjunction with senior leadership (VP of Operations & Finance, VP of Development & Communications, VP of Partnerships & External Affairs, Director of Human Resources)
Administer operational policies in accordance with Board approval
Review operating results of the organization and take steps to correct any issues or concerns
Directly oversee the current leadership team (4 employees) and indirectly manage the remaining FBEM staff (100+ employees) and volunteers
Assure proper compliance with employment law as it relates to personnel matters
Assist in identifying, recruiting and educating FBEM leadership personnel
Provide adequate training, supervision and evaluation of staff in a fair and equitable manner
Develop expertise in staff by encouraging further education and training; providing learning and leadership opportunities for growth
Oversee all disciplinary actions including terminations
Follow established policies, procedures and internal controls for prudent financial management
Prepare operational budget in consultation with the VP of Operations & Finance (~$11.5M annually) and monitor monthly
Manage FBEM assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses in a manner that is fiscally sound; ensure that the FBEM maintains reserved funds and completes the annual audit
Provide proper financial record keeping and reporting to the BOD through quarterly dashboard progress reports and transparent, ongoing communications
Ensure timely fundraising goals are set and met
Seek new/additional revenue through diverse sources including grants, partnerships, donations, etc. (Current revenue averages $60M annually)
Planning and Development
Facilitate strategic planning, including short-term and long-term goal setting, objectives, plans and policies
Plan and direct all investigations and negotiations pertaining to mergers, joint ventures, the acquisition of businesses, expansion or the sale of major assets with the approval of the BOD
Support the work of the FBEM Board of Directors, providing staff support to the Board, Officers and committees as needed
Communication and Public Relations
Serve as the primary spokesperson for FBEM, demonstrating sensitivity, diplomacy and tact
Promote the FBEM and its initiatives through relationships with the media, governmental agencies, community and corporate organizations, agricultural groups, foundations, donors and the public at events, local meetings and at other venues as appropriate
Advocate for the FBEM on hunger issues (in conjunction with Food Bank Council of Michigan and Feeding America) to legislative bodies
Represent the FBEM in regional and national collaborative efforts to address food insecurity
The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in business, finance, planning or public administration and 5+ years of senior leadership experience with a large and diverse staff; preferably in the non-profit sector. This is a high level position requiring strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to secure funding and implement innovative programs and services in collaboration with the FBEM staff, BOD, key stakeholders, community partners, donors and volunteers.
To express your interest in this position, please submit your resume, salary requirements and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications relate to this position. EOE. No phone calls please.
Additional Salary Information: The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan offers a dynamic, challenging work environment with ample opportunity for professional and personal fulfillment, competitive compensation and a full benefit package.
About The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan began in 1981 as a small, grassroots community organization serving agencies in Genesee County. Due to the ever increasing need for our services, the Food Bank has grown to serve more than 415 partner agencies throughout 22 eastern Michigan counties. FBEM serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in our service area.The Food Bank one of seven food banks in the state that make up the Food Bank Council of Michigan and a member of Feeding America.