Position Profile

Executive Director

Feeding the Carolinas


Raleigh, NC

The Organization

Feeding the Carolinas is a strategic alliance of the nine food banks and one food recovery organization in North and South Carolina who also belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. Formerly known as the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks (established in 2011), Feeding the Carolinas was established in 2016 as a coalition of the NC State Association and the SC State Association.

Feeding the Carolinas collects surplus food from manufacturers, producers, stores, distributors, and farmers. We also save food that might otherwise be thrown away while many of our hungry neighbors go without food. In FY 2016, our food bank members distributed almost 253 million pounds of nutritious food, the equivalent of over 210 million meals to Carolinians in need. We find, store, and distribute food and grocery items that help people in poverty, as well as victims of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, acts of terrorism, and floods. Collectively, our food banks work in all of the Carolinas’ 146 counties with over 3,700 charitable community partners who serve our neighbors in need.

Feeding the Carolinas allows us to harness the knowledge, expertise, and resources of all the Feeding America Food Banks within the Carolinas in order to serve more people in need within the Carolinas.

The Candidate

The Feeding the Carolinas Executive Director must be a consensus-builder, focusing on relationships. A seasoned professional with strong Board experience, the Executive Director will represent the organization’s collective voice, through taking initiative, identifying opportunities, and leading fundraising and advocacy efforts.

The Position

The Executive Director of Feeding the Carolinas (hereinafter referred to as the Association) reports to the Board of Directors, with general supervision provided by the President of the Board, and supervises the Association staff and volunteers. The Association office is maintained in North Carolina, but the Executive Director could reside in either North Carolina or South Carolina, with access to a major transportation hub to complete required travel around the NC-SC region.

Primary Responsibility: The Executive Director shall carry out the organizational goals and objectives, policies, procedures, and oversee administrative duties of the Association as defined by the Board. Primarily, the Executive Director will raise food, funds and advocate on the part of the Feeding America Food Bank members and coordinate their meetings and actions decided upon by the membership.

Specific tasks of the Executive Director will include, but not be limited to the following:

Coordinate Association activities:

  • Coordinate member food bank personnel when assigned responsibilities for collaborations.
  • Manage all Association personnel and volunteers, utilizing a team approach to management; delegate and coordinate work responsibilities; develop staff training enrichment, take primary responsibility for hiring, firing, and evaluation, and work to maintain positive staff relations.
  • Carry out work plan and policies authorized by the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively communicate with executive directors and other food bank personnel regarding food bank issues.
  • Plan and participate in regularly scheduled and special meetings, conferences and retreats of the Association.
  • In coordination with the Board, the Treasurer, and others contracted to provide such assistance, develop budgets and maintain fiscal records and accountability of the corporation, including bank statements, grant administration, bookkeeping, payroll, financial reviews, audits, lobbying reports and tax records. Assure financial accountability, sustainability, and responsibility.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and all Board Committees in an advisory and decision-making capacity. Ensure that tasks assigned by these bodies are carried out. Act as an ex-officio member of the Board.
  • Provide oversight of all Association programs and report progress to the Association Board of Directors at appropriate board meetings.
  • Research, recommend, and initiate changes in corporate and organizational structure, policies, and procedures in coordination with the Board of Directors and other counsel.

Raise food and funds in a coordinated manner to benefit all members of the Association:

  • Formulate the strategy for government/corporate/foundation relations and oversees its execution.
  • Identify opportunities for partnership and development of relationships between the Association and for profit and not for profit organizations which could be of mutual benefit and secure these opportunities when appropriate.
  • Assist the Board in developing strategies and procedures to increase members’ individual and collective food supply, including sharing food, identifying and soliciting new food resources, soliciting donations, and developing statewide food drives.
  • In cooperation with the Board, and in compliance with the Fundraising protocol adopted by the Board of Directors, identify potential public and private funds for the operation of the Association. In addition, initiate special fundraising events/projects, or work closely with other groups in initiating and implementing fundraising efforts for the Association.
  • Lead and coordinate the management of annual events and any and all ongoing grants to the association.

Educate the public and work with other organizations to meet its mission:

  • Work with members of the Board of Directors to develop public relations strategy through media outreach.
  • Cooperate in common concerns with civic groups in the state, and help the Association to become a supportive part of appropriate coalitions and networks.
  • Maintain active membership in organizations beneficial to the missions of the Association, including Feeding America, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, the Retail Merchants Association, and others. Attend conferences and meetings on behalf of the Association as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee the Association’s existing website and social media programs including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • All other duties as assigned and approved by the Board of Directors.

Preferred Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, philanthropy, public administration or a related field; government relations, public relations or 5 – 7 years equivalent experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven public speaking and presentation experience;
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and strong problem solving skills;
  • Familiarity with public relations, community resources and marketing strategy and tactics;
  • Evidence of successful program planning, innovation, and management;
  • Proven leadership experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, development or major gift solicitation;
  • Proficient in MS Office: i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • Demonstrated experience working for a collaborative;
  • Drive a vehicle in the performance of duties

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, target salary requirements and at least three references to: FeedingED@CapabilityCompany.com.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2018.

Feeding the Carolinas is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.