Job Posting

Executive Director/CEO, Philabundance

October 07, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. Its  growth and eventual integration with the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank in 2005 has made it the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Philabundance addresses hunger through direct service programs and a network of 400 member agencies, as well as contributes to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond. Philabundance is embarking on an exciting interdisciplinary approach to “End Hunger for Good” in the Delaware Valley.

With the announcement of the current Executive Director/CEO’s departure, Philabundance seeks to hire a new leader with the vision and ability to execute and who will guide Philabundance to a new period of excellence, increasing food distribution and strengthening operational infrastructure while establishing  innovative cross-disciplinary collaborations to attack the root causes of hunger and poverty in the Delaware Valley.

Position Overview

The Executive Director/CEO, with governance from the Board of Directors and input from staff,  will lead this mission-driven organization with vision, a big picture focus and positive energy.  S/he will strengthen Philabundance’s brand by growing, maintaining and nurturing a network of key stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, community and government leaders, member agencies, food and financial donors and the Board.  S/he will continue to develop the organization’s talented team, cohesion, visibility, financial strength and complex logistics.  As Philabundance’s leader, the Executive Director/CEO will oversee a combined annual budget of approximately $55MM and 100 staff while having overall responsibility for policy development, program direction, fundraising and fund development, operations and financial integrity. An overarching responsibility will be implementing the strategic vision to relieve hunger today and working towards ending hunger for good in the Delaware Valley.


Position Responsibilities

Working in conjunction with a strong Board of Directors, The Executive Director/CEO will lead the organization in defining and attaining all organizational strategic and tactical objectives


Strategic Leadership


  • Together with the Board of Directors and staff, create and implement a dynamic vision which supports and expands the organization’s mission.
  • Lead the creation and implementation of strategic business plan to operationalize the organization’s vision in a financially sustainable way.


Fiscal/Fiduciary Management/Operations

  • Work closely with the Board and senior team in setting and achieving multi-year strategic financial plan targets
  • In conjunction with the CFO, ensure full financial transparency by providing regular communication regarding strategic financial plans, budgets and performance results to the Board
  • Ensure overall operations, financial stability, capacity and sound fiduciary stewardship
  • Coordinate and oversee activities with professional advisors, including legal counsel, auditors, accountants, etc.



Resource Development

  • Oversee and work closely with the development team to develop and implement fundraising strategies to successfully identify, cultivate and solicit financial contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Identify and develop corporate partnerships, and new funding streams, while deepening and cultivating relationships with existing constituents, through the planned giving program, a major donor campaign and the annual appeal
  • Keep members of the Board apprised of relevant topics affecting the organization; educate them on the Board’s role in fund development and actively engage individual members in fundraising efforts


  External Relations/Communications

  • Act as primary point person for information and insight on local and national policies as they relate to hunger, reflecting the fact that childhood hunger and healthy food access are issues that transcend partisan politics
  • Serve as spokesperson and liaison representing Philabundance’s mission and work to the broader community, that includes, social service organizations, government and legislative personnel, media, civic leadership, and potential donors
  • Continually work to promote new ideas and partnerships
  • Develop and implement working relationship/partnerships locally and nationally with appropriate organizations, including the national network of food banks, culinary training/work force development programs, and other regional associations
  • Build and nurture relationships with corporate, government, and civic leaders regionally and nationally to build awareness of the continuing problems of hunger, limited healthy food access, and food waste as well as to leverage resources in dealing with those problems


Human Resources

  • Ensure the best people are hired and create an environment where the best people can do their best work
  • Motivate the senior team and the organization through clear articulation of objectively attainable goals that challenge and engage them as individuals and as a team
  • Provide leadership, direction and meaningful and timely communication to the staff
  • Perform annual evaluation of senior team to assess performance and ensure appropriate alignment with Philabundance’s strategic and operational goals


Critical Skills/Qualifications

  • A passion for the Philabundance mission, a strong interest in the issues, opportunities and challenges facing the organization and the regional nonprofit sector. The ability to build and maintain networks of credible contacts relevant to those issues,
  • Demonstrated ability to energize and mobilize stakeholders to create and implement a financially sustainable vision to advance the organization’s mission.
  • Strong logistics and supply chain background. Experience and/or interest in the development, growth, and management of social enterprises and in sustainability practices as they apply to the food system and elimination of food waste across the board
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills, focusing on relationship-building with food and financial donors alike, as well as interpersonal and team engagement within the organization
  • 15+ years of transformative leadership experience in a corporate setting or with extensive experience in a large non-profit environment
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors with governance protocol(s)
  • 10+ years hands-on business management and direct outcome, bottom line results experience
  • Ability to understand and work with diverse constituencies and multiple viewpoints
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Technology proficient


Preferred Candidates will also possess these intangible qualities:

  • Engaging, inspiring, opportunistic, high emotional intelligence, collaborative, creative style with strong business acumen
  • Forward thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Empathic and focused problem-solver with a sense of humor


Occasional travel



Competitive salary and benefits package


Philabundance values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.