Title: Executive Director
Salary: $75,000-85,000 DOE
Benefits: Full health and dental, vacation & sick leave, 11 paid holidays, lunch provided Mon-Thurs
Hours: 40 hours per week; work remotely Friday
Location: 677 West Ranger Ave, Alameda, CA
About Food Shift:
Despite the abundance of food and wealth in the Bay Area, 1 in 4 people in San Francisco, 1 in 5 in Alameda, and 1 in 4 in Santa Clara are food insecure – many of them seniors and children. Meanwhile, 40% of all food produced is wasted, contributing to climate change that is ravaging communities around the globe. Food Shift’s work directly responds to these social and environmental imbalances. Food Shift’s local efforts exist as part of a broad and growing movement to transform our economy and culture toward a more just, equitable, and regenerative planet for all.
Since 2012, Food Shift has worked with communities, businesses, and governments to develop models that reduce food waste, feed people, and create jobs for people with barriers to employment. Food Shift’s primary project is The Food Shift Kitchen, a social enterprise catering company that recovers and redistributes surplus food while providing culinary training to individuals overcoming homelessness and other challenges. Food Shift has a $500,000 budget, 4 full-time staff, 4 part-time staff, and 8 active advisory board members.
Major Food Shift Accomplishments:
- Leader and innovator in the movement to reduce wasted food – increasing local and national awareness through events, media, campaigns, and public speaking.
- Co-developed school food recovery/donation program and toolkit.
- Co-hosted the first U.S. Zero Food Waste Forum and Feeding the 5,000 events.
- Influenced regional food recovery action and strategy with Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
- Recovering and donating over 100,000 lbs of food per year, training and employing dozens of individuals overcoming homelessness, and generating over $100,000 in revenue each year through The Food Shift Kitchen.
The Food Shift Kitchen is modeled after DC Central Kitchen where each year 150 employees generate $9 million in revenue while reducing wasted food, feeding the community, and providing job training for 90 individuals overcoming incarceration, homelessness, and drug addiction. The time is now for this model to expand in the Bay Area.
Food Shift is seeking new leadership to:
- Develop the organizational capacity and community, philanthropic, and government support to scale and sustain The Food Shift Kitchen model.
- Utilize human centered design to listen, engage, and invest in communities who have been most affected by systems of oppression to refine our food distribution to work for them.
- Explore other workforce development partnership and social enterprise opportunities that align with our mission and values.
- Amplify social equity and environmental justice policy ideas as part of food recovery and hunger alleviation work in the region to move beyond band-aids to mitigate future need.
- Shake up traditional, transactional, and isolated models of food recovery and distribution with bold, creative, and collaborative solutions.
- Leverage the abundance of food becoming available as a result of SB 1383 legislation to create value and power for communities of color.
- Continue holding businesses accountable for their waste and the cost of food recovery and redistribution.
- Leverage Food Shift’s solid foundation of relationships and history of impact to create an even deeper impact and lasting change for the community.
- Transition Food Shift towards a vision of leadership that is representative of the Bay Area’s cultural and racial diversity
- Collaborate, uplift, and invest in the future of employees and the community.
Food Shift is seeking transformational leadership to help shape the future of Food Shift. The ideal candidate will be bold and creative, with deep cultural competency, and a passion for equity and justice.
Food Shift’s Executive Director is responsible for the direction, management, and development of Food Shift’s team, programs, and impact. The Executive Director is both the internal leader of the organization as well as the driving force behind external relationships – using their skills and networks to establish and sustain partnerships in support of our goals. The Executive Director must be skilled at fundraising, thinking strategically, and team leadership.
Food Shift is fiscally sponsored by Earth Island Institute and Food Shift’s Executive Director is the person responsible for project compliance with Earth Island policies and procedures, in addition to being responsible for the project’s consistent achievement of its mission, organizational obligations, and financial objectives.
Program Management and Innovation:
- Lead long- and short-term planning for the development of Food Shift core programs so they are cohesive and aligned with the overall mission of the organization.
- Facilitate regular meetings and strategic planning processes aimed at continual program evaluation and improvement to expand and deepen mission impact.
- Gather, analyze, and disseminate programmatic data and results on a regular basis to gauge program success and guide improvements.
- Promote regular opportunities for all staff to give feedback on program operations.
- In collaboration with appropriate team members, oversee implementation of all program elements in a way that is consistent with operational goals.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
Financial Management & Fundraising:
- Prepare, manage, and communicate organizational budgets and quarterly forecasts.
- Ensure monthly revenue targets are met.
- Prepare and finalize grant applications and final grant reports as needed to support program funding.
- Maintain and cultivate relationships with major donors and execute quarterly donor appeals and donor engagement events as needed.
Team Management and Staff Development:
- Work with staff/volunteer teams to delegate, set goals, develop objective performance measurements, and ensure ongoing and high-quality implementation of programs.
- Support leadership and talent development by establishing annual goals and development plans, and providing regular and timely performance feedback
- Model the Food Shift values through personal behavior, leadership, and accountability.
- Responsible for the recruitment, orientation, and release of volunteers, staff, and board.
- Coordinate and supervise interns, consultants, and volunteers as needed.
- Develop and maintain working advisory committee that supports organizational goals.
- Maintain a positive, healthy, safe work environment, creating a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
- Provide strong day-to-day leadership for staff and volunteers, insuring that all practices and activities support the fulfillment of Food Shift’ mission and reflect our values.
- Build and maintain relationships with community partners essential to Food Shift’s capacity to fulfill its mission, and represent the organization at events and in the media.
- Keep Earth Island Institute abreast of organizational or human resources issues.
- Represent Food Shift in the broader community and facilitate relationship building and collaboration where it will strategically support fulfilling our mission and the long-term sustainability of the organization.
- Build and nurture a community of support by publicizing activities and opportunities to engage through newsletter, social media, and events.
- Passionate and knowledgeable about Food Shift’s mission.
- Experience working with communities impacted by institutional racism, poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction.
- Significant professional achievement in a dynamic non-profit or social enterprise.
- At least 5 years’ experience developing and/or managing programs in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a focus on client service.
- At least 5 years of management or supervisory experience required with a proven track-record at effectively developing staff.
- Experience raising funds and cultivating relationships with foundations, corporate sponsors, and major donors.
- High level of proven non-profit leadership and ability to manage complex tasks in a timely and professional manner.
- Demonstrated results with building relationships within the local community.
- Data-driven mindset, ability to read and create reports.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and work with diverse audiences.
- Ability to work collaboratively in an innovative and entrepreneurial work environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including non-violent communication.
- Ability and desire to be in a work environment that values working as a team, relationships, and giving and receiving honest feedback.
Please submit your application at email@example.com with the title “Executive Director”. Applications and interviews will be held on a rolling basis.
The application should include:
- A resume, link to updated LinkedIn profile, and three professional references
- A cover letter that includes a short description of why you and Food Shift are made for each other and how you match the requirements of the role
Preferred starting date for the position: TBD – flexible for the right candidate.
In case of any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Executive Director”
Earth Island Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
*We invite you to read this letter from Dana Frasz, who is transitioning out of her role as Executive Director, as she reflects on how far Food Shift has come in the 8 years since she founded the organization.