Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB) is looking for a new Executive Director to
transform what is already one of the busiest food banks in Seattle into the
first Community Food Center in the Puget Sound region. The Community
Food Center model originated at The Stop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in
the 1990’s and is changing the way food banks operate by shifting focus
from emergency food to addressing key factors that cause people to
become reliant on emergency food and building community resources.
A Community Food Center offers multi-faceted programming where people
come together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food.
We are looking for a new Executive Director who
embodies RVFB’s four core values:
● Excellence – We are committed to excellence in all things, from the
quality of foods we offer to the way we structure our policies and
procedures. Through our willingness to experiment, we open ourselves to
innovative responses to poverty and hunger.
● Community – By providing a welcoming place for people to come
together with shared understandings around a common cause, we reduce
social isolation and encourage collaboration.
● Respect – We respect the right of every person to have equal access to
the best quality food, and to be treated fairly and equitably. We recognize
and celebrate the full spectrum of social, political, cultural, culinary, and
family-based traditions represented in our community and believe that
equitable access to good food is a basic human right.
● Social Justice – We actively work to confront the underlying systemic,
structural, and institutional issues underlying poverty and hunger, including
racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, lack of affordable housing, and lack of
living wage jobs, among others.
We seek an Executive Director who will:
● Lead with compassion, grace, and humility in all interactions with food
guests, volunteers, and community partners;
● Trust in and inspire our talented and dedicated staff, volunteers, and
board, and focus on the continued development of a high-performing and
diverse staff team;
● Be a change agent who is excited to bring a vision to life;
● Lead all aspects of our effort to create a Community Food Center in
Rainier Beach, coordinating with the Board and other partners to design the
space, deliver critical new programming, raise the funds to meet financial
obligations, and draft a plan to grow RVFB’s capacity to meet the demands
of this new operating model;
● Lead the organization’s fundraising efforts, supporting both RVFB’s
comprehensive campaign to establish the Community Food Center and
ensuring that we raise sufficient funds to preserve and grow our existing
● Build the organization’s capacity as an anti-racist, multicultural
organization by fostering a culture of self-reflection, examining and
improving policies and procedures, and building on existing relationships in
the community that we serve;
● Bring strong operational skills to the management, financial, reporting,
and administrative aspects of running a successful, lean, and innovative
● Leverage strong problem-solving skills and a sense of humor to balance
the day-to-day demands and constraints of the existing organization with
the work necessary to deliver the vision for the organization’s future.
We are especially interested in applications from experienced or emerging
leaders who share our commitment to equity and community with good
food at the center. While we welcome applications from experienced
Executive Directors, prior experience as a non-profit Executive Director is not
required. Likewise, prior food bank or food system experience is not required.
We welcome applications from individuals with backgrounds in nonprofit
program management, government, education, community organizing,
public health, and other fields.
The Ideal Candidate
We seek a leader with the experience or potential to help RVFB grow and
become South Seattle’s first Community Food Center. We understand that
we will not find someone who is an expert at everything listed below.
Instead, we seek someone who knows which skills s/he/they have and which
s/he/they will need to develop to be successful. We are particularly
interested in candidates who are able to speak to the characteristics below:
● Strong leadership abilities, including communication and relationship building skills.
● The ability to inspire, trust, motivate, and support a team of committed
staff and volunteers.
● Demonstrated cultural competency, integrity, and professional ethics in
work and service.
● An understanding of trauma-informed care, conflict management, and
systems of oppression, and the ability to address problems directly and
● The willingness and ability to effectively advocate and fundraise for the
● Expertise or aptitude in creating a comprehensive fundraising plan,
stewarding relationships with donors, grant writing, supporting Board
members in fundraising efforts, and building philanthropic and corporate
● Strong business acumen and experience with strategic planning,
evaluation, business operations, reporting and continuous improvement.
● Experience building and managing budgets and financial plans.
● The desire to work in a dynamic environment with constant change and
● The ability to manage multiple complex problems at once and to think
creatively, conceptually and opportunistically to achieve successful
● The ability to build strategic and sustainable partnerships and/or alliances
to meet programming goals.
● The capacity to cultivate a strong, collaborative, and transparent working
relationship with an engaged Board of Directors.
● The ability to travel throughout Seattle and occasionally beyond.
● The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
● Experience with Quickbooks or other accounting software.
● Experience with relational databases (i.e. SalesForce).
● The willingness and flexibility to periodically work outside of regular
● At least 5 years of experience in leadership, operations, administration, or
other relevant fields, with at least 3 years of management or supervisory
responsibility, or an equivalent amount of educational and progressively
responsible professional experience.
Authority and Reporting Structure:
This position oversees the entire organization and has 6 direct reports:
Agency Administrator, Warehouse Manager, Food Bank Coordinator, Youth
and Community Engagement Coordinator, Data and Communications
Specialist, and Community Connection Specialist. RVFB’s Executive Director
will be the public face of the food bank and will be responsible for
interacting with existing and potential partners, donors, food guests,
volunteers, and staff members every day. This is a full-time exempt position
that reports to the Board of Directors.
Benefits and Compensation:
The expected salary range is between $85,000 and $100,000, depending on
experience and skills. Rainier Valley Food Bank provides a comprehensive
benefits package, which includes:
● Medical, dental, life insurance;
● Short-term and long-term disability insurance;
● Support for professional development and training;
● An education reimbursement plan;
● Generous vacation and sick leave as well as 10 paid holidays.