Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO)

Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO)

The Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO) leads the BRAFB’s Partner Engagement and Programs team to reduce food insecurity through planning, partnership development, private- and public-sector collaboration, advocacy, and program development, implementation and evaluation.
A member of the BRAFB’s Management team, the CCO will actively participate in the development and execution of strategic plans and objectives for the organization. The CCO will report to and partner with CEO, Michael McKee. Building and sustaining a network of new and existing community partnerships and collaborative relationships, this role is primarily externally facing.

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Executive Director / CEO / Other C-Level Executives
Job responsibilities

Key responsibility areas include:
Strategy and Management
• Lead community needs assessments and participate in strategic planning and strategic oversight of the organization;
• Collaborate with colleagues on the Management Team to develop and implement a system for results and outcomes measurement across community food distribution, nutrition programs and health initiatives. Ensure overall department goals and direction aligns with strategic plan;
• Work with Management Team and colleagues to build an organizational culture that embraces diversity and promotes equity, inclusion and self-determination for all the Food Bank serves.

Network Development
In collaboration with the Director of Partner Engagement the CCO will:
• Co-develop and oversee the implementation of a plan for capacity and capability development among network partners based on needs assessments and alignment with BRAFB’s strategic priorities;
• Build and maintain staff and team competencies necessary for ongoing capacity and capability development among network partners;
• Oversee the management of partner engagement functions across Food Bank’s service area, including compliance with federal and state regulations and contractual obligations to Feeding America; and
• Create and oversee the implementation of plans for the development of nontraditional partnerships across the Food Bank service area with an emphasis on scale, sustainability and alignment with Food Bank’s strategic plan.

Community Engagement and Collaboration
In collaboration with other team members the CCO will:
• Develop and implement plans for community engagement with an emphasis on strategic and high-impact opportunities for collaboration and involvement with private and public agencies with the aim of improving access to food assistance;
• Develop, test and rollout collective impact strategies designed to connect clients with additional resources and become more financially stable;
• Represent and/or designate staff to represent Food Bank on community-based coalitions and task forces that are relevant and strategically important to achieving organizational goals;
• Build and manage a portfolio of national, statewide and regional relationships (e.g., with Feeding America and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks) and with professionals and organizations who share Food Bank’s commitment to improving food security in our region; share portfolio assignments with other staff members as appropriate; and
• Represent the Food Bank through presentations to community groups, civic organizations and at conferences and workshops.

Policy and Advocacy
In collaboration with the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Marketing & Communications team the CCO will:
• Keep abreast of federal and state policies and legislation impacting food security;
• Collaborate with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and Feeding America on state and federal advocacy initiatives;
• Mobilize Food Bank’s network partners, collaborators and other key constituencies in support of policy and legislative initiatives; and
• Direct and execute advocacy efforts on behalf of BRAFB in partnership with the CEO and with the support of appropriate staff.

Program Development and Evaluation
In collaboration with the Program Director, the CCO will:
• Set strategy for and oversee ongoing, evidence-based, client-centered and equity-based program development, implementation, evaluation and sustainability across the Food Bank service area for child and senior nutrition programs and for health initiatives;
• Ensure cross-departmental engagement in program design, planning and reporting, as well as efficient and appropriate staffing for program execution consistent with best practices; and
• Build and maintain staff and team competencies necessary for program implementation.

Application qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
A Strategic Leader:
The CCO will be a strategic and results-oriented leader who, along with the CEO and Management Team will actively participate in strategic planning. The CCO’s eye will consistently focus on the future and how to best adapt and assure BRAFB’s continued success in a changing world. This leader will instinctively ‘get ahead of the curve’ by anticipating needs and threats, and will collaboratively craft a strategy to address those while achieving BRABF’s mission. Passionate and informed, the ideal candidate will have the skills to be organized and efficient while at the same time inclusive, allowing for the building of consensus and the recognition of teamwork. This leader will be an innovative and energetic individual who functions well in a fast-paced environment. A diplomatic and supportive professional, the CCO will enhance the organization’s culture of collaboration.

A Relationship Builder:
The CCO will be skilled at building and sustaining excellent relationships at multiple levels with varied constituencies including the BRAFB’s Management Team, community leaders and government officials. The CCO will be skilled at actively and strategically seeking partnerships and building coalitions with other organizations to leverage expertise and expand the Food Bank’s reach and impact. The CCO will be an even-tempered and humble leader who can easily talk with all constituents and successfully convey the Food Bank’s objectives. They will build bridges and engage colleagues internally and externally. They will ensure alignment and collaboration with local and national partners and grass roots advocacy. The CCO will ensure that all policy-related work is consistent and aligned with BRAFB’s strategic outcomes and executive in a professional and collaborative manner.

An Ambassador for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank:
The CCO will work tirelessly as one of the key ‘Ambassadors’ for the Food Bank’s mission. Partnering closely with the CEO and Management Team, the CCO will have the shared responsibility as an external voice of the organization. This leader will articulate, extend and heighten the mission of the Food Bank. The CCO must be a confident public speaker and have a solid understanding of the complex population the BRAFB serves. They will stay current on relevant events, including federal, state and local legislation that impacts low-income individuals, food and nutrition and the charitable sector. A thought leader in food insecurity, the CCO will participate in community and policy-related meetings, events and conferences. This leader shares responsibility with the CEO and others in leadership for representing BRAFB with staff, general public, governmental agencies, volunteers, member agencies and donors.

Passion for the Mission:
The Chief Collaboration Officer will have a true passion for the mission of BRAFB and a commitment to effectively support the goals of the organization. A strong advocate for the food insecure and communities of color, the CCO will bring a sense of urgency to the role, championing BRAFB’s mission. On the most fundamental level, they will care deeply about the tools and steps needed to end hunger, promoting this passion throughout the organization. The CCO will be compelled by BRAFB‘s mission and will embrace their tradition of excellence, while having an eye consistently focused on the future. This leader will be an empathic, charismatic leader who has strong faith in humanity and treats others with respect. The COO will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

How to apply

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Marissa Martin, George Theotokatos & Maureen Clancy are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is fundamentally committed to the diversity of their staff. Food Bank believes diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

About the organization

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (“BRAFB” or “the Food Bank”) is driven by the core beliefs that hunger is unacceptable; that everyone deserves access to enough food; that food sustains life and nourishes health; and that we are called to serve neighbors in need without judgment.
The largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia, BRAFB is serving communities over 12,000 square miles. Headquartered in Verona, VA, BRAFB serves 25 counties and 8 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through their distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester.

The Food Bank currently provides nutritious food to 130,000 people each month through a far-reaching network of more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and other nonprofit groups. Alongside their partners, BRAFB nourishes families where they live, work, play or go to school. Together, they are distributing 23 million meals a year and addressing hunger on a grassroots level to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.
BRAFB secures food from local and national sources, makes sure it is safe, and then distributes the food to hundreds of partner agencies throughout the communities they serve. They also operate a number of outreach programs, delivering food directly to the most vulnerable populations in the community. The programs include:
• Mobile Food Distribution delivering heathy food to rural communities;
• Family BackPack Program feeding students and their families;
• Kids Café providing nutritious meals and snacks for kids after school
• Summer Food Service distributing food through various programs;
• Senior Nutrition Programs serving seniors and people living with disabilities;
• Nutrition Education to help clients learn about nutrition, health, food
preparation and more.

BRAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national organization supporting more than 200 food banks across the country, and the largest domestic hunger-relief agency in the U.S. They are also members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, an association of the seven food banks in Virginia. For more information on Blue Ridge Area Food Bank please visit