Director of Food Acquisition

Director of Food Acquisition

Plans and manages projects and annual activities related to food acquisition for the organization. Manages food relationships with donors and vendors. Supports operational processes, training operations staff and ensures adherence. Collaborates and assists with audit preparedness to ensure superior results. (National Network Compliance Audit, USDA Audit, AIB Certification are among these.) Ability to step in for other Operations’ roles. 

Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

-Develop and execute an annual food acquisition plan that supports agency requirements and identifies specific sources of core commodities, including produce while ensuring sufficient quantities of these items are secured. 
-Initiate support relationships with key donors and vendors at the CEO and/or COO level. 
-Strategically create an annual budget in alignment with community needs while ensuring that the food and department spending are within budget.  
-Lead forecasting activities to ensure the quantity of food procured accurately reflects the need of our agency network.  
-Direct all activities related to the acquisition of donated and purchased food, including corporate donations and food shows; donor relations and recognition, maintaining integrity of database and reporting. 
-Direct and supervise the Food Resources and Inventory Control teams ensuring adherence to GCFD personnel policies and procedures. This includes training, development, appraisal, evaluating staff, and budgeting development and execution. 
-Ensure satisfactory compliance of annual audits and organizational policies and procedures. 
-Actively communicate and engage in proper, necessary information flow.  
-Lead special project teams responsible for innovative programming related to food sourcing.  
-Interacts with government bodies, state agencies and other external stakeholders within the Cook Co food ecosystem. 
-Other responsibilities as assigned. 

Application qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. 
-5+ years experience in procurement, operations or supply chain management. 
-Experience with sales planning and key account management. 
-Experience managing a team of diverse professionals. 
-Alignment with the Food Depository’s core mission and values.  
-Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. 
-Food industry experience highly desirable.  
-Managerial experience preferred.  

Exposure to warehouse environment. Involvement in special event execution. Evening and weekend hours may be required. 
Interacts with GCFD staff, board members, senior management, donors, vendor partners, volunteers, government agencies, media outlets and general public. 
Personal transportation and local travel required. 


Full-time staff at the Food Depository enjoy a competitive benefits package along with some unique perks.
Health, dental and vision insurance coverage
Employer paid life and disability insurance
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) retirement plan
Paid time off
Parental leave
Tuition reimbursement
Wellness reimbursement
Free onsite fitness classes
Healthy, affordable onsite dining

About the organization

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, believes a healthy community starts with food. We are at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partners – working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy and other innovative solutions.

Additional information

Covid vaccination required for employment.