The Director of Food Sourcing formulates and executes a strategy to solicit donations of food and other products from the food industry including manufacturers, distributors, farmers, and supermarkets to ensure continued growth in food resources for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. This position is responsible for securing a steady stream of food donations from local food donors by cultivating existing relationships and developing new relationships with local network partners and food donors. The Director of Food Sourcing ensures that all food acquisition activities reflect the highest level of professionalism, follows best business practices and creates positive community relations in the Food Bank’s six-county service area. The person in this role has a shared passion for the Food Bank’s mission and empathy for people who go hungry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1) Work closely with Executive Director and CEO to develop and implement food sourcing strategies to meet annual and long-range goals.
2) Develops and cultivates new food donors including retailers, processors, manufacturers, restaurants, cafeterias (schools, hospitals, etc.), vegetable growers and meat processors throughout the Food Bank’s six-county service area (Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties) to ensure food donations increase annually.
3) Cultivate current food donors with the goal of receiving more pounds per donation and more frequent donations
4) Collaborates with Warehouse Manager to make the most efficient use of transportation and other logistics needed for handling donations.
5) Provides required monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by food donors, Feeding America National Office, USDA and Food Bank leadership.
6) Develops and maintains donor recognition program and awards for major food donors.
7) Determines form and frequency of solicitations and develops a system of donor tracking, reporting and acknowledgements.
8) Works with Warehouse Manager and Finance Manager to ensure inventory needs are met.
9) Facilitates and maintains Agency Store Donation Program and Direct Agency Pick-Up Program.
10) Provides ongoing training to retail partners and agency staff as appropriate.
11) Hosts industry visits and tours to demonstrate the Food Bank’s mission and the importance of donors and their impact on the communities served.
12) Attend food industry events including trade shows, association meetings and network conferences as required.
13) Assemble a Food Advisory Council or Committee for the Food Bank’s six-county service area.
14) Receive ServeSafe certification.
15) Performs all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and CEO.
Minimum Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Agricultural Business or related field is preferred.
• Five or more years of related experience in customer relations, packaged good sales (food industry preferred) or culinary/hospitality sales.
• Excellent communications, interpersonal and customer service skills; comfortable with public speaking.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Self-starter, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Strong negotiation skills.
• Ability to attend work functions outside of normal work hours, including early mornings, evenings and weekends as necessary.
Required Background, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Self-starter who is goal-driven in initiating donor visits and inquiries.
• Demonstrated relationship building.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups with a team approach and successful results.
• Ability to be a strong team player, work independently and collaborate with others as appropriate.
• Exhibit strong verbal, written, presentation, planning, time management and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
• Must be detail-oriented, with the ability to plan, prioritize, take initiative, resolve problems, meet deadlines and multi-task.
• Demonstrated negotiation and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to make independent decisions.
• Must have high integrity and a strong work ethic.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and self-supporting as to computer and clerical needs.
Benefits of Working at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana:
• Ten holidays – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
• Vacation and Sick Days – prorated for the first year based on hire date/available after 90 days.
• Health Insurance – Available the first month following 60 days of employment. Employee is responsible for 10% of the premium.
• Dental Insurance – free to employee regardless if covered under health insurance policy.
• Hearing and Vision Insurance – free to employee covered under health insurance policy.
• Life Insurance – free to staff member ($25,000 policy).
• Cell Phone Reimbursement - $60 per month.
• Short Term Disability Insurance – eligible the first month following 60 days of employment.
• Simple IRA – eligible after 90 days during open enrollment period which is November 1 with a 3% Food Bank of Northern Indiana contribution.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to [email protected]
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana works in partnership with the community to feed the hungry, increase awareness of the effects of hunger and lead programs designed to alleviate hunger. The Food Bank serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties and is a member of Feeding America, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and United Way.
Title: Director of Food Sourcing
Classification: Full-time, Exempt, 40 hours/week
Reports to: Executive Director and CEO
Salary Range: $60,000/annually
This position may require early morning, evening or weekend work or a longer workday as necessary. Requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel independently by car for work and have reliable transportation. Must be able to lift and move up to 35 pounds.
Employment requires a negative drug screening, COVID test and vaccination verification and successful background check.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.