Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania

Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania

Second Harvest Food Bank distributes nine (9) million pounds of food annually to 200 nonprofit agencies across six (6) counties, administers a nutrition education program, operates a small-scale farm, and participates in anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocacy efforts. The Director oversees the operations of the food bank and promotes the work of the food bank within the community.

This is a terrific opportunity to put your energy, experience, and passion to work.

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

General Management and Supervision

Provides day-to-day leadership and management that reflect the mission and the values of the agency.
Supervises all operations and activities of the program.

Supervises all members of the program staff; participating in hiring, evaluation, termination, and development of staff.

Serves as spokesperson for the program and fulfills regular public speaking engagements.

Advocates on behalf of and encourages the empowerment of program participants.

Represents the program in the community through coalitions, boards, and the human services network.

Program Development/ Administration

Provides information, ideas and consultation for program development and long-range planning.

Develops an annual work plan.

Complies with all goals and performance targets of work plan.

Assists in evaluation of all aspects of the program, assuring programming conforms to priority needs and upgrading, expanding, or shifting when necessary.

Assists with planning and development of new programs and initiatives.

Oversees and participates in all fund raising activities, both special and ongoing contributions.

Compiles program data and submits reports as required by funding sources.

Builds, maintains and nurtures collaborative relationships within the community.

Ensures that programmatic and contracted goals are met.

Provides staff support for Program Committees.

Financial Management

Provides information for budget development.
Monitors fiscal reports for adherence to budget.

Monitors expenditures to ensure that projects are completed within budget.

Supports grant writing efforts.

Grant Administration

Provides necessary content for grants/proposals as needed.

Maintains budgets for approved proposals.

Maintains compliance with grant/contract requirements.

Completes Mid- and Year-End evaluation of goals and objectives.

Program Specific Requirements

Oversees all food bank operations to ensure compliance with Feeding America, food industry, United States and/or Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, and all other regulatory and funding requirements.

Oversee product sourcing, product distribution, volunteer recruitment and agency relations.

Provides technical and educational services to the member agency network via network meetings, newsletters, and monitoring.

Participates in related local, state, and national organizations.

Keeps abreast of industry changes within SHFB's service territory.

Educates legislators about local hunger issues through personal contact and letter writing.

Application qualifications

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor degree or experience in related field preferred
Food industry and warehousing experience preferred
Fundraising experience preferred
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office
Strong problem solving & the ability to multi task
Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines


Comprehensive Health Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision and Prescription
Agency paid Life Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance
401 (k) Retirement Plan with agency contribution
Generous Paid Leave Time-
Vacation- 15 Days: Earn more time after 2 and 5 year anniversaries
Sick- 9 Days
9 Observed Holidays

How to apply

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About the organization

Established by the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley in 1982, the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania’s mission is to obtain food and distribute it to people in need through area non-profits and to provide resources for education and advocacy to end hunger. Second Harvest operates in a six-county service area comprised of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties. Last year Second Harvest distributed 9.4 million pounds of food to its network of more than 200 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries and meal centers as well as homeless shelters, child care agencies, addiction treatment programs and just about any agency that feeds people as part of their operation. Collectively, this network serves more than 60,000 people each month.

In addition to food distribution, Second Harvest operates The Seed Farm, which provides new farmers with valuable, practical experience and skills on a training farm; and administers supplemental nutrition programs for children and seniors (Backpack Buddies and SUNShine Box Programs), active duty military, reservists, and veterans (MilitaryShare), SNAP (food stamp) outreach and application assistance, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ nutrition education program, and anti-poverty advocacy initiatives. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania is committed to providing the healthiest food possible to the families that need it most. With the support of a generous community, Second Harvest is nourishing and strengthening the community.