Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) is seeking a dynamic, team-oriented Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation (DSPI) who is dedicated to fulfilling our mission in leading a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region.
Reporting to the President & CEO and serving as a member of the executive team, the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation is responsible leading a high-performing team that not only meets the food bank’s strategic goals, but focuses on the nutritional needs and the experience of those receiving assistance.
This position oversees the development and execution of our hunger relief initiatives that include (1) capacity building within the current food bank network, (2) identification and cultivation of new strategic partnerships, (3) identification of innovative new programs as it relates to health, hunger, nutrition, and education and (4) utilizes data and analysis to evaluate efficacy and impact and (5) provides oversight to ensure compliance as it relates to budgetary and contractual requirements.

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Opportunity type
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

Community Partnerships & Capacity Building:
• Cultivate current and new agency partnerships to foster collaboration and build capacity to meet the CAFB’s mission and achieve the strategic long-term hunger relief goals.
• Cultivate current and new innovative community partnerships (i.e. government, schools, healthcare, etc.) to foster collaboration and build capacity to achieve the long-term hunger relief goals.
• Prioritizes resources and efforts on people and communities disproportionately experiencing food insecurity.
Programmatic Development, Implementation & Evaluation
• Collaborate with leadership in developing and executing a vision and strategy for current and future program evaluation and lead efforts to ensure impact, efficiencies, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.
• Establish, track and report out on key performance indicators to measure program success, quality of services and outcomes for new programs.
• Facilitate collaboration between internal teams to inform and drive a more systemic approach to aligning funding, resources and capacity to serve the community holistically and effectively.
• Collects, interprets, and reports accurate program data for grants, government contracts, and other external stakeholders as needed.
• Works closely with the senior management and staff to ensure that the fiscal requirements and outcomes for grants and contracts are identified, realized, and monitored.
• Proactively provides timely and accurate data and analysis on outcomes and impact and identifies trends to assist the staff, board, and leadership team to help inform their work.
• Creates, monitors and enforces written policies and procedures systems for internal controls and compliance.
• Demonstrates purpose-driven leadership by engaging and developing others to create trust and fosters high performance.
• Performs supervisory functions including hiring, training, coaching, accountability and performance reviews.
• Builds strong relationships within the organization and with external stakeholders; values both relationships and results.
• Fosters a culture both internally and externally that is grounded in promoting dignity and an enhanced experience for all engaging in this work.
• Recognizes and is responsive to the needs of the organization, including the staff, the Board of Directors, and other key stakeholders.
• Demonstrates a strong business acumen that is complemented by integrity, courage and professionalism.
• Grounds all strategies and aspects of the work through the lenses of diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Communicates effectively in both written and verbal form, to include the collection and reporting of data
• Ability to think strategically and execute new ideas in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to cultivate relationships and effectively collaborate with diverse groups of partners
• Ability to confidently provide constructive feedback to colleagues and partners from diverse professional and personal backgrounds

Application qualifications

• Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration or Nonprofit Management or related degree;
• Five years of management experience; preferably in the non-profit or social service sector
• Analytical skills with excellent knowledge of project management, program design, data evaluation, budget management and forecasting methods.
• Excellent technology & computer skills; Microsoft programs and ability to quickly learn internal software programs.


This is a full-time exempt position with competitive salary and benefits, including PTO (vacation, holiday, sick pay) paid life insurance policy, & health (medical, vision, and dental) insurance & 401K.

About the organization

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank leads a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. We acquire and distribute healthy food across a 20 county service region; we engage the public in the fight to end hunger; we empower people to take responsibility for their health and their lives.

Additional information

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