President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

This is an outstanding opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about, and committed to, raising awareness about the hunger problem in Central Florida, and will actively identify ways to shorten the line, and maximize community support to create the greatest positive impact for those in need. The next President & CEO will build upon a very strong reputational and financial foundation, as well as the tremendous momentum that’s been built yearly of growth, innovation, and a commitment to solving the root causes of hunger, and the challenges of poverty in the communities served by SHFB.

The President & CEO (CEO) is responsible for leading the organization in pursuit if its mission, including executive leadership of the food bank, its strategic planning, stewardship of current and future donors along with the development team, and ensuring it’s financial health and sustainability. The CEO works closely with the Board of Directors and SHFB’s highly talented team of 136 members through six direct reports to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization. SHFB has an annual operating budget of $34m.

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

Priorities of the position include but are not limited to:
 Identify innovative business, services and program opportunities geared toward sustainability in the context of ending food insecurity, improving health outcomes, and solving the root causes of poverty.
 Diversify and grow the donor base, working closely with current donors and growing new revenue streams.
 Focus on diversity, inclusion, and racial equity within the organization, and in the community while bringing new voices to the table.
 Convene and collaborate with all community constituents to achieve impactful solutions to problems facing the most vulnerable in the Central Florida region.
 Ensure infrastructure, technology, processes, and systems are scalable and can keep pace with a challenging and changing environment.
 Continue to focus SHFB culture and values as the foundation upon which everything else is built.

Key Responsibilities:
Strategic leadership & Innovation
 Collaborate with the Board and senior leadership team to envision, lead and implement SHFB’s strategic plans ensuring that operating budgets, fundraising requirements, staff resourcing and development, and priorities are aligned with the core mission and with consideration to all stakeholders.
 Continuously Seek to understand the strategic direction and priorities of the organization while identifying opportunities for innovation and collaboration to increase impact and generate sustainable value.
 Provide leadership to SHFB team members and leaders encouraging diverse thinking, strategic risk taking, and intuition to nurture innovation.
 Promote a transparent and inclusive culture and develop action plans to address, educate and innovate around racial reconciliation, equity, and opportunity for all.
 Serve as a thought partner to the Board of Directors to ensure relevant, accurate, and timely information is provided to inform and guide the Board’s strategic level thinking in an ever-changing environment.

External Relations & Fund Development:
 Represent SHFB to community leaders, partners, citizens, government leaders, customers, suppliers, volunteers, donors and all stakeholders and groups to initiate and build enduring, collaborative relationships focused to identify and reduce the root causes of hunger and feeding those in need.
 Cultivate relationships with current individuals, foundations, and corporate donors; identify new food bank supporters and diversify new fundraising and revenue-generating opportunities.
 Further the mission and enhance SHFB’s work through collaborative efforts with Feeding America, network partner agencies, other food banks in the national network, other nonprofit agencies, and relevant thought leaders in adjacent spaces.
 Work with policy-makers at all levels of local, state and federal government to further strategic advocacy priorities in hunger relief and serving those most in need.

Team Leadership & Internal Operations:
 Communicate vision, strategy, and goals to staff; establish expectations and provide counsel, guidance, and leadership as to direction, resources, and expected results.
 Assemble a diverse and multi-talented team that will lead the organization forward; cultivate a workplace known for engaging and investing in its employees.
 In collaboration with and through the Senior Leadership Team:
 Ensure sound decisions concerning employment policies and systems suited to recruit, retain, and motivate team members; ensure full compliance with all employment regulatory requirements.
 Manage and lead the fiscal health of the organization; ensure that the planning and budgeting process maintains a sound financial basis and supports both short-term and long-term needs and the objectives of SHFB.
 Determine Information Technology infrastructure and capabilities across the SHFB enterprise; utilize IT systems and processes to increase efficiencies as an accelerator of change, and to stay close to clients and community partners.
 Provide an organization-wide view of data and analytics; look for gaps in opportunities in metrics and assist all teams in the continuous improvement of measurement processes.

Application qualifications

Professional Experience:
 Minimum 12 years experience in a large complex business, nonprofit, social enterprise, or similar sector; minimum 6 years in progressively responsible roles that provided strategic leadership, direction, and consultation to top-level executives and senior leaders inside and outside the organization; previous food bank management experience a plus.
 Demonstrated achievement in high growth and/or change environments bringing to scale complex organizations; adept at assessing infrastructure/ operational requirements necessary to support sustainable growth and healthy organizational culture.
 Broad general management experience across strategy, finance, human resources, operations, technology, marketing, program, fund development, and working with volunteers and boards.
 Demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally to SHFB.
 Demonstrated success identifying and inspiring innovative collaborations that maximize the impact of dollars provided for funding; must be fully consistent with mission, vision, and strategy of SHFB.
 Track record of success fundraising from diverse sources; a high degree of comfort asking for financial and in-kind donations.
 Demonstrated experience building key relationships within communities to raise awareness about the organization’s vision, mission, and community impact.
 Superior mentoring, professional development, people management and leadership skills; evidence of leading change with positive outcomes; an inspiring team builder who and engenders trust and builds group commitment to goals and objectives.

Personal Attributes:
 Passionate about solving the root causes of food insecurity, and participating more broadly in the antipoverty, and racial and social justice movement.
 Demonstrated strategic thinker; entrepreneurial and open to innovative ideas; ability to manage and drive change; willingness to take calculated risks.
 Servant leader willing to work collaboratively with the senior leadership team and all SHFB champions to support the agency in serving the community.
 Visionary and forward-facing; culturally competent; deeply passionate about cultivating a healthy and positive workplace culture.
 Strong business acumen and ability to drive results; strives for continuous improvement, establishes goals, ensures readiness of the team, and translates goals into action.
 Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with all internal and external stakeholders.
 Exceptional media relations/spokesperson; a compelling public presence to advance SHFB’s work.
 Transparent communicator; able to gain confidence and trust of others through honesty and authenticity.
 Highly inclusive; demonstrates high emotional intelligence and leads by example.
 Sense of humor and self-aware; personal qualities of integrity, calm under fire, and commitment to excellence.

 Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business, Finance or Administration, ideally with a Master’s degree.


Medical, Dental, Vison, 403(b) participation, PTO (Vacation and Sick Time)

How to apply

If you or someone in your network is interested in exploring this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Janet Albert
Partner, Bridge Partners
[email protected]

Toya Lawson
Partner, Bridge Partners
[email protected]

About the organization

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFB) is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFB secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 550 local nonprofit feeding programs across six Central Florida counties including Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia. The agency is one of the largest private nonprofit organizations in Central Florida. In terms of overall performance, innovation and total food distributed, SHFB ranks in the top 12 nationally among the 200 Feeding America food banks in the network.

Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed enough food for 76 million meals (the equivalent of 91million pounds of food) to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, SHFB’s 16-week culinary training program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults. SHFB also operates several social enterprises including a full-service catering business, a retail signature food product line and Plates of Plenty, a service that provides freshly prepared meals to early childcare centers, children's after school programs, group homes, senior feeding programs, and private and charter schools.

During the public health crisis, SHFB has truly stepped up to meet the challenge of food insecurity facing so many families across Central Florida. The organization currently distributes 300,000 meals daily - enough food to feed 66,000 people delivering on its mission to create hope and nourish lives through a powerful hunger relief network, while multiplying the generosity of a caring community. Through innovative programming and deep collaborations with a variety of stakeholders, SHFB is doing the critical work of closing the gap of unmet need in Central Florida and has committed not only to “feeding the line” but “shortening the line.” Its leadership believes in fighting food insecurity with a multi-faceted approach centered around community partnerships and working to improve systemic causes of food insecurity.

The strategic pillars for SHFB’s work are Feed, Empower, Unite and Nourish. Within these pillars, they Feed by operating a variety of feeding programs, Empower by offering job training and partner agency capacity building programs, Unite by engaging community partnerships and advocacy, and Nourish by operating health & hunger-related projects. Collectively, they work within the organization's values of Service, Integrity, Stewardship, Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, and Diversity. SHFB takes exceptional pride in its collaborative and high-performing culture. They believe in being part of a team, treating everyone with respect, looking toward the future, continuous team development, trusting each other, and being transparent about the work SHFB does to support Central Florida communities.

Additional information

Location: Orlando, Florida
Reports to: Board of Directors
Direct Reports: Supervises an exceptionally passionate, collaborative, and high performing leadership team which includes: Development, Operations, Finance, Food Services, Agency Relations & Food Programming and Human Resources
Second Harvest Food Bank provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment, as well as volunteers and our client agencies, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, past or present military service, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law. Second Harvest Food Bank also makes reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by law.