Seeking Executive Director
Denver Food Rescue (DFR) is seeking a talented, passionate, and dedicated community leader to serve as its Executive Director.
About Denver Food Rescue
DFR’s mission is to increase health equity outcomes of our local communities in partnership WITH Denver neighborhoods. Our primary activity is to recover high-quality, fresh produce and perishable surplus food from grocery stores, farmers markets, produce distributors and even backyard gardeners! With the force of our volunteers, redistributed food is directly delivered to Denver neighborhoods at No Cost Grocery Programs (NCGPs) led by residents of the neighborhood. DFR also provides free home delivery boxes and advocates for better food systems and policies that improve health equity outcomes.
DFR is guided by the following values:
At DFR we believe that health is a right that should be enjoyed by everyone. The current system creates health gaps between people, particularly impacting low-income people and people of color. There is no blanket solution to improve the health of our communities. Instead, we need to be intentional about creating access to the services and education each person needs to make informed health decisions. We believe in a world in which a person’s health is not determined by their race, income, or geography.
Each individual deserves to have control of their own food situation. This means to have enough food for themselves and their families, and to not stress about running out. Whether this self determination is made possible through increased wages or increased access, our communities deserve to have the amount and type of food that best serves them.
INTEGRATION OF FEEDBACK.
DFR believes in constant learning and improvement. We recognize that we alone do not have the answers. Lasting solutions will only be formed through consistent and authentic engagement with people who are experiencing the issues we seek to address. DFR is deferential to the perspectives of these individuals and holds them to the highest regard. We are also informed by evidence-based, scientific research and internal evaluation practices. Where all three of these perspectives overlap (community, scientific, and internal) lies the framework for our actions.
DFR currently has an opening for a full-time Executive Director.
The Executive Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and is responsible for the overall management and direction of Denver Food Rescue in accordance with its vision and mission. The Executive Director works under the general oversight of the Board of Directors and creates alignment across the organization.
The Executive Director provides oversight and overall management, strategic planning, vision and leadership for all aspects of Denver Food Rescue. The ED is responsible for daily operations and will work in conjunction with DFR team members to coordinate staff and day to day logistics, organize working groups and subcommittee meetings, manage and report on finances, create collaborations and partnerships with businesses, government entities and other nonprofits and community organizations, write grant proposals, develop and coordinate fundraising activities, and maintain communications with internal and external stakeholders.
I. Financial Management:
1) The ED must demonstrate competence in reading, creating, and understanding financial documents including budgets, cash flow, income statements, balance statements, and statements of functional expenses.
2) In conjunction with Accounting, the ED will be responsible for maintaining the revenue and expense sheets. The ED will provide year-to-date accounting information at monthly board meetings, including the Statement of Financial Position.
3) The Executive Director must ensure that the organization operates correctly – that vendors and staff are paid in a timely manner and all financial obligations are met.
4) The ED will work with the Board of Directors to create an annual budget and fundraising strategy. The ED will provide quarterly reports on fundraising progress.
5) The ED is responsible for meeting the fundraising goals set forth by the board of directors. The ED will work in collaboration with the board to carry out these goals.
II. Mission and Vision:
1. The ED should live the the vision and mission. They should be able to articulate the statement of need, unique value proposition, and overall strategy and direction of the organization.
2. The ED will develop yearly strategic plans with the board to refine and enhance the vision of DFR. They are responsible for giving progress updates to the board of directors in relation to goals set.
3. They are responsible for developing and maintaining the advisory board in an effective way. The ED will report to the board for a consensus vote on new advisors, and will use these advisors to help support the ED and the board in decisions and advice.
III. Manage Employees:
1. In terms of human resources, the ED must ensure that onboarding, recruitment, retention, management, development, and compliance are carried out with excellence.
2. The ED is responsible for delegation, decision-making, creating clear staff roles (job descriptions), and supervising collaborative tasks (projects/meetings) to ensure that they are done efficiently, inclusively, and with respect. Additionally, they set the compensation and benefits policy.
3. The Executive Director is responsible for working with DFR managers to ensure daily tasks and business functions are assigned to appropriate staff and carried out. They will have regular meetings with staff to set and discuss tasks, needs and goals and make certain there is alignment across the internal team.
4. The Executive Director is responsible for hiring and firing DFR employees and will work in conjunction with the Board of Directors and human resources to onboard and terminate employees. The board must approve all hiring and firing decisions.
5. The ED is responsible for having quarterly performance reviews with staff members to make sure that goals are being met.
6. They will keep the board members informed on issues relating to the day-to-day operations of the organization that may impact board decisions.
IV. Communications and Outreach:
1. The Executive Director will be responsible for planning public relations events and work to develop a strong relationship with local media outlets.
2. The ED will serve as the lead spokesperson for the organization and will ensure that the organization is properly represented to the public.
3. They will help develop education and outreach programs to best situate the organization as a trusted partner on issues of food sovereignty, environmental stewardship, and the social determinants of health.
IV. Donor Relations:
1. The ED is responsible for setting up meetings with donor sites to ensure the relationship between DFR and the donor is healthy.
2. The ED will work in conjunction with Accounting to provide tax-deductible receipts to donors quarterly.
3. They are responsible for communicating with donors to change the structure of pick-ups as needed. The ED is responsible for maintaining donor relationships and solving problems. The ED is the lead contact for all donor sites.
Salary range: $70,000 -$85,000 depending on experience
Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest, and contact information for up to three references to email@example.com
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, our trans and gender non conforming community, and people with lived experience with food insecurity are encouraged to apply for this role.