Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Food Lifeline   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on April 14, 2021

Who We Are:

Food Lifeline is a Seattle-based nonprofit working to feed people experiencing while working to end hunger for tomorrow. We source and procure over 50M lbs. of food each year from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers which is then sorted and repacked, warehoused, and shipped at our Hunger Solution Center by a team of talented warehousing professionals and over 17K volunteers each year. Food Lifeline then provides this food to more than 300 food pantries, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. This work, combined with our advocacy, policy, and community partnerships create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in our region.

What we're looking for:

We are currently hiring a full time Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations promotes, manages, and expands Food Lifeline's relationships with a wide range of institutional partners across western Washington. The position is responsible for leading a high-performing team and implementing successful strategies to support revenue targets and larger department goals. This is a revenue-generating position that reports to the Chief Development Officer.

In this role you'll:

Implement ambitious corporate and foundation development strategy (annual and long-term); with defined goals, identified risks and targets for revenue growth.

Directly responsible for building and maintaining a high-level portfolio with an individual fundraising goal

Actively participate in fundraising, strategy and department development as member of Development Leadership Team

Create new partnership development goals that ensure partnership development is a priority for staff, board and other volunteers.

Serve as liaison to other departments to support development of strategies and engagement opportunities that will appeal to both public and private funders.

Demonstrate a positive, can-do attitude and a daily commitment to Food Lifeline's mission of ending hunger in western Washington which is centered in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Who You Are:

You're an experienced fundraise with at least 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.

Demonstrate a positive, can-do attitude and a daily commitment to Food Lifeline's mission of ending hunger in western Washington which is centered in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Willingness to innovate and create in establishment of long-term, meaningful partnerships

Ability to actively bring solutions to complex situations

Familiarity with Community-Centric funding models

Your leadership style is centered on listening, supporting, empowering, and clearing barriers. Others experience you as a stellar communicator with high self-awareness and emotional intelligence. You will not waver in promoting and ensuring positive cross-team collaboration and problem solving. You operate with humility and the ability to change and be changed.

You have an awareness and understanding of the role inequity and social injustice play in creating and perpetuating poverty. You're able to help Food Lifeline develop equity practices within our workplace, programs, and services.

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them at the center of your actions.

Ready to join Food Lifeline? Apply now!

To join our team as our Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations please read the full job description and qualifications and apply online. Complete applications must include a resume and cover letter and this posting will remain open until filled.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and seek to bring our values of diversity and inclusion to our hiring process. Beyond our commitment to non-discrimination, we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization and who have lived experience of inequity.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Implement ambitious corporate and foundation development strategy (annual and long term); with defined goals, identified risks and targets for revenue growth.
  • Directly responsible for building and maintaining a high-level portfolio with an individual fundraising goal
  • Actively participate in fundraising, strategy and department development as member of Development Leadership Team
  • Create new partnership development goals that ensure partnership development is a priority for staff, board and other volunteers.
  • Serve as liaison to other departments to support development of strategies and engagement opportunities that will appeal to both public and private funders.
  • Demonstrate a positive, can-do attitude and a daily commitment to Food Lifeline's mission of ending hunger in western Washington which is centered in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Research, develop, and implement innovative stewardship and engagement opportunities for corporate and foundation partners
  • Actively participate in departmental and organizational strategic planning, budgeting, and professional development of staff
  • Support staff, corporate volunteers, and community members interested in doing activities and creating events that benefit Food Lifeline, i.e. Workplace Giving Programs, 3rd Party Events, Food and Fund Drives, Corporate Promotions/Cause Marketing.
  • Lead the recruitment and coordination of volunteer committee members, volunteer ambassadors, and executive leaders for Food Frenzy as well as other corporate opportunities, e.g. sponsorship, corporate promotions/cause marketing, etc.
  • Accountable to achieve team revenue targets and activity goals, i.e. in-person meetings and contacts by phone, email, and through social media platforms, e.g. Linked-in, Twitter.
  • Enter action reports add relationships, and research/update biographical/corporate information. Collaborate with Data Services to monitor, analyze and report on targets.

Secondary Functions:

  • As needed, support major Food Lifeline campaigns and events such as Savor, Dress Down Hunger and the Taste of the NFL Kick Hunger Challenge, including occasional nights and weekends.
  • Recruitment and Management of Seasonal Interns for Corporate Team
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Job Scope:

This position:

  • Has a high level of work complexity and is comprised of regular and recurring work situations with occasional variances from the norm.
  • Determines own practices and procedures within overall organizational strategy.
  • Performs work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Decisions are made within policy constraints.
  • Makes recommendations to Chief Development Officer for strategic and annual planning.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Contacts are internal and external and frequently contain sensitive or confidential content.

  • Internal 40% * External 60%
  • In person 50% * Telephone 10% * Virtual 40%

Specific Job Skills:

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the intersections between hunger, poverty, racial inequity, and social injustice; committed to client dignity and empowerment; fosters an equitable, and inclusive work environment for all team members.
  • Willingness to innovate and create in establishment of long-term, meaningful partnerships
  • Ability to actively bring solutions to complex situations
  • Familiarity with Community-Centric funding models
  • Ability to project manage and develop short-term and long-term plans.
  • Ability to develop relationships with leaders of partners and businesses.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including skill in using computer software designed for the not-for-profit setting, such as Raiser's Edge.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities while meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to use good judgment to make sound decisions and resolve problems.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and use discretion.
  • Ability to gain cooperation of others; work effectively as a member of a team, and ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships in a team-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional written, oral communication, and interpersonal skills, with proven public speaking experience.
  • Ability to work independently.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Personal lived experience of systemic hunger and/or its root causes preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience fundraising for a nonprofit with a specific focus on building corporate partnerships and managing grant programs.
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience with fundraising software such as Raiser's Edge, Greater Giving, and peer-to-peer online tools preferred.

Job Conditions:

Work is performed in an office setting with adequate lighting, heating and ventilation.

Occasional long periods of intense focus for extended periods, often working alone.

Physical Demands:

Requires extended periods of sitting, use of desktop computer terminal, and the ability to routinely lift and carry up to 20 pounds. Repetitive use of hands and wrists. Requires periods of prolonged reading, editing and proofing of materials in electronic and paper content.


Food Lifeline

Seattle , WA