The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, planning and management of all operations and resources of Channel One, Inc., in accordance with the strategic direction, mission, vision, and policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director ensures the progress and development of the organization’s programs and the supervision of all staff members. The Executive Director sustains strong and supportive relationships with donors, the media, religious and business communities, the public, the food bank network, government at all levels, and other human service agencies. The Executive Director creatively seeks and secures financial support from a wide range of potential funding sources. This position is responsible for all the financial transactions necessary to meet the operative needs of the organization. In carrying out the responsibilities of the position, the Executive Director maintains a collaborative and accountable relationship with the Board of Directors and organizational staff members. Provides leadership to fund raising, public relations, public policy, advocacy and community collaboration efforts. Serves as the chief spokesperson for the organization, communicating Channel One's purpose and programs to the public. Ensures that relationships with customers, donors, volunteers, and the community-at-large are handled in a manner consistent with the organizational values, mission, and strategic objectives. Ensures that relationships with customers, donors, volunteers, and the community-at-large are handled in a manner consistent with organizational values, mission, and strategic objectives. Develops appropriate annual and longer-term financial objectives, leading the organization in achievement of financial goals. Attracts, develops, motivates, and retains members of the staff, guiding them to achieve short and long-term organization objectives. Oversees the evaluation of existing programs and the development of new programs. Provides strategic vision and direction for the organization, leading the development and implementation of long-term strategies to meet needs and objectives of all stakeholders.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required – Master’s degree strongly preferred. Experience: Preferred experience in non-profit organizations, food industry management, or business administration. At least five years of progressive executive experience within an organization of at least 20+ employees, or comparable experience. Knowledge of human service systems, public relations and marketing, fundraising for charitable causes, organizational planning, and human resource management. Preference given to candidates with previous food banking experience, those with an understanding of the complex issues related to hunger, and those with advocacy experience on behalf of low-income families. Leadership Skills: Excellent oral and written communications, strong interpersonal and networking ability; strategic thinking and business acumen; dedication to diversity and inclusion, building teams; ability to work effectively with volunteer boards and committees; an experienced shared/collaborative leadership style, ability to plan, monitor and evaluate budgets; ability to plan, organize and implement activities appropriate to the advancement of organizational goals; experience supervising and managing people. Honesty, integrity, and a commitment to the mission of Channel One Inc.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and based on qualifications
Channel One is unique in that it began in 1980 as a grassroots effort to feed senior citizens, and has grown to be the largest hunger relief organization in Southeast Minnesota. When a group of adult leaders and high school students gathered to open Rochester’s first food shelf, serving 27 senior citizens that first month, they were unwittingly taking the first steps to creating a regional organiz...ation that, 37 years later, provides food for over 100,000 people.
A member of Feeding America, Channel One Regional Food Bank solicits, stores and repackages millions of pounds of surplus food products donated by the food industry and distributes the food to over 200 non-profit food shelves, meal programs, group homes, and shelters that serve the hungry across14counties in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Additionally, Channel One provides food assistance directly to Olmsted County individuals and families in need through the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf, Backpack and School Pantry programs.
The mission of Channel One Regional Food Bank is: “To work in partnership with others to help feed people in need.” This work is centered on the organization’s seven Core Values: Respect, Stewardship, Collaboration, Service, Integrity, Urgency, and Necessity.
Channel One Regional Food Bank has created numerous collaborative partnerships both regionally and state-wide. Channel One is one of six food banks making up the Feeding Minnesota cluster, and is a member of Feeding Wisconsin. These statewide associations of Feeding America food banks work together to alleviate hunger, strengthen communities and improve health by providing and improving access to quality, nutritious food.
Channel One functions within a framework of private and public partnerships. These stakeholders include local and regional corporations, religious organizations, retailers, healthcare organizations, government entities, and countless donors and volunteers. These relationships are vital to our ability to feed people, change lives, and end hunger.