President/Chief Executive Officer – Hawaii Foodbank

Hawaii Foodbank
Job Description

Job Title: President/Chief Executive Officer
Department: Administration
Reports to: Board of Directors
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Review Date: November 2017
Approved By: Board of Directors

The President and CEO is responsible for the overall effective and efficient supervision, leadership, administration and management of Hawaii Foodbank in fulfilling its mission of providing hunger relief to the communities of Oahu and Kauai, including service programs, fundraising, and business operation.

The President and CEO is responsible for exercising sound business judgment in the supervision and implementation of the Foodbank’s day-to-day operations and for keeping the Board apprised of, and implementing all Board directives with respect to, all policies, activities, developments, and needs in relation to the accomplishment of the mission of the Foodbank.

Areas of responsibility include planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, personnel and fiscal management, and public relations. This is a full time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Directors. The President and CEO will develop and strengthen the Foodbank’s role in the community, its financial security, efficient use of resources, embrace of opportunities, creation of new programs and services, leadership in the network, and enhanced perception as the backbone of hunger relief within the community. Provide a sense of vision and leadership for the organization and engender a spirit of teamwork among staff members.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Board of Directors Relations

  • Responsible to the Board for all facets of the Foodbank operations and management.
  • Provide support to the Board in order to enhance the Foodbank’s ability to carry out its mission in compliance with all applicable laws, the By-Laws and the Articles of Incorporation.
  • Work closely with the Board Chair in the training and development of all Board Members to support and assist them in carrying out their work.
  • Work closely with the Board to ensure regular meetings, and the timely distribution of information is provided to the Directors for Board Meetings.
  • Provide guidance, direction, and leadership in the development of the Foodbank’s strategic plan, short and long term goals, the creation of work plans, and the development of organizational policies.
  • Ensure that the Board is fully informed and has adequate information upon which to base important Board decisions.
  • Work with the Board to raise funds from the community.
  • Staff Board Committees as appropriate.
  • Provide staff support to the various committees within the Board, as required.
  • Provide a monthly CEO evaluation report of the organization’s activities.
  • Work with the Board’s Development Committee in the recruitment of new Board members.

Management and Administration:

  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee the daily operations through the organization’s managers to include: finance, operations, customer service, program planning, fundraising, volunteer services, food resourcing, and human resources.
  • Develop and facilitate an active planning process.
  • Develop organizational goals and objectives to ensure that program objectives are met.
  • Meet regularly with organization’s management team to ensure that operations are being executed in accordance with the organization’s policies.
  • Oversee all programs, services and activities to ensure that program objectives are met.
  • Oversee business development.
  • Ensure compliance with funding sources and regulatory requirements.

Financial and Business Management:

  • Provide for the appropriate financial management of the Foodbank in coordination with the Finance Committee and the Board.
  • Develop, recommend, manage, and abide by meaningful annual operating budgets.
  • Provide financial reports to the Board, its Finance Committee, and funding sources, as required.
  • Ensure that all financial records are properly maintained.
  • Ensure that all required local, state and federal reports are filed in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain complete fixed asset inventory.
  • Direct all Foodbank’s activities and tasks in a sound business-oriented manner.
  • Ensure effective audit trails.
  • Approve expenditures.
  • Submit quarterly financial statements to the Board of Directors.

Personnel Management:

  • Administer board approved personnel policies.
  • Ensure proper (legal) hiring and termination procedures.
  • Oversee any and all hiring, termination, and disciplinary action decisions.
  • Provide for adequate and direct supervision to key staff.
  • Conduct regular performance and salary reviews.
  • Provide support and clear communications to management staff in the supervision of other staff.
  • Ensure the development of annual work plans for the staff and periodic reviews of results achieved.
  • Build both paid and volunteer staff into an effect team to work toward the Foodbank’s mission and goals.
  • Ensure personnel comply with internal and external established policies and procedures.

Fund Raising:

  • Ensure fundraising goals are met for the short and long term fiscal stability and operating needs of the Foodbank.
  • Provide leadership in the planning, development and implementation of an ongoing fund development program designed to allow the Foodbank to continue and further its mission.
  • Work closely with the Board Chair and Development Committee in developing and attracting funding.
  • Work closely with the Board Chair and the Board to identify, recruit, develop and empower volunteers to adequately, professionally and enthusiastically raise funds for the Foodbank.
  • Establish strategies and plans for all potential sources of funding and oversee all compliance reporting to funders.
  • Develop positive and productive relationships with all potential sources of funding and donations, including the local communities and private sector as well as local, state, and federal governments.
  • Promote existing programs to assure their continuance and growth.
  • Identify funding sources and assist in efforts to develop them.
  • Participate in written and spoken appeals.

Strategic Planning and Program Development:

  • Provide leadership in the planning, development and implementation of an ongoing marketing and food solicitation program designed to improve the quality and the quantity of food available to the Foodbank’s member agencies and the problem of hunger.
  • Work closely with the Board members in the ongoing development of positive relationships in the local food industry.
  • Support the development of creative and innovative methods of food acquisition and the development of cost-effective solicitation and transportation models.
  • Ensure the identification and needs of member partner programs, including gleaning opportunities and Safe Food Handling requirements, and assist them in fully utilizing the Foodbank’s services.
  • Ensure participation in county and regional planning processes.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of short and long term strategic goals and revise as needed.
  • Identify and obtain resources needed to develop and implement short and long term strategic goals and to revise them as needed.


  • Acts as the primary spokesperson for the Foodbank.
  • Cultivate relationships for the Foodbank with the media, non-profit organizations, the corporate community, foundations, community organizations and financial donors.
  • Promote a cooperative spirit within the organization and among internal and external participants.
  • Maintain required job knowledge, skills, and core professional competencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board Chair and Board of Directors.


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Working evenings, holidays, special events and project work and weekend hours as needed.

Manages three (5) subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of 36 employee in Financial Management, Fund Development, Operations and Kauai branch operations. Acts as liaison/negotiator for the agency in its dealing with Second Harvest as well as the neighbor island foodbank.

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university and at least five to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Progressively responsible experience in the areas of finance, fundraising, public relations, personnel management, program development and administration and committed to food banking and effort to end hunger. Ten years of excellent supervisory, organizational and communication skills required. A solid understanding of fiscal management procedures, awareness of regulatory agencies and regulations pertinent to the operation of the Foodbank and the ability to guide long-range planning efforts are necessary.

Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or Board of Directors. Creditable and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal skills internally and externally.

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis. Ability to calculate figures and amounts, such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to understand, forecast, prepare and analyze budgets.

Ability to define problems, collect data establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Valid Driver’s License and own transportation to work required. Must maintain a safe driving record.


  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong customer service ethic is required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Must be reliable and dependable.
  • Positive work ethic, good relationship management skills and team-oriented attitude.
  • Maintain compliance with established Foodbank directives, policies and external regulations.

Conducts work in an internal office environment which requires sitting with repetitive use of a computer and telephone system. Work environment may involve standing, walking, bending, lifting up to 30 pounds, and twisting. Conducts work in an external environment which requires driving. Conducts work in an extremely fast paced and deadline driven environment. Position requires frequent work in the evenings and on weekends to represent Hawaii Foodbank at public and fundraising activities and events. Position requires frequent travel to branch facility and to meetings and conferences outside of Hawaii.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee filling this position. Employee will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by management. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this job description.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.


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