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President and CEO Search

The Opportunity

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier seeks a visionary, collaborative leader who will work to ensure equitable
access to nutritious food across the Southern Tier region. This individual will be a tireless advocate for the
organization’s mission and inspire others to support its critical work. The Food Bank has a cash budget of $10.2
million, a staff of 54, and an active Board with 18 directors and a robust core of volunteers.

Key Skills & Attributes
  • We seek a mission-focused, strategic, and results oriented
    leader with a passion for addressing
    complex social issues to serve as the President
    and CEO of the Food Bank. This position is jointly
    accountable to the Board of Directors of the Food
    Bank and to the President/Diocesan Director of
    Catholic Charities.


  • The ideal candidate will have significant experience
    in leading strategic and high-level decision-making,
    particularly in times of organizational growth. The
    candidate will be adept at using keen interpersonal
    skills to coalesce multiple external stakeholders
    around common goals. He/she/they must embody
    the highest ethical standards and demonstrate a
    balance of business savvy with a commitment to
    responsible, people-focused program delivery. A
    demonstrated ability to develop and maintain highly
    professional relationships with business, civic and
    nonprofit leaders is required.


  • The candidate must have the ability to establish
    and maintain strong and growing relationships
    with benefactors, potential donors, and other
    key sources of financial support in business,
    government, and civic sectors. Experience with
    significant fundraising activities is highly desired,
    as is experience working closely with local and
    state government officials and policymakers.
    The next President and CEO must have the
    ability to skillfully serve as the primary external
    representative of the organization and shall possess
    strong communication and networking skills for
    the purpose of helping to grow the organization’s
    fundraising program. The successful candidate
    should also have demonstrated skills in cultivating
    and soliciting major gifts, corporate and foundation
    grants, and enhancing a culture of giving.


  • A track record of entrepreneurial problem solving
    skills, creating and implementing best
    organizational and operational practices, and
    managing people through partnership and
    collaboration is required. The use of proven
    business practices to achieve financial objectives is
    a highly desirable qualification.


  • The successful candidate will be collaborative,
    communicative, and compassionate, with an
    outgoing, balanced personality and a problem solving
    nature. This individual shall have a servant
    leader mindset and a lifelong learning approach
    to develop a cohesive team as well as to mobilize,
    encourage and build the capacity of the staff. A
    management style that provides autonomy and
    empowers staff is highly desired. This person will
    have experience working closely with a board to
    further the organization’s strategic initiatives.


  • Other personal qualifications include the interest
    and ability to build upon a strong, positive
    organizational culture and to both lead and manage
    within complex organizations. A creative, intuitive
    thinker with high emotional intelligence and a
    flexible personality complimented by a sense of
    humor will serve the organization well.


  • The candidate must support the mission and values
    of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester.
    The ideal candidate will have knowledge and a
    demonstrable passion for the principles of Catholic
    Social Teaching.
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Oversees development and implementation of
    the organization’s strategic and operating plans.
    Establishes metrics for performance on external
    relations, program objectives, financial results,
    and operations. This position is responsible for the
    Food Bank’s annual operating results and financial


  • Advances the mission and values of Catholic
    Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, supports
    Catholic Charities system-wide initiatives and
    functions as an essential member of the Catholic
    Charities Executive team.


  • Assesses organizational capacity to implement
    strategies, identifies gaps in systems and staffing,
    and develops plans for correction, contingency,
    and succession; anticipates factors accelerating
    or impacting success. Ensures coordination and
    alignment of all activities, initiatives and programs
    within the Food Bank’s mission, values, and
    strategic direction.


  • Works to strengthen and grow the human
    capital of the organization, through ongoing staff
    and volunteer development. Builds the bench
    strength of the organization and creates succession
    opportunities for staff. Manages, coaches and
    mentors the Senior Leadership Team.


  • Supports the Board’s development as the
    strategic governing body for the Food Bank.
    Identifies and develops issues for Board review,
    discussion, input, and action. Helps the Board
    maintain an effective nominating process and
    provides a thorough orientation for new Board
    members. Advocates and supports the Board’s selfstudy,
    evaluation, and performance.


  • Builds, maintains, and leverages relationships
    with diverse constituents, including individuals,
    corporations, donors, elected officials, government
    agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Builds
    effective, durable relationships with strategic


  • Consistently cultivates individuals, corporations,
    foundations, and government entities to achieve
    fundraising results. Works closely with the Chief
    Development Officer to establish strategies and
    activities to secure financial resources. Develops
    positive and productive relationships with all
    potential sources of funding, including individuals,
    foundations, corporations, and government


  • Positions the Food Bank as the lead nongovernmental
    entity in the Southern Tier
    addressing hunger relief through active, positive
    relationships with partner organizations, other
    hunger-relief groups, government leaders, other
    food banks, donors, and volunteers. Provides
    leadership in community building and advocacy
    regarding hunger and food insecurity issues and
    coordinates policy advocacy efforts with Catholic
    Charities. Coordinates with Feeding America and
    regional food banks to enhance and further the
    Food Bank’s work to fight hunger locally, while
    working cooperatively with other food banks in the
    national network.


  • Maintains stewardship and accountability for
    the organization’s overall operational, ethical,
    and fiduciary integrity, within the guidelines and
    policies set by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of
    Rochester, the Board and applicable laws and/or

Position Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required; a graduate degree is preferred.

Must be an actively practicing Catholic in good standing.

Five years of executive management or other high level leadership experience.

Demonstrated ability to lead public relations and fundraising campaigns.
Experience in human services is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $155,000 dependent on qualifications and experience.

The Food Bank/Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester provides a robust compilation of benefits including group health, dental, vision, and disability insurance, generous PTO and a retirement plan.

To Apply

All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit a current resume and cover letter to

The search will remain open until a successful candidate is determined.

Application review will begin immediately.