Chief Executive Officer

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
November 25, 2019
Tulsa, OK
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Position Description:

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (The Food Bank) seeks an innovative and passionate CEO to lead the organization in its effort to alleviate hunger. Since the departure of Executive Director Eileen Bradshaw, Ryan Walker has stepped in to provide leadership as Interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer. The Food Bank has begun its search for a new Executive Director, but is looking to widen its reach in bringing a diverse and talented candidate pool.

About The Food Bank

The Food Bank, originally known as the Tulsa Community Food Bank, was founded in 1981 as a project through Neighbor for Neighbor. The Food Bank’s mission is to feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of partner agencies, and to engage its communities in ending hunger. Today, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma distributes more than 450,000 meals each week through its 360 partner agencies in eastern Oklahoma. Governed by a 22-member Board of Directors, The Food Bank has two facilities: an 80,000 square foot distribution center in Tulsa and an 8,100 square foot branch warehouse in McAlester. The Food Bank has a staff of just under 80 and a cash operating budget of $9M. In addition to the Board and staff, approximately 14,000 volunteers contribute to The Food Bank’s vision of food security, with dignity, for all eastern Oklahomans.


The Food Bank distributes meals in collaboration with its partner agencies, whose programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and senior citizen centers. Partner agencies are the primary focus of food distribution. Over 90% of the approximately 29 million pounds of food distributed by the Food Bank in fiscal year 2019 was distributed through these partners. Included in this distribution were:

  • USDA Commodities – the Food Bank participated in the distribution of government commodities through the TEFAP program.
  • Rural Delivery Service – 45% of the food distributed by the Food Bank was delivered to partner agencies in rural areas by Food Bank trucks.  Mobile Pantries – in conjunction with rural partners, the Mobile Pantries distributed 1.8 million pounds of food to rural areas in a farmers’ market style distribution.
  • McAlester Location – The Community Food Bank’s satellite branch, which serves far southeastern Oklahoma, distributed 2,204,309 pounds of food. Culinary Center The Food Bank’s Culinary Center is a professionally staffed commercial kitchen engaged in food rescue, and teaching, preparing, and distributing nutritious meals.
  • The Culinary Center manages two Mobile Eateries (food trucks) focused on feeding children, low- income families, and food insecure veterans. The Mobile Eateries combined to provide over 33,000 meals last year.
  • The Culinary Center prepared 109,000 CACFP meals for summer and afterschool meals. The number of CACFP meals served was 119% greater than last year. Growth in CACFP meals is a focus of the Food Bank in the planned facility expansion which will increase the size of the Culinary Center six fold.
  • In addition to its primary mission of feeding the hungry, the Culinary Center provides congregate meals for parents and children at public school meetings, caters Food Bank fundraisers, and runs a culinary training program for veterans and youth needing a fresh start in a new culinary career.

Community Initiatives

The Community Initiatives department of the Food Bank develops and manages direct service programs aimed at providing better nutrition for food insecure children, veterans, and seniors.

  • Food for Kids encompasses several programs for children. The backpack program providesnutritious, kid-friendly meals for students at risk of going hungry over the weekend. The FoodBank distributes thousands of backpacks to students in 18 counties. The School Pantry programalleviates child hunger by providing food to low-income high school and middle school studentsand their families on school properties. The Campus Pantry program addresses food insecurityamong college students, which has been known to impact dropout rates. The Food Bank has afree family farmers’ market for children and families at early childhood development centers inTulsa, as well as pop-up markets at two low-income elementary schools.
  • Senior Servings CSFP are programs designed to deliver nutritious supplemental food to lowincome seniors who are in subsidized housing or senior centers, and who might have to choosebetween medicine and food, or housing and food.Veterans outreach is coordinated by a Community Initiatives staff member to provide nourishmentto food insecure veterans in different locations.Cooking Matters is another Community Initiatives program designed to teach low-income adultsand students how to cook healthy food on a budget.To learn more about The Food Banks’ programs and services, visit .
    Recent Accomplishments

    • The Food Bank is currently in the middle of a $25M capital campaign to expand its Tulsa facility by over 60%. It has $17M committed to date.
    • In Fiscal Year 2019, The Food Bank distributed nearly 29 million pounds of food, of which 40%was fresh produce.
    • The Food Bank recently received a $240,000 grant to add a semi-tractor and trailer to its fleet of 20 box trucks.
    • In November 2019, the Food Bank’s branch warehouse in McAlester received a superior rating on a food safety audit conducted by American Institute of Baking.
    • In April 2017, The Food Bank became the first in the nation to operate container hydroponic gardens as part of an effort to implement a healthy foods initiative, the Produce Project.

Strategic Priorities

Amid the pending executive transition, The Food Bank revised its strategic plan for FY2020 to consist of the following goals:

  • Complete the fundraising portion of its $25M capital campaign, “Building Hope.”
  • Plan, design, and begin construction of a 50,000 square foot addition and 20,000 square foot renovation to its Tulsa facility.
  • Expand reimbursable government meal programs to strengthen the sustainability of The Food Bank’s culinary program.
  • Increase the number of people in the communities served who are willing to take action on behalf of the hungry through education, involvement, volunteerism, and creating hunger advocates.
  • Increase healthy options in food choices by adding fresh produce distribution in rural areas, and expanding geographic diversity of food sources.
  • Create a culture of innovation and improvement through examination of current methods and implementation of best practices.
  • Increase food distribution to better meet the needs of the hungry, specifically by implementing“pop-up” markets at select elementary schools.
  • Enhance Partner Programs’ abilities through education, capacity enhancement training, and peer mentorship groups, to better serve the needs of the hungry.
  • Increase the amount of fundraising revenue raised by 8.82%, in order to better meet the needs of the hungry.

Key Responsibilities of the Position

The Chief Executive Officer has overall responsibility for the operation of The Food Bank. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:  Providing vision and leadership in establishing strategies, objectives, and procedures for carrying out the Strategic Plan.

  • Working closely with the Board of Directors to establish and evaluate the Strategic Plan.
  • Ensuring the adequacy and soundness of the organization’s financial health and compliance; overseeing the organization’s financial systems, practices, and reporting in compliance with all fiduciary responsibilities associated with a 501(c)(3) entity.
  • Reviewing operating results of the organization, comparing them to established objectives, and taking steps to ensure that appropriate actions are implemented to align day-to-day operational activities that support and achieve those objectives.
  • Providing overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of department heads who manage Programs, Philanthropy and Communications, Operations, Human Resources, and Finance.
  • Providing support, leadership, and mentorship to department heads while ensuring high employee morale, motivation, and productivity.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective system of communications throughout the organization.
  • Carrying out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
  • Serving as the primary spokesperson for relations with the media, funding sources/the financial community, partner organizations, and other nonprofits.
  • Fostering organizational transparency and the positive reputation of The Food Bank within local, state, and national venues by serving the needs of, and respecting all stakeholders in the organization’s mission.
  • Maintaining collaborative relationships with other hunger relief organizations in the state, including Regional Food Bank and Hunger Free Oklahoma. Skills and Attributes
  • Passion for The Food Bank’s vision, mission, goals, and outcomes.
  • Willingness to lead bold, innovative, programmatic strategies and to collaborate with other organizations to achieve shared goals.
  • Strong business acumen, including strong financial management and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
  • History of working with large scale charitable foundations and large fundraising events to support a $6.3M fundraising budget.
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Inclusive leadership and management style that encourages staff in ways that motivate them to perform at their best, and provides opportunities for professional advancement.
  • Gravitas to inspire Board members, regulatory agencies, and members of the business community.
  • Masterful communication skills with strong public speaking abilities.
  • Valid Oklahoma driver’s license, insurance, and use of personal vehicle.
  • Must be available for weekend and evening work as required.
  • Minimum of a BS or BA from an accredited college.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with at least five years’ experience in nonprofit management.

Application Process

To apply, upload resume, cover letter, and salary requirements by clicking here*. For other inquiries, contact Adrienne O’Rourke at Resume reviews begin immediately.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, pregnancy or recent childbirth or related medical condition, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, the use of a guide or support animal because of blindness, deafness or physical handicap of any individual, citizenship, veteran or military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, domestic or sexual violence victim status, possession of a GED instead of a high school diploma, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state or local laws.
About Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group
On behalf of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Raffa – Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group is working with the Board of Directors to advance the search. Founded in 1984 and recently merged with Marcum, Raffa is, and always has been, a mission-driven professional services firm seeking to do more for nonprofits and socially conscious companies like Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Learn more about our work at

Application Deadline:

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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