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The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s is a 501(c)(3) organization with a close relationship to St. Mary’s Parish and the Archdiocese of Seattle. The Food Bank is organized and operated to provide individuals and families who are in need with food and access to community resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency. The Food Bank has eight programs: Walk- In, Home Delivery, Baby Corner, No Cook, Hygiene, Feeding Hungry Children, Toddler Bags, and a Mobile Food Bank.  In 2018 alone, the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s distributed over 3 million pounds of food by:

  • Serving an average of 18,400 clients each month

  • Feeding nearly 1,400 school-age children each month

  • Recording 28,880 hours of annual volunteer time



Position Description

The Executive Director is responsible for successful fundraising, leadership, and management of the organization.  This position reports directly to St. Mary’s Church Pastoral Leader.  Annual evaluation and review of this position is a responsibility of the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s Board of Directors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Foster philanthropy and assure a donor-centered organization that nurtures loyalty through a relationship building program.

  • Develop and execute an annual fund development plan to ensure that the FBSM has the funds to meet its goal. Present the plan to the Board.

  • Help identify, cultivate, and solicit new donors and maintain a strong stewardship program for existing donors.

  • Research funding sources, oversee fundraising plans, and write grants.

  • Provide oversight of and hands-on responsibility for the success of the annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser.



  • Participate with the Board in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide FBSM.

  • Assure that the vision/goals of this strategic plan are reviewed/modified at an annual FBSM Board Retreat.    

  • Act as an advisor to the Board and the Pastoral Leader on all activities and issues, internal and external, that affect FBSM.         

  • Maintain working knowledge of hunger and food equity issues.

  • Delegate effectively.  Set and effectively communicate clear expectations, goals, and directions with timely feedback and evaluation.

  • Identify and evaluate risks to the organization's staff, clients, property, finances, and trouble shoot possible solutions with the Board to assure that corrective measures are implemented in a timely manner.

  • Recommend volunteers and community members for board membership.

  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.


Management and Administration                        

  • Provide general oversight of all activities, manage day-to-day operations, and assure a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.

  • Assure quality and stability of FBSM by developing and implementing standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.

  • Develop organizational policies manual, including a succession plan.

  • Provide required reporting to donors and grantors, i.e., City of Seattle.


Managing Staff              

  • Determine appropriate staffing requirements for management and program delivery.

  • Implement human resources policies, procedures, and practices as directed by the Archdiocese, including job descriptions.

  • Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment to attract and maintain quality staff and volunteers.

  • Recruit, interview and select staff who have the right technical and personal abilities for the position needed.

  • Ensure that all staff receives appropriate orientation and training.

  • Implement a performance management process for all staff and conduct annual performance reviews.

  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance; including offering seminars and classes.

  • Help recruit new volunteers and retain existing volunteers.  


Planning, Finance, Budgeting                  

  • Oversee the creation of the annual operating budget, with input from the Board and staff.

  • Manage revenue and expenses to meet budget targets.

  • Provide the Board with financial reports on a timely basis.

  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed; Follow the Archdiocesan Accounting Manual, have supporting documents for all transactions, and adopt a record retention policy.

  • Implement effective internal control of all assets.


Community Relations                 

  • Act as the FBSM’s primary representative with government and community leaders as well as business leaders to support and enhance the role and image of the food bank.

  • Represent FBSM at community events to enhance the organization's community profile. 

  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships for programs and funding.

  • Work to advance neighborhood outreach by visiting local businesses.

  • Write a quarterly news report for inclusion on the FBSM webpage.

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with the City of Seattle, Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest and other community and government entities.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this position.

  • Minimum 5 years of managerial &/or executive nonprofit experience

  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in both verbal and written form; comfortable with public speaking and public outreach; extensive interpersonal and relationship-building skills within a highly diverse community.

  • Experience with financial management of a budget of $500,000 or more.

  • Experience in fund development and diversification, including: grant writing, personally cultivating and soliciting donors of all levels and types, and special events.

  • Experience, ability, and willingness to build and work with a culturally diverse team with an understanding and sensitivity to social and racial justice.

  • High computer literacy, including experience/fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, accounting software, and donor/client databases (Little Green Light is a plus).

  • Understanding and experience in program outcome measurement and evaluation.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others including: Board, staff, volunteers, public-sector employees, and representatives of the community and partner organizations.

  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 lbs and walk up/down two flights of stairs.

  • Able to very occasionally work a flexible schedule that will include evenings and weekends.



This is a full-time exempt position. Compensation is $65,000 annually. The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pension; generous paid time-off; and a flexible work environment with opportunities for professional development.

How to apply

Please submit resume and cover letter by 5p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019. Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages in length.  Please share how your experience, interests, and passions specifically correlate to the mission of the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s and the Executive Director position. All applications must be submitted via email, in PDF format (cover letter and resume combined into one document) and emailed to info@thefbsm.org.  Applications submitted in other formats will not be considered.  Please, no calls.


Since the 1940s, The Food Bank @ St Mary's has been supporting Seattle and the surrounding community with hospitality, respect, and nutritious food. 

In 2019 alone, the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s distributed nearly 3 million pounds of food by:

  • Serving more than 162,000 household visits

  • Providing nearly 15,000 bags of groceries to children and their families in local schools

  • Recording 24,000 hours of volunteer time

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