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Director, Corporate and Foundation Partners
The Global FoodBanking Network in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 04/10/2020
Philanthropy-Foundation Relations
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit organization that nourishes the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks in more than 40 countries. The organization operates with a team of 20 employees based in Chicago and engages a globally diverse Board of Directors. The FY2020 budget is just over $7 million, with approximately 85% support from corporate donors.

GFN launched a strategic plan in 2019 that charts growth with a vision to help enable its food bank members to increase the amount of food distributed to those in need, distribute nutrient-rich foods, and strengthen the resilience of their communities. Its major goals include:

  • Increase the number of people served by food banks;

  • Expand food banking across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa;

  • Support community based food-banking model to address the root cause of hunger and food waste

The Opportunity:

In this next phase of GFN’s expansion, we invite new corporations to join in building a global network of food banks that nourish the world while looking to reinforce and grow our current strategic corporate partnerships.  To drive this effort, we are looking for an experienced Director to steward and grow corporate partnerships through: 

  • designing successful partnership strategies - this is a role for a skilled development professional who enjoys building long-term, collaborative partnerships

  • revenue generation - the Director will be charged with stewarding and growing high-level corporate partnerships within a $5-10 million portfolio.

  • stewardship that grows partnerships - it is expected that the Director will grow at least $1 million in expanded support in their first year, growing their portfolio to at least $8 million in support by year three.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In partnership with the Development team, refine GFN’s corporate partnership program to increase support through including general operation support, restricted support, directed grants, sponsorships, and cause-marketing.

  • Steward and develop revenue-generating partnerships and solicit corporate partners in a way that advances the interests of the partner and GFN

  • Work with the Programs team to strengthen partnerships by providing regular updates, creating impact reports, and ensuring accurate recognition

  • Forecast corporate revenue pipeline for their portfolio quarterly.

  • Regularly update and ensure accuracy of all major gift records.

Candidate Profile:
The Director will be committed to inspiring new and continuing partners to join the fight against global hunger and food waste. The ideal candidate will thrive on identifying, cultivating, and securing gifts. A highly adept communicator, the Director will steward corporate and foundation executives. They will enjoy introducing GFN’s work to companies and be effective at explaining what makes the organization unique and worthy of investment and be creative at laying out pathways for innovative collaboration. The Director will bring strong command of fundraising best practices and tools.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A deep commitment to GFN’s mission.

  • 10-15 years fundraising experience, with a focus on corporate donor cultivation and acquisition.

  • Experience in securing six, seven, and eight-figure corporate gifts.

  • Ability to initiate and strengthen revenue-generating relationships with multi-national businesses.

  • Creative thinker, including the ability to identify shared interests and shape partnerships.

  • Strong commitment to customer service and exceptional communication skills.

  • Compelling presentation skills, including writing and speaking.

  • Experience with fundraising software, i.e. Salesforce.

  • Ability to work autonomously and willingness to take a creative approach to solving problems.

The position will be based at GFN’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. National and some international travel will be expected. 

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary expectations to 

The Global FoodBanking Network embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Its goal is to attract, develop, and retain a talented, diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute their fullest potential. EOE

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