Vice President, Community Engagement

24 Dec, 2020


Vice President, Community Engagement

Food Bank for New York City
New York, NY

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Food Bank For New York City in the search for a Vice
President, Community Engagement. The philanthropic community has greater awareness of hunger and
interest in helping than ever before. The Food Bank For New York City is investing in additional
development positions to strengthen its capacity to tap into this increased interest and generosity, in
order to meet the growing need for its critically important services.
The Vice President, Community Engagement will oversee Marketing, Public Relations, and Content
Development for the organization. The Vice President will manage Food Bank’s volunteer services
department including the engagement, management, and retention of over 25,000 volunteers that
contribute over 96,000 hours annually. The Vice President will lead the government affairs/public policy
The successful candidate will be a collaborative team member responsible for developing and launching
a comprehensive engagement strategy that will elevate Food Bank For New York City’s public profile in
ways that are both measurable and commensurate with Food Bank’s role as city’s largest hunger relief
organization. Managing a staff of ten at various stages of their professional development, the Vice
President should have experience as the kind of mentor and coach who will encourage and foster their
professional development.
Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in the city’s five boroughs for over 36
years. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, it employs a multifaceted approach centered on
helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence. In the
months since the pandemic reached NYC, Food Bank has seen the demand for its services more than
double and the gap in services and support for families in need continues to grow.
Food Bank’s work begins and ends with its mission which it only achieves through partnering with its
citywide member network. Before COVID, this growing network of nearly 1,000 charities and schools
helped provide food for 62.5 million meals each year. Today, Food Bank and its partners are on track to
distribute over 110MM pounds of food to New Yorkers in need; and sustained, strategic fundraising
growth will be critical to meeting this need for years to come.
Food Bank respects every gift of time, talent, and treasure to its mission by committing to a practice of
transparency and excellence in stewardship. Food Bank embraces being a non-traditional anti-poverty
organization because it recognizes that strategic, innovative approaches are necessary to end hunger.
Food Bank knows that a strong, talented staff is central to its success and invests in the development and
retention of its team. Learn more in Food Bank For New York City’s most recent annual report.
The Vice President, Community Engagement will report to the Chief Development Officer Matthew
Honeycutt. The Vice President will directly supervise the Director of Marketing and Communications,
Director of Content, Director of Government Relations, and Director of Volunteer Engagement and
oversee a team of ten.
The Vice President, Community Engagement will
• lead a seasoned team of professional to accomplish the following in support of Food Bank’s
• work with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Director of Content and Special
Projects to design and lead innovative multi-platform marketing and public relations strategies
(including in-house video content) that build community awareness and engagement;
• serve as an advisor to the President and Chief Development Officer regarding best practices and
opportunities in communication, marketing, public relations, and volunteer engagement and
• anticipate future growth opportunities by analyzing the NYC market and drive new marketing
strategies, create new Food Bank assets, and leverage relationships and partnerships to elevate
the Food Bank brand and establish Food Bank For New York City as the leader in the anti-poverty
• build a multifaceted thought leadership program that positions key Food Bank leaders across
multiple channels, including traditional media outlets, social media platforms, speaking
engagements, webinars, salons, and podcasts;
• implement strategies that build upon the organization’s brand as a vital community partner;
• foster a culture of gratitude across the oganiation and within its diverse constituent groups and
sustain support for Food Bank’s core programs and services;
• build productive partnerships with the media, community leaders, government partners, and
other nonprofits whose work complements that of Food Bank;
• uncover and interpret relevant cultural and social trends and synthesize research understanding
into actionable opportunities;
• develop and implement strategies to engage celebrities, social media influencers, and advocates
in elevating Food Bank’s brand;
• ensure that the Food Bank website and other content clearly and consistently reflect the vision of
Food Bank;
• work with the Director of Volunteer Engagement to thoughtfully leverage the input and goodwill
of volunteers;
• leverage the work of Food Bank’s Corporate Giving team to create meaningful engagement for
corporate partners through the Food Bank to Go, Mobile Pantry, and other Food Bank properties;
• ensure that procedures and best practices for the management and stewardship of volunteer
groups support the work of the organization;
• contribute to the execution of Food Bank’s policy goals and objectives across a wide range of
projects and policy issues;
• position Food Bank policy strategically with policymakers, partners, and related stakeholders;
• mobilize partners and community members to advocate for policy changes relevant to Food
Bank’s mission and vision;
• provide policy information and analyses to leadership as well as policymakers, advocates,
partners, and other stakeholders; and
• represent the organization in a variety of settings, including with local and regional governments,
policy makers, and constituencies invested in the mission and vision of Food Bank; and
Food Bank For New York City seeks a Vice President, Community Engagement with a strong commitment
to social justice/hunger issues and the core values of Food Bank For New York City. A bachelor’s degree is
required for this position as is at least eight years of experience in marketing and public relations or
relevant transferable experience at a comparably sized organization, including government relations and
volunteer management experience.
Food Bank For New York City offers a competitive salary and benefits.
Food Bank For New York City is located in New York City. The successful candidate may work remotely.
Preference will be given to candidates that are able to commute easily to New York City as needed.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive
to the mission of Food Bank For New York City to end hunger by organizing food, information, and
support for community survival, empowerment, and dignity. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.
To apply for this position, visit:
Vice President, Community Engagement, Food Bank For New York City.
To nominate a candidate, please contact Tim Child at or Ashley
Buderus at
All inquiries will be held in confidence

Job posted: 2020-12-24