The WBAEFS Board of Directors is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.

Executive Director Position Summary

The Organization:

The White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf (WBAEFS) has served as a critical resource for families experiencing food insecurity since 1977. Over the past four decades, the organization has grown and improved its traditional food shelf programming in addition to creating new and innovative services to better meet the needs of families struggling to make ends meet.

In 2018, WBAEFS provided 648,272 meals to 53,011 individuals at 14,401 visits. WBAEFS’s role in providing food continues to be critical for families experiencing crisis as they try to navigate multiple areas of need.  Through its Community Resource Program, WBAEFS staff and volunteers are available to connect neighbors to additional basic need resources. WBAEFS has established an Emergency Fund to help address a more complete picture of family needs by assisting with short-term financial setbacks.

WBAEFS has a professional staff of six who work alongside over 300 volunteers to provide quality service to neighbors experiencing food insecurity. WBAEFS has received several certifications demonstrating its commitment to offering the highest quality resources and programming, including: ‘Meeting Standards’ from the Charities Review Council; SuperShelf certification; and Service Enterprise certification.

The Opportunity:

The successful candidate for Executive Director will be a mission-driven, collaborative leader who excels at building relationships with the organization’s stakeholders including neighbors, volunteers, donors, staff, businesses, faith communities, and others. The Executive Director must be able to provide strategic vision, servant leadership, fundraising leadership, and general management for a basic needs, hunger relief organization. 

The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial goals.

Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

  • Works with the Board of Directors and committees to establish policies and programs, and support the Board in fulfilling its governance role.
  • Oversees the design, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services offered by the Food Shelf and provides reports to the Board.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive financial development plan.
  • Prepares and manages the annual budget as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Recruits, supervises, and manages the Food Shelf’s paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ensures that the Food Shelf’s building and equipment are maintained in good condition and that all health and safety requirements are met.
  • Represents the Food Shelf in the White Bear Area and in the community and ensures that the organization, its programs and services, are consistently and positively presented.


  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with the ability to set goals and priorities and engage staff and partners to deliver results.
  • Experience managing, developing, and retaining staff and volunteers, and leading teams to achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated success in building and sustaining comprehensive fundraising program, ideally with experience across multiple funding sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government.
  • Experience in fiscal planning and budget management.
  • High level of comfort with public relations and public speaking as well as communicating information to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to network and build collaborative relationships and partnerships with community members; donors; public, private, and nonprofit organizations; and faith communities.
  • Experience reporting to and supporting a governing Board of Directors.

Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • High degree of energy, integrity, creativity.
  • Approachable and a good listener.
  • Ability to earn respect and cooperation from all stakeholders.
  • An authentic leader who coaches effectively and supports employee growth.
  • Demonstrates a deep commitment to the mission of the Food Shelf.
  • Cultural competence and experience working with diverse communities.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in management
  • Experience in developing strong leadership teams
  • Experience in leading a capital campaign

Organizational Summary:

Location:  White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Activity Area:  Human Service- Basic Needs/Hunger Relief

Closing Date: May 6, 2019

Job Type:  Full Time, Exempt

Salary:  $65,000- $90,000 (dependent on qualifications)

Hours: 40/week  Evening and Weekend hours as needed

How to Apply: 

Email resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Scott McCune, Board Chair.  Scott may be reached at  Please also email any questions about the position or process. 

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf

1884 Whitaker Street

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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