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Date: May 25, 2016

The Food Bank of Iowa, a Feeding America food bank serving over 400 agencies across 55 Iowa counties  seeks a CFO/COO to join our team of staff and volunteers committed to alleviating hunger in Iowa.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced financial officer who wants to have meaningful position with a mission driven organization. 

The CFO/COO is responsible for all aspects of accounting, financial planning, reporting, database administration, and auditing.   Provide leadership and coordination for administrative, business planning, and budgeting efforts.  Develop and implement an effective statewide strategy as a member of the Leadership Team.  Manage warehouse, inventory, and compliance with food safety requirements. 

Duties and Responsibilities include: 

  1. Provide overall management of the finance and warehouse departments.
  2. Ensure financial and accounting systems are operating in accordance with GAAP standards, meet Feeding America standards, and are configured to fulfill reporting requirements.
  3. Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal authorities. 
  4. Maintain all records in compliance with policy, laws, and regulations.
  5. Establish and maintain appropriate internal control safeguards. 
  6. Oversee budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the strategic plan. 
  7. Support the performance of annual and other government or required audits as needed ensuring timely completion and without findings.
  8. Make timely filings of annual reports and returns.
  9. Prepare financial statements and reports and prepare analysis of actual to budget for BOD oversight. 
  10. Develop an investment strategy and implement.  
  11. Maintain Accounting and Investment Policy and Procedure Manual.
  12. Manage investment and banking relationships.


  1. Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with Accounting or Finance degree 
  2. Fifteen year’s full-time, wage-earning experience in financial management (non-profit accounting experience preferred) with five year’s Controller experience 
  3. Working knowledge and demonstrated experience working with capital campaigns preferred
  4. Experience in distribution industry with inventory experience preferred. 
  5. Demonstrated knowledge in financial management, grants management, risk management, and planning and forecasting. 
  6. Strong analytical and organizations skills and ability to facilitate process improvement opportunities  
  7. Demonstrated proficiency in various modular based Accounting Software. 
  8. Demonstrated experience in cost accounting. 
  9. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, in particular, the ability to understand and organize detailed information and to write about or talk extemporaneously on that information. 
  10. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to achieve deadlines. 
  11. Must have a strong ethical character, good judgment and discretion; capable of handling confidential and financial information.
  12. Ability to juggle multiple projects with attention to detail and accuracy while adhering to deadlines. 
  13. Ability to work effectively with other FBOI staff and volunteers and liaise with other Foodbanks’ and Feeding America financial staff. 

Food Bank of Iowa offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability as well as generous paid time off.

About the Food Bank of Iowa

We gather and distribute nutritious food. We build partnerships with community organizations. We tell the story of food insecurity. We’ve built a system that provides vital food to pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, and others. We strive each day to ensure that no child, senior, or family in Iowa has to struggle to find food. What do we do? We fight hunger. 

The Food Bank of Iowa is committed to supplementing traditional food assistance programs with innovative initiatives that provide for flexible food distribution to communities across Iowa. We offer mobile food pantries, oversee school pantries,  provide a summer feeding program to children, and spearhead The BackPack Program, which provides kid friendly food to children on weekends and when they don’t otherwise have access. 

How to apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Laura Sheriff, executive administrator, via email (preferred: lsheriff@foodbankiowa.org), mail (2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316), or fax (515.546.0331).




Retail Store Donation Coordinator

Job description

With a focus on northern Iowa, call on retail grocery stores in support of the store donation program. Educate store personnel (meat, deli, dairy, bakery, and produce managers, receivers, and store managers) on the program's donation guidelines. Attend store meetings and store training sessions. Monitor and report donation progress to store managers, district managers and program coordinators where applicable. Manage donor recognition program.

Essential job functions

  • Identify target stores by retail account.
  • Create and routinely implement an onsite visitation plan.
  • Create a store donation toolkit for each retail chain, to be used when visiting stores.
  • Create and maintain a key contact data base.
  • Become familiar with Feeding America's Blue receipt process.
  • Work with Agency Relations to establish a process for managing agencies participating in the Retail Store Donation Program.
  • Work with Drivers and Warehouse staff to ensure stores are ready for driver pick-ups and are following donation guidelines.
  • Provides personal follow up or recognition for retailers.
  • Provides weekly activity report on donor visits and store-level interactions.
  • Ability to work from home as necessary

Skills, Education and Experience

  • 4 year degree and/or comparable experience in sales and marketing to retail customers
  • Experience in the retail grocery industry a plus
  • Self-Starter
  • Strong External Customer Focus
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills/Relationship building
  • Capable of maintaining multiple accounts including completing follow up correspondence on a consistent basis
  • Willingness to travel up to 75%
  • Northern Iowa residency a plus

How to apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Matt Unger, program manager, via email (preferred: munger@foodbankiowa.org), mail (2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316), or fax (515.546.0331).




AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement and Education Coordinator

  • FLSA Status: Non-exempt
  • Reports to: Communications Manager
  • Revision Date: June 2, 2016

Purpose of Position

This is a position associated with the VISTA project “Building Community Capacity to Alleviate Food Insecurity”. This position is responsible for working with Food Bank staff, partner agencies, community leaders, hunger relief advocates, schools and local community groups to build capacity in the areas of community education, hunger marketing and program development. This VISTA project will build increased awareness of the issue of food insecurity to spur communities and their volunteers to address the issue now and in the future. This will incorporate delivery of an educational hunger curriculum for schools and groups as well as leadership of community discussions. This is an assignment-based project with the intention that the position will run from August 2016 through August 2017.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Learn about and understand food banking, Food Bank of Iowa mechanics and logistics and Food Bank of Iowa programs and partners.
  • Plan a schedule for a minimum of 10 community discussions to be carried out during the assignment.
  • Strategize the desired outcomes for each community discussion.
  • Conduct community discussions.
  • Work with appropriate Food Bank of Iowa staff to ensure inclusion in community meetings.
  • Coordinate follow-up discussions/meetings with individual communities and stakeholders.
  • Become well versed and proficient in the Hunger 101 curriculum.
  • Provide Hunger 101 education sessions.
  • Conduct outreach and marketing for the Hunger 101 curriculum to schools, community groups, donors, etc.
  • Schedule Hunger 101 presentations.
  • Track the Hunger 101 presentations, including location, number of attendees, and specific curriculum.
  • Recruit and train a team of volunteers.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the Hunger 101 program and suggest changes/improvements.
  • Maintain communication with core community members to offer support and assistance and to gauge progress and effectiveness of activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Be an Americorps VISTA volunteer.
  • Desire to learn about food insecurity and Food Bank of Iowa programs.
  • Proven ability to work steadily and independently with minimum supervision and to follow standardized procedures.
  • Ability to work well with other staff and to relate well to donors and agency representatives. Speak with poise, voice control and confidence, providing information in a clear and understanding manner.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, push, stoop, reach above the shoulder, grasp, pull, bend repeatedly, identify colors, hear with aid, see, write, count, read, speak, analyze, alphabetize, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, perceive depth, operate a motor vehicle, and operate motor equipment.
  • Conditions may include working inside and outside, working around machines with moving parts and moving objects, radiant and electrical energy, working closely with others, working alone, working protracted or irregular hours, and traveling by car, van, bus, and airplane.
  • Equipment (machines, tools, devices) used in performing the essential functions include computer and related equipment, typewriter, calculator, copier, fax machine, telephone, automobile, floor jack, pallet jack, fork lift and other warehouse tools.

How to apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Danny Akright, communications manager, via email (preferred: dakright@foodbankiowa.org), mail (2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316), or fax (515.546.0331).