Recognized as one of the premiere food banks in the country and as the leader in the anti-hunger movement in New Mexico, Roadrunner Food Bank offers a new President and CEO (CEO) the opportunity to build upon a strong legacy. The new CEO will be a visionary, passionate about ending hunger in New Mexico, possess strong business acumen, and be a masterful communicator. Roadrunner’s current President and CEO will be retiring in December 2017. The new CEO will begin his/her tenure in January 2018.
Roadrunner Food Bank has been working toward ending hunger in New Mexico since 1980. Roadrunner’s mission is to feed every hungry person today; seed partnerships that build self-sufficiency for tomorrow; and achieve its vision of permanently ending hunger in New Mexico. This work is centered on the agency’s core values which include: accountability, integrity, and unity through teamwork, respect, and passion. Today, Roadrunner is the largest nonprofit distributor of food in the state, distributing more than 30 million pounds of food every year to hundreds of partner agencies and four regional food banks. 70,000 people are served weekly as a result of Roadrunner’s work. Roadrunner is also a member of the Feeding America network.
Roadrunner is viewed as an essential partner and collaborator in delivering services to low-income people in New Mexico. Through numerous collaborative partnerships, Roadrunner has a presence in all 33 counties in New Mexico. The agency has built strong relationships with stakeholders across the sector, including health care partners, universities, government agencies, and other food banks. As a result of its advocacy work, policy makers view Roadrunner as the “go-to” source for current and reliable information about the state of hunger in New Mexico. Working alongside health care professionals, Roadrunner is also among the organizations nationally developing innovative and replicable practices related to working at the intersection of hunger and health.
Roadrunner has a strong organizational culture and high staff morale. According to a recent Feeding America engagement survey:
Over 90% of employees reported that Roadrunner has a positive impact on their local community.
Over 80% reported that there is a clear mission and vision for what Roadrunner is trying to accomplish.
90% reported enjoying and being proud of their work at Roadrunner.
Close to 80% stated that their job is aligned with their career goals.
Over 80% said they could depend on other members of their team.
Programs and Initiatives
Roadrunner offers a variety of programs and initiatives to serve the community including the following:
Childhood Hunger Initiative – Designed for schools and aiming to reach poverty stricken families at low income schools. The initiative brings a combination of hunger-relief programs to roughly 80 school partners. CHI reaches more than 45,000 people every year.
Healthy Foods Center – A medical referral food pantry where participating health care centers refer food-insecure families to Roadrunner’s Healthy Foods Center.
Mobile Food Pantry – A traveling food pantry that eliminates the need for long-term or large-capacity storage and provides families with 50 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food. Families represent a large segment of clients served at Mobile Food Pantry sites where 43% of those helped are children. In 2016, 243,811 people were served through the Mobile Food Pantry, working with 164 sites.
Job Training/Internship Program – The four-year-old job training program provides training in warehousing and truck driving for individuals who face a variety of barriers to employment including previous incarceration. The program serves about 40 individuals per year, and the majority of them graduate to full-time employment at Roadrunner or elsewhere in the community.
Senior Hunger Initiative – Provides a combination of hunger-relief programs at low-income senior housing sites, senior centers and other senior locations.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Program – Provides application assistance for SNAP and other public benefits programs directly to individuals in need through a hotline and through direct outreach in a variety of food distribution sites.
Food Assistance Line - Connects partner agencies directly to people who are hungry.
Roadrunner Food Bank mobile app – Launched in March 2017, the app allows users to access information on how to qualify and apply for assistance.
In addition to implementing successful programs and initiatives, Roadrunner:
Plays a lead role in fostering and maintaining a statewide association of independent food banks, and has for more than 20 years. Currently the association consists of Roadrunner and 4 smaller, regional food banks in the northern part of the state.
Rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and channels that food to the state’s hungry people. Roadrunner now rescues more than 20 million pounds of food every year. Roadrunner has also set an example for the community by adopting many other environmentally sound practices, such as the use solar energy for its facility.
Convenes an active 30-member Healthcare Advisory Council that serves as a clearinghouse for conversation, innovation, testing, and evaluation of a variety of approaches and strategies for simultaneously addressing health and food insecurity. Successful initiatives coming out of this collaborative work include the Healthy Foods Center and its demonstration kitchen, nutrition education approaches, food distributions at healthcare clinics, research about health outcomes resulting from changes in nutrition, and partnerships with hospitals, clinics, universities, medical schools and others.
Understanding that ending hunger in New Mexico requires a multi-faceted approach, Roadrunner recently adopted a strategic plan that highlights the following key outcomes:
Enhancing the well-being of hungry people in New Mexico by evaluating current services, tailoring the distribution model when appropriate, and increasing client self sufficiency.
Enhancing stakeholder engagement through effective internal and external communications by implementing robust communications mechanisms and seeking opportunities to engage stakeholders, including clients, in the fight to end hunger in the state.
Having financial strength, ample resources, and solid infrastructure to advance our mission by ensuring a healthy mix of revenue both earned and contributed; actively sourcing healthy food locally, regionally, and nationally; enhancing technology; and recruiting, hiring, and retaining top talent.
Being recognized statewide as a leader in ending hunger,now and in the future by investing in high impact partnerships that are focused, statewide, and scalable.
With an annual budget of $8M and close to 80 full-time talented staff members, Roadrunner is a very well managed organization. Governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, Roadrunner also has a network of 14,000 volunteers donating 56,227 hours annually. The agency has a reliable funding stream and a healthy mix of donors, with approximately 15,000 donors supporting Roadrunner’s work annually. Visit the website to learn more about Roadrunner’s work at www.rrfb.org
The CEO is responsible for providing strategic leadership and ensuring the long-term viability, resources, and activities of Roadrunner. The CEO directly supervises the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Director, Director of Community Initiatives, and Human Resources Director.
The CEO will:
Become the face and spokesperson for Roadrunner, including sharing Roadrunner’s work across the state and the Feeding America network.
Gain a quick and thorough understanding of the organization and its business model, systems and culture, and the roles and responsibilities of staff members.
Recognize and respond to the shifts in the external landscape and trends in the field.
Develop trusting relationships with stakeholders, including partner organizations and potential partner organizations, funding entities, government officials, etc.
Identify ways to invite other voices to the table so that individuals and organizations with a singular focus on ending hunger in New Mexico can communicate and collaborate with each other.
Robustly seek opportunities, through both advocacy and direct services, to advance Roadrunner’s work with the singular purpose of ending hunger in New Mexico.
Provide leadership to the senior leadership staff; promote teamwork, collaboration, and professional development and growth.
Work with the Human Resources Director to ensure the food bank maintains a strong, diverse, and inclusive workforce.
Provide solid management and oversight of Roadrunner’s operations to ensure excellent service delivery.
Provide strong financial leadership and build upon the financial health of Roadrunner.
Work closely with the development team to implement a robust fundraising plan and structure, including identifying and securing new funding; expanding the funding base to include greater funding from individuals; and retain/expand relationships with current funding partners.
Work with the Board of Directors to advance the organization’s strategic direction; keep the Board fully informed on internal conditions and important external developments.
Experience and Attributes
A strong candidate will be passionate about ending hunger in New Mexico, and will also bring a variety of experiences and attributes to Roadrunner, including:
Masterful communication with stellar interpersonal and networking skills; a communicator who inspires genuineness and trust.
Experience and ability to interact with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Strategic thinking with well-honed business acumen; proven experience with fiscal management, budgeting, and operations.
Experience developing and managing at least an $8-10 million budget.
A successful track record developing relationships with funders, cultivating and expanding donor relationships, and securing funding.
A well-honed shared/collaborative leadership style, including experience inspiring and motivating staff and fostering professional advancement across the organization.
Demonstrated experience that proves a commitment to cross-sector collaboration and partnership building.
Seeing partnerships as a strength rather than a hindrance, and demonstrating high capacity to maintain an extensive array of relationships with external stakeholders and partners.
Strong management and administration with a high level of financial literacy, possessing good business judgment and a successful track record managing a professional staff and building a team.
Experience supporting the Board of Directors in its governance role, fostering its ongoing development, and engaging its members in strategy and resource development.
Solid human services experience; preference may be given to those candidates with previous food banking experience, those with an understanding of the complex issues related to hunger, and those with advocacy experience on behalf of low-income families.