The Manager of Partner Engagement will engage with other organizations at the intersection of food access to empower them and build their capacity to better serve individuals and families who are food insecure. This role serves as a partner liaison and supports the ongoing development of partners and potential partners through training, on-site consultation and connecting members to appropriate resources and support offered by GCFD. This role will also work collaboratively with internal and external partners to connect with individuals served on understanding their needs and preferences for support. In addition, the Manager supervises a team of two other Partner Engagement Coordinators dedicated to strengthening the capacity of our food access partners to drive community impact and understanding community need and desired responses. This role builds unparalleled relationships with communities throughout Cook County, with the goal of addressing issues of poverty, equity and nutrition access.
Manage and grow successful partnerships with diverse groups of stakeholders across Cook County to help support increased access to client-focused nutrition programs for individuals and families in need.
Lead relationship-building and cultivate meaningful collaborations that promote the ongoing development of partners engaged in nutrition access and providing individuals and families in need of meaningful resources and support.
Work across sectors with diverse partners, including the voice and preferences of people served, to develop programs, offer pathways to support and connection to services that breaks down barriers to access and lessens trade-off decisions.
Engage partners in traditional food access programs, while also promoting pathways to ending hunger e.g. SNAP enrollment, advocacy actions and nutrition education activities.
Serve as a community landscape expert within Cook County with knowledge of agency partners, community organizations, faith institutions and other organizations and institutions that are participating in meaningful impact and outcomes for the communities they serve.
Combine your knowledge of food insecurity insights with partner relationships to strategically optimize the Food Depository’s food access and policy responses.
Supervise and coach the Partner Engagement Coordinators in their day to day efforts.
Work collaboratively with members of the GCFD Community Impact department to provide training and technical assistance when needed to food distribution partners in the areas of reporting requirements, general food program operations, volunteer recruitment and succession planning, resource management, transportation and underscoring the importance of food safety.
Work collaboratively with members of the GCFD Community Impact department and external partners to engage communities in gathering and sharing insights that ultimately lead to connecting individuals to supports that create food security and work to create new opportunities of connections and programs where there is a lack of existing support or resources.
Educate key stakeholders from government employees to politicians to donors on the complexities of food insecurity and the continuum of responses.
Collaborate with colleagues across the Community Impact department to ensure partner community organizations are positioned for success.
Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in social service or social project management.
Minimum of 4-6 years direct experience with community engagement and a strong understanding of Chicago community based assets (community organizations, faith based institutions and local government) and infrastructure. Knowledge of the South and West sides of Chicago and Cook County is a plus.
Cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communication styles
Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership
Strategic thinker, with strong problem-solving skills by identifying complex problems and implementing solutions.
Demonstrated leadership and relationship building skills.
Strong negotiation skills for coordinating with partnerships, internal partners, and community potential partnerships.
Experience supervising and coaching staff.
Candidates should be able to work flexibly, adaptively, and creatively, and have a passion for our mission to help individuals access the services they need for their health and well-being.
Skilled at presenting in small or large groups.
Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License and valid insurance, regular travel throughout Cook County required.
Must possess or obtain, within six months of hiring; State of Illinois Food Service License.
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About Greater Chicago Food Depository
Every day, we distribute an average of 200,000 pounds of food to people in need across Chicago and Cook County. We distribute food through our network of partner agencies and programs, including mobile distributions and responses for children, older adults and veterans.
Imagine the opportunity to bring your talent to a high-performing organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of men, women and children all across Chicago. We are one of the nation’s premier, nonprofit organizations dedicated to feeding hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. We are dynamic, mission-focused, innovative, values-driven, diverse, focused, impactful and energetic. We believe in inspiring change and know change only happens when everyone has a voice and a place at the table. It starts by unleashing the joy and potential in each other and the people we serve.