Executive Director

Website Food For People

Humboldt County Food Bank

Food for People, Inc.
PO Box 4922, Eureka, CA 95502
Invites your application for the position of:
Executive Director

Food for People, headquartered in Eureka CA, is pleased to announce a unique opportunity as our
next Executive Director. We are looking for a strong, innovative individual who can work with
minimal direction to replace our outgoing Executive Director who is retiring after a remarkable 22
year career. If you are a dynamic, strategic leader who enjoys being hands-on and working
collaboratively to help us create a stronger, healthier Humboldt County, this is a great opportunity
for you. We are seeking candidates who are enthusiastic about meeting challenges and ready to
engage a dedicated group of staff and volunteers and a diverse network of community partners to
help us achieve our mission and vision.

Our mission: Food for People is working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and
well-being of our community though access to healthy and nutritious foods, community
education, and advocacy.
Food for People is designated as the Food Bank for Humboldt County and we are considered one
of Humboldt County’s most prominent nonprofit organizations, providing hunger relief for more
than 16,000 low income children, families, seniors, and others each month. Food for People
currently operates a total of 18 countywide programs for individuals of all ages whose financial
circumstances have left them without adequate resources to purchase food. A complete list of our
programs is available on our web site at www.foodforpeople.org .
This is an exciting time for our organization as we are just completing construction of a new,
main food bank facility that will ensure every person experiencing hunger in Humboldt County
can access nutritious foods, and local children, seniors, and families can better connect with
services that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Humboldt County and North Coast Region:
Humboldt County is nestled along the Pacific coast in northern California’s coastal redwood
region, approximately 275 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of Oregon. Humboldt
County offers a welcoming environment, vibrant cultural arts and entertainment, Victorian
architecture, and engaging outdoor activities that all combine to make for a wonderful place to live
and work.
Rich in natural beauty, biological diversity and history, the Redwood Coast offers breathtaking
views, hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, and many year-round outdoor adventurer opportunities.
Eureka, the County seat overlooks historic Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest bay, and
home to commercial and recreational marinas. With a County population of about 135,500
residents spread throughout seven cities and multiple small unincorporated communities over a
4,000 square mile area, one can find their perfect home in town or in a rural setting with ocean
views or amongst the redwoods.

The Executive Director Position:
The Executive Director holds the top management position and is responsible for the human and
financial resources of Food for People in order to achieve the organization’s mission. The
Executive Director works collaboratively with an engaged Management Team and staff, a diverse
pool of volunteers, a Board of Directors and the community. To that end, the Executive Director
is responsible and accountable for all operational aspects of the organization and for
implementing the policies set by the Board of Directors.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
We seek a leader with the ability to passionately follow Food for People’s mission; has an
excellent working knowledge of available financial resources and grant program opportunities
available to food banks; and who possesses the knowledge and skills to efficiently administer our
programs. You should have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to
work effectively with an oversight Board, including the ability to engage the Board in effective
resource development, and to inspire confidence by communicating candidly regarding all key
issues facing the organization.
We value a leader with proven integrity who appreciates accountability, and demonstrates the
highest ethical standards in all interactions. We value innovative leadership qualities which
continually seek to provide excellent service through the development of new and improved
methods in reducing hunger; encourage and support the best in ourselves and those we serve; and
provide opportunities for everyone to participate in fulfilling our mission.
The Executive Director should have the ability to identify, cultivate and grow our donor base,
work effectively to build and sustain volunteer involvement, and understand the processes
involved in accessing quality nutritious foods. You should have the skill to foster cooperation
and a sense of empowerment amongst our diverse staff, volunteers, and community partners, and
possess a leadership style with the capacity to motivate, support, inspire, manage, and evaluate
staff and independent contractors. Openness, compassion, and a commitment to diversity and
inclusiveness is a must.

We highly value effective leadership and experience, thus any combination of training and
experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A
complete list of the qualifications we are seeking can be found in the job description.

How to Apply:
This position is full time and salary will be based on the successful applicant’s combination of
skills and experience specific to the position within a range of $100,000 to $117,000/year. We
provide health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, in addition to paid sick, vacation and
holiday time. Optional participation in the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program is available
and the organization is currently exploring other retirement plan options. This is a great position
for someone who is interested in joining a diverse and dynamic team in support of an
organization that truly makes a difference in thousands of lives right here in Humboldt County.
Please review the  job description and qualifications available on our website. After reviewing, if you are
interested in applying applications must include:
● Cover letter
● Résumé
● Completed Food for People application (available on our website at
● At least three recent professional references and two personal references
Application packets and questions can be submitted via email to: hrteam@foodforpeople.org

This recruitment is open until filled, however for first consideration, application packets must be
in the possession of Food for People no later than March 3rd, 2023. Incomplete application
packets may be disqualified from consideration. Interviews will be scheduled with selected

The Selection Process:
Candidates will be kept confidential until the selected candidates are notified and invited to the
interview process. Applications will be initially screened by an Executive Recruitment
Subcommittee, and applications of top candidates will be presented to the Board of Directors for
review. First panel interviews will likely be held virtually. The top candidates may be invited to a
virtual “meet and greet” interview with the Executive Committee and the final interviews will be
held with the full Board of Directors and Management Team.
Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection. Any offers
of employment will be based upon the successful completion of a comprehensive reference and
background check.

Food for People is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job please visit foodforpeople.org.