Corporate Employee Engagement Associate Director

Position: Corporate Employee Engagement Associate Director Job Type: Full-time Team: Development Reports to: Corporate and Foundation Partnerships Director Location: Remote or Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is a growing network, with food banking organizations based in 44 countries, and an ambitious goal to increase food access for 50 million people by 2030, with a focus on emerging and developing markets.

The Opportunity:
In less than four years, GFN has grown from a $2m to a $20m+ organization reflecting the expansion of food bank operations across their network to meet the rising hunger need in 44 countries.  In these efforts, corporate partnerships are a critical source of funding, donated and purchased product, employee engagement, as well as other in-kind resource contributions that enable food bank success. This new position will be responsible for working alongside Development, Communications, Product Sourcing, and Food Bank colleagues to maximize global corporate relationships by creating, managing, and implementing effective employee giving and volunteering programs and cause-related marketing campaigns that drive value to help food banks serve their communities. GFN is seeking an Associate Director of Corporate Employee Engagement to work within the Corporate Partnerships team to help grow and build a robust employee giving and volunteering program, as well as to develop and lead cause-related marketing opportunities. This role will be responsible for building and executing the strategy and processes to make the Employee Engagement program successful at GFN. The position will be responsible for developing robust employee giving programming and tools, generating engaging employee giving revenue strategies, and managing cause-related marketing campaigns with the target to secure $2 million in revenue within 18 months. The Associate Director will work to develop and lead fundraising and growth strategies that are delivered through workplace giving, peer to peer fundraising initiatives, and direct to consumer campaigns proactively collaborating with the development, and communications teams to manage the donor experience and assist in converting employee donors to individual donors in close collaboration with the Individual Giving team. This position will directly manage and guide strategy for the Corporate Employee Engagement Manager in their efforts to develop and implement corporate volunteer engagement strategies to support GFN food bank efforts with valuable community resources. Responsibilities: Employee Engagement Program Development and Management
  • Lead the strategic development of a robust employee engagement program, in conjunction with the Directors of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships and the Individual Giving team;
  • Build tools, messaging, and strategies for engaging workplace giving and peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives in collaboration with Development and Communications teams;
  • Analyze the efficacy of existing employee giving and engagement opportunities and recommend improvements or new approaches;
  • Facilitate the process for offering these opportunities for corporate partners who are engaged in employee volunteering, collaborating closely with the Corporate Employee Engagement Manager
  • Proactively collaborate with the development, communications, and programs teams to manage the donor experience and connect employee giving and volunteering participants to our donor development process.
  • Create a donor-centric fundraising approach across the entire organization;
  • Implement a strategy to broaden donor relationships across GFN’s portfolio of interests including product donations, funds, cause marketing, employee engagement, C-suite leadership engagement, in-kind support, awareness, and advocacy;
  • Receive and responds to viable inbound inquiries from potential partners;
  • Collaborate with the Individual Giving Director and Development Associate to build strategies to convert employee giving participants to individual donors.
Cause-Related Marketing Campaign Development and Management
  • Develop strategy and annual plan for cause marketing campaigns that meet partners’ corporate social responsibility goals and support GFN’s fundraising, communication, and employee engagement initiatives;
  • Conceive and execute donors’ cause marketing programs for a variety of corporate partners (i.e., small, medium, and large-sized companies)
  • Collaborate with internal teams—including programs and communication—to ensure strong campaign activation across appropriate global, national, and local levels.
  • Research potential partners and help generate ideas and cause marketing programs that would appeal to these prospects.
  • Create proposals, presentations, and follow up materials to sell ideas to corporate partners
Strategic Corporate Employee Volunteering
  • Guide and co-develop strategy and annual plan for strategic corporate volunteer engagements that are both useful to food banking organizations and achieve partner goals.
  • Track and report employee engagement activities, modifying and adapting the program framework as learning is gained for maximum value to corporate partners and food banks.
Corporate Employee Giving
  • Guide and co-develop strategy and annual plan for strategic corporate employee giving engagements that are both useful to food banking organizations and achieve partner goals.
  • Track and report employee engagement activities, modifying and adapting the program framework as learning is gained for maximum value to corporate partners and food banks.
Candidate Profile: The candidate will be results-oriented, detail-oriented, and committed to inspiring new and continuing partners to join the fight against global hunger and food waste. The ideal candidate will thrive on identifying, cultivating, and securing creative employee giving and cause-related marketing opportunities that drive revenue and impact. A strong communicator, the Associate Director will bring a strong understanding of fundraising best practices, employee engagement tools, marketing tactics, and enthusiasm for raising money. The candidate will have experience in managing direct report(s) and will be comfortable with setting a strategy and managing the execution of the plan. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • A commitment to the mission of GFN and some familiarity with food security, food justice, or international development issues;
  • At least five years of professional work experience directly in fundraising with experience successfully managing direct donor relationships;
  • A proven track record of successfully securing corporate support;
  • Success with managing employee giving programs and strategies, including with creative peer-to-peer initiatives;
  • Experience with cause-marketing campaign development and execution;
  • Experience or familiarity with corporate volunteering landscape and best practices;
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to effectively and comfortably build relationships;
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment across multiple programs and departments;
  • Demonstrated ability for handling multiple, complex fundraising relationships simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, demonstrating strategic thinking, problem-solving, and attention to detail;
  • Highly organized, reliable, and able to balance priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Self-directed, self-aware, and self-disciplined;
  • Willingness and ability to travel;
  • Flexible, energetic, positive, and creative;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English – other language proficiencies welcomed.
Location: The role can be Chicago based working in a hybrid capacity out of GFN’s global Chicago headquarters fully remote in the USA. To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to The Global FoodBanking Network embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Its goal is to attract, develop, and retain a talented, diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. EOE