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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of FISH of Greater New Haven

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July 23, 2014

Position:  Executive Director


FISH of Greater New Haven, Inc., is seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, and ambitious Executive Director (ED).  The ED will administer and, in most cases, actively carry out operations of the organization, including program services, finances, development and fundraising, and public relations and communications.  The ED will oversee an extensive corps of volunteers and work closely with an active Board of Directors (BOD).

FISH of Greater New Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit food pantry, delivering groceries and foodstuffs to low- and no-income households in New Haven, Connecticut.  FISH is the only food pantry in the area that delivers directly to clients’ doors and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers.  Additional information can be found at


Program Services: Coordinate acquisition of groceries and foodstuffs via Conn. Food Bank, local vendors, and food drives.  Coordinate packing and delivery of groceries, including determination of proper foods to be included.  Coordinate and supervise volunteers.  Maintain proper records and data on all clients for the purposes of both Quality Assurance and reporting. Prepare regular reports based on these records to deliver to the BOD. 

Finances:  Keep clear and well-organized records of all cash and in-kind revenue and expenses.  Work with BOD Treasurer to affect proper accounting, including a projected and year-to-date budget, updated monthly.  Administer all facilities-, utilities-, and service-related accounts. 

Development & Fundraising: Develop a clear plan-of-action for revenue, annually. Administer, manage, and execute all grant applications and grant reports. Organize and execute regular fundraising efforts and events (with BOD assistance). Solicit and cultivate relationships with individual donors (with BOD assistance). 

Public Relations & Communications: Administer and oversee production of quarterly newsletter/e-newsletter (with BOD assistance).  Communicate with the FISH network of volunteers, donors, etc., via social media, email, direct mail, and telephone, including maintenance of a network database.  Cultivate relationships with community partners (e.g., service organizations and religious congregations) and sister-organizations (e.g., Community Soup Kitchen, Loaves and Fishes). Represent FISH in the City’s Food Policy Council.  Conduct regular community outreach efforts (with BOD assistance) via speaking engagements, etc.


Bachelor’s degree plus at least 3 years of relevant experience in a nonprofit and/or human services setting.  Master’s degree in social services, social work, nutrition/health, public administration/policy or other related field preferred. 

Must possess excellent organizational skills.  Must possess strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including interpersonal skills and a basic knowledge of client and donor confidentiality and privacy practices.  Must be able to work both individually and collaboratively, as well as in a managerial capacity.  Experience overseeing volunteers and knowledge of nutritional standards are pluses.  Must possess excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, Adobe suite, web-based reporting programs, file management, social media, and mass-email communications.  Past experience working with low- or no-income households and/or food assistance is a plus.  Spanish proficiency is preferred.  Must have a valid Connecticut driver’s license.

Supervisory Relationships:  Reports to the Board of Directors.  Supervises all volunteers.

Salary Range:  $45,000 - $60,000 (commensurate with experience)

Schedule: 40 hours per week, regularly scheduled (TBD); occasional nights and weekends.

Application: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and three references via email to Patrick Pearson (

FISH of Greater New Haven, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or unfavorable discharge from military service.


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