CUMAC Seeks Dynamic Executive Director
CUMAC, the largest food distribution program in Passaic County, NJ, offers an exciting opportunity for a passionate and collaborative leader committed to the continued growth of the organization.
The next Executive Director of CUMAC will take the helm at an important time in the organization’s history. Our visionary leader is retiring after guiding CUMAC through 26 years of growth. The 2016 strategic planning process confirmed that CUMAC intends to deepen its commitment to its mission of feeding people and changing lives in Paterson, NJ where more than half of the residents survive on incomes below the federal poverty level. The strategic plan identified four critical objectives: successfully manage the continuity and quality of CUMAC leadership through and beyond executive transition; achieve financial stability; develop and begin implementation of a new facilities plan; and strengthen our programs to move clients toward self-sufficiency.
This is a full-time position in downtown Paterson, NJ reporting to the Board of Trustees with competitive salary and benefits.
The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the organization including:
Collaborating with the Board of Trustees to provide the overall vision and direction of the organization, as well as to ensure that the key objectives outlined in the strategic plan are implemented. The Executive Director will partner with the Board of Trustees to strengthen its ability to govern strategically, continue to build board-staff relations, advocate effectively to reduce hunger and its causes, and recruit new trustees, ensuring an optimal mix of knowledge, expertise, diversity, high engagement, and financial support for CUMAC.
Ensuring the financial health of the organization. The Executive Director will continuously develop and nurture individual, corporate, foundation and community relationships and lead development efforts to increase organizational resources. This will include promoting a culture of giving among board, volunteers, staff and other stakeholders and proactively managing resources to ensure long-term sustainability.
Identifying opportunities for program growth. The Executive Director will look for ways to strengthen programming through partnerships, strategic alliances, and collaborations and by identifying opportunities that may arise as changes in political and funding trends impact our work.
Exploring ways to provide appropriate facilities for CUMAC programs. The Executive Director will work with the board and staff to develop and implement a facility plan that will support the growth of CUMAC. The utilization of the current facility is beyond capacity and the aging building strains the budget and reduces the efficiency of service delivery.
Advocating to reduce hunger and poverty in NJ by collaborating with policy makers and community partners to highlight areas of concern and promote funding and legislation to reduce food insecurity.
Increasing community engagement. As spokesperson for CUMAC, the Executive Director will ensure that CUMAC and its programs are well known throughout the region with the effective and timely use of public relations and contemporary media. The Executive Director will maintain and expand the strong partnerships with a wide range of regional groups, including the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Developing and supporting staff and volunteers. The Executive Director will recognize and affirm the strong sense of family among the CUMAC staff and volunteers and will ensure needed training and resources are available to them.
The ideal candidate will have many of the following skills, attributes and experience:
Inspirational Leader: This candidate will be able to inspire staff, volunteers, and stakeholders to pursue the CUMAC mission with passion and excellence. The candidate will be able to build trust among staff and volunteers through honest communication and unwavering respect for those at all levels of the organization. This candidate will eagerly embrace the roles of spokesperson for CUMAC and advocate for the poor and hungry.
Mission Driven: This candidate must have a deep abiding passion for CUMAC’s mission of feeding people and changing lives and a desire to work in a challenging urban setting. This candidate will come with a commitment to promoting social justice and fostering change in a diverse, resource poor community.
Team Builder: This candidate will be skilled in leading teams to excel at all levels in the organization and will recognize that focusing on the mission is essential to CUMAC’s success. The candidate will be an attentive listener and an effective and compassionate mediator.
Skilled Collaborator: This candidate will have the skills and experience to forge collaborative alliances and partnerships with diverse public, private and non-profit constituencies and stakeholders.
Effective Communicator: This candidate will be able to successfully connect with a wide range of stakeholders with clear, honest, articulate and reasoned perspectives that will encourage their support of and commitment to the CUMAC mission.
Culturally Sensitive: This candidate will be sensitive to cultural differences and will be skilled in navigating the challenges and complexities such differences present in working with staff, volunteers and the greater community.
Self-aware: This candidate will have a solid sense of self and will be eager to learn from others at all levels of the organization and throughout the community. This candidate will be open and welcoming to diverse perspectives and be able to incorporate them into decision-making. This candidate will have a positive, can-do attitude and the ability to see the lighter side of things.
Creative and Strategic Thinker: This candidate will be able to think creatively about the future while recognizing the realities of what is possible. They will be eager to explore new ways to enhance and strengthen the programs and facility.
Pragmatic Manager: This candidate will engage in the challenging day-to-day work of actualizing CUMAC’s mission by envisioning and implementing processes and procedures that will lead to broader fundraising and enhanced program delivery and facility use.
Successful Fundraiser: This candidate will be comfortable asking for money and will have a successful track record of fund development including acumen in donor cultivation and stewardship.
Financially Astute: This candidate will be experienced in financial management including budgeting and cash flow management.
Experienced in Board Development: This candidate will be experienced in working effectively with boards so that together they can create a strong future for the organization.
Conversant in Best Practices: Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree(s) are strongly preferred. Nonprofit management coursework, as well as training in one or more of the following areas: counseling, social work, advocacy and/or pastoral care is desirable.
CUMAC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a faith-based agency affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in downtown Paterson, NJ and dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and its root causes. As the largest food distribution program in Passaic County, it provides groceries to an average of 3,000 people each month and serves as the primary warehouse for storing and distributing food and non-food items for over 50 area nonprofits.
CUMAC has 18 staff members who are passionate and deeply committed to CUMAC’s mission of feeding people and changing lives. Over 4,000 volunteers generously contribute more than 40,000 hours each year.
In addition to volunteer support, CUMAC's work relies heavily on financial contributions from private foundations, government grants, corporations, individuals and groups; in-kind donations of food, clothing, and household goods from local businesses, civic and faith groups; income from its thrift shop; and proceeds from fundraising events. The operating budget is approximately $1.4 million per year and CUMAC processes over $3 million in donated food each year.
Programs have evolved over the organization’s 30+ year history and currently include: the Food Pantry, which provides bagged groceries directly to those who are hungry; the Depot, a distribution center for food and supplies for over 50 local agencies; the Community Food Coalition, which facilitates shared food, training, networking, and a cloud-based data system for fellow food pantries; the Community Closet, which offers clothing and household goods to those in need and operates a thrift shop to generate program-supporting income; Pathways to Work, a job training program that provides hands-on experience; Place of Promise, a permanent, supportive housing program for those with disabilities; and seasonal collections to distribute back-to-school supplies and holiday gifts.
CUMAC is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Affiliation with the United Methodist Church is not required.
The salary for the Executive Director will be $70,000 with benefits.
All applications must be submitted by email to EDSearch@cumacecho.org. Attach a cover letter, outlining your interest in and fit for this position, and resume as Word or PDF documents. Alleviating hunger is central to the work of CUMAC. Please include within your cover letter a description of what hunger means to you, in 200 words or less.
To help us with the organization of a large volume of applicants, please be sure to title your documents LastName_FirstName_Letter and LastName_FirstName_Resume.
The application deadline is January 31, 2017. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the selection process will run through March, with an expected start date in May or June 2017. Candidates will be notified by email that their application has been received, and will be advised of the status of their candidacy during the search process. No phone calls please.
A Career of Giving
After 26 years of dedicated service, Rev. Pat Bruger will be retiring from her post as CUMAC's Executive Director. Read more about our ED and her career with CUMAC on our blog.
We are celebrating Rev. Pat Bruger's career and accomplishments with a special dinner on Thursday, April 27. Learn more here.
CUMAC has been feeding people & changing lives for over 30 years. See more about CUMAC and our programs.
CUMAC provides critical support to our neighbors struggling with hunger every day. CUMAC's pantry is serving over 2,500 people every month, and our other community programs like the Community Closet, Pathways to Work, and Place of Promise are providing our neighbors with the resources they need most. Read more about impact.