The administrative office of Quest Food Exchange is located on the unceded territory of the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, and works on the lands and waters of the 198 First Nations that make up what is now British Columbia.
Quest Food Exchange (Quest) is a non-profit organization that provides dignified access to a variety of affordable and healthy foods to individuals facing food security challenges in British Columbia. The primary objectives of Quest are to reduce hunger with dignity, build community and foster sustainability.
Every day, thousands of pounds of good quality food goes to waste simply because it is part of a surplus that cannot be sold or because it is oddly sized, blemished, nearing its expiry date or because the packaging is slightly damaged. Quest’s Food Recovery and Redistribution model is an innovative idea in which Quest recovers quality surplus food and necessities from suppliers at all levels of the supply chain and redistributes these goods to referred clients in a traditional grocery market setting. This model serves to empower clients in their transition to self-sufficiency and allows Quest’s partnering suppliers a philanthropic and environmentally conscious way to dispose of their surplus items rather than allowing quality food and necessities to go to waste.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of a progressive and evolving non-profit organization. The Executive Director provides strategic direction for, and support to, business operations, including staff leadership, financial sustainability, as well as fund development, and services in alignment with the organizational mandate. The Executive Director stewards the organization and facilitates board, employee, client, community, and funding relationships to strengthen opportunities, service, and impact.
This is an excellent opportunity for an innovative community driven leader who is dedicated to reducing hunger and fostering sustainability. The successful candidate will have relevant education, training, and/or professional development with 7 years of progressive leadership experience, with a combination of non-profit and corporate experience. The successful candidate will have knowledge of strategic and operational planning skills in combination with fund development and community engagement experience. The role requires excellent interpersonal communication and team building skills, with a commitment to building a positive and effective organizational culture. An equivalent combination of experience, education and skills will also be considered.
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