RudiEmployment Opportunities at MANNA FoodBank

Thank you for your interest in working at MANNA. There are 2 openings available as of 11/10/15. You’ll find a MANNA job application at the bottom of this page.

Note: candidates for Chief Executive Officer do not need to complete the MANNA application form. Instructions on how to apply are included in the description below.

Position Announcement – Nov. 2015
MANNA FoodBank
Asheville, NC

MANNA FoodBank seeks an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a demonstrated commitment to organizational excellence to lead the organization and add to its exceptional 33-year history. MANNA’s mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. MANNA’s vision is: A Hunger-Free Western North Carolina.

About the Organization
Founded in 1982, MANNA meets its mission through an innovative set of collaborative programs throughout the 16-county Western North Carolina service area. MANNA is an active member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and contributes to and benefits from the strength of this nation-wide hunger-relief effort that aims to end hunger in America by 2025.

MANNA has a strong network of relationships with local partners, funders, and government agencies. It has a committed 21-member Board, an experienced and dedicated staff, and an annual budget of approximately $5.2 million. MANNA’s headquarter operations are housed in two adjacent warehouses with a combined space of 46,000 sq.ft., which house food distribution, volunteer services, program support, and administration. Extensive capital improvements and renovations to its facilities should be completed in April 2016 thanks to broad community support for its 2014-15 $3 million capital campaign. Current staffing includes three executive level positions (CDO, COO, and CFO) that report to the Executive Director and 47 management and program staff. The organizational culture can be described as hardworking, down-to-earth, mission-driven, compassionate and respectful toward the community, and thankful toward donors, partners, and volunteers.

MANNA’s operations involve collecting, warehousing, and distributing food to nearly 250 partner agencies throughout the 16 Western North Carolina counties. Food distribution has grown by more than 10% annually, and 15.5 million pounds were distributed in 2015. MANNA directly serves almost 5000 children weekly through the MANNA Packs for Kids program and seeks to strengthen partner agencies through ongoing education and support. MANNA advocates for improved access to food and nutrition services in concert with local, state, and national policy makers.

MANNA FoodBank has been locally recognized as one of the premier nonprofits in Western North Carolina and is consistently awarded for its sustainable growth and organizational efficiency. MANNA has maintained a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years, and in 2015, Feeding America recognized MANNA as one of the top 25 food banks for food sourcing efforts in the nation.

The Region
Western North Carolina is a culturally rich region that is both economically and geographically diverse. The position is based in Asheville, located in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, is home to a remarkably large nonprofit sector, and is characterized by political and cultural diversity.

The Position
MANNA seeks an individual who is well prepared to provide the inspired external and internal leadership required of this role. The new CEO must have proven, significant, and successful organizational leadership experience and the ability to oversee fundraising, programs, and overall operations while working effectively with both the leadership team and the board to guide the organization. The CEO must also possess the talent to listen and communicate effectively and to build relationships with multiple constituencies, including the Board, staff, donors, media, government officials, agency partners, and other community leaders.

The incoming CEO will succeed Cindy Threlkeld, MANNA’s current leader, who has led the organization since 2011 and will be retiring this spring. Her leadership has positioned MANNA as one of the most respected and collaborative nonprofit organizations in the region.

Key Responsibilities
• Vision, Mission, and Strategy Development – Working with the Board and staff, the CEO will oversee the implementation of strategic and annual planning to guide MANNA towards achievement of its vision and mission.
• External Liaison and Public Image – As primary spokesperson for MANNA FoodBank, the CEO will inspire external partners to collaborate towards MANNA’s mission. The CEO must develop dynamic working relationships with diverse constituencies including government, education, nonprofit, business, religious, and donor groups.
• Fundraising and Resource Development – The CEO, in partnership with the Board and Resource Development staff, will drive fundraising initiatives for developing and implementing appropriate and diversified fundraising strategies.
• Fiscal Management – The CEO will oversee planning and budgeting systems to ensure that income is managed wisely to serve the organization’s goals and that systems and staff are in place to accurately monitor, assess, and manage the financial health of the organization.
• Human Resources Management – The CEO maintains strong internal leadership built on teamwork and collaborative decision-making. The CEO will emphasize staff leadership development activities that upgrade employee skills, motivate performance, and promote staff retention. The CEO will also ensure adherence to the personnel policies in all hiring and employment practices.

Key Organizational Priorities for the New Executive’s First 12 – 18 months 
• Continue to fulfill MANNA’s programmatic goals for the year based on the organization’s recently completed strategic plan
• Help define MANNA’s newly developed strategic focus on collective impact, and build relationships that develop the groundwork for future collaboration
• Sustain MANNA’s public policy impact at county, state, and national levels

• Foster organizational practices that support the effectiveness of staff, including:
¤ A culture of timely and transparent internal    communications among Board and staff
¤ Practices that encourage a culture of leadership development and deep organizational bench strength

• Increase MANNA’s effectiveness in food distribution, with special emphasis on:
¤ Helping MANNA’s partners build the capacity to procure and provide food, by developing sustainable organizations through strengthening boards, volunteer programs, fundraising, financial management and communications
¤ Distributing highly nutritious food

• Improve MANNA’s fundraising effectiveness throughout Western North Carolina
• Strengthen and promote MANNA’s effectiveness in educating its constituents about hunger in western North Carolina
• Oversee implementation of the comprehensive Information Technology plan for the organization

Required Qualifications
• A demonstrated understanding of the issues related to hunger and poverty
• A history of visionary leadership based on strong strategic and collaborative thinking, as well as demonstrated ability to align and build trust among multiple constituencies around the big picture
• A successful record of senior leadership and management experience with significant accomplishments in the nonprofit and/or public sector
• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal and public speaking skills, and experience with diverse populations and multiple constituencies
• Demonstrated experience with fundraising practices and relationship cultivation within the areas of foundation, government, corporate and individual giving
• A commitment to fostering a culture of staff trust, empowerment, and individualized staff development
• A high degree of financial literacy and financial management experience
• Demonstrated ability to work with and develop strong Board leadership
• An ability to connect with the younger generation of philanthropists and collaborators, with an understanding of social media and its potential
• An understanding of and sensitivity to rural life and culture
• A dynamic presence balanced with grace, humility, and approachability
• A strongly held sense of integrity and professional ethics
• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

The ideal candidate will also have:
• Political awareness and astuteness with experience in advocacy and public policy
• A creative, entrepreneurial spirit
• An advanced degree

• The salary range is $85 – 100K annually (commensurate with experience)
• MANNA FoodBank also offers a very competitive and comprehensive benefits package

Application Process
Candidates do not need to complete the MANNA application form.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume, and salary history via email only to:

MANNA Transition Committee

•Please, no phone calls or faxes
•Application deadline: January 6, 2016

For more information about MANNA, please visit the website at:

MANNA FoodBank is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting a broadly diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position.


Position: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Reports to: Facilities & Safety Manager

Job Qualifications: Must be able to assist staff and volunteers in achieving the goals of MANNA FoodBank. Must be organized, accurate, and efficient in performing work duties. Must be dependable. High school graduate or GED required. Must possess a valid North Carolina Driver License with no insurance points. Must have the ability to perform maintenance and repair work on vehicles, equipment, and facilities using hand and power tools.

General Description of the Position:
The Maintenance Associate is responsible for performing maintenance/repair duties as outlined below and serve as fill-in driver for pickups/deliveries as needed.

Oversight of other persons/positions: Volunteers, as needed.

Principal Activities – Maintenance Associate:
1. Perform general warehouse maintenance including (but not limited to): sweeping, mopping, general custodial duties, pest control duties, equipment safety checks, daily temperature logs, daily forklift inspections.

2. Responsible for routine maintenance and cleaning of all offices and restrooms.

3. Perform general maintenance and minor repairs on: MANNA vehicles (trucks, cars); equipment (i.e. MHE (material handling equipment), warehouse equipment & machinery); facilities including general carpentry, painting, and plumbing. Work in conjunction with the Facilities & Safety Manager in performing these duties and make recommendations when such duties need to be outsourced.

4. Maintains accurate maintenance and vehicle inspection logs to ensure that vehicles and equipment are in safe, dependable operating condition. Perform routine preventative maintenance on all MANNA vehicles and MHE. Communicate any vehicle problems or concerns with the Facilities & Safety Manager as soon as possible so that appropriate repairs may be made.

5. Responsible for safe operation of manual and power tools, utilizing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and maintaining a safe work area.

6. Responsible for routine lawn care for MANNA campus.

7. Assist other MANNA staff in any areas related to food drives, fund raising, and other special events as deemed necessary by Facilities & Safety Manager.

Principal Activities – Driver:
1. Make local pickups and deliveries of donated product; make pickups from and deliveries to other food banks and donors within North Carolina and surrounding states. Verify counts of product being picked up or delivered with corresponding documents (bills of lading, invoices, transfer sheets, receipts, etc.) and submit such documents to appropriate staff; oversee proper loading of vehicle with regard to weight distribution/ capacity and securing of load.

2. Maintain accurate mileage, maintenance and vehicle inspection logs to ensure that vehicles are in safe, dependable operating condition. Perform routine preventative maintenance on all MANNA vehicles. Communicate any vehicle problems or concerns with the Facilities & Safety Manager as soon as possible so that appropriate repairs may be made.

3. Perform duties associated with assigned Mobile Delivery routes to partner agencies including: overseeing proper loading of vehicle with regard to weight distribution, securing load, and delivery sequence; confirming all scheduled orders are on board; physically offloading all product on board; verifying delivery of product on order sheets; submitting completed order sheets for invoicing to appropriate staff.

4. Assist in unloading incoming product, sorting by category, completion of related paperwork and storing product in designated locations under direction of Warehouse Manager.

Special job-specific requirements:
1. Criminal background check is required.
2. Valid driver license.
3. Must be able to satisfy MANNA’s insurer with regard to having and maintaining a safe driving record.
4. Subject to drug testing

E-mail, FAX or mail application to:
Rudi Sommer (
MANNA Food Bank
627 Swannanoa River Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
FAX 828-299-3664

Updated: May 2015

Every MANNA FoodBank employee must subscribe to the “Statement of Philosophy” and the “Mission Statement” of MANNA FoodBank. Employees must also adhere to MANNA’s “Drug and Alcohol Policy”. These documents are on file in the Office of Finance and Human Resources.

Below you’ll find a MANNA job application. Please fill it out completely, and return it by fax (828-299-3664); by mail (627 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville NC 28805); or by e-mail to the address listed in the job description, along with your resume and cover letter.  You can also drop off your application at MANNA’s front desk between 8 am and 4 pm.
* MANNA job application packet – PDF
* MANNA job application packet – MS Word