Director of Strategic Relationships
Mercy Chefs is a $20m faith-based, nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian organization. They exist to serve professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers, and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies. They partner with existing like-minded organizations to further their mission by providing food service in underserved communities across the country. Since their establishment in 2006, Mercy Chefs has prepared and served nearly 20 million meals in 28 states and 10 countries. Headquartered in Portsmouth, VA, Mercy Chefs currently owns six self-sustaining mobile kitchens placed across the country to respond to disaster at a moment’s notice. Mercy Chefs, with thirty-five FT and ten PT employees often partners with local churches in emergency deployments and works together with local ministries to station mobile kitchens and coordinate volunteers.
Beyond disaster relief, Mercy Chefs has established permanent community kitchens in Portsmouth, VA, and Nashville. The community kitchens provide nutritionally rich meals in low-income communities among food insecure populations. They have established deployment equipment storage sites in Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Alabama to better facilitate rapid response in a time of crisis. Additionally, Mercy Chefs has a food insecurity response program. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, They have delivered millions of meals through grocery box distribution in places like Texas, Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and others.
Mercy Chefs seeks a Director of Strategic Relationships who will lead the development and implementation of their income generation strategy to meet the demands of a rapidly growing organization. This person will need to raise funds from diverse sources in the most cost effective and sustainable way, all the while embedding a culture of fundraising across the organization. They will supervise a team of ten fundraising professionals. The position can be remote, with regular travel to meet donors and to the headquarters in Portsmouth, VA required.
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