Thurston County Food Bank - CEO

Olympia, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile

The Opportunity

The Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) has a simple yet vital mission: To end hunger in the greater Thurston County region. TCFB, through its community partners, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors, is committed to the goal that no one should go hungry, especially not children.

Over the past two decades the TCFB has grown in its operations, partnerships, and food distribution network to serve thousands of families in our region. With the departure of the longtime Director, TCFB seeks a dynamic, innovative, and committed leader to serve as the next Chief Executive Officer to help us drive forward toward making our goal a reality.

The position is located in Thurston County, WA.  The Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater area sits at the south end of the Puget Sound and is a charming, unique community that offers arts, culture, education, heritage, that is surrounded by numerous opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, biking, golfing, and other outdoor recreation.


The Organization

Founded in 1972, the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) has grown to occupy three locations around Thurston County. This includes the downtown Olympia Client Services Center, a ~12,000 sq. ft. warehouse built in 1942; a second Client Services Center in Lacey opened in 2021 which includes a 1,750 sq. ft. Farm Stand, a 5,500 sq. ft. food bank, and a 10,000 sq. ft. garden space; and the 25,000 sq. ft. Tumwater Warehouse Regional Distribution Center. The Thurston County Food Bank’s paid staff of twenty-seven (27) employees is supplemented by roughly 5,000 volunteers annually who provide more than 60,000 hours of service.

TCFB’s services include providing clients with basic food items including fresh produce and chilled items (for example - deli sandwiches, dairy products, and prepared salads). They also provide shelf-stable canned goods and frozen protein items. Clients choose the food they want based on the shopping model. Baby food and formula, and food for those with special diets or those without cooking facilities are also available.  TCFB distributes USDA Foods through two separate programs, one of which serves older adults; the other is available to all low-income households.

TCFB’s outreach efforts include many best practices such as “FORKs” (For Kids), a backpack meal program. Additionally, Nutrition Education focuses on promoting healthy eating by making policy, environmental, and systems changes within both the Food Bank and schools. The Client Services staff assists clients with applications for the Basic Food Program, targeting hard to serve populations and provides basic information and appropriate referrals to other agencies. The Mobile Food Bank offers food distribution at low-income senior housing areas to improve access for those with limited mobility or transportation.

TCFB supports nineteen (19) satellite/mobile food banks in collaboration with other service providers and the faith community. TCFB also offers limited home delivery to those without transportation.

The Food Bank relies on community contributions (~$2.5m in FY 2021) while in-kind donations of food (~$8.0m in FY 2021) and volunteer support rest at the core of their annual budget. Community food drives keep the shelves stocked and volunteers keep the doors open. It is because of this strong community support that administrative costs are a small part of their budget. The total anticipated budget for FY 2022 is ~$13m.

The Position / Your Role

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the 13-member Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The CEO provides overall leadership and direction to all Thurston County Food Bank services, programs and resources, and serves as principal advisor to the Thurston County Food Bank Board of Directors.

The CEO establishes annual goals and objectives, short and long-range plans, and policies and procedures to ensure the operation of the Food Bank is carried out in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner. A primary responsibility is to serve as a representative of the TCFB and to strengthen relationships with other jurisdictions, State, Federal and local agencies, local media, citizen interest groups, and private businesses.

The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership and direction to the management team and serves as the top-level executive responsible and accountable for interpreting and carrying out the objectives of the Board’s Strategic Plan. The CEO acts as the liaison between the Board and all Food Bank employees and is the sole employee answering directly to the Board of Directors.

While not an exhaustive list, representative duties include coaching, mentoring, and developing management team members; building and fostering relationships with external stakeholders and community partners; public relations and media relations; monitoring and evaluating the performance of programs against established objectives; Board relations; budgeting, financial management, and reporting; donor relations and fundraising; government and legislative relations; actively publicizing and promoting the activities of the Thurston County Food Bank; and long-range strategic planning.

Total Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $135,000 - $150,000.

Thurston County Food Bank is committed to supporting all employees through competitive salary and benefits, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and training and professional development opportunities.

The comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Simple IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous paid time off policy for vacation and sick days

To Be Considered

The position is open until filled, with a priority deadline of August 5, 2022.

Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by mid-July. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to Board President, Bruce Wollstein at:

You may direct questions to Ed Rogan at or 206.697.8428 or Emily Lee at or 206.409.2215. 

Thurston County Food Bank’s Equity Policy Statement

The Thurston County Food Bank recognizes that hunger is a symptom of poverty, and that poverty is rooted in social inequities. Our philosophy of providing services in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor is tied to our commitment to supporting families so that they can be successful. The Food Bank is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization.

Human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our staff, volunteers, and customers invest in our organization represents a significant part of our culture, our reputation, and our success.

TCFB is an equal opportunity employer.  No person will be denied employment for reasons of differentiation regarding race, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, and national origin. TCFB will recruit, hire, train, and promote to all levels without regard to race, religion, gender, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and national origin.