• Senior Coordinator of Partner Engagement

    Location US-IL-Chicago
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  • Overview

    The Senior Coordinator of Partner Engagement will engage with other organizations at the intersection of food access to empower them and build their capacity to better serve individuals and families who are food insecure.  This role serves as a liaison to existing partners, new potential partners and engaged stakeholders. They work collaboratively within the GCFD team to ensure support and the ongoing development of all partners through meaningful engagement, training, on-site consultation and connection to resources.  Additionally, this role builds unparalleled relationships with community based organizations and institutions throughout Cook County.


    • Lead relationship-building and cultivate meaningful collaborations that promote the ongoing development of partners engaged in nutrition access and providing individuals and families in need to meaningful resources and support.
    • Engage partners in traditional food access programs, while also promoting pathways to ending hunger e.g. SNAP enrollment, advocacy actions and nutrition education activities.
    • Manage and grow successful partnerships with diverse groups of stakeholders across Cook County to help support increased access to nutrition programs for individuals and families in need.
    • Serve as a community landscape expert within Cook County with knowledge of agency partners, community organizations, faith institutions and other organizations and institutions that are participating in meaningful impact and outcomes for the communities they serve.
    • Combine your knowledge of food insecurity insights with partner relationships to strategically optimize the Food Depository’s food access and policy responses.
    • Educate key stakeholders from government employees, to politicians to donors on the complexities of food insecurity and the continuum of responses.
    • Work collaboratively with members of the GCFD Community Impact department to provide training and technical assistance when needed to food distribution partners in the areas of: reporting requirements, general food program operations, volunteer recruitment and succession planning, resource management, transportation and underscoring the importance of food safety.
    • Partner with other members of the GCFD Community Impact team to develop partner strategies, including the onboarding of New Members and other special events and activities designed to engage all partners and stakeholders (e.g. Hunger Walk, Community Impact Day and Advocacy efforts).
    • Collaborate with colleagues across the Community Impact department to ensure partner community organizations are positioned for success.


    • Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in social service or social project management.
    • Minimum of 2-4 years direct experience with community engagement and a strong understanding of Chicago area community based assets (community organizations, faith based institutions and local government) and infrastructure. Knowledge of the South and West sides of Chicago is a plus.
    • Cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse cultures, backgrounds, and communication styles
    • Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership
    • Strategic thinker, with strong problem solving skills by identifying complex problems and implementing solutions.
    • Strong negotiation skills for coordinating with partnerships, internal partners, and community potential partnerships.
    • Candidates should be able to work flexibly, adaptively, and creatively, and have a passion for our mission to help individuals with records gain employment
    • Skilled at presenting in small or large groups.
    • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Possess a valid Illinois Driver’s License and valid insurance, regular travel throughout Cook County required.
    • Must possess or obtain, within six months of hiring; State of Illinois Food Service License.


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