CAREERS

When you join Swipe Out Hunger, you join a movement: Swipe Out Hunger is a national nonprofit committed to ending college student hunger. We work with colleges and universities to design and implement a range of anti-hunger programs, including “The Swipe Drive” which enables students to donate meals to their peers facing food insecurity on campus. Swipe Out Hunger promotes on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy, and student empowerment practices to address college food insecurity. Recognized for its entrepreneurial nature, Swipe Out Hunger has been named an Obama White House Champion For Change and its founder, Rachel Sumekh, has landed a spot on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement at UCLA in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger has since served 2.5 million nourishing meals across all 50 states and more than 400 campuses.

Current Opportunities:

In light of our Founder Rachel Sumekh’s decision to transition from her role as CEO of Swipe Out Hunger on July 29, 2022, we’re looking for a new Executive Director!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LOCATION

Remote with frequent travel.

COMPENSATION

$130,000 to $150,000 based on experience as aligned to the role and responsibilities.

BRIEF OVERVIEW

Established by a group of students at UCLA in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger is the leading nonprofit ending college student hunger. Founded in Los Angeles, the team of twelve full-time people supports students and campus administrators nationwide to implement solutions to end student hunger within colleges and universities. Swipe Out Hunger advocates for systematic student-centric policies, including training students to be leaders in the movement to end student hunger.

Under the 12-year leadership of its Founder and CEO, Rachel Sumekh, Swipe Out Hunger has grown from an organization with one program to a holistic and systems-focused organization leading the way on both the most effective solutions on campus and trailblazing policy at the state and federal level. Swipe Out Hunger has grown across over 400 campuses and 50 states.

THE POSITION

At an exciting point in its history, Swipe Out Hunger is seeking a new forward-thinking leader to drive the nonprofit towards its goal of ending college student hunger.

This is an opportunity for the new Executive Director (ED) to implement the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan, continue to set a long-term vision and strategy towards Swipe Out Hunger’s end game, and serve as a manager, coach, and thought partner to the senior team of Directors in their functional areas. The ED will also mobilize external stakeholders (students, donors, campus administrators, and partners) towards a shared campus anti-hunger vision and continue to strengthen the financial integrity of the organization.

The incoming ED will lead Swipe Out Hunger, which centers students and designs the future of basic needs work on college campuses. They will report to the Board of Directors and work closely with a team of twelve full-time, several part-time staff, and a network of college campuses across the nation to develop and strengthen programs and advocacy efforts that help meet the basic needs of today’s college students.

Key responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following areas of focus:

Aligning Vision and Strategy & Management: Provide oversight of implementing the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan. Direct the process of defining the strategic vision beyond 2024. Ensure the senior team of Directors is supported individually and collectively. Partner closely with the Board of Directors, specifically the Board Chair, for shared accountability. Deepen collaboration across teams and functions.
External Affairs and Fundraising: Communicate the organization’s significant role in addressing student hunger, mobilizing external and internal stakeholders to rally around this shared vision. Collaborate with the Vice President of Communications and Manager of Development and Board of Directors in creating a culture of philanthropy through the stewardship of donors, equitable allocation of current resources, and solicitation of additional gifts to meet the organization’s growing need for capacity.
Program and Advocacy: Partner with the Director of Programs to continuously evolve, scale, and deepen the impact of Swipe Out Hunger programs. Support the Director of Advocacy in the development and outreach of Swipe Out Hunger advocacy campaigns. This includes the ongoing growth of the organization’s Hunger-Free Campus bill as outlined in the 2022-24 Strategic Plan
Operations, Finance, and Talent: Support the Director of Operations with internal team operations, financial management, hiring, and budgeting. Contribute and enhance the organizational culture described in Swipe Out Hunger’s values document.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

– Dedicated and energized by Swipe Out Hunger’s mission to end food insecurity for college students. Deeply understands that hunger is an intersectional issue and that our response must be holistic and responsive to the role that racism, income inequality, and other barriers to education play throughout a student’s pursuit of a degree. 
– 5+ years of experience managing full-time staff, including in a remote setting. 
– Enthusiastic about fundraising and experience stewarding individuals, foundations, or corporate partners.
– Experience as a nonprofit professional with progressive responsibilities. 
– Worked directly on the issues of poverty, hunger, or basic needs insecurity in higher education. 
– A people-centered leader who prioritizes relationships and brings together new and diverse partners around a shared mission. 
– Has a pulse on the higher education landscape and adapts and responds to the needs of students, colleges, and their communities.
– Ability and interest in public engagement. Comfort with speaking in front of groups ranging from students to corporate partners.
– Able to hold a bold vision while maintaining a focus on effective execution and being biased towards action.

IT’S A BONUS IF YOU HAVE…

– Experience writing, passing, or advocating for policy and legislative change, especially at the state level. 
– Created and scaled effective programs and worked on their evolution and iteration over the course of years.
– Spent time as a community organizer.
– Lived experience with food insecurity, accessing public benefits, or supporting others in enrolling in services like SNAP.

Four out of twelve staff live in Los Angeles, where the organization has historically had an office, and many funders and community members are present. While this role is remote, there will be regular travel to meet strategic goals.

BENEFITS AND PAID TIME OFF

Swipe Out Hunger provides a supportive benefits package, including 100% coverage for employees. This includes medical, dental, and vision benefits, 4% retirement matching after 6 months on the job, ample flex time, and a generous professional development and “work comfortably from home” stipend. 

Swipe Out Hunger has unlimited PTO, with an “as long as you get the job done, you control your schedule” philosophy, thus days out of the office are at the discretion of each employee. Many of the organization’s employees end up taking off a total of 15 workdays (3 weeks)/year.

Want to stay up to date on future positions at Swipe Out Hunger? Sign up for our newsletter!