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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $75,000 - $94,000
  • Organization Type: Other

Operation Food Search

About Operation Food Search:

Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search is a hunger relief organization that provides food, nutrition education and innovative programs in order to reduce food insecurity and increase equitable access to food. We serve 200,000 people every month through a network of 330 partners in 40 counties in Missouri and Illinois. We use a combination of immediate food assistance and supportive services, while also working on long-term solutions and systemic changes to help solve the problem of hunger.

Our Mission is to heal hunger with innovative and collaborative solutions that provide food today and help create a hunger-free tomorrow.

Our Vision is a region where everyone has equitable access to the food they need to lead healthy lives.

Our Goals are to:

  • Meet the immediate need for food for children, individuals and families by providing high-quality nutrition through our distribution network.
  • Empower long-term skills through nutrition education and by teaching how to shop and prepare healthy food on a budget.
  • Champion change through advocacy, innovative programs and by addressing systemic inequities.

For more information about OFS, please visit our website at

Position Summary:

Operation Food Search is looking for a passionate and experienced fundraiser who loves connecting donors to mission and community impact. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development will play a key role in the annual fundraising efforts. With a particular focus on working with individual donors throughout the giving cycle, the Director of Development will manage a complex direct response and stewardship program and a portfolio of individual donors. The Director of Development will also contribute to endowment and legacy giving efforts. This position will lead and support a strong staff team, including the Special Events Manager, the Volunteer & Food Drive Manager, and the Development Coordinator.

Essential Functions:

  • Engage a community of supporters who care about solving hunger.
  • Provide supervisory oversight of special events, volunteers, food drives, donor stewardship, and data integrity.
  • With the Chief Development Officer, develop fundraising strategy, annual plans, and budgets.
  • Serve as the primary relationship and project manager for OFS’s direct response program, including print and digital.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new and current major gift donors.
  • Learn the individual passions and motivations of donors and create a customized, personal approach to every donor interaction.
  • Approach donor strategy with the longevity of the organization as well as the donor’s immediate intent in mind, integrating planned, endowment, and long-term stewardship plans as part of the solicitation and cultivation process.
  • Record donor interactions, relationships, and other relevant information in Donor Perfect.
  • Help define and enhance departmental procedures.
  • Lead donor cultivation and stewardship events as needed.
  • Participate in endowment and capital campaigns and legacy giving as needed.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required
  • 7-10 years of professional experience in fundraising
  • 2-3 years of supervisory experience
  • CFRE is a strong plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion for OFS’s hunger relief mission
  • Goal focused, energetic professional with a track record of building strong donor relationships
  • Experience leading a strong, effective staff team
  • Excellent communication skills and a drive to consistently exceed donor expectations
  • Strong computer skills with MS Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Teams
  • Knowledge of Donor Perfect or other CRM systems
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced non-profit environment

Special Requirements:

  • Occasional travel required for meetings, events, and conferences
  • Flexibility in working hours for occasional special events after-hours or weekend activities
  • Willingness to volunteer for other OFS duties that don’t fall under regular job duties

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

Sedentary inside office work with limited exposure to weather conditions
Benefits – FT Positions

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • HRA and FSA
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Vacation and sick time, paid holidays
  • Short and long-term disability income
  • Company paid term life and AD&D insurance
  • Voluntary employee paid term life and AD&D insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Wellness support
  • Potential for student loan forgiveness, if qualified

To Apply: Please submit your application and include your resume AND cover letter at

Location: 1644 Lotsie Blvd., Overland, MO 63132

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.