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Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Manager, Community Partnerships

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee


Job Summary

Manager, Community Partnerships will collaborate with Community Engagement, Corporate Engagement, and Marketing & Communications teams to raise awareness, engage the community, and fundraising. This position will manage the development, implementation, and coordination of food and fund drives as well as events and support Second Harvest’s community activations.

Job Responsibilities

Virtual Food Drives

  • Manage Second Harvest’s Virtual Food Drive Program
  • Actively seek out Virtual Food Drive opportunities and steward donors for retention.
  • Develop new partnerships and revenue streams.
  • Manage large Virtual Food Drives with Leadership Music, Meet Music City, etc.

Traditional Food Drives

  • Manage Second Harvest’s food drive program.
  • Collaborate with representatives and volunteers from other organizations, Partner Agencies, local media, and Second Harvest staff members to execute large-scale food and fund drives, including Nashville Predators Food Drive, Titans Food Drive, Nashville Soccer Club Food Drive, Food 2 Families, and Stamp Out Hunger and more.
  • Solicit, plan, coordinate, and implement community food drives with schools, corporate partners, faith communities, and individuals.
  • Provide monthly analysis of Food and Fund Drive donations. Manages donor records and properly records and acknowledges organizations and individuals participating in food and fund drives.
  • Attends and represents Second Harvest Food Bank at major food/fund drive events.
  • Manages on-site volunteers for Major Food Drives and coordinates with the Volunteer team to recruit and provide on-site support to volunteers.

Signature & Third Party Events

  • Manage Third-party & Community Partnership events to maximize funds, exposure, and increased affinity for the food bank and its mission. Support all special events including sponsorships, volunteer management, administrative support, data entry, and in-kind donations solicitation. For example – Generous Helpings, Ode to Otha, Stars for Second Harvest, and Dinner with a Purpose.
  • Research local and regional industry trends.
  • Support Director, of Community Engagement in managing event committees formed to help secure sponsors and participants.
  • Identify, develop, maintain, and strengthen relationships with civic, corporate, faith-based, educational, and other community partners to encourage collaboration, execute events, and enhance fundraising efforts.
  • Identify and cultivate beneficial corporate and community partnerships. Develop creative partnerships and innovate ways to bring in resources.

Community Engagement

  • Support Community Engagement outreach events to support Second Harvest’s strategic initiatives, programs, and Partner Agencies including, but not limited to, speaking engagements, facility tours, community fairs, and public events that result in increased awareness and engagement.
  • Provide support to the Director, of Community Engagement to further the productivity and scope of the department.  Assist with events and promotions as needed.
  • Provide leadership within the External Affairs staff to ensure high performance and maximize return on investment from peer-to-peer fundraising program.
  • Collaborate with the Corporate Partnerships team to develop relationships with corporate donors and outside organizations wishing to participate in Virtual Food Drives, Food Drives, and Event Sponsorships

Other duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Marketing or Communications

Experience: 3-5 years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills & Capabilities:

  • Strong communication skills, must be comfortable engaging in a variety of different communication modes (verbal, non-verbal, and written), and be attuned to others through active listening.
  • Proven track record of successful project implementation.
  • Demonstrated success in aptitude to monitor event planning timeline and progression. Ability to organize work set priorities, and exchange information efficiently. Must possess the ability to manage one’s own time.
  • Detail-oriented, ability to handle multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Organized with excellent time management skills.
  • Flexible and reliable team player. 
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Comfortable presenting in many settings to diverse audiences.
  • Proficiency and use of Microsoft Office and CRM software, such as Raiser’s Edge
  • Successful working both independently and cooperatively, exercising independent judgment and creativity.
  • Proven history of successful fundraising, project management, or community event planning.
  • Passionate about community service and working knowledge of non-profits.

Competencies: Coaching/Developing Others, Result Orientation and Execution, Quality improvement, Project Management

Other requirements: Our pre-hire process requires acceptable results from the following: professional reference feedback, criminal background, and Motor Vehicle Record. A current Driver’s License and automobile insurance are also required. Criminal backgrounds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis considering several factors (timing, frequency, severity, and job relation).

Additional Information


Work with a purpose: As one of Middle Tennessee’s largest nonprofits, our local hunger relief work is uniquely rewarding, hands-on, and solutions-oriented. We are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven, and focused on results. A career with Second Harvest ensures that you not only earn a paycheck but also help your local community through meaningful work. If you are passionate about serving your neighbors in need and are committed to our mission of ending hunger, we invite you to join our 120+ person team in the fight against hunger, as we work to achieve our vision of a hunger-free community.

Award-winning workplace: we are a best-in-class workplace because we are passionate and people-focused – we listen, respect, care, and challenge each other so that our neighbors can count on us. Our employees have identified us among The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces eight times based solely on employee surveys and feedback. We are invested in our team and offer frequent whole-person wellness opportunities through our Harvest Wellbeing Program. We focus on staff physical and mental health, financial empowerment, personal and professional development as well as social and community engagement. There is ample opportunity to be engaged, have a work-life balance, and grow with Second Harvest.

Compensation & Benefits: Second Harvest is proud to offer rich and affordable total compensation packages. Full-time employment includes 34+ days off, medical (employee-only is 100% employer paid), dental, vision, 403b retirement (up to 3% match, 5% base, length of service vesting), disability insurance (short and long term) and long-term care insurance.

DEIB & Equal Employment Opportunity: we celebrate and value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are intentionally working to diversify our team so that our employees reflect the diverse communities that we serve. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply! Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented and diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. We provide equal employment to all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristics.

How to Apply

Online: employment application on our website: secondharvestmidtn.org/job-opportunities. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with applications on the website as well.


  • Date Posted: January 27, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.