VP, Strategy, Planning & Global Governance

Food for the Hungry
  • Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

The Vice President, Strategy, Planning and Global Governance is responsible for ensuring that Food for the Hungry (FH) thinks and acts strategically at all times and is designed to operate as a truly global organization. The VP will lead and/or support four critical areas for the organization: Strategy formulation, planning, organizational alignment and performance, and global governance.

Specifically, the VP will partner with the CEO to ask the right strategic questions; design the most promising strategic direction and pathways forward; build the operating plans to translate the strategy into action; measure organizational performance and enable it to make appropriate, and timely adjustments. In addition, the role will partner with the CEO and the Board to design, build and animate a global governance ecosystem to allow FH to operate as a modern, global organization.

Principal Responsibilities

Spiritual Leadership

  • Promote, model and safeguard our Christian, biblically based, integrated and relational approach in all we do.
  • Promote and support the organization’s understanding of and alignment with the FH Heartbeat at every level and across all structures and functional areas.
  • Continue professional growth as a leader by offering absolute candor, seeking the input of others, admitting when mistakes are made, initiating reconciliation when wrongs are committed, and being accountable to others.


  • Support and steward a “Heartbeat” culture which is embraced and lived throughout the organization.
  • In collaboration with senior leadership, promote the mindsets, skillsets, and behaviors that make up a rewarding, empowering culture that allows staff to be the best version of themselves and that promotes shared success and mission impact.
  • Ensure that our strategy and plans reflect and amplify our culture.
  • Support and promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace and environment.
  • Promote, empower and reward a rigorous and performance-based culture.


  • Ensure the organization thinks and acts strategically at all times, has organizational strategic alignment across all business and support units, and a compelling value proposition and business model.
  • Lead the organization in identifying and setting the strategic direction to position FH to best achieve its vision, make an impact and differentiate itself.
  • Lead in the definition and articulation of our core value proposition.
  • Lead in developing and incrementally improving a compelling business model centered on creating value for those we serve in a sustainable way.
  • Ensure the organization pursues the right balance between incremental improvement of core business, and disruptive, transformational innovation.
  • Lead other strategic initiatives to better support the people we serve.
  • Ensure Board, staff (including from the field), shareholders and external stakeholders are adequately consulted and integrated into strategic initiatives.


  • Ensure the organization effectively translates strategy to action and adjusts in a timely way to achieve our vision and mission.
  • Provide an effective planning framework, tools, practices and mechanisms to leverage efforts across the entire organization and align actions to intended results.
  • Orchestrate and oversee the enterprise wide planning function, including identification of objectives and key results, measurement and review of progress towards objectives, cross organizational learning and improvement.

Organizational Performance

  • Ensure the organization sets ambitious but achievable targets, measures and communicates its performance to internal and external stakeholders, and incrementally improves.
  • Develop and put in place an enterprise-wide tool to measure and evaluate our progress, strategic alignment and performance (like the Balanced Scorecard).
  • Ensure the organization regularly reviews and evaluates its performance across all business and support units, and makes adjustments as necessary either to our strategy, plans or actions.


  • Help and support positioning FH as a leader in our sector for innovation.
  • Create a framework for innovation to better support the people we serve.
  • Support the introduction and measurement of “signature programs” and other relevant strategic/innovation initiatives.

Global Governance

  • Explore, design and help build an inclusive global governance ecosystem that acts as a modality for development and mission realization, not just an administrative organizing framework.
  • Support Global governance units towards more effective integrated organizational operations.
  • Find ways to empower those we serve so that they become shareholders, and not merely recipients or participants in our work.
  • Explore, design and help make FH a truly “wholly local/wholly global organization”.
  • Support the effective engagement of FH Board of Directors, and or any other global opportunities and/or councils that might be created.Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 15+ years with bachelor's or equivalent; with at least several years in a global organization.
  • Cross-cultural living and working experience highly desired.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and work experience.
  • Advanced studies in political science, business, philosophy, economics, development would be helpful.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Spiritual well-being: Demonstrated personal Christian commitment to serving those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in our Heartbeat.
  • Strategic Leadership: Demonstrated experience working in leadership positions.
  • Relational skills: Able to understand, appreciate and effectively communicate with people from different cultures, diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and make them feel welcome, included and valued. Demonstrated appreciation for and familiarity with a relational style of work and management.
  • Communication: Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Integrity: Ability to lead with integrity, candor, honesty and sensitivity.
  • Well-being: Experience developing and supporting individual and departmental well-being and positive employee engagement.
  • Managing change: Substantial proven ability in successfully managing and leading organizational development and change, including culture change and ambiguity.
  • Diversity and inclusion: Substantial experience with leading, promoting and working in a diverse, inclusive, cross-cultural environment.
  • Organizational skills: Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate the efficient flow of projects and processes.
  • Analysis: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Travel: Ability to travel up to 20% of time domestically and internationally, to fragile contexts, countries and/or locations.

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