Job Summary

All Chapelwood staff members covenant to live by the Staff Values Covenant, which is formulated in the classic Wesleyan format of “do no harm,” “do good,” and “stay in love with God.”

The Food Pantry Director is responsible for the management and leadership of the food pantry located on the Fair Haven United Methodist Church campus. This includes fiscal accountability, personnel/volunteer management, resource development (grant writing, in-kind, and cash donations), operations management, nutrition education, and compliance with the Harris County Health Department and Houston Food Bank, grant requirements, and policies and procedures.

Operations Management:

Develop/administer policies and procedures. Manage the food pantry program and report regularly to the Director of Serving Ministries and Fair Haven Pastor on program results and use of resources.

Oversee all support systems, including client databases, inventory management, financial management, and other information pertinent to the operation of the program.

Ensure sufficient food is secured (via purchases or donations) to fulfill the requirements of the various food assistance services.

Nutrition Education:

Address food insecurity and hunger by using USDA and Houston Food Bank’s Nutrition Education department materials and guidelines to achieve nutritional and sustainability goals.

Organize classes in nutrition, meal preparation and budgeting which are taught in collaboration with community partners.

Personnel/Volunteer Management:

Manage an effective and efficient volunteer-driven program to efficiently and effectively deliver services.

Execute entrepreneurial and focused thinking by continually motivating and organizing people and projects with limited resources.

Assure proper direction, supervision, and recognition of volunteers and/or personnel.


Continually evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the program and recommend/implement change and improvements as appropriate.

Ensure proper inspection, handling, storage and distribution, and accounting of all products in accordance with Houston Food Bank and Harris County Health Department.

Prepare/track service data for performance accountability reports.

Work with Director of Serving Ministries and community partners such as MAM and other appropriate partners to identify needs for program growth and/or development to further the mission of the food pantry program.

Financial Management:

Provide the Director of Serving Ministries and Fair Haven Community Pastor with reliable and timely information about program fiscal matters.

Ensure all financial records of program are consistent with general accepted accounting principles.

Monitor and report trends of food donations.

Resource Development/Grant Writing:

Develop proposals by assembling information including project nature, objectives /outcomes/ deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, budget and evaluation.

Gather documentation and fulfill necessary requirement of various funding bodies such as government department, corporation, foundation or trust to formally seek funding on behalf of the food pantry.

The successful candidate will offer the best fit among our 3-C’s of hiring: Competence, Character, and Culture.


Required Skills/Abilities

Job requires ability to hear, talk; strong writing skills, analytical, conceptual, problem solving and decision-making skills, supervisory skills.

Equipment Used:

Telephone, computer, copier, pallet jack and forklift

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Ability to lift approximately forty pounds. Stooping and bending is required.

Work is carried out in a controlled, agreeable environment as generally represented by normal office conditions. Supervision of volunteers in warehouse and outdoors is required.


Require contact by telephone, written communication and personal contact with staff, volunteers, clients, grantors, and other professionals in the community.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree.

Three years’ experience in food services, nonprofit management or business management.

Demonstrate organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and accurately.

Strong/verbal written skills and ability to work with a diverse population of staff, clients, and volunteers.

Ability to maintain confidential client information.

Knowledge of community resources is a plus, but not required.

Demonstrate computer skills. Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and Internet applications.

Ability to speak Spanish preferred. 

Accountable to

Director of Serving Ministries, Suzanne Harter

Fair Haven Pastor, Rev. Andy Cunningham


1. Is a deeply committed Christian, who lives out his/her faith through actions and words

2. Has a passion to grow in faith and for others to know Christ

3. Is trustworthy, with the ability to create a safe place for others, and dependable

4. Is teachable

5. Is confident in beliefs and self

6. Is a member of or is willing to become a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church


1. Enjoys working as a self-motivated member of a dynamic and fast-paced creative team, with the ability to adapt well and handle constant change and challenges

2. Is able to build strong relationships with others

3. Fulfills the expectations of the staff as outlined in the Chapelwood UMC “Staff Values Covenant” (expected behaviors) and the “Staff Responsibilities Covenant” (core responsibilities). This includes being able to demonstrate and communicate the vision of the church.

4. Values empowering and then working alongside lay core teams


Chapelwood offers a competitive compensation package of salary and excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision, retirement) commensurate with education and work experience. Particulars of compensation will be worked out with the successful candidate upon satisfactory completion of financial and criminal background checks.

If you think God might be calling you to this position, contact: