The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leadership and strategy for CG, ensuring that programming meets the organizational mission and is working to achieve its vision. Reporting to the Advisory Board (AB) and Tides Center (CG’s fiscal sponsor) the ED maintains operational responsibility for CommunityGrows’ staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED must develop and maintain deep knowledge of the youth development, environmental education and environmental and food justice fields, and the core programs, operations, and strategic plans of CommunityGrows. The ED promotes community building in relation to the mission of CG.
The ideal candidate is someone with a passion for environmental and food justice. They understand that outdoor-based education is a source of joy and healing. They interrogate and lift up the structural inequities like racism, classism and ageism that the communities we work with experience and appreciate how our programs help support young people to navigate and challenge those injustices. The ideal candidate is great at team building and supporting staff. They are experienced fundraisers and financial managers. They are from San Francisco and are familiar with the Western Addition/Fillmore and/or Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods. The ideal candidate does not have to have everything listed in this job description, but they are willing and excited to collaborate and learn.
-Provide organization leadership including strategic planning to ensure vision and mission is consistent in programming, policies and structures
-Develop and manage the fundraising plan, including writing grants and engaging donors and government funders
-Create a safe and inclusive space for all staff to feel supported and valued, including supporting staff in saying no when needed and prioritizing self care
-Prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion within all aspects of programming and organizational policies, procedures and practices. In particular, ensure that work is intentionally approached and evaluated through an intersectional lens that examines the power and privilege of staff, youth, and partners.
-Develop, maintain, and support a strong AB; maintain regular communication with AB and committee chairs, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations
-Ensure effective systems to track data and effectively communicate progress to the staff, AB, constituents, and funders in line with their requirements; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
-Work with the staff, Tides, and the AB in preparing and managing yearly budget; has final responsibility to assure that CG operates within budget guidelines and is compliant with federal, state and local regulations and reporting requirements
-Oversee and manage the recruitment and retention of AB members, including identifying strengths and skills of Advisory Board members and supports their varied contributions to the mission
-Represent the mission, values and vision of CG to agencies, organizations, and the general public
-Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
-Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
-Ability to juggle multiple projects and prioritize
-Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
-Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
-Grant writing skills
-Excellent fiscal management skills and experience
-Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and culture
-Knowledge of, and experience with, environmental justice, food justice or equity issues
-Must possess a valid CA driver’s license.
-MBA, MA or higher (or equivalent lived experience) in nonprofit management and/or organizational development
-At least 2 years in nonprofit management, program management or organizational development
-At least 2 years in fundraising development and grant writing
-Successful management of an organizational budget over $400K
-Knowledge of WordPress and Salesforce
-Proficient in Spanish
-Experience working or living in Western Addition, Fillmore and/or Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the hope of the new ED starting April 1st.