City Fruit, a 5 year old non-profit located in Seattle, WA, is looking for its second Executive Director. City Fruit is an organization that promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate. We help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees. In 2012 City Fruit harvested over 18,000 pounds of fruit in three Seattle neighborhoods and delivered fruit to 32 organizations that serve low income residents of Seattle.
Moving forward City Fruit is looking to grow the organization and our programs and services. We are looking for an Executive Director that can help lead this growth while maintaining the quality and excellence of our work that City Fruit is known for.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for City Fruit’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.
- Ensure ongoing excellence of programs and initiatives, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems.
- Actively engage and energize City Fruit’s board members, committees, volunteers, partner organizations, and members.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors. Seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for City Fruit’s ongoing growth and operations.
- Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel. Ensure that job descriptions are developed and regular performance evaluations are held.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communications from web and social to external relations with the goal of building awareness and building a stronger brand.
- Market and brand the organization to create interest in the mission.
- Expand fundraising activities and revenue generation to support existing and expanded programs and services. This will be done through expansion of our memberships, events, grants, events, and other revenue streams.
- Utilize existing and new relationships to create new opportunities in support of City Fruit’s mission.
- Translate City Fruit’s mission into a short and long term strategy with clear and concrete action items.
- Design and lead the growth of City Fruit into other neighborhoods in Seattle and complete the strategic planning process for the expansion into these new areas.
- Identify new or revisions to existing programs and services and lead the planning process for this growth.
- Build and cultivate relationships and partnerships in expansion neighborhoods as well as with the city and state government to build awareness and support of City Fruit’s mission.
- A self-starter who is a quick study, strategic, and creative and analytical thinker.
- Passion for food equity and policy, social justice, and the urban harvest with an established network in Seattle.
- Track record of bringing revenue to an organization; creative fundraiser with a proven track record of grant procurement, capital campaigns, individual donors/memberships, planned giving, corporate sponsorships, and special events.
- Experience working with a small organization and a history of success with capacity building and growing an organization, ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator who knows how to engage audiences of varying sizes and interests in the business of the mission
- Strong marketing and public relations experience who is comfortable working with the press and public media representatives who will be a good spokesperson for City Fruit.
- History of building valuable partnerships with businesses, governments, and other non-profits.
- Knowledge of basic accounting protocols with the ability to review finances with the board and staff to build consensus around priorities and monitor ongoing expenditures.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
- Excellence in organizational management and a history of success in attracting and retaining talent and effectively managing a team. Experience managing AmeriCorps staff is a plus.
- Can commit to be with City Fruit for at least 2 years.
The position will be open until filled. Please contact Morgan Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to apply.