The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh, NC, based non-profit that reuses and repurposes donated furnishings to create sustainable homes for people coming out of homelessness, crisis, or disaster, seeks a new CEO. The Board and staff are searching for a leader who brings passion, vision, and strategic leadership to guide the next phase of The Green Chair Project’s remarkable growth. The new leader will need to understand that The Green Chair Project is much more than a typical furniture bank, be a strong advocate for its mission - furnishing homes, changing lives - and affirm that lives are truly changed when families and individuals are nurtured and sustained in well-equipped homes.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
- Work with the Board of Directors and senior staff to create and implement a new strategic plan that focuses on: (1) sustaining and/or expanding services; (2) strengthening relationships with The Green Chair Project’s multiple programming partners; and (3) building and maintaining a functionally efficient organization.
- Provide consistent leadership that fosters team building, staff development, and a professional and collaborative corporate culture.
- Exemplify The Green Chair Project’s core values through leadership, consistent management practices, and data-driven decision-making.
- Enhance The Green Chair Project’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of the organization’s internal and external operations.
- Provide leadership that reflects the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and ethical conduct.
- Build and foster positive relationships with donors, 9local business, government, philanthropic, and foundation leaders to support The Green Chair Project’s programs.
- Seek out innovative partnerships with human service nonprofit and government agencies to meet the ever-increasing needs of its target clientele.
- Ensure that all contractual deliverables are achieved, and that transparency and accountability are central to partner relationships.
- Serve as the chief liaison with partner agencies.
- Represent The Green Chair Project in the community, serving as the primary spokesperson with an ability to motivate diverse audiences such as corporate executives, government officials, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and community groups.
Financial Resource Development
- Oversee revenue development initiatives designed to diversify and grow revenue streams that support, sustain, and grow programs and operational capacity.
- Leverage and cultivate relationships that create opportunities to strengthen the organization’s long-term sustainability.
- Identify new revenue sources through creative partnerships and business development opportunities.
- Make key donor calls.
Budgetary and Operational Oversight
- In consultation with the COO and Board finance and executive committees, develop a realistic annual operating budget and monitor performance to ensure long-term financial viability of the organization.
- Make sound financial decisions and program recommendations based on an in-depth understanding of the organization's overall financial position.
- Ensure the best use of operating capital to achieve the overall mission.
Board of Directors
- Maintain a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
- Support the Board in its recruitment of diverse, highly qualified members, in its financial development initiatives, and in its ongoing committee work.
- Facilitate and serve as a resource for any Board-driven short or long-range planning initiatives.
- Encourage quality engagement through committee work designed to leverage the skills and experiences of all Board members.
- Provide regular and concise reports to the Board to ensure a transparent flow of operating and financial information.
Talent and Leadership Development
- Maintain an organizational culture that rewards initiative, creativity, and a willingness to lead and take responsibility for actions.
- Oversee and promote growth in senior leadership positions, establish individual goals, and review performance on a regular basis.
- Recruit and retain top talent and the next generation of leaders.
- Create an environment encouraging healthy communication within and across departments and make team-building a priority.
- Set clear expectations, build trust, and empower staff to make and be accountable for decision-making as a part of their responsibilities.
- Identify tools and resources to best develop staff and lead by example through teaching, mentoring, and knowledge sharing.
- Maintain an organizational structure that cost-effectively serves families in need and that fulfills the expectations of The Green Chair Project’s partner agencies.
- Ensure that the volunteer pool is diverse and inclusive and that the volunteer experience is rewarding.
- Ten years of progressive executive leadership experience within a client-focused, service delivery nonprofit organization or in the corporate community.
- Proven track record in financial resource development, successfully cultivating and soliciting major contributions/grants, growing earned revenue, and leading organizations to financial success.
- Working knowledge of available community resources, with the ability to make connections and partner with other nonprofit organizations and civic leaders and identify resources to fulfill the organization’s strategic objectives.
- Experience in negotiation and collaboration, skill in developing and maintaining effective partnerships and an understanding of and commitment to community-based collaboration.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a motivated and talented team.
- Significant fiscal management acumen.
- Broad understanding of the region’s human service delivery systems, both public and voluntary.
- An appreciation of the importance of interior design in achieving desired programmatic impacts.
- A commitment to social justice and passion for transforming people’s lives.
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of skills and experience.
● Talented communicator and collaborator
● Strategic thinker with vision and goal orientation
● Entrepreneurial skills
● Proven decision-making abilities
● Interpersonal skills
● Employee development/coaching
● Negotiation/conflict resolution
● Change management
● Time, team, and priority management
● Understanding and appreciating others
The Board of The Green Chair Project is committed to attracting and retaining an outstanding CEO through a comprehensive package that includes a salary range of $150,000-$175,000 and an employee benefits package that includes health, long-term and short-term disability, a flexible spending account for dependent care and medical expenses, parental and caregiver leave, holidays, and paid time off. A 401K retirement plan is available from the first day of employment, and The Green Chair Project matches up to 3% after 90 days of full-time employment.
In one document, please submit a cover letter, resume, and how you found out about the position. Candidates are encouraged to submit an application before June 30, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning June 1 and accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is fall 2023.
Send applications via email to:
Search Co-Chairs Charles Royal and Vicky Serany