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Chief Executive Officer

No More Empty Pots


Job title:
Chief Executive Officer

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Job description:

The President & CEO leads No More Empty Pots (NMEP) and its staff in a manner that accomplishes and progresses No More Empty Pots’ mission: to connect individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security, and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for No More Empty Pots’ programming, services, fundraising, expansion, and execution of its mission. The President & CEO will be the administrative head of the organization.

Areas of responsibility include planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, personnel, and fiscal management. This is a full-time position, hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Directors through its elected Board chair.

As a leader and people manager, the No More Empty Pots’ Values of Education, Stewardship, and Sustainability will guide your decisions. You will listen, learn and serve your team members. You will enable your team to deliver superior business results by constantly learning, reinventing and challenging yourself to do better.

You will inspire people to achieve things they never thought possible. To succeed, you must be able to:
Deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day
Serve others with understanding, respect, and care
Operate with simplicity, clarity, and transparency
Deal with and drive change
Organize, prioritize, and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines
Learn and apply new technology, and share your knowledge with others
Above all, you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, and compliance in a safe, environmentally responsible and efficient manner. Your responsibilities:

Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
Actively engage and energize NMEP’s volunteers, Board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and donors
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout
Lead, coach, develop, and retain NMEP’s high-performance senior management team
Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders and other constituents
Work with senior leadership to recruit, retain and lead quality staff
Establish evaluation processes for the continued growth of staff

Expand local revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the donors, and political and community leaders

Develop, recommend, and monitor annual and other budgets
Ensure effective audit trails
Approve expenditures
Provide for proper fiscal record-keeping and reporting
Submit monthly financial statements to the board of directors
Ensure the timely preparation and submission of grant applications and funding proposals as appropriate

Develop a strategic plan for NMEP’s development with the Board of Directors and input from all directors
Maintain the strategic plan for NMEP that includes annual programming that supports this plan, updating as needed
Assist the Board chair in planning the agenda and materials for Board meetings
Initiate and assist in developing policy recommendations and in setting priorities
Facilitate the orientation of new Board members
Work with the Board to raise funds from the community
Support and partner with Board committees as appropriate

The President & CEO will be thoroughly committed to NMEP’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Specific requirements include:
Advanced degree in a related field or 10 years of experience
At least 7-10 years of senior management experience
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
Experience in grant writing or application process
Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
(Preferred) Track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a community development-based organization and staff with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
Follows through on commitments
Is seen as direct and truthful
Keeps confidences
Practices what he/she preaches
Shows consistency between words and actions

Drives Vision & Purpose: Painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action
Talks about future possibilities in a positive way
Creates milestones and symbols to rally support behind the vision
Articulates the vision in a way everyone can relate to
Creates organization-wide energy and optimism for the future
Shows personal commitment to the vision

Plans & Aligns: Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals
Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals
Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions
Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules
Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans

Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels
Attentively listens to others
Adjusts to fit the audience and the message
Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization
Encourages the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions

Drives Engagement: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives
Structures the work so it aligns with people’s goals and motivators
Empowers others
Makes each person feel his/her contributions are important
Invites input and shares ownership and visibility
Shoes a clear connection between people’s motivators and the organizational goals

Demonstrates Self-Awareness: Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses
Reflects on activities and impact on others
Proactively seeks feedback without being defensive
Is open to criticism and talking about shortcomings
Admits mistakes and gains insight from experiences
Knows strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits

Send a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references with “President & CEO” in the subject line to

$130K – $155K

Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation leave, resources to support professional development, and a flexible work environment.

The employee must be able to use a computer and perform routine office and clerical tasks. Ability to type from written material, read from a computer monitor and engage in video conferencing is required.

The President & CEO is a full-time permanent position. NMEP’s office hours are generally from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flexible scheduling is allowed. The employee should expect to lead or participate in programs and stakeholder meetings that occur before or after office hours, and on the weekends.

Limited, occasional travel related to relevant industry conferences or events needing NMEP leadership representation.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

No More Empty Pots is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate in its employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or the delivery of programs or services, based on race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or based on disability if the employee can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

At No More Empty Pots, everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members, and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs.
We are proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression; physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristics protected by law or not.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of No More Empty Pots.

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Posted on:
October 13, 2023

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