GRuB’s mission is to grow healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead, and thrive. We envision an equitable world where we are all nourished by healthy relationships, resilient community, and good food. We are located in Olympia, Washington, where we have a two-acre urban farm and a community-centered farmhouse, and we lease a 10,000 square foot garden space in the City of Lacey from the Thurston County Food Bank. GRuB provides direct services to people in Thurston County, and we partner with many agencies throughout the South Sound for off-site programming. We also provide training, coaching , and technical assistance to organizations throughout the northwest as well as nationally.

The Executive Director (E.D.) will report to an engaged Board of Directors and will be supported by a passionate team of community educators and organizers. The chosen candidate will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the staff, program, partnerships, fundraising and fulfillment of the organization’s mission through each program area. The E.D. is the chief executive and decision maker for GRuB and is responsible for implementing the shared vision with our passionate, dedicated staff team.

‍Candidates should have five years of experience as a senior leader in a nonprofit or public organization and professional experience with strategic planning, fund development, financial management, systems thinking, organizational development, anti-oppression work, personnel management, and reporting to a Board of Directors. Equivalent experiences and transferable skills will be considered. Candidates should also have strong communication skills including written, oral, and interpersonal.

‍The ideal candidate

—Has firm roots in a leadership framework based on social justice.

—Models cultural humility, effective facilitation, & conversational leadership for the staff team & community.

—Is a systems thinker who demonstrates initiative and creativity in responding to opportunities & challenges.

—Encourages collaboration, clear communication, and leadership at every level among staff and stakeholders.

—Approaches organizational development and social change with curiosity, experience, and innovation.

—Enjoys the spectrum of fund development from grassroots to grants to the cultivation of major donors.

—Is excited by the challenge of implementing alternative organizational structures.

—Has additional experience in any of the following: non-traditional organizational structure, change management, veteran services, youth development, food systems, food sovereignty, tribal government, community development, and/or public health.

—Has a great sense of humor and a love of good food!

This position is full time and based in Olympia, WA. GRuB provides health insurance (medical, dental, & vision), paid leave, and an annual salary up to $68,000.

How to Apply:

The priority application deadline is October 22, 2018 at 9AM (Pacific time zone). For more information, please visit this link: full position description(link is external). Application download can be found here: