Executive Director

Location Austin, TX 78702
Date Posted August 05, 2023
Job ID 10464
Employment Type Direct Hire
Scion Nonprofit Search has been retained to conduct a search for a creative Executive Director on behalf of our incredible client, Urban Roots, a local nonprofit that works to create a thriving food system cultivated by youth and community. The incoming Executive Director will act as the CEO and lead this dedicated organization in its efforts to achieve food equity in vibrant Austin, Texas! 

Urban Roots envisions a thriving food system cultivated by youth and community members that is sustainable, equitable, and just. To achieve that vision, the organization works with youth leaders to grow fresh food and build a community dedicated to achieving food equity. Urban Roots provides paid learning opportunities for teens and young adults that focus not only on farming, but also on their growth as leaders and agents of change.

The only farm-based youth leadership organization in Austin, Urban Roots began in 2008 with fifteen teenagers and one field. It became an independent nonprofit in 2011 and has two urban farms, one in East and one in South Austin. To learn more about the organization, please visit

Urban Roots is seeking a passionate and versatile Executive Director (ED) who will model and promote collaboration and respect among colleagues, clients, volunteers, and community members. In addition to their primary Position Responsibilities, the ED will oversee key projects and systems. These include the buildout of a farm through a $9M multi-year growth campaign and the management of their Leadership Team which creates an equitable environment for staff that centers on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), and food equity. This role will work closely with the Board of Directors as well as with and in the management of the Leadership Team.

The Executive Director position will oversee all aspects of the organization’s youth, community engagement, and food access work, and is responsible for the financial viability of the organization. In addition to ensuring strong systems for staff supervision and leadership development, the ED will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization, lead the development of strategic plans, and will be responsible for evaluating and planning the cost, effectiveness, and mission fit of program activities.

Essential job functions will center around the following priorities: achieving the organization’s mission, management and support of the Board of Directors, strategic organizational development, staff management, fundraising and development, financial management, community outreach, public relations, and marketing.

  • Working closely with the Board of Directors and staff, the ED is responsible for ensuring that policies and practices around all programs and access areas are designed, implemented, and regularly evaluated for mission, values, and policy alignment.
  • Assist the Board in meeting their fiduciary and governance responsibilities.
  • Present appropriate and timely reports to the Board on the status of the organization and its goals.
  • Recruit members and oversee training and annual retreats for the Board.
  • Provide leadership to articulate and develop the organization’s vision, mission, long-range goals, and key policies.
  • Ensure the proactive and continuous assessment of the organization and oversees major infrastructure growth projects.
  • Responsible for effective organizational systems and developing appropriate internal systems, processes, and controls that support a positive organizational culture.
  • Lead the Director-level staff in guiding the organization’s short- and long-term strategic direction and is responsible for ensuring the organization reaches its FY23-26 Strategic Plan goals.
  • Provide regular and ongoing supervision to the Program Director, Development Director, Finance and Operations Director, and Communications Director.
  • Serve as the lead fundraiser for major gifts and oversee any capital fundraising campaigns.
  • In conjunction with committee directors, participate in the creation and execution of the development plan and fundraising goals, using multiple strategies including grants, major gifts, corporate gifts, and events.
  • Working with the Finance Committee and key staff members, develop the annual operating budget for Board approval, and monitor the financial well-being of the organization.
  • Serve as the organization's primary spokesperson, and model and promote collaborative and respectful relationships with and among Board members, staff, clients, volunteers, neighbors, and others in the community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition to offering a competitive base salary of $130,000 to $140,000, benefits include Health, vision, and dental insurance, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance, 15 observed holidays, 15 days of PTO each year, and up to 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave. This is a full-time hybrid position located in Austin, Texas.

For immediate consideration please provide your resume and cover letter, sharing more about your experience and interest in this role via

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