Website ReFED

Location: Remote, U.S.


The Executive Director (“ED”) as currently being specified is a new position at ReFED, created to advance management excellence of the organization’s administration and operations to keep pace with the exciting growth. As a result of recent rapid growth, a significant increase in funding, and the organization’s evolutional trajectory, building the infrastructure for the organization, and its departments and functional areas, is required.ReFED is at an inflection point that requires operational and administrative expertise to adapt to and further prepare to expand its reach and impact. The successful executive candidate will have the opportunity to take this financially strong and highly regarded organization to the next level of performance and scale. As ReFED continues its growth and impact, the Executive Director will play a key role by serving as a business leader providing organizational leadership to execute the strategic plan and ensure operational excellence. The Executive Director will be a trusted member of the leadership team with direct oversight of administration, operations, and programs as well as a contributor to the strategic vision, strategic plan, and external activities of ReFED.


  • Programs — Oversee programmatic areas and lead program support, ensuring that operational and administrative processes optimize programmatic deliverables and services.
  • Strategic executive leadership — Provide organizational leadership; oversee execution of strategic plan and annual objectives; identify complex issues and break down into structured frameworks to prepare for continued growth; create and implement a roadmap to provide best practices in operations, systems, structure, and resources; manage staff support for the Board and serve as key Board-Staff Liaison.
  • Operations leadership and management – Strategic and tactical leadership and management of organizational operations; identify and implement efficiencies in operational areas; optimize processes and introduce systems and, when appropriate, automate repetitive tasks to achieve greater efficiencies.
  • Organizational administration — Oversight of administrative functions including finance and human resources; manage an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, and assurance of high-quality organizational outputs; ensure effective internal communications throughout the organization; introduce systems and use of technology whenever possible to ease administrative burden to staff.
  • Communications — Bring strategy, structure, and efficiency to external communications.
  • People and culture management — Oversee recruitment and professional development of staff; provide guidance, support, productivity accountability and professional training.
  • Fundraising/development — Participate in fundraising opportunities in a support role while learning the
    donors, structure of fundraising, dollar mix of revenue, and other important aspects of the
    organization’s funding.


  • Experience as a nonprofit or for-profit leader with knowledge, expertise, and experience in a leadership role in scaling and growing an organization.
  • A background that includes leadership in an organization in transition.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience leading and managing a diverse, high caliber, and highly collaborative team, including some operational or administrative components.
  • Demonstrated track record of managing organizational culture change, especially in organizations with a diverse staff (age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography) and a hybrid work style.
  • A passion for ReFED’s mission, and aligned values with the institution, is essential; however, previous food systems experience is not required.
  • Minimum of significant exposure to the nonprofit environment and sector via Board participation, if not employment.
  • Fluency in nonprofit finance, compliance, and legal matters strongly preferred.
  • Strong background in Human Resources with DEI experience strongly preferred.

Education: Undergraduate degree in relevant field required; advanced degree highly preferred. Well-qualified candidates with equivalent experience will be considered

The successful candidate will be: 

  • Passionate about ReFED’s mission and vision.
  • Effective at managing up, down, and across the organization; empowering staff while upholding appropriate accountability. Adaptable, accessible, flexible, inclusive, and collaborative with colleagues. Equally comfortable with high level strategy and in-the-weeds execution.
  • Leader in style and practice, inspiring adherence to a standard of excellence and to professional best practices and protocols.
  • Decisive – able to make both decisions that are complex, as well as decisions based on limited information. Able to discern when autonomy is necessary and when intervention is required, administratively savvy and adept.
  • An excellent communicator both internally and externally – clear, transparent, inspirational, compelling. Direct, candid, honest and well versed in constructive conflict resolution. Intellectually curious, an active listener.
  • Appreciative of and adept at working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A natural problem solver and solution seeker when confronted by challenges or obstacles.
  • Confident and mature with high emotional intelligence (“EQ”) who can work well with diverse internal colleagues and a variety of stakeholders.
  • A strategic risk taker and self-starter, able to take the initiative in moving the work forward.
  • Science and data driven, valuing and respecting “the numbers.”
  • Respectful of ReFED’s history and track record for high quality work while engendering future success
    via creativity, innovation, and patience.

The successful candidate will possess: 

  • The ability to forge strong working relationships internally and externally, able to quickly develop trusting relationships across the organization, one who is viewed as a dependable thought partner.
  • Exceptional operational, analytic, and problem-solving skills, and therefore excellent operational and systems knowledge.
  • A growth mindset as well as the intelligence, intellectual range, and compassion necessary to be successful in a strategic leadership role. These qualities should come with varied and wise experience managing organizational growth and scale.
  • People management experience promoting staff members’ best performance, knowledge of management best practices, and awareness of professional development resources.
  • Strategic listening skills coupled with the ability to make decisions.
  • Social and managerial skills to build a team, work across the organization, motivate staff and collaborate with colleagues.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills; ability to foster cooperation and support among staff without direct authority; well developed “soft influence” powers.
  • Advanced organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust
    to multiple demands.

It is not necessary to meet all the criteria above to apply and be considered for this critical position.

Application instructions: To initiate consideration for this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter, speaking to your qualifications as per this Position Specification, to the Carlson Beck representatives below.
For additional information regarding this opportunity, please contact:

Sally Carlson, Managing Partner, 415.203.5259 mobile,

Claire LeTard, Principal, 985.773.3326 direct,

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