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Executive Director

NC Partnership for Child Nutrition



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1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27604


Career Level:



Job Type:

Full-time, flexible


Salary Range:

70,000-85,000 based on experience.


About NC Partnership for Child Nutrition (NCPCN):

NCPCN seeks to enable healthy outcomes by ensuring every child chooses to have a nutritious meal at school. NCPCN strives for every stakeholder to eat breakfast and lunch at school, thus building community through food, fostering protective childhood experiences, and ensuring all students are ready to learn.


NCPCN’s long term goal is to create an environment where every student, teacher and administrator eats lunch at school.  This can only be accomplished by providing a school lunch that meets the expectations of its customers.  NCPCN, as its first action, has commissioned a review of best practices by the Food Insight Group (FIG).  The review will look at successful programs across the country to understand the key processes and plans that are being used to reach success.  FIG will deliver a white paper which will be used to inform NCPCN on potential road maps as it works closely with Public School Systems. NCPCN’s objective is to provide support to child nutrition services departments and to be a focal point to gather information and resources from external entities, partner organizations and the community. 


NCPCN is a start-up nonprofit organization working to launch its pilot program and scale its fundraising efforts in 2019-2020. The Executive Director will work alongside an engaged Board of Directors to build core program offerings and sustain early fundraising success in a creative, flexible, and innovative space.


The Position:

NCPCN seeks an Executive Director with strong program design and management, facilitation, partnership development, and public speaking skills. The Executive Director should utilize his/her/their creativity to lead and co-develop NCPCN initial pilot alongside the Board of Directors and research partners (FIG). This position will support ongoing fundraising efforts and plan for future fundraising and development opportunities with additional support as needed.


The Executive Director will help NCPCN scale its impact and develop avenues for partnership and expansion. This position requires working within existing systems and infrastructure such as the Wake County School System and its Child Nutrition Services program. Additionally, this role requires partnership and consensus-building across diverse stakeholders such as parents, students, Wake County School Board, Wake County Child Nutrition Services staff at all levels, community activists and nonprofit partners, high-level donors as well as local, state, and national decision-makers.


As a single staff member, this role will require a range of activities including high-level critical analysis as well as administrative tasks necessary to run a nonprofit organization. The Executive Director must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work closely with the Board of Directors, consultants, and volunteers to ensure all goals of NCPCN are achieved.


Primary Responsibilities and Expectations


  • Programs Management: The Executive Director will be involved in all stages of program work, including developing and implementing the pilot strategy; developing project goals and timelines; working with partners including other nonprofits, Wake County School(s) and Child Nutrition Services, universities, government officials, and funders; working to support metric development and data capture; coordinating and attending program partner meetings as needed; track program progress and successes; and when necessary assist with grant reporting.

  • Public Speaking: The Executive Director will identify opportunities to build support for NCPCN and present information as needed. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, parent /teacher/administration forums, school board meetings, and conferences. 

  • Budget Management: The Executive Director will manage organizational budget alongside Board Treasurer.

  • Communication: The Executive Director will manage internal communications to keep Board of Directors and Board of Advisors engaged and informed on organization and program activities. Executive Director will support Marketing and Social Media strategy by providing content as needed to consultants.

  • Critical Analysis: The Director of Programs should have a working knowledge of child nutrition issues and be able to provide critical analysis of FIG data for external reporting.

  • Partner Relationship Development: The Executive Director will also help support the cultivation of strong local partnerships with nonprofit organizations, community leaders, Wake County School Systems, and universities and community colleges to support NCPCN programming and strategic priorities. He/she/they will also work with community partners to assist in the implementation of programs and initiatives.

  • Fundraising/Development: Executive Director will support existing fundraising and development efforts. Current efforts include small fundraising event(s) and point of sale fundraising campaign. Must be comfortable developing relationships with current and potential funders.



This position will be based at NCPCN office in Raleigh, North Carolina. Travel across the Triangle may be necessary. The Executive Director should have at a minimum a BA or BS degree or comparable experience. The position will report to the Board of Directors.


  • Strong oral and written communication skills including ability to write in a variety of formats (proposals, formal and informal communications, program analysis and reports).

  • 4+ years work experience, preferably in a related field.

  • Cross disciplinary thinking and adept problem-solving skills.

  • Self-motivated, requiring minimal hands-on management.

  • Highly organized, with attention to detail.

  • Ability and confidence in public speaking and presenting at public forums and meetings.

  • Strong time management skills with ability to manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work alongside diverse partners with differing priorities.

  • A commitment to finding an innovative solution to child nutrition built within the current structures of the school system.

Estimated start date: Mid-October

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