Guilford Nonprofit Consortium

Executive Director

Meals on Wheels, Wake County
May 7, 2024
Job Type
Salary Range
$125,000 to $135,000
Outside Guilford County
Street Address
1001 Blair Street
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The Opportunity

On February 12, 1974, a woman named Juliette Singleton delivered meals to the first nine clients of Meals on Wheels in Raleigh. Juliette proceeded to serve as a Meals on Wheels of Wake County (MOW-WC) volunteer for the next 40 years. While money and volunteers were often hard to come by in the beginning years, continued fundraising, dedicated personnel, and a growing need for meals to the elderly and disabled kept MOW-WC growing. Today, MOW-WC celebrates 50 years of service to Wake County seniors, its impact measured in the 11 million+ meals it has delivered to over 200,000 senior neighbors in need of meals and companionship.

Even as MOW-WC’s constituents celebrate this golden anniversary, their eyes are focused on the future. They look ahead with excitement to the arrival of a new Executive Director, a leader who will honor the organization’s history while charting its course for the future. The need for MOW-WC remains as acute as ever: 8 out of 10 low-income, food-insecure seniors are not receiving the home delivered or congregate meals they need nationwide. By 2060, 1 in 3 Americans are projected to be 60 and older. The next Executive Director of MOW-WC must feel called to meet this demand. An inspiring and collaborative leader, the next executive leader will motivate the organization’s dedicated staff and team of volunteers to ensure that every Wake County senior in need receives the nourishment, compassion, and dignity they deserve.


Core Responsibilities

The Meals on Wheels Wake County Executive Director will be expected to fulfill the following key responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Strategy: Serve as the primary advocate, visionary, and spokesperson for the organization. Ensure the progress of long- and short-term strategic plans. Build strong and meaningful alliances with community partners, donor organizations, government officials, and program families.
  • Program Development and Management: In collaboration with the Program Director, ensure the successful implementation of our home-delivered meals program, Friendship Cafés, volunteer recruitment and retention, as well as client services and support. Ensure compliance with state, federal, and local agencies to meet our meal funding, preparation, and distribution requirements. Actively engage in local, statewide, and national Meals on Wheels
  • Staff Management: Build a positive work culture that supports a productive, professional, and inclusive environment. In concert with senior administrative and program staff, oversee the hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of all employees and contract workers. Ensure staff members work effectively toward shared goals and a unified vision for the organization.
  • Operational and Financial Oversight: In collaboration with the Director of Finance & Operations, oversee the financial integrity of MOW-WC, ensuring the strategic creation of and adherence to the budget, diligently following approved financial policies and accounting ethics and best practice. With the Director of Finance & Operations, oversee the human resources and general operations of the organization.
  • Fundraising, Resource Development & Communication: In collaboration with the Director of Development & Communications, support resource development efforts, including donor growth and retention, fundraising efforts,grants management, and marketing and communications. Strategically engage with the Board in the fundraising process, providing support for the Board’s donor events and enabling board participation in fundraising campaigns. Ensure that short- and long-term fundraising plans are developed and executed. Actively grow funding from individuals, foundations, government, and corporations. Ensure that marketing and communications activities effectively reflect the MOW-WC brand, mission, and vision.
  • Board Governance: In collaboration with the Board, identify, recruit, and retain highly effective board members. Maintain regular communications with the Board of Directors and provide them with the necessary training, support, counsel, and information required for effective governance. Support the Board’s involvement in fundraising, strategic planning, program delivery, and increasing the overall visibility of the organization.

Below outlines an approximate percentage breakdown of responsibilities:

  • Leadership - 30%
  • Program Management - 20%
  • Staff Management - 15%
  • Operational & Financial - 10%
  • Fundraising - 20%
  • Board Governance - 5%


Required Skills & Characteristics

MOW-WC’s new leader must share a passion for and commitment to the mission and the diverse constituents the organization serves. In addition, they should possess a variety of attributes, including:

  • Collaborative, innovative, transparent and effective leadership that can motivate Board, staff, families, donors, and partners;
  • Dedication to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and the ability to demonstrate that commitment in culture, communications, and personal interactions with the MOC-WC community;
  • Strong business acumen with a solid understanding of operations, finance, and budgeting;
  • High social-emotional intelligence, integrity, and sound judgment;
  • Ability to inspire others through written and verbal communication.

Other specific skills and qualifications include:

  • Five or more years in a leadership position or commensurate experience with demonstrated success in organizational management including strategic planning, program development, finance, fundraising, and operations.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university

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