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28 Nov 2022

Full-Time Executive Director

Food Empowerment Project – Posted by foodispower Anywhere

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Job Description

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) Executive Director

Do you have a fire in your belly and a dream in your heart to make our world more just and equitable for all beings? Do you want to work with a small but powerful group of people dedicated to systemic change and solidarity with other libratory movements? Do you want to apply your leadership and operations expertise to a cause that is aligned with all of your values, not just one of them? Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is a vegan food justice organization that seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. Because the injustices in our food system are related, we passionately believe in animal rights, human rights, environmental justice, and putting the power of food in The People’s hands. We encourage food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of farmed animals,the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce and food workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income communities.

We are looking for an Executive Director ready to work on holistic justice that doesn’t leave anyone behind. The Executive Director (E.D.) will lead strategic direction and set a progressive vision for the future while managing all operations of the team in partnership with the Board of Directors and Founder lauren Ornelas.

Responsibilities & Duties

Governance and Operations:

  • Develops and implements strategies to fulfill the organization’s mission and ensures compliance with all internal policies.
  • Leads  F.E.P. in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board and the President.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and operational management across all 4 core programs (farm worker rights, veganism, food access, and labor in the global chocolate industry).
  • Works with the staff and the Board to make informed decisions.
  • Collaborates with staff and the Board on long-term strategies.
  • Submits to the Board annual budgets and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the organization’s financial condition.

Fundraising and Financial Performance and Viability:

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of F.E.P., including: operating within the approved budget, ensuring smart and thoughtful resource utilization, maintaining a positive financial position, taking proactive and quick response measures against challenges, and ensuring F.E.P. ‘s long-term financial health to support F.E.P.’s mission.
  • Develops long-term fundraising goals, including vision for donor relations to ensure long term financial health of the organization in collaboration with the Development Manager.
  • Works with Development Manager to have strong relations with institutional donors and connect with supporters at events and online as needed.
  • Maintains a solid overall understanding of the organization’s overall health at all times.

Mission and Strategy:

  • Leads the organization in a way that is fully aligned with the Mission, Vision, and Values in all activities and efforts.
  • Leads the team to fulfill the organizational mission through programs, community outreach, and strategic planning.
  • Provides full oversight and direction of programs, campaigns, and communications.
  • Community engagement: Leads by maintaining an active and visible role in the community and working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations aligned with F.E.P.’s politics.
  • Assures that the organization makes consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission and target programmatic impact.

People Management:

  • Oversees the team, including development, marketing, office, operations, and programs staff and collaborates with the Board on organizational design.
  • Oversees the hiring and retention of qualified staff as approved in the annual budget or by Board vote.
  • Provides leadership and professional development opportunities to staff.
  • Creates positive culture,  is personally committed to anti-oppression, and creates a safe space for equitable solutions that advance our work.

Human Resources:

  • Creates and maintains employee timesheets for each year and sends regular reminders for employee payroll hours.
  • Creates and maintains a digital employee onboarding and orientation processes.
  • Maintains and updates the digital copy of employee handbook/manual maintained in the office under the direction of the Executive Director.

Requirements And Qualifications

  • A minimum of seven years leadership and/or management experience.
  • Experience developing and/or implementing strategic plans.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collections to assess and evaluate the success of programs and campaigns.
  • Demonstrated management skills in the area of human resources, staff, and volunteer management and development; effective team building with a strong commitment to collaborative and team-oriented management.
  • Demonstrated and informed commitment to anti-oppression, anti-racism, and decolonization fueled by personal experience.
  • Experience in program development and management and ability to adapt programs to reflect social and political needs.
  • A deep understanding of and passion for F.E.P. ‘s mission and values and experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within organizations and ideally food justice organizations/movements.

Other Details

Values Alignment: We are seeking someone who can drive our full mission and who shares all of our values and vision. Please review our Mission, Values & Vision statements before applying.

Job location: While our office is in San José, California, we are willing to consider a remote working arrangement for exceptional candidates. We are only able to hire U.S.-based candidates at this time. No relocation assistance is available.

Annual salary: $105,000


  • Monday–Thursday (four days a week, 9 hours a day); some evening and weekend hours, as needed.
  • Health care reimbursement for medical, dental, and vision premiums.
  • Paid vacation time of three weeks per year and increasing accrual based on tenure with the organization.
  • Professional development budget.

People of color, women and non-binary folks, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!

Food Empowerment Project is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

How to Apply

We have engaged Fitz-Roy and Associates for this search. Interested candidates, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Job Categories: Healthy Living. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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