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PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro Hiring for Executive Director Position

Executive Director Position Description


PORCH CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO (CHC) is a volunteer led, grassroots, hunger relief organization providing food security to families in need in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. PORCH collects food and cash donations through monthly neighborhood food drives, and then distributes food to hundreds of at-risk individuals in our community. The three founders of PORCH, Debbie Horwitz, Susan Romaine, and Christine Cotton, are good friends who learned that families in their children’s school were going hungry after the economic downturn.  In 2010 they took action, asking a few friends and neighbors to donate canned goods to provide to those in need.  Over a 10-year period, PORCH has grown from collecting canned goods from a few neighbors to collecting food and cash donations monthly from over 160 local neighborhoods, delivering over the decade nearly $3 million in hunger relief. PORCH runs three hunger relief programs.  Food for Pantries provides nonperishable food to 15 local food pantries.  Food for Schools provides healthy snacks to all 20 schools and three after-school programs in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Food for Families provides an abundance of healthy, fresh food monthly to local families with children and is currently serving 485 food-insecure families with children in the public schools (2125 individuals, 1250 children).  Food for Families clients are 45% Latinx, 16% African American, and 31% refugees (542 refugees from Burma, 54 refugees from the Congo, and 65 refugees from Syria).

Primary Function

The Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Directors, will have primary responsibility for managing the organization’s day-to-day activities and operations and will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop strategy and to ensure the organization’s goals and mission are achieved.  The Executive Director is the public face of PORCH and is responsible for building awareness of PORCH in the communities which PORCH serves and is responsible for the management of the organization, fundraising and new business development strategy.


Leadership and Community Engagement

Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of PORCH’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible, along with the board, for strategic planning to ensure that PORCH can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of PORCH’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations and agencies.

Resource Development and Management

  • Responsible, along with the board, for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support PORCH’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of PORCH, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Operational Management

Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate and carried out in support of the mission and to the satisfaction of the Board.

  • Responsible for the effective administration of PORCH programs, including but not limited to Food For Pantries, Food For Families and Food For Schools.
  • Responsible for implementing formal policies promoting diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the entire organization.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.

Board Relations

  • Support governance of the board to identify, retain, and develop board members. 
  • Maintain regular communications with the board of directors and provide the board with the necessary reports, support, counsel and information necessary for effective board governance.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; applicants without a degree who have comparable nonprofit leadership will be considered
  • Three to five years of experience in a non-profit leadership position where he/she/they managed a team
  • Proven leadership skills, including negotiation, problem solving, decision making and delegation
  • Experience in working with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising
  • Successful track record in nonprofit fiscal management
  • Experience with creation of operating budgets and managing expenses
  • Excellence in organizational management and time management with the ability to recruit, coach and manage full and part-time staff 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, self-directed, adaptable, and with an innovative approach to leveraging the power of communities
  • Personal values consistent with PORCH’s mission


  • Experience with hunger relief and/or social services agencies
  • Graduate degree in a field that supports and advances the work
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equality, and inclusion internally and externally.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience with a competitive benefits package


For consideration please submit a cover letter detailing how your experience aligns with the job qualifications and an updated resume, curriculum vitae and/or bio to Steve Spokane at

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