The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh, NC, based non-profit that reuses and repurposes donated furnishings to create sustainable homes for people coming out of homelessness, crisis, or disaster, seeks a new CEO. The Board and staff are searching for a leader who brings passion, vision, and strategic leadership to guide the next phase of The Green Chair Project’s remarkable growth. The new leader will need to understand that The Green Chair Project is much more than a typical furniture bank, be a strong advocate for its mission - furnishing homes, changing lives - and affirm that lives are truly changed when families and individuals are nurtured and sustained in well-equipped homes.
As a proven communicator, fundraiser, business manager, and consensus builder, the CEO will serve as the face of The Green Chair Project and champion the vision, creativity, and nimbleness that are the hallmarks of the organization. Building upon a wide array of partnerships, the successful candidate will be a thoughtful and insightful team builder, one that is skilled in scaling organizations to meet growth demands. Since its creation in 2010, The Green Chair Project has become a nationally-recognized model for other furniture banks, and with its next leader, is poised to expand the depth and breadth of its services to families in need in the coming years.
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● Ten years of progressive executive leadership experience within a client-focused, service delivery nonprofit organization or in the corporate community.
● Proven track record in financial resource development, successfully cultivating and soliciting major contributions/grants, growing earned revenue, and leading organizations to financial success.
● Working knowledge of available community resources, with the ability to make connections and partner with other nonprofit organizations and civic leaders and identify resources to fulfill the organization’s strategic objectives.
● Experience in negotiation and collaboration, skill in developing and maintaining effective partnerships and an understanding of and commitment to community-based collaboration.
● Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a motivated and talented team.
● Significant fiscal management acumen.
● Broad understanding of the region’s human service delivery systems, both public and voluntary.
● An appreciation of the importance of interior design in achieving desired programmatic impacts.
● A commitment to social justice and passion for transforming people’s lives.
● Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of skills and experience.
● Talented communicator and collaborator
● Strategic thinker with vision and goal orientation
● Entrepreneurial skills
● Proven decision-making abilities
● Interpersonal skills
● Employee development/coaching
● Negotiation/conflict resolution
● Change management
● Time, team, and priority management
● Understanding and appreciating others
The core values of choice and dignity shine through artfully arranged vignettes of furniture along with art and accessories for clients to choose from to find the one that feels like home to them. Hundreds of volunteers help clean, sort, assemble and organize donations and support the work of the 24 member staff who coordinate each referral and personalize items to meet each family’s unique needs. Dishes, cookware, bath baskets, beds, and bedding packs for each family member are included in each home furnishings package and delivered to their home.
By partnering with case managers from government agencies, shelters, schools, and nonprofits in Wake County and recently, other portions of North Carolina impacted by natural disasters, the shopping experience empowers families to prioritize and choose furnishings that reflect who they are and that help rebuild their lives. In 2022 alone, 1,296 households were furnished, and 97 percent of recipients reported feeling less stressed and more hopeful after receiving furnishings from The Green Chair Project. The average family of four pays $200 for furnishings that include a couch and armchair, dining table and four chairs, dishes, pots and pans, lamps, towels, bedding, and accessories. Hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout Wake County help keep the showroom floor and shelves stocked through their donations of goods and money.