Chief Executive Officer
is $150,000-$175,000 plus benefits
be accepted until position is filled
As the only organization of its kind
in Wake County, NC, The Green Chair Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit
that reuses and repurposes donated furnishings to create
sustainable homes for people coming out of homelessness, crisis, or
disaster. Since its inception in 2010, The Green Chair Project has
experienced remarkable growth, become a nationally recognized model
for other furniture banks, and is poised to expand the depth and
breadth of its services to families in need in the coming
The Green Chair Project seeks a new
CEO who brings passion, vision, and strategic leadership to guide
the next phase of this thriving non-profit’s growth – following the
departure of a dynamic founder. The next leader will need to be a
visible and trusted community leader, nurturing and developing The
Green Chair Project’s role within the human services delivery
system in Wake County and beyond.
Engaging the Board of Directors and
staff in strategic conversations to determine the best
opportunities for expansion will be a key focus for the new CEO. In
2020, The Green Chair Project’s service model was adapted from an
on-site shopping experience to a remote selection process in
response to significant demand, accessibility constraints, and
COVID-19. Ensuring that these changes are sustainable and in
keeping with the culture and values of The Green Chair Project will
be a key factor when considering expansion opportunities.
As a proven communicator, fundraiser,
adept business manager, and consensus builder, the new 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 relationships with over 100 agency
partners in government, non-profit, and private sector arenas, the
successful candidate will need to be a skilled collaborator, a
thoughtful and insightful team builder, and one that is skilled in
scaling organizations to meet growth demands. The new leader will
need to foster an expanded leadership structure that empowers
others to assume appropriate responsibility for decision making,
supports staff and volunteer teams that are committed to diversity,
equity, and inclusion, and embraces a high degree of passion and
sensitivity to those who are served.
In January 2023, The Green Chair
Project began a transformation to the Lean Management System to
respond to continued demand. Lean is a management system initially
started in the car manufacturing industry designed to help
organizations achieve sustainable growth. Rather than a top-down
approach, its aim is to reduce costs, streamline operations for
efficiency, and develop autonomy and engagement of team members at
every level. Collaborating with the staff and volunteers, the new
CEO will be responsible for determining how best to proceed to
manage the organization’s extensive logistical operations, enhance
organization-wide communication, and optimize service delivery.
The Board of Directors is looking for
a leader who will be a strong advocate for The Green Chair
Project’s mission - furnishing homes, changing
- and believes that lives are truly changed when
families and individuals are nurtured and sustained in
well-equipped homes. The chosen CEO will be enthusiastic about
creating sustainable homes for those in need through efforts to
collect donated furnishings but will need to understand that The
Green Chair Project is much more than a typical second-hand
furniture bank. By embracing its culture and values, the selected
candidate will enable families and individuals to feel they finally
have a place that feels like home.
“Thank-you so much for the gifts
that arrived for my apartment. I was stunned when I got home,
literally could not believe it was mine. Thank-you for helping me
start my new journey.” A May 2023 The Green Chair Project
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.
Through its Sweeter Dreams Bed
Program, the Green Chair provides new beds to students identified
by Wake County Public School System social workers as not having
beds of their own. Each $250 donation helps provide a complete bed
for a child that includes a new mattress, bed frame, bedding set,
and pillow delivered to the child’s home. New cribs are provided
for infants that include safe sleep messaging imprinted on the crib
and crib sheet. The ultimate goal of the Sweeter Dreams Bed Program
is to provide a bed for every child who needs one. Last year, 1,687
beds and cribs were provided to children who previously slept on
the floor, sofa, or with others.
The Green Chair Project prides itself
on demonstrating fiscal responsibility, valuing donor support, and
holding administrative costs to a minimum (20 percent or less of
total spending) so programmatic needs can be met. It has a fiscal
year 2022-2023 operating budget of $2.6 million and total assets of
$7 million, including revenues generated through private donations,
government grants, program fees, and retail sales – a significant
sustainable source of income for the program budget. There is an
annual signature event, Chairity, which showcases designer
vignettes available for public sale, and in 2022, the proceeds were
$320,000. The agency’s assets include home furnishings, trucks for
furniture pick-up and delivery, and a 30,000 square-foot office,
showroom and warehouse building that was recently purchased and
beautifully renovated as the result of a successful $3.2 million
capital campaign in 2018.
The Position Summary
Strategic Vision and
- Work with the Board of Directors and senior staff to create and
implement a new strategic plan that focuses on: (1) sustaining
and/or expanding services; (2) strengthening relationships with The
Green Chair Project’s multiple programming partners; and (3)
building and maintaining a functionally efficient
- Provide consistent leadership that fosters team building, staff
development, and a professional and collaborative corporate
- Exemplify The Green Chair Project’s core values through
leadership, consistent management practices, and data-driven
- Enhance The Green Chair Project’s commitment to diversity,
equity, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of the
organization’s internal and external operations.
- Provide leadership that reflects the highest standards of
fiduciary responsibility and ethical conduct.
- Build and foster positive relationships with donors, 9local
business, government, philanthropic, and foundation leaders to
support The Green Chair Project’s programs.
- Seek out innovative partnerships with human service nonprofit
and government agencies to meet the ever-increasing needs of its
- Ensure that all contractual deliverables are achieved, and that
transparency and accountability are central to partner
- Serve as the chief liaison with partner agencies.
- Represent The Green Chair Project in the community, serving as
the primary spokesperson with an ability to motivate diverse
audiences such as corporate executives, government officials, civic
groups, faith-based organizations, and community groups.
Budgetary and Operational
- Oversee revenue development initiatives designed to diversify
and grow revenue streams that support, sustain, and grow programs
and operational capacity.
- Leverage and cultivate relationships that create opportunities
to strengthen the organization’s long-term sustainability.
- Identify new revenue sources through creative partnerships and
business development opportunities.
- Make key donor calls.
- In consultation with the COO and Board finance and executive
committees, develop a realistic annual operating budget and monitor
performance to ensure long-term financial viability of the
- Make sound financial decisions and program recommendations
based on an in-depth understanding of the organization's overall
- Ensure the best use of operating capital to achieve the overall
Talent and Leadership
- Maintain a strong and transparent working relationship with the
Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of
financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated
milestones and goals.
- Support the Board in its recruitment of diverse, highly
qualified members, in its financial development initiatives, and in
its ongoing committee work.
- Facilitate and serve as a resource for any Board-driven short
or long-range planning initiatives.
- Encourage quality engagement through committee work designed to
leverage the skills and experiences of all Board members.
- Provide regular and concise reports to the Board to ensure a
transparent flow of operating and financial information.
- Maintain an organizational culture that rewards initiative,
creativity, and a willingness to lead and take responsibility for
- Oversee and promote growth in senior leadership positions,
establish individual goals, and review performance on a regular
- Recruit and retain top talent and the next generation of
- Create an environment encouraging healthy communication within
and across departments and make team-building a priority.
- Set clear expectations, build trust, and empower staff to make
and be accountable for decision-making as a part of their
- Identify tools and resources to best develop staff and lead by
example through teaching, mentoring, and knowledge sharing.
- Maintain an organizational structure that cost-effectively
serves families in need and that fulfills the expectations of The
Green Chair Project’s partner agencies.
- Ensure that the volunteer pool is diverse and inclusive and
that the volunteer experience is rewarding.
- Ten years of progressive executive leadership experience within
a client-focused, service delivery nonprofit organization or in the
- Proven track record in financial resource development,
successfully cultivating and soliciting major contributions/grants,
growing earned revenue, and leading organizations to financial
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a motivated and
- 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
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of skills and
- 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 Board of The Green Chair Project
is committed to attracting and retaining an outstanding CEO through
a comprehensive package that includes a salary range of
$150,000-$175,000 and an employee benefits package that includes
health, long-term and short-term disability, a flexible spending
account for dependent care and medical expenses, parental and
caregiver leave, holidays, and paid time off. A 401K retirement
plan is available from the first day of employment, and The Green
Chair Project matches up to 3% after 90 days of full-time
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Policy
The Green Chair Project is committed
to fostering a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible
workplace for all – where people’s race, ethnicity, age, gender
identity, sexual orientation, education, and varying abilities are
valued and respected.
The Green Chair Project is committed
to a nondiscriminatory approach in all we do and will provide equal
opportunity employment, advancement, and participation across all
departments and programs. We value diverse life experiences and
support an inclusive environment where all are treated with dignity
In one document, please submit a cover
letter, resume, and how you found out about the position.
Candidates are encouraged to submit an application before June 30,
2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning
June 1 and accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start
date is fall 2023.
Send applications via email to:
Search Co-Chairs Charles Royal and