Richmond, CA

Executive Director, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program

The Organization


The Executive Director will oversee all of GRIP’s committed staff, annual operating budget, fundraising, and programs, including a family homeless shelter, soup kitchen, casework, encampment outreach, affordable housing units, and other services. They will ensure that GRIP continues to move forward in its journey to expand and improve its programs. The Executive Director will be the face of the organization, exhibiting a sense of professionalism and diplomacy. They support a team of approximately 20 employees (including three direct reports) and many volunteers. The Executive Director will spearhead innovative solutions to homelessness and hunger and work toward overcoming the root of these pressing issues.

Position Overview


We’re searching for a dynamic and experienced non-profit leader with a passion for our work and a strong administrative skillset to advance our vision for excellence at a critical time for homelessness in California. A competitive candidate will bring a track record of exemplary management of people and resources, including strengths in development, outreach, non-profit finance, human resources, and organizational policy and culture. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to build on our 50-year legacy of providing services and turn us into a center of best practices.

Specifically, we are looking for the following traits:

  • Professionalism – We need someone who can professionalize how we do business, take us to the next level of business acumen, and enforce accountability.
  • Calm, Cool, and Collected Temperament – You should be the calm center when storms erupt. A homeless shelter and soup kitchen is often a loud, chaotic, and ever-changing environment. Under stressful situations, you should default to a calm, cool, and collected approach.
  • Tough Love but Empathetic Leadership – We need someone who doesn’t suffer fools, who will hold people accountable, and enforce high standards of professionalism. At the same time, we don’t want a tyrant. The new ED needs to show empathy to both staff and clients and have high emotional intelligence and diplomacy skills.
  • Entrepreneurial – While most of the job is making sure our existing services run smoothly, we also need someone who has a bit of an entrepreneurial streak – someone who will proactively research and implement programmatic best practices as well as try new programs to elevate us to best-in-class.
  • Compliance Wizard – More than half of our funding comes from government sources. You will need to build bridges with our government partners and satisfy monthly reporting requirements.
  • Nonprofit Basics – You need to excel in all nonprofit management basics – fundraising, finance, HR, board governance, communications, programs, and operations. This is the baseline.

Moreover, you should be an admirable leader who speaks by your actions in addition to your words. You’ll show staff that you genuinely care through your communication and listening skills.


Education, experience, and training that will provide the knowledge and abilities listed herein. This includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or social work.
  • Seven years of experience at a senior-management level with responsibility for budgeting and financial management; planning and program implementation; management information systems; personnel management and law; fundraising; and other key management tasks.
  • Holder of a valid driver’s license in good standing and access to a reliable automobile with the legally required minimum insurance coverage. Ability to drive safely between external locations and the program office, as required.


  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, or social work.
  • Demonstrated depth of experience in managing services/programs designed for homeless, food-insecure, and disenfranchised people.
  • Familiarity with GRIP funders and agencies, County and local elected officials, other local non-profits, and the GRIP faith community.

SALARY ANY BENEFITS Annual Salary: $140,000 – $170,000 DOE/DOQ, and an attractive benefits package.

How To Apply

 For first consideration, APPLY by May 18th at:




·         Interviews will be held virtually on June 15th and in-person on June 30th (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days)


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:


·         541-630-0657 (Direct)

·         866-929-9227 (Toll-Free)

GRIP is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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