Executive Director

Wholesome Wave Georgia is seeking an experienced, results-oriented Executive Director to lead the nonprofit organization in its mission to increase accessibility and affordability of fresh, healthy, locally grown food for all Georgians.

Founded in 2009, Wholesome Wave Georgia launched as a state-wide chapter of Wholesome Wave National’s Double Value Coupon Program to double Federal Nutrition Assistance (FNA; i.e., SNAP, WIC) benefits at Georgia farmers markets. Through our Georgia Fresh for Less (GF4L) program, WWG has grown from three partner farmers markets in 2009 to a network of 67 markets and direct-marketing farms today. WWG launched the Southeast’s first Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program® (FVRx®) in 2015, connecting low income families suffering from chronic illness to health care providers and nutrition and culinary education. Since 2009, WWG has provided over $2.3 million in healthy food to food-insecure families in Georgia and in revenue to local farmers.

job summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to the execution of the organization’s strategic mission and vision and will lead the organization to:

  1. Provide strategic planning, direction, and vision to realize organizational mission, deepen and expand impact and effectiveness.
  2. Develop, lead, and support an active and strong Staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board to enhance creativity, coordination, and execution of the organization and programs.
  3. Cultivate robust philanthropic support exemplary of a thriving non-profit organization.organization


Inspire and engage staff to execute and achieve organization’s current strategic goals and vision.
Intended Outcome: ED will ensure all major goals from the current strategic plan  are achieved according to the established timeline.

Inspire and engage WWG stakeholders to develop future strategic plans. 
Intended Outcome: ED will steward the development of 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. 

Be an external advocate who develops diverse new stakeholder partnerships at national and state levels and across industry sectors. 
Intended Outcome: ED will cultivate a diverse portfolio of programmatic partnerships to include a statewide representation of urban and rural communities as well as public and private entities.

Re-imagine existing programs through an entrepreneurial lens to maximize growth and deepen impact. 
Intended Outcome: ED will optimize existing programs for maximal client reach.


Ensure ongoing programmatic, operational, and financial integration and alignment. 
Intended Outcome: ED will ensure internal functions are aligned and high-performing through evaluation of current and integration of new organizational systems, policies, and procedures.

Cultivate and steward an active Board of Directors by aligning board engagement with strategic direction.
Intended Outcome: ED will activate Board in shared support of WWG goals via consistent meetings, communication, and feedback. 

Build and steward staff capacity via a culture of productive feedback.
Intended Outcome: ED will lead Staf to consistently meet 90% of strategic plan objectives and deliverables.  

Lead, mentor, and retain staff by providing support to encourage innovation and systems level thinking.
Intended Outcome: ED will support Staf to grow and develop within their capacity at WWG.

Recognize, honor, and adapt (if needed) organizational culture based on growth.
Intended Outcome: ED will honor and steward the organizational culture through consistent engagement with Board and other relevant stakeholders.


Inspire and engage WWG Development Committee to develop future fundraising strategy.
Intended Outcome: ED will support Staf and Board to ensure they consistently meet 90% of Development Plan objectives and deliverables.

Cultivate new and maintain current relationships with strategic philanthropic organizations and individuals.
Intended Outcome: ED will cultivate and steward relationships with individuals, private foundations, corporate relations, and government entities.

Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to grow organizational budget to support existing program operations and expansion.
Intended Outcome: ED will work with Staf and Board to grow the budget from $904,627 in 2018 to $1.4 million by 2020.


  • Demonstrable experience in organizational leadership, program strategy, fund development, and financial management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: demonstrated ability to express information effectively in a clear and convincing manner.
  • Superb organizational and time management skills: demonstrated ability to efficiently and accurately juggle several responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships and interact effectively with staff, donors, prospects, board members, program beneficiaries, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement change management strategies; experience working in organization during startup, merger, or expansion a plus.
  • Community minded and passionate about sustainable food systems and low-resource populations.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Graduate degree in nonprofit management, business administration, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in nonprofit management, business administration, or related field; three years’ supervisory experience required.
  • Knowledge of Atlanta’s philanthropic community preferred.


  • This position is full time, exempt at 40 hours per week.
  • Salary is between $70,000-$80,000, including benefits, based on qualifications and experience.
  • Position will be based out of WWG’s Kirkwood, Atlanta office.


Please submit the following materials to jobs@wholesomewavegeorgia.org:

  1. Resume
  2. One-page statement of leadership philosophy
  3. Cover letter outlining background, experience, and interest

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 31st, 2018. Please use subject line “Executive Director”