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Executive Director

Hours: Full-time, exempt

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience,  plus competitive benefits package



The Executive Director provides overall leadership and management to support the vision and mission of The GrowHaus.  The organization is located in northeast Denver, has an operating budget of  over $1 million, and a staff of 25 dedicated professionals. It is currently in the beginning stages of implementing a five-year strategic plan, and will be undertaking a significant capital campaign to complete renovations of the current facility.

Duties include working with the Board of Directors to establish the vision and strategic direction of The GrowHaus, working with The GrowHaus’ directors to implement the strategic plan, working to develop the resources and operational capacity to deliver on that plan, and overseeing the financial management of the organization. The CEO/Executive Director also ensures quality programming, cost‐effective management of The GrowHaus’ operations, and excellent internal and external communications.  The CEO/Executive Director serves as the chief liaison with community groups, developing effective partnerships throughout the Metro Denver Area and nationally.


The perfect candidate is someone who embodies The GrowHaus’ core values, believes fully in our mission of making healthy food a right, not a privilege, and is passionate about food security for all.  We are seeking a visionary innovator who can inspire passion with excitement and vibrancy. The ideal applicant can work with people of all backgrounds and understands teamwork in its deepest sense - a collaborator and people person who takes the necessary time to build relationships, and who is level-headed, steady, and can support our team through strong mentorship. We are seeking not just a strategic thinker, but also someone who is action oriented and highly accountable. The right candidate understands that the greatest asset of The GrowHaus is our incredible staff and our shared culture. We are proud to have a unique culture that embodies what we believe community is all about - a shared connection. This person cares about the wellness of the community and can identify and cultivate people's strengths with compassion and a sense of humor. Most of all, The GrowHaus Executive Director is a true steward and is thrilled every day to take care of this special place, from the people right down to being willing to roll up their sleeves and clean the bathrooms.



  • Provide vision and overall leadership for The GrowHaus, in collaboration with the Board of Directors
  • Lead the execution of the current strategic plan and future planning processes of the Board of Directors, ensuring that benchmarks are established for measuring success and that the planning cycles recur as appropriate 
  • Work with The GrowHaus’ Directors to develop and implement strategies in support of The GrowHaus’ vision, mission, goals and values, including annual implementation plans
  • Maintain and support the unique culture and teamwork of the organization
  • Develop a high profile for The GrowHaus within its various local, regional, and national constituencies, including donors, government, corporations, foundations, and other nonprofits 
  • Develop strategic partnerships with relevant organizations to achieve The GrowHaus’ goals 
  • Advocate for the issues The GrowHaus addresses, including food access and food security through community-based food production, distribution, education, and economic opportunity
  • Interviewing, hiring and training Directors; planning, assigning and directing of work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems


  • Oversee all development efforts and ensure that financial goals are met
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising plan as well as capital campaigns in collaboration with development team
  • Ensure that the annual budget and special campaigns are funded through appropriate sources and that the strategy is adjusted in the event of shortfalls 
  • Work in collaboration with the development staff and the Board to cultivate relationships and solicit major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations 
  • Identify and develop sustainable sources of revenue for The GrowHaus, including overseeing earned income from The GrowHaus’ food production, food distribution, and education programs


  • Oversee all operational aspects of The GrowHaus, ensuring effective use of resources and legal compliance 
  • Recruit, select, motivate, develop, retain, and reward high quality and capable executive team members to function and respond to The GrowHaus’ priorities; oversee the selection of other staff throughout the organization, especially those in leadership roles 
  • Provide direct supervision for the Executive Team (Operations, Programs, Development, Finances) 
  • Develop the Executive Team’s ability to operate the organization as a coordinated body 
  • Oversee the budget, which includes an accurate, realistic forecasting of revenues and expenses for implementing the annual implementation plan, based on goals/objectives established in collaboration with the Board and Directors 
  • Provide leadership for overall financial and human resource policies; establish clearly defined processes and goals to assess, compensate and reward staff 
  • Create and encourage a collegial and participatory work environment within The GrowHaus where trust, integrity, and open communication are valued; motivate and inspire staff around the vision, mission and core values of the organization 
  • Support and encourage employee development activities and opportunities 
  • Work with Directors to coordinate the effective and efficient operation of all areas of responsibility, processes and systems, functions and accountability


  • Provide overall leadership for identifying strategies and content to support the programming of the organization
  • Ensure that all programs are evaluated for strategic alignment and results
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in all programmatic areas of the organization to ensure The GrowHaus remains relevant and focused on its mission
  • Lead the development of strategic partnerships to further the objectives of the organization

Outreach and Communication:  

  • Present The GrowHaus’ vision, mission and programs effectively to relevant stakeholders
  • Represent The GrowHaus routinely and professionally at all settings including local, state and national events through speaking, serving on committees, and presentations 
  • Listen, communicate, motivate and build trust with diverse communities in the Denver region
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson to the media and oversee public relations
  • Oversee The GrowHaus’ internal and external communications in conjunction with the development team and Communications Task Force to ensure effective, professional and consistent messaging to The GrowHaus’ various and distinct audiences (zones 1, 2, 3, etc.)

Board of Directors Relationship:

  • Develop capabilities and contributions of Board members appropriately
  • Work with the Board to identify, recruit, orient, and retain a Board of Directors structured with outstanding leaders who are representative of and committed to the organization’s mission and values
  • Engage Board members in identifying prospects, understanding the work of the organization, and representing the Board/organization at various events
  • Provide or coordinate training for the Board of Directors on areas of need and interest
  • Ensure that the Board’s operating policies/bylaws are implemented, reporting variances to the Board as required, and assuring that The GrowHaus is in compliance with all legal requirements
  • Provide information and recommendations to the Board for setting or revising The GrowHaus’ vision, mission, goals, objectives, operating policies, and strategic planning priorities as needed
  • Organizing and compiling monthly reports for the Board to show progress against KPI’s across the organization


Mission: To create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, food education, food production and economic opportunity.

Vision: A world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves.

Core Values:

  • Security: The GrowHaus partners with our community to provide opportunities for residents to be both financially secure and food secure.
  • Teamwork: Strong communities collaborate across lines of race, class, and gender. Whether it is with our staff, our neighbors, or our strategic partners, we believe in acknowledging and honoring differences and working together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Accountability: By tracking and reporting measurable goals towards social, environmental, and economic sustainability, we are committed to holding ourselves accountable to our partners and community. 
  • Stewardship: The GrowHaus strives to embody an ethic of responsible planning and management of all available resources. 
  • Wellness: Every person has the right to thrive. The GrowHaus connects people with resources and opportunities to support and nourish overall well being. 
  • Innovation: Real social change happens at the edge between the ideal and the possible. The GrowHaus strives to continually push that edge in achieving our mission.

Pillars of our work:
The GrowHaus has identified three pillars, or areas of organizational focus, with unique and specific goals and outcomes we aim to achieve over the next 5 years.  These pillars form the backbone of our organization as we believe that accomplishing goals within these pillars will align The GrowHaus with our mission and the desires of our community over the coming years.

  • Food Production and Distribution - Three indoor farms (hydroponic, aquaponic and mushroom), retail healthy food market, weekly food box program, free cooking & grocery program
  • Community Engagement and Leadership Development -  Resident education, service learning, public workshops, community outreach efforts, and promotora program
  • Organizational Development - Fundraising, Board and staff development, human resources


  • Bilingual in English/Spanish required
  • Demonstrated proven leadership success, including strong fundraising, financial management, staff management and supervisory experience
  • Experience working with Board members, community partners and other volunteers and stakeholders    
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to support the work of the organization
  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • Background check and references required


  • Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate strengths in the following areas:
  • Commitment to and understanding of The GrowHaus’ mission
  • Outstanding leadership skills, strategic thinking, and planning  
  • Commitment to building a diverse staff and working with a diverse community
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to manage others and build teams
  • Proficiency in all aspects of fundraising, major gifts and donor cultivation
  • Strong networking, partnership and relationship‐building skills 
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities, prioritize work, solve problems, and operate under time and work volume pressure 
  • Inspirational, innovative and dynamic energy with a passion for nonprofit work


Qualified, interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to  PLEASE CLEARLY STATE YOUR LEVEL OF SPANISH FLUENCY.  Application deadline has been extended. 

The GrowHaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We are dedicated to diversity and encourage all people to apply.
We prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment against applicants or employees based on age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. This prohibition includes unlawful harassment means to create a hostile work environment based upon an individual's race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age 40 or over, or religion. This policy applies to all employees, including managers, supervisors, co-workers, and non-employees such as customers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc.