Executive Director

South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Full Time, Part Time
Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels

About the organization:

Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that delivers affordable meals – freshly prepared by a local vendor – 365 days a year to elderly, disabled and homebound residents in the city of Santa Barbara. For 53 years, volunteers have brought nutritious, ready-to-eat meals to the doors of their clients, providing invaluable social interaction to those who are isolated.

About the role:

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization. This individual will shape a strategic vision, oversee daily operations and staff, and generate funds from a variety of sources. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with a passion for our mission. The Executive Director will be accountable to the Board of Directors and supervised by a Co-President of the Board.


Strategic leadership

  • Provide visionary leadership to advance the organization’s mission and goals
  • Develop strategic plan in collaboration with Board of Directors

Operational management

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels
  • Ensure food quality and excellent, friendly service
  • Manage, develop and support two part-time administrative employees
  • Grow 100-person volunteer base, providing direction, motivation and recognition
  • Utilize enterprise software to generate critical metrics and data to refine service offering, aid funding efforts and support external communications
  • Manage relationship with retirement community kitchen that produces all meals

Financial management

  • Develop and manage budget
  • Work closely with Treasurer and board to set financial goals, monitor performance and submit financial reporting
  • Interpret financial data to drive business decisions
  • Ensure financial stability, program growth and organizational longevity through effective resource allocation and fundraising efforts

Grants and fundraising

  • Identify and effectively utilize a variety of fundraising sources, including fee income from clients, grants, donations and gifts, corporate partnerships and fundraising activities
  • Nurture ongoing relationships with funders
  • Build new partnerships to sustain and enhance program
  • Oversee the work of grant writer who works on a contract basis

Community engagement

  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with community partners, donors and stakeholders, serving as spokesperson for Meals on Wheels
  • Raise the profile of the organization through a communication plan that promotes awareness of food insecurity and isolation among seniors, and highlights the organization’s mission

Board collaboration

  • Provide regular updates and counsel to the Board of Directors, seek input and align organizational strategies with board priorities
  • Support board expansion and engagement, leveraging experience and skills of members through committee work
  • Identity opportunities and threats, and involve board in strategic responses


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • 5+ years of leadership and employee management experience in a nonprofit
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit governance, compliance and financial management
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills, with experience in developing a communications plan
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and donor relations
  • Demonstrated capabilities in board administration
  • Strong computer skills and high degree of comfort using enterprise software and Excel-based applications to achieve results and aid reporting
  • Commitment to the mission of Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels

Salary to be based on candidate’s skills and experience

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