President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Martha's Table
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Administrative, Clerical, Support Services
Fundraising, Resource Development, Grant Writing
President and CEO
Martha’s Table is partnering with Good Insight, a national executive search firm for nonprofits, on a search for a President & Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) to lead a thriving, community-centric, and place-based nonprofit in Washington DC. The full job announcement is here: https://tinyurl.com/MarthasTableCEOJD
Martha’s Table believes that every Washingtonian deserves the opportunity to thrive. For over 40 years, we have supported strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health and wellness, and family resources. Since its founding, Martha’s Table has strategically expanded its focus and footprint. Starting as a small program connecting children and families to healthy food and enriching early childhood and afterschool offerings, today, Martha’s Table is a nationally recognized community institution that is advancing a bold model of self-determination charted by insights from community members.
Martha’s Table works to achieve the promise of a truly equitable D.C through three key areas:
Quality Education: Early childhood education offerings are designed to help young children thrive developmentally and prepare for school success.
Health & Wellness: Increasing access to healthy food and mental and emotional wellness programs help children and their families to make healthy choices.
Family & Community Supports: With a focus on strengthening families, connecting caregivers to critical resources (e.g., cash assistance, parent advisory council, and fatherhood programs).
The CEO will bring a record of bold leadership to effectively deliver an inspiring vision: that every Washingtonian deserves the opportunity to thrive. The CEO is responsible for articulating Martha’s Table’s mission, prioritizing goals outlined in its strategic plan, maintaining an expansive network of partners, and setting local and national agendas for thought leadership and advocacy.
The CEO will join an organization with a clear vision and mission, strong financial position, and a purposeful course of action laid out by a five-year strategy launched in 2021. As they guide the delivery of this community-driven plan, the CEO will pursue and innovate upon our current internal practices that advance an equity-focused team culture. Through community-based hiring, personal and professional development, and rewarding compensation packages, Martha’s Table has come to an exciting juncture where it is becoming a national model for nonprofit workplace practices.
The CEO reports to and works in partnership with a 20-person Board of Directors, comprised of influential community and civic leaders. The Board fulfills its fiduciary responsibilities through quarterly board meetings, active committee participation, and resource development efforts. The CEO leads a staff of 120 and works closely with a senior leadership team of nine. Their four direct reports include the Chief Program Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer, and Chief of Staff. The Chief Development Officer and Chief of Staff currently have interim leadership. Addressing these vacancies will be among the next CEO’s early priorities.
Martha’s Table is a fiscally-sound nonprofit with a projected FY23 budget of $24M, a robust cash position, sizable investment portfolio, and a $20M+ board-designated operating reserve. Half of its annual revenue is derived from private donations, with another 25% generated from public funding. It operates three facilities in Washington, DC: two in Southeast and one in Northwest.
The President and CEO’s key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Advance Community-Centered Leadership
Champion, steward, and deliver a strategic direction based on a collective and community-driven vision for Martha’s Table.
In partnership with the staff and Board, set annual targets, business plans, and measurable goals that aid a place-based strategy for economic mobility and community self-determination.
Direct thought leadership, testimony, and advocacy that connect Martha’s Table’s successful direct services model to local and national policy changes that advance economic mobility for families experiencing generational poverty.
Facilitate the governance work of the Board of Directors by assisting the executive committee with the development of annual board workplans, reporting on programmatic and operational effectiveness, and leveraging Board efforts to raise resources and visibility that extend Martha’s Table’s presence in local and national circles.
Champion a Diverse and Values-Driven Team Culture
Inspire a team culture that values respect, compassion, teamwork, and accountability.
Supervise, encourage, and develop the performance of the senior leadership team. Mentor employees to encourage professional growth, creative approaches, and effective teamwork.
Define effective decision-making practices and clear communications that align staff across different departments, increase belonging, and facilitate transparent working relationships.
Set a bold agenda for internal racial equity and justice practices that maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce across race, gender, socioeconomics, ability, and sexual orientation.
Raise Organizational Profile and Resources
Represent and promote Martha’s Table’s mission, programs, and outcomes to media outlets, partners, policymakers, and sponsors.
Identify opportunities, strategies, and partnerships that enhance the visibility of Martha’s Table’s priorities, programs, and community supports.
In coordination with the development team, maintain and grow supporters by liaising with funders and donors, envisioning new revenue-based partnerships, and ensuring grant proposals and reports reflect the organization's vision, values, and outcomes.
Implement Long-Term Infrastructure Strategies
Ensure operations prioritize efficiency, safety, and compliance. Follow legal and regulatory guidance for government contracts, advance progressive human resource functions, safeguard facilities management practices, and invest in information technology systems and training that help Martha's Table and its staff operate at high levels.
Envision and plan investments in systems, processes, tools, and technologies necessary for an organization of Martha’s Table’s size and complexity.
Conduct regular review of key performance indicators that track costs, progress, and intended outcomes towards long-term goals, while directing course corrections as needed.
Guide finance team to prepare budgets integrating departmental priorities, monitor income and expenses, support long-range planning, and provide the Board with regular reports.
Experiences, Skills, and Qualities
The Board is seeking a skilled executive who brings a record of successful senior leadership experiences to this role. We recognize that the most competitive applicants will have many, but likely not all, of the following personal and professional experiences, skills, and qualities:
10+ years in leadership roles in a nonprofit, government agency, or similarly complex entity.
Passion for Martha’s Table’s mission, with advanced understanding of issues, trends, and policies affecting education, food access, community development, and economic mobility.
A significant supervisory record; experience mentoring and developing other senior leaders.
A strong record managing finance and operations within a complex, multi-million dollar entity. A command of core functions of budgeting, financial management, human resources, contract negotiations, and external communications.
Comfort in a highly visible role. A credible reputation and strong public presence; an effective and influential communicator in public settings and personal conversations.
Committed to collective leadership and community co-ownership of organizational strategy.
Nuanced and intersectional understanding of equity, racial justice, and structural racism.
Proven ability to build effective and respectful relationships with people of various backgrounds, opinions, and perceptions. Demonstrates deep respect and understanding of Martha’s Table’s role as a true and trusted neighbor.
Talent for building consensus through strong emotional intelligence, super listening skills, and deep compassion. Leads teams with empathy, equity, dignity, and respect.
A successful record implementing strategy and setting goal frameworks, action-oriented budgets, and outcome measurements.
Accomplished with senior-level fundraising efforts, including strategizing and securing support through partnerships, institutions, corporations, and/or individuals.
Prior experience working with or serving on a nonprofit board; understanding of nonprofit governance and fiduciary responsibilities; fosters dialogue between board and leadership.
Local ties, including current or past record of personal and/or professional connections in related fields in Washington, DC. Experience working in Ward 8 is considered a major plus.
Martha’s Table operates a place-based strategy in Washington, DC. Administrative offices are at 2375 Elvans Road SE, Washington, DC 20020.
The annual base salary for this role begins at $225,000 with a competitive benefits package.
Martha’s Table is conducting this search in partnership with Good Insight, a Washington, DC-based executive search firm serving nonprofits and associations nationwide. Good Insight’s CEO, Carlyn Madden, is leading the search team. Confidential recommendations, nominations, or personal inquiries may be sent to her at MarthasTable@good-insight.org.
Interested applicants should upload a resume and a detailed cover letter that describes their qualifications for this role to the application portal at www.good-insight.org/careers.
Employment Opportunities and Conditions
Martha’s Table is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national, social or ethnic origin, disability status, HIV status, family medical history or genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, family or parental status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact MarthasTable@good-insight.org.
This position requires the completion of a satisfactory background check.
All Martha's Table employees, interns, subcontractors, and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Applicants who are unable to be vaccinated for religious or medical reasons should contact MarthasTable@good-insight.org as soon as possible to engage in the interactive process and explore what, if any, reasonable accommodations Martha's Table is able to offer.