Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time Temporary Contract




Details: Negotiable




2187 W 24th Street
Los Angeles
United States


The Garden School Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide meaningful education for underserved youth in Los Angeles through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms. GSF works with 7 Title 1 elementary schools to implement our Seed to Table curriculum of experiential standards-based lessons in all academic subjects, as well as cooking and nutrition, to strengthen the connection between education, health, environmental awareness, and thriving communities. Within these 7 school gardens, over 3,400 youth grow throughout each school year and graduate our program with over 60 recipes they have planted, tended to, harvested, cooked and tasted.

GSF is looking for a passionate, motivated, and forward thinking individual who is dedicated to food equity in Los Angeles. The Executive Director will work with the staff, board members, and the community to create and implement strategic plans to further the vision of GSF for years to come. GSF is a collaborative working environment with a growing future in garden based education.

Outside of the Seed to Table program, GSF also hosts monthly Community Garden Days, Teacher Training Workshops, Summer and Winter Camps, school lunch composting initiatives, and is partnered with a Vocational Trade and Career Horticultural Greenhouse program.

GSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process. 


The Executive Director will manage overall operations for the Garden School Foundation, including but not limited to program management and development, event planning, fundraising, donor relations, human resources, and financial responsibilities.

  • ● Work directly with the Board Chair to drive the mission
  • ● Identify, establish and nurture partnerships that add value to GSF
  • ● Participate in top-level management decisions for the organization with a keen eye towards overall strategic program development, implementation, and management.
  • ● Set long term strategies that leverage the impact of GSF’s Seed to Table program in order to achieve scale, spark strategic partnership opportunities, and drive systemic change.
  • ● Continue cultivating core values-driven organizational culture
  • ● Attend Board meetings, lead key conversations and facilitate Board understanding of and
  • engagement with GSF’s programs.
  • ● Research potential marketing strategies for the Seed to Table curriculum
  • ● Manage staff and oversee all human resource duties including hiring staff, running staff
  • meetings, and
  • ● Work in collaboration with the Executive Committee to submit grant proposals.
  • ● Research potential marketing strategies for the Seed to Table curriculum
  • ● Manage staff and oversee all human resource duties including hiring staff, running staff
  • meetings, and
  • ● Play a key role in strategic planning and the implementation of GSF’s fundraising events, capital campaign, and donor relationships.
  • ● Ensure accurate budgeting and strategic spending
  • ● Collaborate with the Board, staff, and the community to further develop GSF’s emerging
  • programs: Greenhouse CSA, Teacher Training Program, Curriculum Sales, Summer / Winter
  • Camps, and Internship programs
  • ● Collaborate with Marketing and Communications staff to capture and share stories of
  • impact and help manage GSF’s external communications, including newsletters, media
  • requests, website copy, blog posts, and social media engagement
  • ● Collaborate with the Board of Directors and staff to set annual and long-term program goals
  • ● Maintain good relationships with all GSF schools and update the memorandum of understanding
  • each year at each site
  • ● Oversee volunteer recruitment and management
  • Required Skills
  • Five years experience working in non-profit management in a related field, ideally in a school / education setting. Experience managing staff and working with diverse populations.
  • ● Track-record of successful fundraising including planning large events, donor relationships, capitol campaigns, and grant writing.
  • ● Ability to develop budgets and align strategic goals to funding needs.
  • ● Experience working with Board of Directors
  • ● Deep understanding and commitment to developing partnerships, fundraising events, and donor
  • relationships
  • ● Strong internal drive and ability to manage and deliver on projects independently
  • ● Entrepreneurial, with a creative drive to solve problems and identify and fill gaps
  • ● Learning oriented, with a desire to seek and use feedback to shape your work
  • ● Effective written and verbal communicator, comfortable communicating through phone,
  • email, and video chat functions and speaking in front of large and small groups

● Experience working with school and school district administrators and school personnel Desired Skills


  • ● Experience with school gardening and teaching
  • ● Self-starter with flexible schedule
  • ● Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • ● Excellent speaking and diplomacy skills
  • ● Ability to apply strategic and creative thinking
  • ● Highly organized with strong time management ability
  • ● Strong research and analytical skills
  • ● Ability to work under pressure effectively and meet deadlines
  • ● Strong collaborative experience
  • ● An unyieldingly positive attitude
  • ● Bilingual (Spanish preferred)
  • ● Familiarity with donor base management systems 

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Email a cover letter and resume to board@gardenschoolfoundation.org