Executive Director

Posted by
The Hummingbird Project
Cleveland, OH
Published 23 days ago

The Hummingbird Project is a Cleveland-based non-profit that operates a number of initiatives domestically and globally in an effort to promote and educate communities about ecological regeneration. Since its founding in 2011, The Hummingbird Project has grown to include an international network of volunteers, collaborating organizations and projects on three continents.

The Hummingbird Project works for social justice by reconnecting people to the natural world and empowering community resilience through ecological regeneration and sustainable practices.

The main domestic initiative is the Cleveland Seed Bank (CSB). The mission of the CSB is to create an alliance of seed savers, offer educational programs on seeds and seed saving, act as an independent source of locally adapted seeds and create a successful seed saving program that can be adapted by communities around the world. We host an Annual Seed Swap, 13 Seed Libraries in 5 library systems, grow on a formerly vacant lot in Collinwood and host a variety of events related to seeds and seed saving. 

Internationally, the Hummingbird Project partners with in country organizations to provide education and infrastructure to support regenerative practices. For example, THP has trained over 5000 farmers in India on how to cultivate a living soil and provided irrigation, compost and biogas digesters. This international work and our partnerships connect us to a global network of organizations and activists all working for food and social justice. 

The Hummingbird Project is at an exciting moment in its history. After years of building and with a continued sense of striving towards new goals, we are ready for a highly competent individual to take the baton from the founding Executive Director and shepherd the organization into its next phase of growth and development.  

We are seeking an experienced, energetic, positive leader to run the organization, who has a strong background and interest in environmental initiatives. 


The Executive Director will manage and oversee the programs and operational duties of The Hummingbird Project as well promote the organization in the community, representing THP/CSB at meetings, events and partnership building opportunities. This position's primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization's operational functions.

Reports to: Board of Directors

Manages: Program/Education Director, Operations Director


Program Development and Implementation

Oversees and supports the development, design and delivery of THP/CSB programs, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with The Hummingbird Project’s mission and long term sustainability.

Further develops and monitors outcome evaluation metrics and benchmarks in collaboration with program managers.

Personnel Management

Supervises staff, providing guidance and professional development.

Establishes annual work plans with staff and a process for review of work plans.

Maintains qualified staff for efficient and effective program operation.

Fund Development

Works in partnership with the Board to manage fund development activities, cultivation and stewardship of donors, event planning, and identifying new resources. Actively seeks and maintains a diverse donor base of individual, business, foundation and government segments.

Builds strong relationships with donors and potential donors.

Leads organization’s financial growth in order to maintain healthy cash flow, provide full services to our constituents and maintain adequate reserves to support board-approved investments and risk-taking.

Strategy and Planning

Takes a leadership role in driving a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and staff that results in the execution of the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.

Works with program staff to develop annual programmatic budgets.

Creates annual organizational budget.

Cultivates a strong partnership with the Board of Directors in setting policies consistent with the mission of The Hummingbird Project. Works, as needed, with all the standing and ad hoc committees of the Board.

Organizational Management

Leads, motivates and develops staff and board with a mission-centric approach. 

Ensures the organization has diverse staff with skills appropriate for the needs of the position including hiring, separation of employment, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation and benefits.

The Hummingbird Project is a Cleveland-based non-profit that operates a number of initiatives domestically and globally in an effort to promote and educate communities about ecological regeneration. Since its founding in 2011, The…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 20, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Commensurate with experience


Cleveland, OH, USA

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