Interim Executive Director

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Part Time Temporary Contract



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2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite A
United States




SEEDS, a nonprofit community-based organization that has been providing mediation, facilitation, training, and restorative services to residents, organizations, and schools in the Bay Area, is seeking an Interim Executive Director. Ideally, the IED will also provide leadership and support to the ED search. The current ED, who served for five years, will depart at the end of May.


Our Vision: We see conflict as an opportunity for positive growth and transformation in our society. We envision a future in which all individuals, organizations, and communities have the skills and capacity to engage in effective dialogue and promote the peaceful resolution of issues and conflicts.

Our Mission: We cultivate positive communication and develop fundamental understanding so that all people can be in productive relationship with each other. We do this through mediation, facilitation, training and restorative practices.

SEEDS, founded in 1983, organizes program services into 3 areas: Community Services, School Services and Organizational Effectiveness. SEEDS has a permanent staff of 7, with an additional 10 staff whose positions are tied to annual contracts with school districts. Most of the non-permanent staff will likely not be re-employed because of a change in strategy for program delivery to schools. SEEDS also works with several affiliates who are contracted on an as-needed basis to provide training and facilitation services. Finally, SEEDS maintains a vital pool of approximately 100 volunteers who are core to our mediations services.

The project organizational budget for 2018-2019 is between $500,000 and $800,000, with fee for service as the largest income source.


The SEEDS Board of Directors seeks a qualified individual to lead the organization during an executive transition period. The individual must quickly and effectively provide onsite management and ensure that the organization is well-positioned for new executive leadership. We anticipate that the position will be 3-6 months.

Major functions:

o  Budgeting and Financial Management

  • Work with Board to finalize and approve 2018-2019 Budget by start of fiscal year on July 1.
  • Work with outside accounting firm on budget implementation, monthly reports, reconciliations
  • Manage overall financials in partnership with on staff Operations Manager
  • Make key finance decisions.
  • Support Board in monitoring finances
  • Finalize pending contracts and monitor implementation.

o  HR and Administration

  • Provide oversight of hiring processes, staff performance evaluations, etc.
  • Ensure the organization is meeting all compliance requirements

o  Program Oversight

  • Support highly competent and largely independent program directors in program implementation
  • As needed, interface with program partners in partnership with lead staff
  • Monitor contracts

o  Executive Transition Support

  • Work with Board and staff to develop ED job description and prioritize qualifications
  • Support strong staff morale through the transition process by integrating staff into the hiring process, empowering staff to take on interim or more permanent leadership where appropriate, addressing staff concerns, etc.
  • Assist to develop ED search and hiring process
  • o  Use professional network to disseminate the ED job opportunity
  • o  Support hiring committee in selection process
  • o  Ensure smooth on-boarding of new ED



The ideal Interim Executive Director will have the following qualities:

  • Collaborator – Ability to work within SEEDS culture of dialogue, facilitation, conflict management, engagement and participatory decision-making.
  • Experience and comfort in organizational and community efforts to advance social justice and equity and approach organizational culture and program development through an anti-oppression, anti-bias lens.
  • Experience with financial management and annual budgeting for a non-profit of SEEDS’ size.
  • Familiarity with contract negotiations with government agencies including public schools, county and city.
  • Familiarity with non-profit fee-for-service models.
  • Demonstrated ability to shepherd staff through a period of significant change. Skills in engaging various stakeholders, listening and holding back when it’s needed, leading when its needed.  
  • Demonstrated success in non-profit leadership transitions.
  • Knowledge of non-profit ED search processes.



Submit a proposal to Jennifer Bullock <>, IED Selection Committee Chair, that includes:

  • Cover letter that includes description of past experiences that equip you for this position
  • Resume
  • List of references of former or current clients, with a short description of the work performed
  • Proposed fee, hours and length of engagement

Timeline: Proposals will be considered up to Monday, May 14 at 12 PM. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Selection will be made by May 22. It is desired that the candidate selected will be able to start immediately in at least a limited capacity and to be available at least half time by the middle of June.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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