FamilyWorks - Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States | Full-time


Comprehensive Position Profile

Founded in 1996, FamilyWorks (FW) is the only organization in Seattle with a food bank and family resource center in the same building. Because of this unique blend of services, neighbors and families have access to nutritious groceries at both the Greenwood and Wallingford Food Banks, as well as a wide array of programs and resources at the Wallingford Family Resource Center. 

Through the food banks, families and individuals can receive fresh produce, dairy, proteins, and more, once a week at each location. FamilyWorks also offers a Grocery Delivery Program for home-bound adults, “No-Cook” or Emergency Food Bags for neighbors struggling with housing insecurity, and “PowerPacks” for local students to stay well-nourished over the weekend.

At the Family Resource Center, families and individuals create a vibrant community through multi-lingual and multi-cultural playgroups, participant-led workshops, and other community programs. The Family Resource Center also offers other basic resources such as children’s clothing and diapers, broader support in referrals and connections to other services, WIC Nutritionist appointments, and more.

FamilyWorks currently employs fifteen full- and part-time employees and has an annual operating budget of approximately $2m. For more information on the history of FamilyWorks, please click here. You can access FamilyWorks E-newsletter, Annual Reports, Form 990s and Audited Financials here.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for overall strategic and operational functions of FamilyWorks, ensuring that FamilyWorks succeeds in fulfilling our mission. The ED will embody the Principles of Family Support and will foster these principles across the organization, demonstrate and model strength-based, respectful interactions with all constituents of FamilyWorks. The ED will lead with an equity lens and continue to build the organization’s capacity as an anti-racist and multi-cultural organization.  The ED will oversee and manage all aspects of the organization including program delivery, fiscal management, resource development, administration, facilities and staffing.  The ED will ensure that the organization is in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations under which it operates and/or receives funds. The ED shall work in partnership with, report to, and be accountable to the Board of Directors, currently at 12 members.

Family Works is working through a thoughtful planned transition from a 22-year founder and Executive Director who will be supportive in helping set up the next leader for success.

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer activities, and direct and transferable skills. FamilyWorks seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • Experience serving as an Executive Director, CEO, President, or senior staff member overseeing an organization, department, or division of significant size.
  • Ideally a background and exposure to social sector or nonprofit services, which may come from board or staff service.

Commitment to:

  • Embody the Principles of Family Support and foster these across the organization.
  • Interact with every person with dignity and respect.
  • Promote and foster a work environment typified by inclusion, collaboration, transparency, and appreciation.
  • Continue to support and foster FamilyWorks story-based approach.
  • Learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, inclusion, cultural competency, and an understanding of oppression and its impact.
  • Address the issues of poverty in this community.

Ability to:

  • “Sell” the vision of the organization to funders and donors to help FamilyWorks meet the demand for services in the community.
  • Empower, mentor, motivate and engage staff and volunteers.
  • Maintain awareness of organization status and manage multiple priorities while delegating resources and empowering staff accordingly. .
  • Maintain poise and personal centeredness in midst of changing, at times hectic, environment.
  • Identify and effectively address core issues and concerns in a variety of situations involving interpersonal conflict/crisis (clients, staff, or board).
  • Communicate effectively both in daily interactions as supervisor and as organizational leader, as well as in written format and oral presentation.
  • Steward and cultivate relationships with individuals, foundations, public agencies and other funding partners as part of the organizations’ fundraising efforts.
  • Strengthen and build on existing interagency partnerships, particularly Solid Ground and Salvation Army.

Possess and demonstrate:

  • Empathy
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Equity focus
  • Passion for mission
  • Humility
  • Fundamental business operation skills
  • Joy for this work
  • Confidence
  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Growth mindset
  • Community focus

Total Compensation

The annual salary range for this position is $100,000 - $125,000. FamilyWorks offers a competitive benefit package that includes health and dental insurance for just $20/month from the employee, as well as vacation and sick leave.

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of April 10, 2020

Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by late-March. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Search Committee. Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single, combined WORD or PDF document.

 You may direct questions to Mr. Ed Rogan at or 206.697.8428.

 FamilyWorks is a progressive and equal opportunity employer committed to creating a welcoming work environment. FamilyWorks and the Valtas Group do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender identity, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.