Director of Operations

The Golden LEAF Foundation seeks a motivated, detail-oriented, quick learner to join the team at Golden LEAF to serve as Director of Operations. This position will replace the existing Senior Director of Administrative Services position following the retirement of the person currently in the role later this fall.  (The change in title of the position reflects a realignment of job responsibilities.)

About Golden LEAF

The Golden LEAF Foundation was established in 1999 to administer a portion of the tobacco settlement agreement monies and award funds to support projects in North Carolina’s rural and economically distressed communities. For almost 20 years, the nonprofit has partnered with state and local governments and other foundations to build economic opportunity across North Carolina through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation, governed by a board of directors appointed by leaders of North Carolina’s legislative and executive branches, has focused on critical issues facing rural communities including bringing jobs and building industry by providing resources to communities, awarding scholarships to local students and administering the state’s relief efforts following natural disasters.

Primary Functions

The Director of Operations is responsible for managing the daily operations, facility maintenance, technology,  accounting/financial support, and human resources of the Foundation. The Director of Operations reports directly to the President/CEO. The Administrative Assistant for Operations reports to this position.

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Preferred Characteristics

The successful candidate must be self-motivated, results-driven and possess strong leadership ability to manage and improve the efficiency of the Foundation’s operations. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate a high standard of excellence, accuracy and consistency, personal integrity, and accountability. Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills and the ability to effectively multi-task and prioritize under deadlines are essential to success.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the capacity to handle competing external and internal deadlines in a fast-paced environment. The ability and temperament to pivot priorities on short-notice is an essential requirement.

Familiarity with rural North Carolina and attraction to the mission of the Golden LEAF Foundation is highly desired.


This position will be based at the Golden LEAF offices at 301 N. Winstead Avenue in Rocky Mount, NC. This position is expected to work from the office.


A four-year degree in a related field.

At least seven years of progressively responsible duties in Operations management to include experience and proficiency in facilities management, vendor management, accounting, and human resources.

Demonstrated proficiency in use of common software programs including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and QuickBooks. 

General accounting experience in the not-for-profit or governmental sector and knowledge/understanding of internal control practices.

Golden LEAF will conduct a criminal background check and may conduct additional background checks and drug tests of applicants as a condition of employment.

Compensation and Benefits

Director of Operations position is a full-time, professional position with compensation and benefits commensurate with responsibilities and experience. This position has an anticipated hiring range of $75,000 – $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience.


This position has an anticipated starting timeline of early to mid-October to allow for transition prior to the anticipated retirement of the Senior Director of Administrative Services. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Questions about this position can be directed to Kasey Ginsberg, Vice President/Chief of Staff by email: Applications must be submitted using the form below. 

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