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REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. We work with a school community to build a rich outdoor learning environment in just one day, and then guide teachers through the outdoor lessons and teaching techniques that make their learning garden as important to academic success as a library or a computer lab. To date, our organization has reached more than 100 schools, 4,000 educators and 100,000 students.

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Position Title: Regional Executive Director, Texas

Reports to Title: VP of Regional Operations & Impact
FLSA Status:Exempt
Job Type:Full Time, Regular Staff Position

REAL School Gardens, an innovative nonprofit organization committed to growing successful students in low-income schools, is seeking a Regional Executive Director. This strategic, passionate and thoughtful leader will be responsible for the guidance and direction of an existing team, setting a strategic growth plan, ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, ensuring successful program outcomes and expanding the organization’s impact in multiple markets in Texas. This key position reports directly to the Vice President, Regional Operations and Impact. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Regional Executive Director will have a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to: 

  • Lead the organization’s growth strategy, identifying new markets, anchor partners and early investors. 

  • Lead annual planning in the region, including development and oversight of the regional budget. 

  • Lead the region’s program and fundraising efforts, ultimately building thriving teams in multiple cities in the region. 

  • Lead the region’s finance, operations and HR functions. 

  • Identify and recruit new school district partners throughout the region, and renew existing partners. 

  • Ensure compliance with all contracts, memoranda of understanding, and agreements. 

  • In collaboration with the VP, Regional Operations and Impact, , the Director of Training and Curriculum Development and regional team, ensure that programs meet the highest quality standards in program design, implementation, customer service and management. 

  • Serve as a thought leader, spokesperson and driver of strategic partnerships in experiential learning. 

  • Manage and motivate staff to achieve their objectives by providing necessary resources, professional development, performance management, and a positive work environment that supports excellence, cultural competency and mutual respect. 

  • Identify, build, engage and lead members of the regional advisory board to leverage their talents and energy across relevant aspects of the organization. 

  • Maintain and elevate organizations brand and reputation in the region among public, private and nonprofit stakeholder groups. 

  • A track record of successfully raising funds for an organization or cause. 

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial background. 

  • A proven ability to move initiatives forward, identify opportunities, take reasonable risks, manage challenges, and achieve desired results. 

  • A strategic thinker and visionary with experience operationalizing a vision into a realistic work plan. 

  • A skilled leader with ability to motivate, coach, and develop an experienced staff and board. 

  • Superb strategic communication skills and the proven ability to empower a diverse set of key stakeholders. 

  • Positive, optimistic, and energetic personality. 

  • Confident and inclusive leadership style. 

  • A sense of humor and perspective. 

  • Advanced computer skills and expertise in Microsoft Office (Word; Excel; Power Point; Outlook) and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (preferred). 

  • Ability to travel within the region, estimated 30% of the time. 

  • Ability to work after hours and on weekends as needed. 


Bachelor’s degree required. Five or more years of leading program delivery and/or development for a nonprofit organization. 

No agency or third party candidates will be considered for this position. No phone calls please. 

To apply for this position only, please submit a cover letter and resume, including your salary history, in a Word or PDF format to