NCEOC Hiring an Executive Director!

Job Description: North Carolina Employee Ownership Center Executive Director


The North Carolina Employee Ownership Center (NCEOC) is on a mission to protect jobs, increase community wealth, and create a more vibrant, inclusive economy through employee ownership. We do this through telling stories, forging partnerships, and providing unbiased information to business owners and their advisors about business succession options, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), worker cooperatives, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). NCEOC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves the entire state of North Carolina, with a particular focus on outreach to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) owned businesses and those with 40% or greater BIPOC workforces. Our vision is that all North Carolinians benefit from strong local economies and shared prosperity through employee ownership. NCEOC was founded in 2019 by an active group of volunteers and has grown significantly over the past 3.5 years. We are seeking our next Executive Director to build on our existing funding base and programming and help lead the organization to the next level. Website:

Job Title: Executive Director

Reports to: NCEOC Board of Directors 

Compensation Program:  Competitive salary commensurate with experience, bonus based on fundraising success, IHCRA, vacation & PTO

Location: North Carolina (no physical office has been established so the ED will have the option to work at home or in a co-working office)

Travel:  Will range from about 20% to about 40% of the time 


Management and Fundraising

  • Work closely with the active Board of Directors and other stakeholders to develop and execute on NCEOC’s strategy
  • Identify, hire and manage effective team members to support the strategy
  • Participate in the creation of the budget and manage the budget with approval from the board of directors
  • Identify fundraising targets and lead efforts to raise funds, including but not limited to corporate, individual, foundation, and municipal grants
  • Manage grants, including tracking key metrics and completing grant reports in a timely fashion

 Partnership Development 

  • Establish effective relationships with partner organizations and track contacts in Neon, NCEOC’s CRM
  • Cultivate relationships within the professional and service provider community
  • Build on existing deep roots in business and community ecosystems in NC
  • Cultivate relationships within government & education
  • Organize stakeholder convenings
  • Build on pilot Employee Ownership Ambassador program with key organizations throughout the state to help authentically get the word out about employee ownership 

Marketing and Outreach

  • Implement outreach to the business community
  • Conduct marketing and PR efforts
  • Develop and manage web and social media plans
  • Create materials for advertising, conferences and displays
  • Develop toolkits, templates and presentations to assist business leaders
  • Participate in conferences and exhibitions



  • 4-Year degree and/or equivalent experience


  • 4+ years business or non-profit management experience
  • Demonstrated leadership success in starting or building organizations
  • Fundraising/business development experience
  • Grassroots organizing experience
  • Budget responsibility and financial literacy
  • Proven hands-on leadership experience
  • Marketing or public relations experience a plus
  • Experience in an employee-owned companies a plus
  • Familiarity and comfort with MS Office Suite, Google Suite, WordPress, basic social media

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to social and economic equity
  • Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
  • Ability to move across contexts and articulate an understanding of structural marginalization of communities (rural/urban, race/ethnicity)
  • Knowledge of and openness to all forms of employee ownership (ESOPs, worker cooperatives, employee ownership trusts, etc.)
  • Hands-on, engaging leadership style
  • Strategic thinker and builder
  • Self-driven
  • High level of confidence in decision making
  • A service/mission mentality
  • Ethical with high personal standard of conduct and accountability
  • Commitment to continuous learning and personal mastery of new skills/knowledge

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to:  

Put NCEOC Executive Director Application in the subject line