Seed Programs International

About Seed Programs International

Seeds Programs International seeks to help millions of families in need around the world improve their lives by producing vegetables for food, nutrition and income. We achieve our goals by working with local partners around the world that provide families with a hand-up in accessing quality seed of adapted vegetable varieties and the knowledge needed to successfully grow and harvest diverse vegetable crops as well as procure seed for their next crop. SPI encourages and supports development of seed supply chains that reach under-served communities and meet standards for affordable, quality adapted seed. We support both short-term relief work as well as medium-term development work with the objective of working ourselves out of a job one community at a time.

Job Summary

Position: Operations Director

Organization: Seed Programs International (SPI)
Location: Asheville, NC (and / or remote)
Reports to: President & CEO
Experience: Substantial nonprofit administrative experience or similar work in the for-profit sector (minimum 2 years of full time experience in all of the above). Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent work experience.

About the Position

We are seeking an experienced leader who is organized, detailed, and has a strong track record of developing and improving systems and managing work processes. The candidate also utilizes technology for project leadership to ensure that staff understand and adhere to expectations and deadlines. This person will work alongside, report to, and develop a strong working relationship with the newly hired President & CEO of SPI to provide daily operational support and leadership needed for the CEO to pursue a growth strategy for the organization. Although our mission centers around agriculture, the work of this position is primarily office-based. This is a small staff making a big impact, so this person has the ability to wear “multiple hats” to accomplish work needed to ensure SPI success. We are seeking someone with a strong background in organizing and problem solving. Our culture is very collaborative, so the ability to balance cooperation and regulation is a key to success in the position.

Requirements & Experience

  • Proven experience in project management, organization, and developing systems to support SPI, both at the organization-wide level and for individual projects.
  • Define and implement innovative process improvements and revise operational policies and guidelines to improve staff and organization productivity.
  • Strong project management experience in leading staff at both the macro level of workflow management as well as individual projects and event management.
  • Strategic thinker with superior knowledge of multiple operational functions and processes including finance, customer service, inventory and employee management.
  • Experience using technology and digital platforms to manage and administer work and collaborative projects. SalesForce, Google G-Suite, and Quickbooks Online experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with basic system administration and user management, including user account setup and configuration.
  • Financial acumen and fluency in budget management, reporting and participating in annual financial audits.
  • A passion for international development work and for SPI’s mission.
  • Substantial nonprofit administrative experience or similar work in the for-profit sector (minimum 2 years of full time experience in all of the above).
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or the equivalent work experience. 


Starting salary range is $40-55K annually depending on experience, with opportunity for growth based on SPI growth and fiscal performance improvement.

Although this is a full-time position, applications for long-term, part-time employment may also be considered.

How to Apply

SPI is committed to equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Candidates from all sections of the community are welcome to apply.

Please email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading “Operations Director Application”.

We will reach out to the most qualified candidates for discussion within 45 days of the initial job announcement.

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Seed Programs International

PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815


Seed Programs Canada (Affiliate)

Registered Charity No. 839858107RR0001
Lombardy, ON

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.