Executive Director, Soule Homestead Education Center
The Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleborough, Massachusetts, is seeking a part-time Executive Director to lead our 22-year-old non-profit organization. Soule Homestead’s mission is to preserve a town-owned 120-acre historic rural property and operate it as a working educational farm. The farm provides hands-on agricultural, environmental, and cultural programs for all ages and demonstrates humane and organic agricultural practices. The annual operating budget is $112,000.
Executive Director Position
The Executive Director oversees administration, programs, and farm operations in accordance with the organization’s mission and strategic plan. The Executive Director reports to the board of directors and supervises three part-time staff, seasonal interns, and volunteers. He or she is also responsible for public relations and working collaboratively with funding sources, committees, town and school officials, other non-profit and community groups, and the general public.
Soule Homestead Education Center was founded in 1991 by a group of area residents. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Soule Homestead Education Center’s mission is to support and maintain a community based non-profit education center for the benefit of area schools and the general public while preserving and enhancing the historic Soule Homestead. Hands-on learning opportunities include environmental programs, organic farming activities, traditional crafts and cultural events.
The Executive Director manages all aspects of the organization, including administration, fiscal management, supervision of staff, fundraising and grant-writing, committees, coordination of programs and special events, community outreach, membership and volunteer recruitment, historic building maintenance, overseeing leaseholders, and livestock care. Soule Homestead presently holds leases with thre efarmers and a sheep dog training facility.
* College degree in a related area such as education, management, communication, environmental studies, or agriculture is preferred.
* Minimum of two years relevant experience in the following areas is desirable: non-profit or business management, grant writing and fundraising, teaching, historic building maintenance, organic farming and livestock care.
* Of utmost importance is the ability to work well with the public and colleagues, inspiring enthusiasm and cooperation.
* Effective organizational, computer, written, and verbal skills are required.
* The job requires the physical ability to walk the property and perform a variety of light duty farm chores as needed.
For more information please visit www.soulehomestead.org
To apply please email your resume and cover letter by January 31, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org