Louisiana – Grow Dat Youth Farm hiring Executive Director

New Orleans, Louisiana

Organization: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Location: New Orleans, LA

Job: Executive Director

Grow Dat Youth Farm seeks an Executive Director with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and experience growing nonprofit organizations. Our next Executive Director will have experience building relationships across difference, and will align closely with Grow Dat’s organizational values of youth leadership, sustainability, inclusion and multiculturalism, food justice, love of land, and solidarity. Significant experience with youth leadership programming, fundraising, and senior nonprofit management is essential.

For more information regarding this position, including responsibilities and qualifications, please visit growdatyouthfarm.org/executive-search and view the Candidate Profile.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume via email at search@growdatyouthfarm.org.

To ensure consideration, please submit your application by September 30, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct any questions, nominations, or applications to search@growdatyouthfarm.org or call (225) 769-2676 to speak with a search consultant directly.


Massachusetts – Farmers Inspired hiring Executive Director

Southampton, Massachusetts


Executive Director

farmers inspired is the membership and purpose of North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Inc. (NAFDMA). NAFDMA – farmers inspired was founded in 1986 and is a membership based trade association dedicated to providing endless peer-to-peer learning opportunities, connections and resources, for farmers who are passionate about the business of agritourism and farm direct marketing. farmers inspired includes innovative, resilient, and creative farmers, extension agents, industry suppliers, researchers, farmers’ market participants, government officials and other professionals who are part of the thriving farm direct marketing and agritourism industry in North America. farmers inspired helps develop fertile businesses that cultivate crops, raise livestock, grow, bake, prune, brew, produce, boil, propagate, ferment, preserve, mix, and sell products that add value for the community and advance the agrarian economy.

NAFDMA has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for its next Executive Director. The position of Executive Director is a critical and visible position requiring strong business (financial, operations), and development experience and the ability to establish oneself as a thought leader in the agritourism and farm direct marketing industry locally, regionally, and nationally.

The Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies; and participate in the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization forward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management for NAFDMA. The Executive Director provides inspiring direction to the Mission and Vision within the boundaries, prudence and principles established by the Board. The Executive Director has central responsibility to maintain a positive image for NAFDMA – farmers inspired and ensure effective liaison with members and partner organizations.

The Executive Director must have broad management experience in a non-profit setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight. The Executive Director must possess exceptional leadership presence and the required experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization and demonstrated understanding of how to leverage organizational visibility and credibility and brand recognition through the media and other public relations sources to drive capacity.

The Executive Director must understand the process of visioning, planning, organizing and implementing the association’s annual convention with the capacity to create a delivery plan and oversee volunteers, partners, outsourced contractors, and employees to coordinate all providers into a unified delivery team. The Executive Director must be an expert at financial management and oversight competencies and possess the ability to manage the public relations and business affairs of a nonprofit organization.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Nonprofit Management, or related field and a minimum of 10 years of management experience of which at least 7 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization at a strategic and leadership level, or leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability. The position requires someone with proven success in building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups, with a strong commitment to non-partisan competency. It is essential that S/he possess excellent written and oral communication skills, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, particularly financial information to a variety of audiences. The position requires experience working remotely and managing a remote workforce.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Send materials to: execsearch@nonprofithr.com ATTN: “NAFDMA Executive Director Search” in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: www.farmersinspired.com for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Myra T. Mathis, Executive Search Practice Leader at Nonprofit HR at (202) 785-2060.

Washington DC – Freshfarm hiring Executive Director

Washington, DC


Executive Director


FRESHFARM is a non-profit, founded in 1997, which promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We do this by operating producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers and through innovative philanthropic outreach programs that educate the public about food and related environmental issues.


FRESHFARM operates 15 producer-only farmers markets with more than 150 farmers and producers and is the largest operator of ‘producer only’ farmers markets in the DELMARVA region. Our markets attract more than 450,000 shoppers annually.  In addition, FRESHFARM operates FoodPrints – a food and nutrition education program, and conducts a variety of other education and outreach activities.  These programs inform residents about sustainable food, health, nutrition, and community engagement through the lens of locally produced food.  They promote organically grown products and help make freshly grown products available to people of all income levels.

FRESHFARM is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a current full-time staff of 11, approximately 25 part-time employees and an operating budget of over $2 million. More information is available at http://www.freshfarm.org.


FRESHFARM is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who is an experienced executive-level leader with a strong track record of success in organization management (non-profit management a strong plus). The ED is responsible for managing the senior staff, who in turn oversees the managers and volunteers in the operation of our markets and programs.  The ED is responsible for close monitoring and coordination of financial and fundraising operations of the organization to meet financial targets, developing and implementing HR policies, and modeling desired organizational behavior.  The ability to manage people effectively, foster collaboration and build a positive, high performance culture is essential.


  • Communicate the organization’s vision to stakeholders; lead the team in implementation of that vision;
  • Work collaboratively with the Board and staff, and liaise between the two, to achieve Board approved financial and operational targets;
  • Meet regularly with the Board keeping the membership abreast of operations, achievements and all areas of success and challenge; receive feedback and modify approaches accordingly; make recommendations and communicate regularly with the Board regarding plans for development, budgeting, resource allocation, tracking and reporting;
  • Drive all aspects of fundraising and philanthropic development;
  • Oversee the hiring, training, workflow, retention, performance appraisals, and professional development of staff.
  • Act as principal spokesperson/liaison, and advocate with the media, farmers/producers, and other organizations, outside vendors, partners, and government agencies.
  • Promote and advance FRESHFARM’s mission and vision, and assure the organization keeps pace with marketplace and regulatory developments


  • 7-10+ years of experience in an integral, senior operational role leading and managing teams to tangible outcomes; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Demonstrated success managing organizational dynamics and behavior including change management; non-profit management experience a strong plus;
  • Knowledge of sustainable food, related systems, public education or similar fields preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, mentor and effectively lead and manage staff, fostering a positive culture of collaboration, transparency, team building and professional development;
  • Demonstrated ability to secure grants, steward individual donors, successfully drive fundraising , and engage the Board in fundraising efforts;
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, conflict resolution and communication skills
  • Capacity to both design and build protocols for organizational success;
  • Strong organizational financial acumen, attention to detail and a successful track record of financial management;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; technical/software proficiency (skill in use of social media, a plus)
  • Unquestioned professional and personal ethical standards and integrity


This is a full-time, exempt position which involves occasional work on weekends and evenings. The compensation package includes a competitive salary, workers’ compensation coverage, earned sick leave, and paid vacation and holidays. Healthcare benefits are provided after a three-month probationary period.


Please send a cover letter and resume to FRESHFARM ED Search Committee at careers@freshfarmmarket.org and include “FF ED Position” in the subject line.  In your cover letter, please include a statement about your experience in change management and how your experience is relevant to the organization.

All applications must be received by July 31st, 2017. All correspondence and submissions are to be sent via email. Please be prepared to have references submitted upon request.

FRESHFARM is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Oregon – Rogue Valley Farm to School hiring Executive Director

Ashland, Oregon

Position Announcement

  • Position: Executive Director
  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Location: Ashland Oregon
  • Start date: August 2017
  • Application deadline: June 5, 2017 or until filled

Position Summary

Rogue Valley Farm to School is seeking a skillful professional to lead the nonprofit organization under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be responsible for daily operations, finances, fundraising strategies, programs, and personnel. The Executive Director will ensure the execution of RVF2S’s mission, maintain and build strategic relationships, and represent the organization to the community. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who is passionate about quality nutrition education programs for children and the community, and sustainable agriculture.

About Rogue Valley Farm to School

Established in 2009, Rogue Valley Farm to School (RVF2S) educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals. We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administration and management: Oversee the implementation of the RVF2S strategic plan through on-farm nutrition education, school garden, and farm to cafeteria programs. Support staff in developing relevant, collaborative projects and programs at the community, regional, and statewide levels.

  • Fiscal management: Develop and monitor the annual budget, oversee income and expenditures, prepare fiscal reports for the Board of Directors, and oversee payroll. Ensure that sufficient funds are raised to meet annual budget and cashflow needs with the cooperation of staff. Oversee grant and donor management, reporting, and relationships.

  • Staff management: Set the tone for a respectful and cooperative work culture that motivates employees. Recruit new staff as necessary. Assist staff in development of strategic work plans, facilitate professional development training opportunities; and complete annual evaluations.

  • Board relations: Work closely with the Board on development of organizational policies and plans. Provide the Board with regular updates on organizational activities and any developments that may significantly affect the organization. Attend Board meetings.

Required Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to RVF2S mission and values of integrity, equity, and community

  • Fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector

  • Knowledge of nonprofit structure and governance

  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as public speaking skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team environment

  • Exceptional facilitation, group dynamics, and group decision-making skills

  • Organized and diligent record-keeping skills with great attention to detail

  • Experienced community organizer with strong networking skills, able to develop trusting relationships with diverse individuals from different backgrounds

  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to meet the needs of a range of cultures, people, and organizations

  • Stress management and composure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local food systems and sustainable agriculture

  • Commitment to continuous learning

  • Experience running small businesses

  • Experience with school administrations and school boards


  • Competitive salary dependent on experience; $45 – 49k

  • Benefits include flexible schedule and work environment, medical care stipend, and generous leave policy

  • The Executive Director is an at-will employee, exempt from overtime

Working Conditions

  • RVF2S encourages all employees to continue our tradition of integrity by representing the organization’s mission and modeling the behaviors that the organization teaches. We value our employees’ loyalty and honesty and we encourage open communication. We strive to provide a rewarding employment environment.

  • The Executive Director can expect a flexible working schedule that includes occasional evening and weekend work hours. The Executive Director is expected to budget, schedule, and track work time to achieve an appropriate work-life balance. The organization has a great office space near downtown, the bike path, and public transportation.

Rogue Valley Farm to School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Please apply by emailing a single pdf file to board@rvfarm2school.org.

Please include a cover letter including the experiences that qualify you for this position, a resume, 2-3 writing samples including a grant narrative, and three professional references.



Wisconsin – REAP hiring Executive Director

Madison, Wisconsin

Nourishing the links between land and table
306 E. Wilson St. #2W • Madison, WI 53703 • 608-310-7836

Job Title: Executive Director
Position Posting: September 21, 2016

About REAP:
For more than 19 years, REAP Food Group has been working throughout Southern Wisconsin to build and sustain a local food system that supports small family farms and locally owned businesses, promotes sustainable agricultural practices, and provides access to fresh, healthy food for the entire community. Pioneers in the local and sustainable food movement, REAP’s initiatives include Farm to School activities in the Madison  Metropolitan School District; Southern Wisconsin Buy Fresh Buy Local, a certification program for restaurants and institutions; and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a consumer guide to local food.

REAP Food Group connects producers, consumers, businesses, and organizations to grow a healthful, just, and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. Our staff, members, volunteers, and partners envision sustainable, local food on every plate.

Position Summary:
The Executive Director, only the second in the history of this highly regarded and financially strong organization, will be tasked with nourishing REAP’s existing and well established programs and sharing their vision for a local, sustainable food system. The REAP board seeks a dynamic leader with a mastery of organizational management and fundraising, the ability to inspire a small dedicated staff, and the willingness to
work closely with REAP’s board and staff to create and execute a vision for a local food system that could serve as a model for regions throughout the country.

Starting Salary Range:
$55,000 – $65,000, depending on qualifications. Benefits include health and dental insurance and paid vacation and sick leave.

Job Responsibilities:

A. Organizational Leadership
1. Collaborate with REAP’s staff and Board of Directors to move forward a strategic vision that aligns with the organization’s mission and values and demonstrates a commitment to local producers and eaters.
2. Develop and track organizational goals, ensuring that programs and operation reflect these goals.
3. Recommend and develop policies, procedures and programs that move forward the organization’s strategic direction.
4. Regularly report to the board on the status of internal and external issues affecting the
5. Support the Board of Directors in the recruitment, orientation, and cultivation of new board members.
6. Implement practices and processes to ensure a strong sense of cooperation between the staff and the Board of Directors and committees.
7. Provide oversight and implementation of bylaws and other policies approved by the board.
8. Ensure all organizational documents are up-to-date and that accurate reporting to regulatory agencies is fulfilled. Continue reading

Green Mountain Farm-to-School hiring Executive Director

Newport, Vermont

Job Opening: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, permanent

Position Description

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) seeks a dynamic, passionate, experienced nonprofit leader who will grow our efforts to strengthen local food systems in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Executive Director (ED) will:

  • Lead GMFTS by managing the finances, staff, programs, and structure required to enact GMFTS’s mission

  • Ensure GMFTS’s sustainability by managing the budget in cooperation with the board

  • Increase GMFTS’s visibility by serving as the external face of the organization and developing partnerships to support the organization’s mission

  • Be responsible for the implementation of the GMFTS Strategic Plan, as well as setting and achieving ambitious goals in cooperation with the board.

The ED must have a passion for the GMFTS work, demonstrated strengths in marketing and fundraising, a strategic vision, and the ability to support day-to-day operations of a small organization.  Complete job description here.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter, and short professional writing sample (such as strategic plan, board memo, email, or grant application) to jobs@gmfts.org. Please indicate how you learned about this position.  Background check will be required. Deadline is 08/31/2016; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date.

GMFTS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

About Green Mountain Farm-to-School

Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) is a nonprofit organization located in Newport, Vermont. Our mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in the Northeast Kingdom by promoting positive economic and educational relationships among schools, farms, and communities. We create healthy communities by working across the food system with capacity building, resource development, and technical assistance through GMFTS school gardens, Farm to School Programs, a food hub, a food truck, and statewide marketing campaigns.

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens hiring Executive Director

Goleta, Georgia

Executive Director

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

Posted: April 6, 2016
Location: Goleta, CA
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Website: http://www.fairviewgardens.org
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Employment Level: Full-time, Exempt

Mission and Vision


  • Innovating and producing safe, organic, locally-grown foods in a sustainable manner.

  • Serving as a community-based educational resource.

  • Advocating for appropriately scaled, healthy food systems.

  • Providing engaging, hands-on experience with farming.

Organization Overview

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a non-profit educational facility situated on a 100-year-old working organic farm in the heart of the goodland, Goleta, California.  We’ve been working for 20 years to preserve and operate Fairview Gardens as a working organic farm that nurtures the human spirit through educational programs and public activities at the farm. In short, we grow food, we grow farmers, and we grow educators.

The Position

Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director is responsible for overall management and operation of the organization, ensuring stability and growth.

The Board of Trustees seek a highly organized, detail and task-oriented self-starter for the position of Executive Director. This position requires a strong practical knowledge of agricultural skills and farm enterprise management, experience in fundraising and event management, a broad understanding of community food security, and a passionate commitment to education and community building. The ED has primary responsibility for developing, assessing, and managing the organic farm enterprises at Fairview Gardens in a manner that meets its business and educational goals. The ED will manage and provide vital support to the Development Director, Education Director and farm staff through ongoing operational analysis, strategic planning, and new initiative execution, as well as critical analysis of operations to Trustees through regular reporting, communication and presentations.

General Duties:

  • Position Fairview Gardens for accelerated growth by building short and long-term strategies that support strategic goals to deliver mission impact while achieving financial expectations.

  • Pursue new business development opportunities including earned income streams such as instructional programming, merchandising, value-added food production, product innovation and event hosting/site rental.

  • Create value for constituents to build customer satisfaction and drive revenue growth.  Help grow customer base and fine tune product marketing.

  • Cultivate and manage profitable relationships with priority constituents including contributing to stewardship activities of volunteers, donors, program partners.

  • Contribute to data-informed decision making including accurately forecasting revenue growth and expenses for programs and initiatives.

  • Anticipate community and organizational needs and structure the organization and programs to meet community needs.


Operations Management and Financial Analysis

  • Develop, manage and evolve a farm business plan that is informed by the vision, strategy, needs and resources of the organization. Lead farm business planning process with support from core management team to develop and improve farm infrastructure and equipment.

  • Provide personnel management and leadership including oversight of staff activities and performance reviews.

  • Implement accessible and informative record keeping systems for all food production, event, and education activities. Update and analyze patterns, opportunities, and challenges.

  • Perform comprehensive fiscal management.  Provide business analysis and insight, generate accurate and reliable financials, including cash flow forecasts.  Meet with finance committee and present financials to the trustees on a quarterly basis.

  • Prepare annual budget for board adoption with staff input.

  • Research, identify and develop new revenue and fundraising opportunities.

Donor Engagement/Fund Development

  • Working with Development Director, oversee a strategic individual giving program that moves prospects through the cultivation/solicitation cycle.

  • Participate in planning and strategic design of cultivation and stewardship events.

  • Participate in the development of best practices, policies, and strategies related to fundraising activities.

  • Oversee and strategically interact with organization’s CRM database to design communication strategies for donor prospect subsets.


  • Work with staff and Board to build and execute a creative and consistent communications strategy geared toward customers, donors, program participants and community stakeholders, including social media.

  • Oversee the implementation of a branding strategy with the goal of increasing earned income streams, charitable contributions, and grant funding.

Community/Education Engagement

  • Lead staff and trustees in creating short and long range revenue and fundraising opportunities.

  • Work with staff and trustees to develop and implement strategies that make mission-driven, education programming profitable.

  • Support the development of infrastructure and marketing of events to create additional revenue streams.

  • Nurture relationships with donors, present to community groups, and serve as spokesperson on behalf of the organization at events.

Program/Production Support

  • Provide program support in collaboration with the Education Director as needed.

  • Serve as contributor to the apprenticeship program as a guest speaker, specifically in the areas of non-profit management, outdoor education, and farm management.

  • Provide strategic support to Development Director as needed.

  • Provide leadership and direction in the overall care for the land, facilities, and infrastructure.

Required Qualifications:

  • Requires a high level of commitment to building community connections through agriculture and education in Santa Barbara County.  Must possess excellent communication skills and ability to work with diverse individuals including staff, partner agencies, volunteers and community members.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Education, Business, or related field.  Masters preferred.

  • A minimum of 3 years of full-season organic agricultural experience, preferably in an urban environment, preferably in CA.

  • A minimum of 3 years of full-season organic farm management, including creating business, production, post-harvest handling, and marketing plans.

  • Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organizational management, ability to balance multiple customers, deadlines, projects.

  • Experience and interest in youth leadership, development and education.

  • Experienced in cross-cultural environments, Spanish helpful.

  • Internet literacy and proficiency with Word, Excel, Quickbooks, CRM database software.

  • Experience and ability to speak about local food issues and urban agriculture.

  • Demonstrated experience in farm/facilities/land management.

  • Available for scheduled evening and weekend hours, as needed.

  • Experience with permaculture design, regenerative farming techniques and philosophy, intercropping/alley cropping, dry farming, companion planting, no till agriculture, and other progressive farming practices.

  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, and work sample in pdf form to tim@fairviewgardens.org.  The work sample can be a spreadsheet, budget, writing sample, or other example of your work, and it will be kept confidential.