Executive Director Job Description
Position: Executive Director
Status: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt
Hours: 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday. Evenings, weekends, and holidays on occasion
Reports to: Board of Directors
About Coastal Roots Farm
Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) is a nonprofit community farm and education center. We cultivate healthy, connected communities by integrating sustainable agriculture, food justice, and ancient Jewish wisdom.
Since our inception in 2014, Coastal Roots Farm has provided dignified access to fresh food for those who need it most. Inspired by Jewish agricultural practices, we raise organic crops and share the harvest with our community through pay-what-you-can farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, and direct donations to local hunger relief organizations. Through field trips, workshops, agricultural festivals, and community events, we offer hands-on education and invite our neighbors to connect to the land and each other.
Coastal Roots Farm is located in Encinitas, CA on approximately 15 acres of land. Our Farm consists of vegetable gardens, greenhouses, a food forest, animal pastures, compost systems, and a vineyard. Coastal Roots Farm was incubated by the Leichtag Foundation and received 501(c)(3) public charity status in 2016
The Executive Director (ED) will imbue vision, passion, and skilled management practice to the role, working in close partnership with Farm team members, the Coastal Roots Farm (CRF) board, funders, North County Coastal neighbors and community, colleague Jewish community farms, and other stakeholders. The ED will have a proven track record as a successful operational manager and someone who excels at iterative, dynamic strategy development and execution. While overseeing the daily operations and execution of all programs at CRF, the ED must also maximize revenue-generating opportunities; ensure fiscal transparency and accountability; stay on the cutting edge of community engagement trends and best practices; develop and manage a positive, productive work culture; work successfully with board members, funders, agricultural and farming practitioners and community leaders; consistently convey and integrate Jewish wisdom and culture to the entire CRF landscape and incorporate an entrepreneurial service philosophy to CRF. The successful candidate will bring stellar talent development and community organizing skills to have a transformative impact on the North County San Diego Jewish and general community, the broader region and the local, national and international Jewish landscape. The ED will be a catalyst for engaging, motivating, educating and enriching agricultural, Jewish and community life at Leichtag Commons and in the larger community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Operational Management, Programming and Vision
- Manage the operations of CRF to maximize efficiency, productivity and the long-term sustainability of the organization.
- Oversee the design, implementation and execution of mission-driven, competitive, and creative programming and social enterprise.
- Develop and oversee a marketing plan that will achieve consistent increases in Farm impact, service penetration, and revenue and reflects fresh, cutting-edge messaging that meets the various Farm target populations where they are and reflects their needs and interests.
- Manage the Farm’s 20-acre footprint, including associated facilities and operations.
- Ensure and oversee the identification and evaluation of opportunities for improvement and implement plans for improvement.
- Supervise negotiations of contracts, agreements, and MOU’s, defining needs and resources.
- Lead, prepare, and manage annual operating and capital budgets in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
- Maintain oversight of operations and budget to ensure practical fiscal management.
Strategic Planning and Vision
- Create and actualize clear, reasonable and sustainable short-, medium-, and long-term visions and business plans for CRF.
- Articulate and implement a shared vision, index of success indicators and measurements, programming schedule, and case statement that reflects the unique mission of CRF and its multidimensional impact.
- Maintain a focus on balancing proactive planning with opportunistic nimbleness in order to identify and leverage emerging trends and community needs.
- Provides inspirational leadership for CRF with poise, confidence, outstanding public presentation skills, transparency and sound judgement.
- Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate of CRF locally, nationally and internationally particularly among agricultural/farming stakeholders, food policy leaders and in the Jewish engagement and innovation landscape.
Financial Resource Development
- Works with Leichtag Foundation philanthropy staff to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of current and prospective donors.
- Plays a leading role in the fundraising activity and success of CRF as the recognized dynamic leader of the organization.
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