California – Coastal Roots Farm hiring Executive Director

Encinitas, California

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

Position Overview

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.

Executive Leadership

  • 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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New Jersey – Grow It Green Morristown hiring Executive Director

Morristown, New Jersey

Executive Director

Job Description

Organization Description:

Grow It Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship. We fulfill our mission through two key properties in Morristown, the Early Street Community Garden and the Urban Farm.

Job Description:

Grow It Green Morristown seeks an Executive Director to lead the day-to-day operations of the organization toward achieving its mission. The Executive Director is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all operational facets of the organization, including staff management, fundraising, event execution and promotion, program development, marketing & communications, financial management and working with the Board of Directors on realizing the mission of the organization.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

Primary Functions:

  • Manage staff and volunteers in all organization functions
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and/or refine long-term strategic goals for the organization, building on an existing strategic plan
  • Oversee annual budget, with help from the Finance Committee of the Board, ensuring compliance with the organization’s financial policy
  • Lead all donor-related activity including stewardship, donor recognition, grant writing and management and special events. Work closely with Board Fundraising Committee and Communications & Development Manager on fundraising plan, identifying individual, corporate and foundation donors, cultivating relationships and soliciting gifts on behalf of Grow It Green.
  • Oversee communications and marketing strategies that promote Grow It Green Morristown’s programs and initiatives, in collaboration with the Communications & Development Manager. These may include: local, regional and national media; social media, e-newsletters & website; community events and speaking engagements.
  • Represent the organization to external stakeholders, speaking on behalf of the organization at community events, conferences, meetings with partner organizations and to media outlets.
  • Oversee organizational finances, make bank deposits, pay bills, issue invoices and liaise with bookkeeper to ensure accuracy of QuickBooks records
  • Lead organization administration, such as government reporting requirements, insurance policies & record-keeping, as needed
  • Keep board members informed of all relevant matters concerning Grow It Green by preparing monthly verbal and written reports for Board Meetings. Meet regularly with Board President.
  • Other duties as assigned


Successful candidates for this position will have at least 5 years of experience working in some combination of these areas: business or nonprofit management, fundraising, or marketing/sales. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for Grow It Green’s mission and an interest in urban agriculture
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and management skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Must be dependable, kind, organized, flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce a variety of written deliverables, ranging from grant applications, press releases, newsletters and social media
  • Experience planning and leading events
  • Strong attention to detail is a must
  • A strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Spanish fluency is a plus

Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to The deadline to apply is November 20, 2017.



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 and view the Candidate Profile.

Interested applicants should submit their letter of interest and resume via email at

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 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: ATTN: “NAFDMA Executive Director Search” in the subject line. Electronic submissions highly preferred. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Please visit: 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


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 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

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