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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Pennsylvania – Carversville Farm Foundation hiring Field Manager

Carversville, Pennsylvania

Carversville Farm Foundation is hiring a Field Manager with significant experience growing Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, and perennials. This is an exciting opportunity for a professional grower looking for a career on the cutting edge of sustainable food production. You will have access to brand new, state-of-the art equipment and the opportunity to work with the world’s foremost consultants on soil regeneration, land planning, and crop and livestock production on an ongoing basis. Responsibilities include planning and managing farm staff and apprentices in the production of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. This position reports directly to the Farm Manager and works continuously with the Livestock Manager to plan daily, weekly, and seasonal workflow, personnel, and equipment distribution.

The ideal candidate will be willing to make a long term commitment and possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of 3 seasons managing Certified Organic vegetable production on 5+ acres.
  • Perennials including herbs, small fruits, and trees.
  • Utilizing a diversity of cover crops and field crops on a broad-acre scale is a plus, especially in mixes or “cocktails.”
  • Pasture cropping, polycultures, companion planting, inter-seeding, and living mulches.
  • No-till vegetable and crop production and a desire to be on the edge of progressing the science of no-till production systems on a broad-acre scale.
  • Soil testing, re-mineralization, foliar feeding, pest and disease scouting (NOP/OMRI compliant).
  • Exposure to Keyline Landscape Design, Keyline soil formation, and the Yeoman’s Plow.
  • Experience and desire to work with and teach apprentices on a daily basis.
  • A track record of success working in a cooperative team environment requiring a high level of planning, communication, and documentation.
  • Desire and willingness to work with world-class consultants and advisors.
  • Knowledge of the principles of soil biology, ecosystem function, plant science, and environmental regeneration.
  • A desire to produce food of the highest nutritional, culinary, and ecological quality.
  • A desire to continue to learn and grow as a person and farmer. Continuous personal development is encouraged and supported at CFF.
  • Mechanical and technical ability to troubleshoot issues with equipment, irrigation, and infrastructure with the help of the farm manager, farm mechanic, and professional contractors.

Who we are:

Carversville Farm Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, produces fresh sustainable food specifically for donation to populations who lack access to a balanced diet; offers farm apprenticeships, workshops and facilitates information exchange; and nurtures organic farms through cooperative purchasing and other programs. Utilizing advanced sustainable farming methods, the farm works to provide these services while simultaneously regenerating the agro-ecosystem.

Compensation:

This is a salaried, full time, year round, permanent position starting immediately.  You will be provided housing and a share of food from the farm. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 100% paid health, dental, and other benefits. For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@carversvillefarm.org

Carversville Farm Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Emma’s Garden hiring Executive Director

 

Portland, Oregon

Executive Director

Organization Need and Overview

Emma’s Garden’s is searching for a talented Executive Director to join our dedicated community members, volunteer staff, and board. We are looking for candidates whom have experience in the non-profit world or social justice organizing, are strong communicators and leaders, and willing to lead the charge on cultivating a local, equitable food system.

Emma’s Garden is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Northeast Portland. We are dedicated to developing local economies and equitable food systems in underserved neighborhoods. Emma’s Garden was formed in 2009 and currently helps run a first year market garden in Cully Neighborhood.

Position Description

 

The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for ensuring the vision and objectives of Emma’s Garden are achieved.  This includes overseeing fundraising, organizational management, and community networking. The Executive Director is also responsible for the maintaining of the organizations non-profit status. The Executive Director will work with program staff, as well as with community members and the Board of Directors.

Essential position functions include:

Senior Management Team Member

  • Work closely with staff in making collaborative management decisions
  • Ensure the organizational vision and overall programming is executed
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and determine resources to undertake initiatives
  • Plan and setup workshop for staff that allows for increased skills and knowledge for the implementation of the organization’s goals.
  • Draft organizational policies in consultation with the Board of Directors.
  • Facilitate executive staff meetings.

Organizational Networking and Outreach

  • Serve as the Organization’s spokesman.
  • Liaison between the Executive Staff and the Board of Director.
  • Liaison with foundations and donors
  • Create coalitions between residents, organizations, and leaders within the local community to facilitate the execution of joint vision.
  • Identify and contact local organizations and leaders within the community.
  • Plan and coordinate workshops for local community as necessary.

Program Management

  • Plan and coordinate Fundraising Strategies.
  • File necessary paperwork to maintain 501c3 status
  • Oversee benefits and expenses
  • Develop and submit grant proposals
  • Draft status reports for Funders and Board of Directors
  • Develop work plan and budgets

 

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes

Emma’s Garden’s values based, mission oriented enterprise requires executive staff to exercise sound judgment; to be organized, flexible, and detail-oriented; and to build rapport with members and partners. Emma’s Garden staff possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and analytical and problem-solving abilities. In addition, the Executive Director must possess:Intimate knowledge of participatory decision making practices

  • Familiarity with economic concepts
  • Dedication to social justice
  • Grant writing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to supervise, train, and mentor staff and volunteers

Partnerships and Reporting Requirements

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please send your resume, a few sentences about your experience with non-profits and why you’re passionate about food justice and community outreach to: kaitlyn@emmasgarden.org

Growing Places Indy hiring Public Greens Farming Position

Indianapolis, Indiana

Public Greens Farming Position Open Immediately in Indianapolis

Job Description – Public Greens Farmer
Growing Places Indy is a nonprofit organization cultivating transformation in Indianapolis through urban agriculture, food access and awareness and practices for healthy living and sustainable communities. Our vision is to empower individuals and communities to Grow well, Eat well, Live well and Be well.

We will be adding a part-time staff member to be responsible for a micro-farm site on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple. All produce grown at the site will be given to the Public Greens restaurant (part of Patachou, Inc.) for use in their kitchen. All profits from Public Greens go to support The Patachou Foundation whose mission is to feed nutritious afterschool meals to at risk and food insecure children in our community.

Given the collaborative nature of this site, the Public Greens Farmer will be an employee of Growing Places Indy and will also represent Patachou, Inc. and The Patachou Foundation. Before beginning the position, the Public Greens Farmer must successfully complete Patachou, Inc. orientation and have a clear understanding of and fully comply with: Patachou, Inc. Principles, Employee Responsibilities and Guidelines, Company Rules and Employee Handbook.

The farmer will be responsible for managing the complete build out of the site taking the location from turf grass to a productive farming site. As such, the Public Greens Farmer will initially train with Growing Places Indy staff at our micro-farm at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center. We anticipate the Public Greens site will be built out through summer 2014 with the aim for active production starting in Fall 2014.

Job Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
• Working directly with Public Greens restaurants to determine what specific crops, and in what amount, will be grown for Public Greens each season.
• Organize annual planting calendar, planting map and soil amendment regime for the site.
• Growing and harvesting as many vegetables/herbs as possible on-site for use in the kitchen at Public Greens, including as much season extension as is possible/logical.
• Providing consistent on-site opportunities for volunteers to work and learn.
• Providing approximately 4-6 relevant educational workshops for the benefit of Public Greens staff and the general public.
• Keeping the site maintained at the same high standards of all other Growing Places Indy micro-farm sites, ensuring the Public Greens Farm is beautiful, productive and educational.
• Attending Growing Places Indy staff meetings (approximately one each month).
• Working off-site with Growing Places Indy farming staff on common projects including seed starting, transplanting and infrastructure improvements. This amounts to approximately one day per week.
• Writing monthly reports that will be reviewed by the Growing Places Indy Staff and Board of Directors as well as staff of The Patachou Foundation.
• Representing Growing Places Indy and/or The Patachou Foundation on panels, speaking engagements, media coverage, farm tours, fairs/festivals, etc.
• Participating in relevant continuing education and training.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor degree preferred, high school diploma required.
• Experience working on a small farm/large garden is required and experience managing a small farm/large garden is preferred.
• Experience teaching, working with volunteers and/or organizing community activities is preferred.
• Dedication to working both collectively and individually to grow a significant amount of produce and support the missions of Growing Places Indy and The Patachou Foundation.
• Ability to work self-directed and with minimal oversight.

Commitment:
• Farming work of this type is seasonal by nature. We anticipate the Public Greens Farmer will work between 25-35 hours per week from April–November and 10-20 hours per week from December–March.
• The nature of this work is also somewhat unpredictable and the Public Greens Farmer should have flexibility to work some evenings and weekends, particularly at the peak of the growing season.

Please submit a one-page resume and letter of motivation of no more than 500 words outlining your interest in the position to Tyler Henderson (Growing Places Indy Farm Manager) at tyler@growingplacesindy.org.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
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Apple Seeds hiring Program Director

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apple Seeds Program Director

Part Time Position

The Apple Seeds Program Director oversees all aspects of educational programs. This person will oversee existing programs and the staff that manages these programs. This person will develop and implement innovative educational programming, including workshops, field trips, and camps. Primary responsibilities include developing material for school garden workshops, field trips, and camps, coordinating outreach and providing instruction, as needed. The Program Director will oversee program staff and assist in the hiring process.

Program Development—Garden Workshops, Field Trips & Camps

• Develop program content and supporting materials

• Recruit experts to assist in components

• Oversee application process and acceptance criteria

• Contact schools and develop relationships

• Collaborate with teacher/board member to develop and continuously improve lesson plans

• Follow up with attendees for feedback

• Lead the program

• Coordinate with farm manager for growing crops in conjunction with needs for field trips and school markets

 

School Garden Program

• Supervise and train new school garden coordinator and other staff for school gardens

• Oversee updates and improvements to school garden manuals/materials

• Oversee documentation of students’ projects through photographs and transcriptions

• Send invoices to school PTO

 

School Garden Markets

• Supervise and train farm program coordinator and other staff for school garden markets

• Oversee management of garden markets, including garden leader training, market set-up, harvest and delivery of produce, and documentation

• Assist in first market

• Follow up with garden leaders for feedback

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Draft Animal-Power Network hiring Administrator

Brownington, Vermont

ADMINISTRATOR — DRAFT ANIMAL-POWER NETWORK

Overview:

The Draft Animal-Power Network seeks to hire an administrator for our growing 200-plus member organization based in the Northeast.  The goal of the Draft Animal-Power Network is to highlight and support ongoing efforts of people throughout the region who are educating, mentoring and building community around animal-power and renewable land use, providing opportunities for education & networking throughout the year.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain membership records
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and yearly budget
  • Handle cash and bank accounts
  • Website support
  • Coordinate efforts to build donor base and recruit advertisers for newsletter and website
  • Support Board of Directors
  • Coordinate logo materials
  • Manage registration for quarterly events
  • Attend September Annual Meeting in VT.
  • Create ads & marketing pieces or manage graphic designer
  • Possible newsletter layout

Qualifications:

  • Good people and computer skills. All work done by telephone and internet.
  • Knowledge about draft animals useful, but not required.

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