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
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  The work sample can be a spreadsheet, budget, writing sample, or other example of your work, and it will be kept confidential.


Soule Homestead Education Center hiring Executive Director

Middleborough, Massachusetts

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.

Mission Statement

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. Continue reading

Farmer Foodshare hiring Executive Director

Durham, North Carolina

Executive Director Position Announcement

Farmer Foodshare

About Us

Founded at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in Carrboro, NC in 2009, Farmer Foodshare is a nonprofit social enterprise that connects people who grow food with people who need food in North Carolina. Farmer Foodshare programs work to build a local food system that is financially sustainable and socially just for everyone. Learn more at Farmer Foodshare is based in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Position

The Executive Director (ED) is a key leadership role responsible for ensuring Farmer Foodshare’s growth and development in accordance with its mission and values.  The ED works in close partnership with the Board of Directors, staff, and core volunteers to set strategic direction, build and manage financial and human resources, and provide operational leadership and management. The ED is the organization’s lead fundraiser and is expected to bring an entrepreneurial approach to diversifying funding in support of the organization’s long-term vision. The ED will have deep knowledge and passion for the field of food system innovation, with a focus on community food security, health equity, and ensuring farm economic sustainability. The ED also understands how to engage diverse communities and build trust while leading and developing local support, core programming, operations, and business plans.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

●      Partner with the board in translating the organization’s long-term vision and mission into a strategic framework with annual goals and action plans

●      Provide financial planning and leadership; develop annual and capital budgets and ensure that monitoring, reporting and control processes are accurate and up-to-date

●      Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence and outcome-based evaluations; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals

●      Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee

●      Attract, lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance team of staff and volunteers

Fundraising & Communications

●      Lead the development and implementation of diversified, mission-based funding strategies that include grants, philanthropic outreach, individual donor appeals, events, fee-for-service programs, and capital funding.

●      Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from in-person outreach to web presence with the goal of building brand identity and stronger relationships

●      Act as the public spokesperson for Farmer Foodshare in the community and beyond; use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

Planning & New Business

●      Build partnerships in new markets and establish relationships with volunteers, funders, and community leaders

●      Publish and communicate program results with an emphasis on the success of the local programs as a model for regional and national replication. Continue reading