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.


Washington – Carnation Farms hiring Nonprofit CEO

Carnation, Washington

Carnation Farms (CF) presents a truly unique opportunity for a skilled and talented nonprofit CEO to marry an incredibly beautiful and historic 818 acre certified organic farm property with the creativity of a dedicated staff and Board of Directors to build a world class educational and experiential organization that will inspire individuals, families and communities to make informed choices about food and lifestyles. CF was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2016 and brings the opportunities presented by a startup organization with the stability and foundation presented by an existing staff, physical plant and operating revenue.

The CEO of Carnation Farms will work hand in hand with the Board of Directors and the staff to further shape the vision, mission and programs that CF will carry into the future. CF programs will help build a healthier, brighter future for all involved. Active partnerships are being pursued with health organizations, school districts and other academic institutions to build complementary programs that support the vision and mission of CF.

CF has a program and farm staff of approximately thirty and a 2017 operating budget of $4.2 million. Revenue is a combination of contributions, grants, special events, conference rentals, agricultural products, camps and classes. The farm has extensive overnight facilities and meeting and teaching spaces available for programming.

The organization is currently governed by a volunteer board of five. The board is actively recruiting additional members to provide greater linkages into the community.

This is an incredible opportunity for a CEO who is passionate about building quality programs that will incorporate growth and development of the organization’s mission of teaching children and the community about healthy food and lifestyle choices.

A generous compensation and benefit package will be provided for the right candidate with the right skills, background and track record.

For more information on Carnation Farms visit http://www.carnationfarms.org

For the full position profile and to apply visit http://www.hagelsearch.com/carnationfarms




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