EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Full Job Description

Since 2009, Farmer Foodshare has fostered cross-sector partnerships to build a local food system in which all members of our community can have access to healthy, nutritious food, and those who labor in agriculture can make a viable living. Farmer Foodshare works to improve economic stability for black, brown, female, and non-traditional farmers. Farmer Foodshare links agriculture with urban markets, and supports small farms and businesses by sourcing sustainable, seasonal foods for commercial markets. Emerging from COVID with a highly qualified team, Farmer Foodshare seeks an experienced operations executive to expand our impact.

What We Do: Farmer Foodshare (FF) reshapes the disconnected food system by linking underrepresented small and medium-sized farmers with commercial and institutional markets.  We provide logistical and market-making support through the Wholesale Market, which purchases food from farms and sells it to schools, groceries, restaurants, or to nonprofits serving low-wealth communities.

Farmer Foodshare also sponsors education and community outreach programs to provide additional opportunities for farmers, expand food access for all, and build a community around food.

To learn more about Farmer Foodshare, please visit our website at www.farmerfoodshare.org.

Seeking:  A committed leader who can continue to support small and mid-sized farmers and strengthen links between rural and urban markets. Internally, we seek a leader who is a persuasive, responsible and creative problem solver to collaborate with an excellent team and a fully engaged Board. Externally, we seek to grow through new market relationships and collaboration with other organizations engaged in agriculture, food, and  land.

Farmer Foodshare celebrates our employees’ differences, as we believe that diversity makes us better. We’re open minded to hearing about your relevant life experience, and roles you’ve performed within other businesses and nonprofit organizations. Farmer Foodshare is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

 

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.  The position is an exempt, full time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership and Strategy

  • Serve as the primary advocate, community builder, spokesperson, and administrator
  • Work with the board, staff, and stakeholders to a strategic one-to-three-year plan to expand FF’s influence and impact in the Triangle and across NC for food distribution.
  • Lead the organization to develop, implement, and assess strategy and business plans.
  • Articulate the vision in an inspiring way to internal and external constituencies.
  • Build a positive work culture based on justice, equity, diversity, and supportive of a productive, diverse, and professional team.
  • Engage in the local community, building relationships and partnerships that advance the mission.
  • Seek opportunities for growth, collaboration, and collective impact.

Operations Management

  • Ensure high-quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting systems.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with farmers, buyers, and community organizations.
  • Foster a culture of teamwork and accountability.
  • Optimize Wholesale Market logistics and pricing.
  • Support and foster new program initiatives that expand the reach of Farmer Foodshare. 

Donor Relations Management

  • Oversee fundraising through donor relations, grants, and campaigns.
  • Cultivate positive and sustained relationships with local, state, and federal funders and foundations, corporations, and other major funding partners.
  • Develop and implement a plan to expand relationships and partnerships across the sustainable, rural, and small-farm ecosystems that will lead to a diversified funding stream and significant philanthropic investments. 

Financial Management

  • Ensure strong internal controls, fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial operations and
  • Develop, implement, and manage an annual budget for the Board’s review and
  • Perform daily, weekly, quarterly, yearly financial tracking, and analysis.
  • Produce relevant financial reports for regular Board review.

Board Relations Management

  • Work in partnership with the Board of Directors to ensure proper governance.
  • Hold weekly meetings with the Board Chair.
  • Maintain regular communications with the Board of Directors, providing them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance.
  • Ensure a quality process for supporting the Board and their involvement in fundraising, strategic planning, program delivery, and increasing overall visibility.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Five or more years experience as a nonprofit executive director, or significant proven experience, preferably in food systems, working with employees, donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and organizational development.
  • Successful record in demonstrating sound judgment and administrative skills necessary to oversee day-to-day operations, directing a staff of seven or more, and managing a budget of $1 million or more.
  • A demonstrated track record of building and maintaining community relationships across many sectors that fosters a spirit of collaboration with social services agencies, agriculture, government officials, and community
  • Substantiated fundraising experience with success in building dynamic relationships with key stakeholders, business and foundation leaders, and others who can influence individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving; experience cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major
  • Excellence in managing staff and building teams.

PREFERRED:

  • Experience with agriculture, processing, and food distribution
  • Experience with North Carolina food systems, advocacy, and public policy.

SALARY & COMPENSATION:  Commensurate with experience with bonuses available for successful fundraising and donor engagement. 

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Apply immediately with a cover letter and resume, by email, to recruiting@farmerfoodshare.org.  In your cover letter, please discuss how your experience, training, skills, and education make you an ideal candidate for the next Executive Director of Farmer Foodshare.

YOUR GIFT PROVIDES FRESH FOOD TO PEOPLE IN NEED. 

Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

Food Ambassador Program

  • Design and implement fresh food nutrition and food system curriculum with support from the Community Outreach Coordinator, and Executive Director
  • Virtual Education Outreach Initiatives
  • Implementation includes, but is not limited to, scheduling and/or leading taste tests and coordinating with the Wholesale Market on procurement of fresh, local food
  • Respond to and deliberate with leadership on requests for education programming
  • Key stakeholders include: School Nutrition Director, School Nutrition Registered Dietitian(s), DINE/Health Department, Cafeteria Managers and Staff, Volunteers, and the Wholesale Market
  • Fresh Food & Farmer Fund Management

Education/ Advocacy

  • Collaborate with community partners to develop site-specific educational materials, recipe samplings, and community gatherings
  • Support skill-development workshops for community members at each site, drawing on existing community resources and responding to community member interest
  • Manage FFS virtual outreach implementation
  • Assist with training site liaisons on ordering, food demonstrations, etc.
  • Supports FFS advocacy on issues related to food insecurity, farms and other related legislative focuses

Evaluation

  • Support the Evaluator, at Cooperative Extension, with evaluation activities, including creating pre and post-program surveys in consultation with community partner sites and outside evaluator, and managing the completion of annual evaluation activities
  • Key stakeholders include: the Wholesale market, CFS community partners/organizations, and volunteers.

Donation Stations

  • Act as point person for all key program stakeholders, including farmers market managers, recipient organization contacts, and lead volunteers
  • Engagement includes but is not limited to conducting annual meetings, maintaining ongoing communication, and collecting annual feedback surveys
  • Key stakeholder include: Farmers markets/Market Managers, recipient/community organizations, volunteers and our Cooperative Extension partners across the State

Food Box Program

  • Coordinate with staff within the wholesale market and warehouse to procure produce and supplies for program
  • Build Community/ Partnership Engagement and Management
  • Program Development and Management to sustain existing relationships and grow new relationships
  • Monitor and evaluate impact through statistical reporting and strategic growth

Farmer Friday Campaign

  • Work with staff and partners to grow the exposure, revenue and partnerships
  • Monitor and manage the website, social media and collateral of the campaign
  • Integrate the campaign into new opportunities and relationships
YOUR GIFT PROVIDES FRESH FOOD TO PEOPLE IN NEED. 

Successful candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, or related field, preferably
  • 5+ years of experience in Program Development and Management
  • 3+ years of experience working in a non-profit on the leadership team
  • Deep commitment to food justice and creating a more just and equitable local food system
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a deadline-driven, multi-priority environment
  • Exhibits high standard for excellence, attention to detail
  • Ability to relate well with all types of people, attentive and active listener; patience to hear others out and build rapport with dignity and tact
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours and innovative spirit to be out in the community
  • Ability to travel locally – valid driver’s license
  • Have a heart for building community and enhancing local food distribution

Farmer Foodshare offers full time employees benefits, paid time off, and the salary range is $40k – $50k. Think you are a match? Please send us your resume to us. We look forward to hearing from you! No calls or recruiters, please.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 – $50,000.00 per year

Farmer Foodshare takes great strides to provide a safe work environment for employees, stake holders, visitors, and others by requiring masks, frequent handwashing, sanitizer, and appropriate physical distancing when working and attending events.

Please send cover letter and resumes to:  ann@closehr.com