Title: Executive Director, Poughkeepsie Farm Project Located in the Mid-Hudson Valley (New York), the Poughkeepsie Farm Project is an educational and charitable organization working towards a just and sustainable food system in our region. The PFP operates a 14-acre member supported farm (CSA) serving more than 400 households and provides experiential education to local youth, children, college students, and residents in healthy food, food justice, community and school gardening, and sustainable agriculture.
The Executive Director (ED) is a key leadership role responsible for ensuring the PFP’s growth and development in accordance with its strategic framework.
The ED works in close partnership with the Board of Directors, a staff of four, 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.
● Partner with the board in translating the organization’s long-term
vision and strategic framework into a set of strategic priorities and annual goals on an on-going basis.
● Provide financial planning and leadership; develop annual and capital
budgets and ensure that monitoring, reporting and control processes are accurate and up-to-date.
● Lead the development and implementation of a set of diversified,
mission based funding strategies that include fee-for-service programs, events, grants and philanthropic outreach, membership appeals and capital funding.
● Assess current programming and develop new programming with a
particular emphasis on sustainable community-based agriculture, food justice, and the food system;
● Act as the public spokesperson for the PFP in the community and
● A strong leadership record of significant professional achievement in
the management of growth and change in a nonprofit organization;
● Successful track record in all aspects of development; the ideal
candidate has built a high-performing fundraising operation that increases the recurrence and predictability of contributions, as well as long-term engagement of both institutional and individual donors;
● Strong financial management skills with demonstrated experience in
annual and capital budget development and management;
● Passion for the mission of the PFP; experience in the leadership of
food justice and sustainable agricultural organizations is highly desirable.
Send a resume, thoughtful cover letter, your salary requirements, and supply the names and contact information for three references, to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2013.
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability.
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is an educational and charitable organization working towards a just and sustainable food system, located in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of New York State. The PFP operates a 14-acre member supported farm (CSA) serving more than 400 households and provides experiential education to local youth, children, college students, and residents in healthy food, food justice, community and school gardening, and sustainable agriculture. In 2011, the PFP was one of ten organizations nationally to win a USDA Hunger Free Communities grant of $100,000 to undertake an assessment and planning project related to local food security and is in the process of successfully completing that project together with its community partners.
In 2013, the PFP will lead the educational component of a farm to school initiative funded by another USDA grant in partnership with Pattern for Progress. The PFP operates several food access programs that consistently make a significant percentage of the farm’s total harvest available to low- income residents on a subsidized, donated or purchased with public assistance basis (>20% in 2012).