Executive Director

Location: 
Poughkeepsie, New York
Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Poughkeepsie Farm Project

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.

This position is Poughkeepsie based and requires evening and weekend work.
Responsibilities
    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 beyond.



Qualifications

    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.



Application Process

Send a resume, thoughtful cover letter, your salary requirements, and supply
the names and contact information for three references, to
edsearch@farmproject.org by September 27, 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.


PFP Overview



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).