CoFED, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, trains students to start and run cooperative, community-oriented, sustainable food projects. CoFED was launched nationally in the Fall of 2010 with support from Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, and many others. Since then we have worked with over 40 student teams starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campus. We’ve been selected as one of the world’s top 5 ideas in sustainable food on Forbes, received media attention from Civil Eats, Good Magazine, Grist and The Atlantic, and been called “competition” by the leading fast-food industry magazine. Sound good? Come work with CoFED!The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and guiding the strategic direction of the organization by setting clear priorities, investing wisely in people and systems, thinking creatively about partnerships and pursuing new development opportunities, and forging a coherent and cooperative framework that supports CoFED’s long-term health and growth.
The Executive Director will enact CoFED’s mission and values in pursuing the organization’s highest priorities, including supporting relationships with project partners and, with the support of a full-time development staff member, securing opportunities for funding. In conjunction with the Finance Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for financial stewardship of the organization.
The Executive Director will provide tools, resources and support for staff in their daily work. This includes supporting day-to-day operations of the organization, overseeing effective project management procedures, implementing operational policies, and facilitating staff communication. The Executive Director will also build organizational cohesion between staff and the Board of Directors and cultivate a motivating work environment based on staff empowerment and accountability.