The Massachusetts Farm to School Project, a statewide organization in its 10th
year of operation, seeks a new Executive Director.
The Massachusetts Farm to School Project’s mission is to increase consumption
of healthy, locally grown food in schools and other institutions for the good
of our children, our farms and our communities. We facilitate ”win-win”
purchasing relationships between Massachusetts institutions’ cafeterias and
farms, provide local food and agriculture education for students, and support
networking of farm to school practitioners – encouraging a re-localized and
sustainable food system that is accessible to all students, regardless of
income. Please refer to our website massfarmtoschool.org.
Our founder and current Executive Director is stepping down after more than 9
years. Under her leadership we have experienced sustained growth and success.
The organization now employs 7 staff and works with farmers and food service
directors as well as food distributors, policy makers, educators, and
advocates. We are a leader in regional and national farm to institution
program implementation and research.
This year, Massachusetts Farm to School joined forces with Project Bread, a
statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages,
cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious
food to form a new partnership. The Massachusetts Farm to School Project LLC
will remain an independently-operated program under the larger umbrella of
Project Bread while Project Bread will provide fiscal oversight and human
resources support to the organization.
The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with significant fundraising,
budgeting, public speaking and organizational planning skills. Significant
management experience in some aspect of institutional food services,
agriculture, food systems work, economic development or non-profit advocacy is
required. She/he will be a strategic thinker and a pragmatic supervisor, able
to inspire staff and stakeholders to create a vision for the future while
overseeing the current work of the organization.
The Executive Director is based in Amherst, at our main office. Reliable
transportation and the ability to travel throughout the state and region and
to work weekends or evenings as needed is required. The Executive Director of
Mass. Farm to School LLC reports to the senior leadership team of Project
Bread. This is a 35 hour per week salaried position with outstanding benefits.
Preferred start date is early October, 2013.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by email as soon as possible.
Please send resume, salary requirements, name and contact information for
three references, cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, and
where you learned of the position to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications
will be acknowledged. No phone calls please! Application materials will be
accepted until final candidate is selected.