Director of Sales and Marketing

We are looking for an experienced marketing executive to oversee all aspects of sales & marketing functions on a new place-based regional food cooperative in the Portland, Oregon area.  The cooperative embraces the ethics and systems design of permaculture, the fertility and deep connection to the land of Biodynamics, controls costs by sharing resources, and builds enormous amounts of social capital and skills while having a whole lot of fun.


Job Description

The Director of Sales and Marketing will work closely with growers, value- added producers, distributors, retailers and customers to both define and execute a complete sales and marketing strategy for the project.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about creating a local sustainably-grown food economy, is open to starting as a part-time employee, and would like to transition into a full-time role as the project ramps up.


The job is a mix of high-level strategy and business development with a healthy dose of hands-on work on everything from customer relations and social media, to sales and distribution.  It requires a person who understands the fullness of what we want to achieve, is willing to add their creative energy and heart to the job, and take ownership of various aspects of the project over time.



+ Identify target markets and customer profiles.

+ Define value proposition and brand “story”; develop a brand strategy/


+ Assist with business development and creation of detailed business plans.

+ Refine strategic and tactical plans for entire project.

+ Define sales & marketing strategy and create implementation plan;

+ execute on

all aspects of the plan including customer relations, marketing, PR, sales, etc.

+ Cultivate and manage relations with key partners including regional

producers, distributors, value-added processors, institutional buyers, retailers, etc.

+ Define and execute social media strategy.

+ Assist with distribution as needed.

+ Manage interns.

+ Other duties, as necessary.



+ Minimum 7 years’ experience in marketing, sales or similar area.

+ MBA or equivalent education/experience.

+ Excellent analytical & business management skills including complete

familiarity with creating P&L statements, balance sheets and business plans.

+ Excellent writing skills.

+ Excellent interpersonal and motivational skills and willingness to

+ work with

a diverse group of people.

+ Commitment to cooperative principals.

+ Willingness to participate in a startup environment where it will be

necessary to wear many “hats” at different times.

+ Familiarity and involvement with the Portland Oregon area food scene

+ is a


+ Strong love of food, nutrition and healthy local economies is necessary.



+ Position is open until filled.

+ Application procedure:  Candidates should fill out the application

+ form

posted on our website and e-mail it to accompanied by a resume and contact information for three references.  Short- listed candidates will need to travel to Portland for a site visit and interviews at their own expense.

+ Start date: As soon as possible.

+ Hours: For the first six-months to one year of employment, this will

+ be a

salaried part-time position involving approximately 20-hours per week.  After that period, and everything else being equal, the position will transition to full-time work.

+ Reports to: Narendra Varma, Manager of Community by Design, LLC.

+ Questions:  Call 503-308-8276 or email

 Compensation & benefits:

+ Starting salary of $2,000 to $2,500 per month for the first six to

+ twelve

months for half-time work, commensurate with experience.  After that period, salary is negotiable but candidates should note that this is a startup project with limited funding.  Additionally, it is our intention to limit the disparity between the highest paid and lowest paid employees in the organization to some reasonable and fair ratio.

+ Access to all educational programs taught on site at no charge.

+ Partial cost of tuition and fees for relevant educational and training


 Community by Design LLC provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Portland, Oregon
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Community by Design, LLC
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