Executive Director

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).

Overview of the position

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is in search of a strategic and visionary leader
who has a passion for, and demonstrated commitment to, farming and food
justice issues, with the ability to be resourceful, set clear priorities, and
guide investment in people and systems while aligning organizational resources
and commitments.  The new Executive Director is a results-oriented problem-
solver who is entrepreneurial and driven but also flexible, highly
collaborative, and open to the input and thoughts of others.  The Executive
Director reports to the Board of Directors as represented by Chair, Board of


-Drive development of diverse and sustainable funding streams, including fee-
for-service programs, events and philanthropic support, including grants,
donations and fund drives; ensure a productive, respectful, donor-centered
recognition and stewardship program that nurtures ongoing support;

-Provide collaborative leadership and mentorship to a passionate and committed
staff focused on farm/food education and food justice, ensuring each staff
member has clarity about the goals of his/her role, the guidance and support
to meet them, and an understanding of how they connect to the work of others
and the overall mission of thePFP;

-Establish mission based priorities, guided by the Board;  maintain and
promote a welcoming, inclusive, and transparent organizational culture;

-Ensure programmatic success by translating strategic plans into operational

-Assess current programming and develop new programming with a particular
emphasis on ecological community-based agriculture, food justice, and the food

-Act as the public spokesperson for the PFP in the community, and beyond;

-Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the PFP’s Board
of Directors to ensure open communication about goals and expectations as well
as the measurement and impact of financial and programmatic performance

-Ability to review and interpret and communicate financial results to the
board, and to closely manage activities to ensure on-budget performance;

-Long term (capital) and annual financial planning and budgeting;

-Regular financial reporting to the board (actual expenses & revenues vs.


-A successful track record of significant professional achievement in an
innovative  non-profit or social enterprise environment preferably in the
areas of farming or food justice; previous board management experience

-Extensive experience in fundraising; 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;

-Exceptional relationship-building skills, with the ability to work with
diverse groups, including major funders, community organizations, businesses,
and volunteers;

-Excellent oral and written communications skills

-Strong financial skills with demonstrated experience in annual and capital
budget planning and management;

-Sensitivity to the needs of diverse racial and ethnic populations;

-Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.

Application Process

Please send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, your salary requirements, and
supply the names and contact information for three references, to
hr@farmproject.org.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is
filled,  with priority given to those candidates applying by February 24,

Poughkeepsie, New York
Publicaton Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
The Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Deadline to apply: 
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 5:00am
Job Type: