Executive Director

Crossroads Community Food Network (“Crossroads”), a food access non-profit based in Takoma Park, MD is seeking a half-time Executive Director to oversee and grow this small and innovative organization. The ideal candidate will have vision and creativity, experience with food systems work, success as a non-profit fundraiser, and will embrace the challenges and opportunities of leading a small and dynamic organization. While the posting is for a .5 FTE, the new ED could expand the position based on program interest and ability to secure funding. The position starts on July 1, 2013 and is based in Takoma Park, Maryland. The salary range is $25-$30/ hour for 20 hours per week. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and three references to lydiaoberholtzer@gmail.com. Application deadline: May 10, 2013, 5pm EDT.


Essential job functions include:


Fundraising– Assumes primary responsibility for fundraising, including development of a fundraising plan, grant writing and reporting, and identifying new and diverse revenue sources.


Partnership Building and Community Outreach- Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders. Builds relationships with strategic partners for strong, effective delivery of services to target populations.


Programming- Oversees staff, planning, and implementation of community-based food access programming, including the Crossroads Farmers Market and healthy eating work in schools. Develops new areas of programming.


Operations and Human Resource Management- Manages organization’s financial resources, including recommendation of yearly budget for Board approval, as well as prudent management and ongoing accounting. Provides Board administration and support. Ensures that the organization is in compliance with current laws and regulations. Effectively manages the human resources of the organization.


Required skills and experience


  • Experience with food systems work and/or working with community-based organizations serving low-income residents.
  • Experience writing and a proven record for winning grants from public (federal and local) and private grantors.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of constituencies, including growers, consumers, media, government, and businesses.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize activities, and simultaneously tend to details while remaining aware of the larger picture and strategic vision
  • Residence within reasonable driving distance of Takoma Park, Maryland (or willingness to relocate)
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Experience with QuickBooks, or similar accounting software
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required


Crossroads Community Food Network (Crossroads), a food access non-profit organization, aims to combat hunger, increase community food security, and improve nutrition through a network of programming that supports healthy eating among at-risk populations. Our work is grounded in community-based initiatives serving low-income and/or at-risk residents of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads neighborhoods, addressing gaps in our local food systems through models mutually supportive of those who produce food and those who consume it. Crossroads develops and disseminates best practices and replicable models for food access programming to communities within Maryland and nationwide

Crossroads started in 2007 with the opening of the Crossroads Farmer Market. The market was the first market in Maryland (in conjunction with the Takoma Park Farmers Market) to accept federal nutrition benefits and the first in the country to launch an innovative financial incentive program (“Fresh Checks”) through which the market matches federal nutrition benefits with coupons for use at market.


At present, our programs include:

  • Fresh Checks, our innovative healthy eating incentive program, doubles the purchasing power of low-income families and seniors to access fresh, healthy, local foods at Crossroads Farmers Market.
  • Healthy Eating provides interactive school-based programming on local, healthy eating to over 400 Takoma Park elementary school students.
  • Micro-enterprise development will offer food-related microenterprise training and support to unemployed and underemployed individuals.

As Crossroads has grown, it has continually broken new ground with innovative programs. The new Executive Director will establish a secure base to ensure that the program staff has the support it needs to continue to innovate.


Lydia Oberholtzer

Takoma Park, MD
Publicaton Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Crossroad Community Food Network
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