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Farm Alliance of Baltimore Executive Director

 

Description

The Farm Alliance of Baltimore, Inc. (FAB) seeks an Executive Director prepared to launch an existing brand and stabilize an emerging nonprofit organization (501c3 status pending). The candidate will expand upon FAB’s existing collaborations of farm producers (fiscally sponsored by Civic Works) who have worked to increase the viability of urban farming and improve access to urban-grown foods in the city. FAB seeks a candidate with the demonstrated and proven skills of leadership, innovation, management, fundraising, and nonprofit administration. A passion in some combination of the following is a must: sustainable agriculture, urban food access, and environmental stewardship.

Organization

Since 2011, FAB has been at the vanguard of urban agriculture in Baltimore,  representing a dynamic collective of producers, who are united by practices and principles that are socially, economically, and environmentally just. FAB supports small-scale farmers through member services (weekly farmers market stand, farmer training, shared tools, and cooperative greenhouse) and urban neighborhoods through our food access programming (incentive matching for food benefit recipients, nutrition demonstrations, and food processing and preservation workshops). Also, FAB has built enduring strategic partnerships with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to build support for urban farm and food access policies.

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors, and will work with the Board and farm members to refine the organization’s vision, plan for and execute the collective goals and objectives of the membership, and uphold the mission and values of the organization.

Administration and Development (Primary):

  • Strategic planning for organization, with input from board and farm membership
  • Initial organizational fundraising and development, with support from development coordinator and board (position is responsible for fundraising for all salaries, including his/his salary)
  • Identify and pursue revenue generating opportunities for the organization
  • Oversee and ensure grant management and reporting
  • Development and oversight of organization budget, working with board and fiscal sponsor
  • Financial management of organization
  • Development of new programs and facilitate evaluation of current programs
  • Coordinate all human resource and payroll operations
  • Administration and management of day-to-day organizational operations
  • Recruitment and hiring of staff
  • Management and oversight of staff and volunteers
  • Schedule and facilitation of board, member, and staff meetings

Networking and Communications (Primary):

  • Handles all external communications (e.g. newsletters, op-eds, media interviews, speaking engagements)
  • Represents the organization on relevant boards, committees, and in collaborations meetings with partner organizations
  • Promotes and conducts tours and presentations about organization/urban agriculture for funders, educational groups, meetings/conferences, and partner organizations
  • Pursues and maintains strategic alliances & partnerships
  • Ensures communication between organization membership is timely and transparent

Additional (Secondary):

  • Fulfils Member Services Coordinator duties (if position is vacant):
    • Oversee shared farmers market stand, including scheduling, weekly farmer payments, promotion, quality control, seasonal applications, and working occasional market shifts
    • Oversee the maintenance of the collective greenhouse, including regular maintenance, payment collection, and revenue generating activities
    • Coordinate annual urban farmer training workshops and other training opportunities with partner organizations
    • Maintain, update and enforce membership standards and ensure member compliance
    • Coordinate volunteer groups among member farms
    • Collect and aggregate monthly data from member farms
    • Organize appropriate professional development opportunities for members, including awarding scholarships and mini-grants as appropriate
    • Manages member communications

 

  • Fulfils Program Coordinator duties (if position is vacant):
    • Oversee food access program management
    • Coordinates nutrition and health demonstrations, including food workshops and training at various locations
    • Coordinates all public outreach and marketing efforts
    • Manages grants and reporting
    • Update website and social media

 

Job Qualifications

Required:

  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of nonprofit management experience
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years managing, training, and developing staff and volunteers
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree (or higher) in relevant field preferred
  • Experienced in fundraising (grant writing, corporate sponsorships, donors, etc.) and donor relations
  • Experienced in organizational development  
  • Exceptional networking and strong written/verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact with diverse audiences
  • Experienced and demonstrated passion for working with racially, economically, and culturally diverse populations
  • Strong leadership, strategic thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledgeable in group facilitation, consensus building, problem solving, and collaborative decision-making
  • Strong computer skills and experience with social media and Google Apps
  • Ability and willingness to work in all weather, and lift 40 pounds
  • Ability to travel frequently to member farms and partners across Baltimore region
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Criminal background check and drug test

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with Baltimore City
  • Experience with urban agriculture
  • Personal vehicle for travel to farms and partners (mileage will be reimbursed)

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits are provided.

 

Send email with cover letter and résumé to:

Attention: Crystal Forman

2701 St. Lo Drive

Baltimore, MD 21213

info@farmalliancebaltimore.org