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Executive Director
Job Type Full-time
Job Status Sourcing
Date Posted Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Location Massachusetts
Company Information The Food Project

Boston, MA
Website: http://
Job Description

Executive Director for The Food Project

Date posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:27 AM

Location(s): Boston,

URL: http://koyapartners.com/TFP_ED.html

Position: Executive Director
Organization: The Food Project Location: Boston,
MA Summary: The Food Project
seeks a passionate, energetic, and highly skilled Executive Director to lead a
pioneering organization that engages youth and communities in personal and
social change through programs advancing food justice and promoting sustainable
agriculture. The Executive Director will lead an organization with 20 years of
history, a talented staff, a national reputation, a deep and wide network of
supporters and volunteers, and a proven ability to achieve substantial and
measurable results. The Executive Director will provide strategic vision that
will remain true to the mission and culture of this highly effective
organization. Strong candidates will bring a deep and authentic passion for The
Food Project’s work at the intersection of food, youth, and community,
exceptional communications and leadership skills, a track record of fundraising
success, and a commitment to the organization’s core operating principles: -
All people have a right to healthy, affordable food. - Youth and adult
partnerships are at the heart of our best work. - We are stewards of land,
culture, and community … and they, in turn, sustain us. - Our diversity – of
experiences, backgrounds, and points of view – is our strength. - True learning
is reciprocal and requires transparency, humility, and bold action. - Innovations
at the local level are the key to creating global transformation over time. -
Good programs alone are not enough … they must also lead to policy change. -
This is hard work: it is vital to leave time for reflection and fun.
Responsibilities: The Executive Director will be responsible for the following
areas: Vision and Strategy - Ensure the execution of The Food Project’s current
Strategic Action Plan - Collaborate closely with Board of Trustees and staff to
continually hone and execute a vision and plan of action for increased impact,
long-term growth, and sustainability - Ensure that The Food Project’s mission
and vision are fully articulated and shared by a wide range of internal and
external stakeholders - Maintain and deepen The Food Project's strong
organizational culture and values, in particular its commitment to
strengthening a multicultural organization Fundraising and External
Communications - Drive the overall fundraising strategy; developing and
executing strategies that ensure a sustainable and diverse funding stream,
including cultivating and stewarding relationships with individual and
institutional funders - Serve as the face of The Food Project nationally,
regionally, and locally; speaking, writing, and advocating on behalf of the mission
and vision - Build on The Food Project’s national reputation as a pioneer in
integrating youth development with sustainable farming to raise visibility and
attract new supporters - Deepen and strengthen existing partnerships with
community partners and cultivate new partners when appropriate Organizational
Leadership - Overall management of and leadership to 30+ staff members across
three locations in - --Eastern Massachusetts (Boston, Lincoln, and Lynn) and a
$3.5 million budget - Serve as an inspiring and motivational leader to a highly
skilled, diverse, and committed group of staff, youth, and external supporters
- Directly supervise, mentor, and coach senior staff, including Managing
Director, North - Shore Regional Director, Director of Development, and
Director of Communications - Ensure inclusive, transparent, and regular
communication with all staff around organizational updates and priorities -
Manage and strengthen culturally appropriate staff hiring and training
processes that lead to deep engagement and accountability as well as personal
and professional growth at all levels of the organization - Lead and model the
organization’s commitment to honest and constructive feedback, both formally
and informally, as a means of achieving organizational and personal growth and
excellence Board of Trustees - Collaborate with the Board to ensure execution
of organizational strategy - Work as a partner with Board leadership to
continually strengthen governance practices and Board composition - Develop and
present recommendations to the Board for annual business plans and budgets -
Provide regular updates to the Board on the status of program operations and
finances - Work closely with the Board to ensure compliance with bylaws,
policies, and directives Qualifications: Strong candidates will offer the
following skills and experiences: - At least 7 years of management experience
in a complex, multifaceted social change organization - A track record of
high-level strategic planning and decision-making - Proven track record of
fundraising success with both public and private funds, a well-developed
network of relevant contacts preferred - Strong operational and financial
management skills, including the ability to manage a complex, multi-site
organization and $3.5 million budget - Authentic passion for The Food Project’s
work at the intersection of youth, food, and community - The ability to be an
inspirational leader who can bring a diverse audience together around a vision
and common goals - Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including
the ability to connect with the full spectrum of stakeholders integral to The
Food Project, including parents, youth, funders, staff, and community partners
- Effective partnership building skills, in particular the ability to forge
strong relationships with community partners - Experience working closely with
a Board of Trustees on governance, organizational development, strategic
planning, and fundraising initiatives - Collaborative management style,
including the ability to solicit input and feedback from a wide range of
stakeholders and to make informed decisions and judgments Additionally, strong
candidates will also offer the following core personal characteristics and
values: - A deep personal and professional commitment to diversity and
multiculturalism - A sense of maturity, humility, and professionalism - The
ability to build trusting relationships based on honesty and respect - A desire
to work with passionate, committed colleagues who believe in their work, value
their relationships, and also enjoy making time for reflection and fun
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with
experience. To Apply: The Food Project has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to
help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly
Brennan via our online application portal: http://www.refineapp.com/jobPosting/apply/512
The Food Project is an EOE that is committed to creating a multicultural
organization. We actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, including people
of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ applicants. About The Food
Project: The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive
community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to
build a sustainable food system. Our community produces healthy food for
residents of the city and suburbs, provides youth leadership opportunities, and
inspires and supports others to create change in their own communities. To
fulfill this mission, we blend three program areas – youth development,
community food access, and sustainable agriculture – into a synergistic model
to achieve multiple, intertwining goals. In our Local Youth Programs,
approximately 140 teens from the cities of Boston
and Lynn and
the surrounding communities work closely with one another in year-round
activities as they explore issues of food justice, develop personally and
professionally as teenagers, engaged citizens, and young employees, and gain an
understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture. In
our Community Programs, youth partner with Food Project staff to increase access
to fresh, healthy, local, and affordable food in underserved communities. Our
Sustainable Agriculture and Enterprise Programs, from our 40+ acres of urban
and suburban farmland to our 10,000 square-foot greenhouse in Roxbury, provide
the foundation for all of this work. Through these programs, our staff and
youth partner with nearly 3,000 volunteers to grow more than 250,000 pounds of
fresh produce each year. The Food Project is recognized as an innovator, and
continues to develop new models for making “real food” available to more
people. New programs—including our work with the national FoodCorps
initiative—exemplify our push toward a new, collaborative Real Food Hub model,
in which we work with partners such as community health centers, public
elementary schools, and Head Start centers to concentrate on engaging targeted
groups of families in multiple simultaneous programs, deepening our impacts and
improving our ability to evaluate them in the long-term. The Food Project also
works as a resource center for organizations and individuals worldwide. We
provide unique capacity building for organizations and educators who learn from
The Food Project’s expertise through materials, youth training and professional
development opportunities. Even projects completely unrelated to farming can
draw on our methods for building inspired, diverse and productive youth
communities. For more information, visit www.thefoodproject.org
About Koya Leadership Partners: Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained
search and consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profits and social
enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented
people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations. For more
information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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