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POSITION AVAILABLE: Sustainable Ag Non-Profit Executive Director

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  • Malcolm - Gourmet
    Rural Roots Executive Director Job AnnouncementBased in Moscow, Idaho, Rural Roots (www.ruralroots.org) is a membership based non-profit involved in
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2009
      Rural Roots Executive Director Job Announcement
      Based in Moscow, Idaho, Rural Roots (www.ruralroots.org) is a membership based non-profit involved in small-scale sustainable agriculture in several northwestern states. Currently seeking an Executive Director... pay around $36,000 plus bennies. Deadline May 15.
      PDF attached.. I attempted to copy and paste below... a little funky, but the info is there as well.
      Please help circulate to qualified candidates.
      Malcolm Dell, Member
      Clearwater RC&D Council, Idaho


      T Posted 29 April 2009

      Rural Roots (www.ruralroots.org) seeks a full-time Executive Director to work from the organization’s main office in Moscow, Idaho. Founded in 1997, Rural Roots is a dynamic 250-plus member organization that serves the states of Idaho, eastern Washington, and eastern Oregon by supporting and enhancing sustainable agriculture and local food systems. Rural Roots annual budget has ranged from $120,000 to $200,000 over the last five years. Our programmatic and education goals are based on long-term partnerships with regional universities, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, farmers, ranchers and producers.

      Executive Director Position Description

      The ideal candidate will have experience developing, managing and growing a nonprofit membership organization. In addition to anticipating and responding to educational and advocacy needs within the region’s food system, the Executive Director will be the public and passionate voice for the Inland Northwest’s sustainable and organic farmers and ranchers. Accordingly, the candidate must be a confident and capable communicator who values the cultivation of relationships with media, donors, allied NGOs, government agencies, and sustainable and organic growers and producers. Building on the foundation of an excellent 11-year organizational track record, the new Executive Director will lead Rural Roots to become the region’s primary advocate for, and central figure in, the development of sustainable community food systems.

      Primary Responsibilities

      Organizational management and administration.

      Fundraising for operating budget and staff salaries.

      Communicate clearly and regularly with the Board of Directors.

      Effectively hire, train, manage and evaluate staff and contractors.

      Oversee day-to-day office operations and maintain relevant administrative systems.

      Organization and program development

      Lead program development, planning and evaluation.

      Provide leadership for organizational planning and development.

      Serve organic and sustainable producers through education, policy and advocacy.

      Assist in Board training.

      Fundraising and financial management

      Develop and oversee the budget and financial well-being of the organization.

      Work with the Board to develop a long-range and sustainable fundraising plan for the organization.

      Ensure the organization meets financial goals though the solicitation of grants, Membership and major donor development, contracts for services, special events and other revenue sources.

      Identify, develop and maintain relationships with public and private funders.

      Outreach and Membership

      Build working relationships with allied individuals, organizations and foundations.

      Communicate the organization’s vision, programs and accomplishments through public speaking, media and personal contacts.

      Develop members’ leadership skills, recruit new members, and provide members the means to network and utilize Rural Roots’ resources.

      Empower volunteers to further Rural Roots’ vision and mission.

      Required Qualifications:

      Minimum three years experience in non-profit administration, program management, organization fiscal oversight, management and budget development.

      Master’s degree or evidence of equivalent work experience.

      Proven ability to secure adequate grant, contract and donor funding to support a small to mid-sized organization.

      Possess an understanding of sustainable and organic agriculture and local food networks.

      Experience working with a non-profit Board of Directors.

      Experience and willingness to work independently and as part of a team.

      Willingness to work with and manage staff.

      Ability to travel a minimum of five days a month, representing Rural Roots and implementing programs.

      Commitment to continue to build and manage a member-driven organization.

      Experience in collaborative program development and team building.

      Experience in strategic planning.

      Experience in Board development.

      Experience working with the media.

      Ability to develop and implement organizational systems and procedures.

      Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

      Possess advanced computer skills.

      Start Date and Compensation:

      The preferred start date for the Executive Director is June 1, 2009. Beginning compensation is $35,000 $37,000, commensurate with experience, to be reviewed at 6 months. Employer matching 401K; generous paid sick and vacation leave; eleven paid holidays; partial health benefit option.

      Application Process: Your application must include the following items:

      Cover letter providing an overview of your qualifications for the position


      Three references

      Writing sample

      Mail hard copy application materials postmarked by May 15, 2009, to:

      Rural Roots Attn: Hiring Committee
      P.O. Box 8925
      Moscow, ID 83843
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