Hiring: Associate Director – New Entry

Associate Director:  New Entry is seeking an Associate Director who is passionate about our mission. This position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a nationally respected, comprehensive farmer training and food systems organization. The Associate Director will work with New Entry staff, consultants and regional and national partners to provide strategic leadership and management for New Entry’s farmer training programs. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Associate Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities at New Entry and handle the below duties:

  • Program management (program development, framing of strategic approaches, high-quality customer service, project metrics tracking and evaluation)
  • Administration (grant writing and reporting, month end financial review, fundraising, information technology, facilities management)
  • Human Resource functions and recruiting
  • Mentoring and leadership development among staff and interns
  • Partner closely with the ED to chart New Entry’s future growth and implement strategic goals to grow and scale New Entry’s program impact in the farm and food systems space.

Basic Requirements:

  • 10 years in a management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, university, or government agency
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in agriculture and food systems work
  • Committed to racial equity and food justice work
  • Highly entrepreneurial and systems-thinker; self-starter, self-disciplined
  • Demonstrated grant writing and grants management experience including federal grants and private foundation grants
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation and in developing, implementing, and evaluating complex programs
  • Demonstrated financial management experience in managing nonprofit budgets and performance reporting
  • Experienced supervisor, mentor and ability to bring out the best in others; ability to motivate a team and manage large groups of volunteers
  • Outstanding communication (written, verbal), interpersonal skills, and ability to show empathy
  • Public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple competing priorities and deadlines
  • Remains focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time/financial limitations
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide array of people
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas and make changes to processes and operations without ego interfering and can be transparent and direct.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree
  • Hands-on commercial farming or food distribution experience
  • Experience managing land-based farmer training and educational programming via farm site management, safe farm equipment use and maintenance, and farmland/soil stewardship
  • Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles
  • Community organizing and cross-cultural experience is helpful; comfort and skill in building relationships with beginning, immigrant, and refugee farmer participants
  • Ability to speak Spanish or different language(s)
  • Experience accessing and/or working with local, state and national service provider networks
  • Competent in Salesforce (CRM), Excel, and other management and computer software
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to travel regionally and nationally to attend conferences and partner meetings

Compensation and Timeline:  The Tufts University salary range for this position is:  Minimum $70,000.00, Midpoint $87,550.00, Maximum $105,100.00.  Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect an offer of pay between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range; New Entry’s program budget for this position is $70,000 – $80,000 per year plus generous Tufts University benefits.  The position is open until a suitable candidate is identified; an ideal start date would be no later than May 1, 2024.

Special Work Schedule Requirements: Periods of intense farming and food hub warehouse activities are June through October where programmatic needs could require long hours, and assistance with completion of farm site responsibilities, food hub packing and loading of produce into boxes for on-time delivery to customers could occur.  Work happens between office spaces and on a farm in all weather conditions, or in a barn/warehouse with limited heating/cooling, so it can be extremely hot or extremely cold in certain settings depending on the weather.  If a delivery driver is absent, or staff/volunteers are absent, the position may be expected to drive vehicles, complete packing duties, and make on-time deliveries to customers. Expected travel to meetings throughout the state, region, and nationally.

To Apply, submit a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and qualifications in connection to the job description and mission areas of New Entry.  Applications are accepted online through the Tufts University Human Resources application portal.  Apply HERE.

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