Hiring: Executive Director – SEMAP
Position Announcement – SEMAP Executive Director
Application Deadline September 2, 2015
The Southeastern Massachusetts Agriculture Partnership is seeking organized and dynamic executive director with a passion for local farming who can advocate for sustainable agriculture; administer outreach programs to educate consumers about local food; and work with a board of directors to develop a vision that will facilitate the long-term growth of agriculture in Southeastern Massachusetts.
SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education. We serve farms, farmers, and the communities of southeastern Massachusetts with our primary service area covering Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties.
SEMAP will continue strategic planning to determine which core services and programs should be emphasized. In addition to directly serving the agricultural community, SEMAP acts a regional facilitator for cooperative work on agricultural issues. Programs and projects currently include: active website and monthly “Vine” e-newsletter, quarterly print newsletter, annual Ag & Food Conference, online and print Local Food Guide, Twilight Grower Education Series, winter networking meetings and technical assistance meetings, and more. The SEMAP Director will work alongside staff and the board of directors to carry out SEMAP’s mission.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Actively advocate for the agricultural advancement in our region
- Engage member and non-member farmers through direct outreach, programming, marketing and technical assistance
- Manage all financial and fundraising tasks such as bookkeeping, budgeting, grant writing, membership, personal and corporate appeals, and annual events
- Maintain and develop SEMAP’s core programs
- Lead a small staff (2-3 FTE)
- Work with board and staff on events, to include those listed above
- Seek out and facilitate public speaking and regional collaboration opportunities
- Work with and report to the SEMAP Board of Directors
- Passion for local agriculture
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree and/or significant agricultural experience
- Non-profit management and leadership experience including: financial management, fundraising, and program development and management
- Excellent working knowledge and understanding of regional agricultural issues
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Experience with Word, Excel, Constant Contact, Quick Books
Compensation and Time Commitment: Commensurate with experience. Annual salary – $40-$52K, plus benefits, with opportunity for growth. Full-time Exempt. 40-50 hours per week, evening and weekend hours and regional travel, with an average of 6-8 evening engagements and one weekend commitment per month.
To Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and 3 references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, include “SEMAP Director” in the subject line.