The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) of Missoula County seeks an energetic, inspired Executive Director to help address community needs as they relate to food and agriculture in a comprehensive and creative way. Since its inception in 2005, CFAC has operated as a multi-stakeholder, food policy council. The Coalition brings together a broad base of interests, including farmers/ranchers, conservationists, nutritionists, anti-hunger advocates, local food proponents, land use planners, chefs, university researchers, and more. With a geographic focus on Missoula County and the surrounding region, CFAC aims to develop and strengthen the local food system, promoting sustainable agriculture, building regional self-reliance, and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable food.
CFAC has a strong record of enhancing access to local foods, creating new local markets, working to protect farmland, serving beginning farmers and ranchers, and educating the public about the value and vision of creating a healthy local food system. Currently, we have a full-time staff person for our farm/ranchland protection and Land Link programs, and a half-time person who coordinates our Farm to School program in Missoula County Public Schools and carries out educational programs. CFAC will continue to bring the local food movement to a new level of success in Western Montana. In order to do that, however, CFAC’s Board of Directors has determined that the time is ripe to increase the capacity of the organization by hiring an Executive Director. This will enable us to enhance our existing programs and to grow new ones, while still retaining the grassroots volunteerism that characterizes the organization.
This position reports directly to the Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition Board of Directors.
· Assure that CFAC has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. · Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and work with CFAC board members, staff, and volunteers to carry out plans and policies. · Supervise CFAC program staff: Farm to School Coordinator, Land Use and Viability Coordinator, other interns, volunteers, and temporary staff as needed. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people. · With board chair, convene and facilitate monthly CFAC board meetings. · Provide key staffing for the Food Security and Access subcommittee. · Involve CFAC committees, board, and general membership in implementation of CFAC’s programmatic and policy goals. · Manage grant writing, fundraising, public relationships and organizational budgets. · Maintain CFAC’s membership database and grow CFAC’s membership through outreach and communications. · Foster and maintain relationships with other organizations with similar missions to ensure collaboration and avoid duplication. · Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field. · Actively publicize CFAC events, activities, programs and goals within the community and surrounding areas. · Ensure job descriptions are current, carry out regular performance evaluations, and employ sound human resource practices. · Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Qualifications · Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred. · Minimum of three years of managerial experience in a nonprofit or community-based environment preferred. · Experience with fundraising, grant and report writing, and budget maintenance. · Proven written, editorial and oral communications to represent the organization and its programs. · Experience with coalition building, program development, event planning, policy review and evaluation protocols. · Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. · Must think proactively and function independently. · Capability to manage multiple tasks, and bring projects from beginning to completion. · Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the programs. · Demonstrated commitment to the values at CFAC’s core. · Demonstrated commitment to participatory community organizing.
Hours, Benefits, Compensation This position is full-time with an annual salary of $36K plus health insurance, flexible schedule, and generous paid leave time.
Application Submission Process For priority consideration, please submit cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references no later than October 1, 2010.
Please mail submissions to: CFAC ED Search Committee PO Box 7025 Missoula, MT 59806