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Job Detail: Executive Director


CitySeed is a dynamic, community-based nonprofit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut, whose mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development, and sustainable agriculture. From its beginning, CitySeed has worked to address structural barriers to accessing local, healthy food while supporting the viability of farming in Connecticut and inclusive economic growth in the community.

 Our values include:

1) supporting community rights to access healthy and culturally-appropriate food and recognizing the know-how, celebration, and/or history that each community member brings to food and cooking;

2) dismantling privilege, oppression, and racism in the food system;

3) collaborating with community partners on food justice and inclusive growth projects and to leverage resources and programming to better serve the community at large.

 For more information about our programs and our organization, please see:

Position Responsibilities: 

Strategy & Planning

  • Works with the Board, staff, and partners as necessary, to develop, fund, and execute a strategic plan defining the future direction of CitySeed
  • Develops long-range income streams, annual budgets, and program plans based on priorities, strategies, and measurable outcomes in collaboration with the Board, Director of Operations, and relevant partners

 Development and Public Relations

  • Drives an overall fundraising strategy to raise money from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and the government
  • Cultivates and stewards individual and institutional donors
  • Oversees all grant-writing and grant reporting for the organization
  • Explores innovative earned revenue opportunities to further diversify and strengthen CitySeed’s fiscal wellbeing and sustainability
  • Manages all fundraising, public relations, and marketing activities, with Board and staff
  • Serves as lead representative and spokesperson for CitySeed to all media, government agencies, and community partners
  • Establishes and nurtures intentional, diverse, and collaborative relationships with other organizations to further food access and justice


  • Evaluates all CitySeed plans, programs, activities and procedures with regard to their purpose, sustainability and impact on the organization and community
  • Ensures compliance, at all levels, with CitySeed’s policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local laws
  • With the Director of Operations, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates and reviews performance of staff in accordance with CitySeed’s personnel policies
  • Leads and nurtures a strong staff, building relationships with social justice, trust, responsibility and accountability for optimal partnership and cohesion within CitySeed
  • Promotes effective, consistent, and inclusive communications, internally and externally, to ensure cooperation and collaboration between staff and community to support CitySeed’s work


  • Recommends an annual budget for Board review and approval
  • Ensures adequate funding raised to operate the organization and to maintain a solvent financial position
  • Maintains the implementation of a sound fiscal management and accounting system that includes budgeting, accounting, reporting and auditing activities, ensuring that appropriate fiscal controls and procedures are in place to ensure transparency and accountability


  • Fosters Board relationships and overall Board effectiveness in concert with the Board leadership
  • Provides support for the Board’s oversight and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Recommends policy for Board review and action and implements the Board’s policy decisions
  • Works with and supports the Board President and Governance Committee in mobilizing the Board committees and is present on all appropriate standing and ad-hoc committees

Position Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will have one or more of the following:

  • Significant experience in managing an initiative, department and/or organization with responsibility for planning, fiscal controls, revenue generation, and community relations or related relevant experience
  • Experience with social enterprise, equitable food oriented development, and/or food entrepreneurship
  • Experience in raising funds, developing strategic fundraising programs and expanding development efforts
  • Strong financial management skills and knowledge of the fundraising and investment landscape that can support our work
  • Strong public relations skills
  • Passion for social justice, agriculture, community organizing, or food system work
  • Excellent listening, facilitation, and analysis skills

How to Apply: 

Please send resume, cover letter, and three contacts for reference including name, email and relationship/relevance to you to: Please apply by JANUARY 15, 2020. Competitive salary and benefits including vacation, sick, and holiday time. Benefits and salary are negotiable commensurate on skills and experience. CitySeed is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of communities we work with. 

About the job

Location New Haven, Connecticut
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 04 December 2019

About the company

Company name City Seed
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