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Job Detail: Executive Director


The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission. The Executive Director is the primary communicator between AUA and its members, partner organizations, government agencies and funders; is the lead voice in representing AUA’s position to various constituencies; and is responsible, in collaboration with Board members for achieving the organization’s fundraising objectives and managing ts overall financial affairs.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Organizational Performance
  • Works with the board and leadership team to develop and lead strategies for
    achieving mission, goals and financial sustainability.
  • Maintains and utilizes a working knowledge of significant developments and
    trends in the fields of sustainable and urban agriculture, community
    development and social enterprise, and local, regional and state policies that
    are needed or are in development that will have impact in these areas.
  • Oversees strategic plan implementation, assesses and reviews program
    activities, and monitors need for change.
  • Oversees and manages AUA Board participation through bi-monthly meetings,
    conference calls, and online communications.
  • Oversees and supports Board and member activities in AUA task forces and
    partnerships; translates those activities into actionable plans.
  • With the Board, actively identifies potential Board candidates who can
    strengthen AUA’s representation and capacity.
  • Develops and executes ambitious, but achievable plans for resource
    development, e.g., cultivate positive relationships with institutional funders
  • such as foundations, government agencies, corporations, and others
  • Community Engagement and Leadership
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson.  Represents the organization well to its
    constituencies, including AUA members, partner organizations, government
    agencies, elected officials, funders, media outlets, and the general public.
  • Develops and effectively uses AUA’s website, social media tools and face-to-
    face opportunities for communication.
  • Oversees and manages the development and expansion of resources like AUA’s
    Good Practices for Growing in Chicago program, Urban Agriculture Resource
    Guide and mapping project.
  • Positions AUA as a leading voice in the development of sustainable food
    growing and related activities in urban, suburban and even rural settings
    where appropriate.
  • Administration, Finance and HR
  • Supports the development of policies, systems and organizational culture that
    enable satisfying roles for current staff and ability to attract and retain
    additional staff in key positions as funding becomes available.
  • Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds, including maintaining
    sound financial practices.
  • Works with the Board to prepare budgets and reports, monitor progress, and
    initiate changes (to operations and/or to budgets) as appropriate.
  • Sees that official records and documents are retained; ensures compliance
    with federal, state and local regulations (examples: Form 990, payroll

Position Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of five years of nonprofit and advocacy experience, preferably in
    the fields of urban agriculture, sustainable agriculture, and/or local food
  • Strong familiarity with the Chicago region’s urban agriculture and local food
  • Extensive experience working with diverse communities throughout Chicago and
    demonstrated use of cultural competence within those experiences.
  • Business acumen, particularly a strong understanding of finance, budgeting,
    and reporting for a nonprofit organization.
  • A collaborative and engaging personality with the ability to build positive
    relationships among a variety of constituents including staff, Board, funders,
    partners, and AUA members.
  • Strong experience overseeing and developing creative programming in alignment
    with the organization’s mission and funding.
  • Prior experience with grant writing, fundraising and a high level of comfort
    in cultivating relationships with prospective funders.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation package is $60,000 per annum, and includes health insurance and
paid vacation.

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and resume to by Friday,
January 3, 2020.

About the job

Location Chicago, Illinois
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 06 December 2019

About the company

Company name Advocates for Urban Agriculture
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