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Job Detail: Executive Director


Main Street Project’s mission is to advance a resilient agriculture system that demonstrates the power

to heal our lands, nourish our communities and prepare aspiring farmers. We exist to:

  • Innovate a path toward a more just, resilient and healthy food system (building local wealth and food security);
  • Welcome, support, and value the expertise of immigrant, low income, new, and transitioning farmers in a shared economy; and
  • Demonstrate perennial agriculture’s capacity to heal the land and care for community. Our programming includes bilingual training in poultry-centered perennial agriculture and vegetable production, a community landshare, a focus on urban-rural partnerships with an equity lens, and innovation on our 100-acre farm. We work through our nonprofit 501c3, as well as our for-profit LLC for our farm.

The executive director will lead the nonprofit board and a staff of 10. The executive director will also sit on the Farm LLC board. The current executive director and managing director will support the transition, and the Main Street Project Board of Directors is committed to providing support and executive coaching to the new director. Our search is being led by a transition committee of board and staff members, and supported by Mario Hernandez at Propel Nonprofits.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the strategic direction of the organization in coordination with the Main Street Project board and staff.
  • Oversee the organization’s hiring, supervision, development, and retention of staff
  • Oversee internal systems around communications/social media, human resources, fundraising and financial operations, administration and reporting.
  • Lead Main Street Project’s fundraising work, ensuring that the organization raises the financial support needed to carry out its programming.
  • Develop new relationships with funders and major donors and support and oversee the work of the staff who are currently maintaining such relationships.
  • Support partnership and ally development.
  • Serve as a public face for the organization in the community and beyond.

Position Requirements: 

Candidates for the position should have a strong passion for healthy rural communities, and a commitment to resilient agriculture and to our beginning farmer and immigrant communities. We seek someone who has a dedication to economic justice and gender and racial equity. Candidate must be fluent in Spanish and English.

In addition, successful candidates will have at least 3-5 years experience in:

  • Managing an organization, including supervising employees;
  • Budgeting and managing cashflow.
  • Securing grant and individual donor funds;
  • Driving the daily operations of a nonprofit organization or small business;
  • Working with Boards of Directors.

Salary and Benefits: 

Expected salary is $60,000 - $70,000. Main Street Project offers health insurance, PTO and sick time and is adding retirement benefits. Main Street Project strongly encourages people of color, indigenous people, women, non-binary people, and people who identify as LGBTQ to apply.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates must submit applications electronically to and include a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter with their background, experience, qualifications, and why they are interested in the position.


About the job

Location Northfield, MN
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 06 April 2020

About the company

Company name Main Street Project


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