Common Good City Farm

Executive Director

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Posted On:
Closing On:
Thursday, 28th September 2017
Friday, 20th October 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: 160 U St NW Washington, DC 20001
Washington, DC
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:


About the Position
The Executive Director is the primary steward of the organization’s mission, vision, programmatic direction, and resources. The ED works in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the organization’s mission, with strategic priorities of: ensuring sustainable management and production of our half-acre urban farm; fostering inclusive and equitable community engagement, creatively using the farm-site to promote community building; and upholding organizational capacity.


About You
The ideal candidate will have experience working within a nonprofit organization and have the ability to manage the day-to-day of the organization while keeping an eye on the big picture. S/he will work well with a Board of Directors and be versed in sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, and community development and/or food justice. We seek a leader with experience managing staff and finances, overseeing programs, fundraising and grant writing. S/he should be able to work in a diverse environment and connect with a racially and socio-economically diverse group of program participants and professionals.



Organizational Mission and Strategy
• Develop and implement short- and long-term strategies in accordance to the Strategic Plan, using analytical decision making to ensure strategies and programming work to advance the organization’s mission.
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit organization management, sustainable food production, food access and other substantive areas relevant to CGCF’s mission.

Development and Fundraising
• Spearhead and supervise development and implementation of a diversified fundraising plan. The ED serves as the organization’s only staff position dedicated to fundraising and is responsible for all levels of implementation of the fundraising plan, with support from the Development Committee.
• Manage grant portfolio, including: writing grant proposals, managing grant deliverables, compiling grant reports, and maintaining relationships with grant funders.

Organizational Operations
• Serve as the organization’s primary representative to external stakeholders and community partners.
• Recruit, hire, and supervise paid personnel and volunteers.
• Sustain a positive and collaborative work environment through staff engagement and evaluation.

Financial Management
• Develop and implement annual budget approved by the Board of Directors and ensure the organization operates within approved budget guidelines.
• Implement sound financial controls and practices, including safeguarding of the organization’s assets; presentation of financial data to the Board of Directors needed for evaluating the organization’s financial management and sustainability; facilitation of annual audit.

Board Management
• Communicate with the Board, providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
• Develop, maintain, and support the active and effective engagement of the Board of Directors.
• Support the operation and administration of the Board of Directors.


• At least three to five years of progressive experience in the nonprofit sector
• Experience with small-scale vegetable farming from planning to harvest with the ability to participate in farm work
• Community development experience and/or experience building relationships across racial and socio-economic diverse groups
• Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
• High level of interpersonal skills, with an ability to support and collaborate with a board of directors, staff, and other stakeholders
• Basic non-profit financial management skills, including creating and keeping a budget and working with Board and staff to ensure proper accountability and record- keeping
• Highly organized and resourceful with strong attention to detail and follow-through
• Ability to successfully write and manage grants and oversee fundraising operation for a small-to-medium sized non-profit organization
• Ability to work full-time, as an exempt salaried employee, outside of normal business days and hours, including nights and weekends when necessary


Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Common Good City Farm offers generous benefits, including employer sponsored health insurance, PTO, 14 paid holidays, employer contributions to retirement plan after 6 months, SmartBenefits, stipend for professional development. CGCF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds.


To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Selected candidates will be required to submit three references during the interview process. The application deadline is October 20, 2017. No phone calls, please. More info:


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