Amagansett Food Institute (AFI)

Executive Director

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Posted On: Wednesday, 1st November 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Amagansett, NY
PO Box 2611 Amagansett, NY 11930
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About the AFT

The mission of the Amagansett Food Institute (AFI) is to support, promote, and advocate for the farmers, vintners, fishermen, and other food producers and providers on the East End of Long Island.



Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing vision, strategic direction, leadership, and day-to-day management to the Amagansett Food Institute.

Organizational Leadership

  • Provide day-to-day leadership, oversight, and direction for all AFI programs, including the South Fork Kitchen, CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), and the apprentice matching program.
  • Set clear and attainable objectives for AFI’s staff, and evaluate job performance accordingly.
  • Provide oversight of financial and regulatory matters and ensure compliance with all required laws and regulations.
  • Ensure the maintenance of timely and accurate financial records and all tax and other required filings.
  • Maintain and strengthen the relationship with Stony Brook Southampton. Ensure that South Fork Kitchen and Café are serving the institutional needs of the college. Participate integrally in the activities of The Food Lab at Stony Brook.
  • Establish strong financial controls and ensure that policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee the accomplishments of the goals established in the 2017 strategic plan of the Board of Directors

Advocacy and Communication

  • Serve as an effective advocate for the mission of AFI to all external audiences (food industry participants, consumers, and collaborative partners.)
  • Grow the business membership base of AFI. Build strong relationships with the members, understand their needs, and develop activities that will support and promote their work in the food industry.
  • Build awareness of AFI and its mission and programs among East End consumers and food industry participants.

Financial Sustainability

  • With the Board of Directors, annually develop a one-year and a multi-year operating budget.
  • Lead fundraising and development efforts to diversify funding streams to support existing programs and to expand program capacity.
  • Establish an annual fundraising plan with the Board of Directors that includes funding from individuals, foundations, governmental agencies, and events.
  • Identify and cultivate potential funders, including individuals, foundations and government agencies.
  • Lead the process of grant submissions to foundation and government agencies from potential funder identification through completed grant submission.
  • Execute strategies to achieve the targets in the annual fundraising plan.

Board Development

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board. Serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the board.
  • Strengthen board involvement in AFI activities and in fundraising to ensure long-term program success and sustainable financial viability.
  • Recruit new board members and volunteers.



  • A passion for sustainable and local food production and for the people involved in that work.
  • Strong leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, skills, and qualities.
  • Self-starter who can work independently on a variety of projects and tasks simultaneously with limited supervision and guidance.
  • Exceptional relationship and community building skills.
  • Strong writing, speaking and presentation skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of successful non-profit revenue generation.
  • Track record of leading a performance and outcomes-based organization and staff. Experience running a non-profit organization is preferred, however, comparable business leadership experience coupled with other non-profit work (board or volunteer leadership, for example) will be considered.


Pay commensurate with experience.


How to Apply

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