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POSITION: Executive Director

WHO WE ARE: The Central Rivers Farmshed is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to building a resilient food community. We envision a bustling local food economy of sustainable producers, social entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations, and impassioned eaters working together to preserve agricultural heritage, protect natural resources, ensure the health of our communities, understand the true value of food, provide fair compensation for meaningful work, and recognize that collaboration is necessary to maintain a viable food system.

POSITION SUMMARY We are currently seeking a professional, innovative and enthusiastic Executive Director. This position will provide leadership to the organization; they/he/she is responsible for the overall development, management, and supervision of all Farmshed programs and staff and will steward workplace and individual giving and engagement programs to support Farmshed’s goals for our community. This includes actively engaging and nurturing donors year-round to strengthen relationships and expand our network of donors by being visible and engaged in the community. This position requires successful grant writing experience as well as experience with volunteer recruitment and development.


  • Develop, manage, monitor and administer Farmshed operating budget. Meet or exceed budget targets and take appropriate action to maintain the fiscal integrity of the organization
  • Direct the operations of the Central Rivers Farmshed and oversight of program and strategy, supervision of key staff and ongoing maintenance of the facility
  • Oversee all fund development activities and work in partnership with the staff and Board of Directors to ensure sustainable and diverse revenue streams, including: foundation and government grants; individual giving/membership; community fundraising; corporate giving; and major donor development
  • Coordinate the development and management of programs to meet the needs of the community and achieve organizational operating objectives
  • Create a member-focused culture and model relationship-building skills. Implement member strategies that support the retention of existing members and recruitment/on-boarding of new members
  • Provide training and mentoring for staff as a part of an on-going career development program
  • Coordinate staff and volunteer development which includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, team building, training, evaluation and recognition
  • Promote programming. Interpret and communicate the objectives and programs of the organization, to the community through the public media, public presentations, etc
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with business and civic leaders, interpreting the work of the Central Rivers Farmshed


SALARY: $42,000


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Central Rivers Farmshed
  • Non-profit experience with at least 3 years’ experience leading teams and/or managing complex community initiatives
  • Experience working with individual donors and foundations
  • Financial acumen including experience fundraising and budgeting (creating, managing, and balancing), and the ability to identify financial risks and opportunities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with marketing and public relations
  • Excellent relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • A team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively

BENEFITS: Eleven paid holidays, two paid floating holidays, flex time. Relocation and health insurance not offered for this position.

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter and three references by 08/07/19 to: info@farmshed.org. Interviews will be scheduled beginning the week of 08/19/2019. Position open until filled. Please email maryg@mtc.net with questions regarding this position.
Central Rivers Farmshed is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Executive Director Job Description

 Key Responsibilities:

 Fundraising/Relationship Building

  • Oversees all fund development activities and work in partnership with the staff and Board of Directors to ensure sustainable and diverse revenue streams, including: foundation and government grants; individual giving/membership; community fundraising; corporate giving; and major donor development
  • Pursues implementation of a plan for long range asset development
  • Cultivates relationships with individual donors and stakeholders

 Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Serves as spokesperson for Farmshed; overseeing marketing, communication, and public relations efforts
  • Conducts public speaking engagements and community outreach
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with a robust and diverse group of stakeholders interested in supporting Farmshed’s vision and mission
  • Collaborates with other food and farming organizations in Wisconsin
  • Leads the organization’s advocacy efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, food justice, and access to local, healthy food


  • Collaborates with Farmshed’s staff and Board of Directors to move forward a strategic vision that aligns with the organization’s mission and demonstrates a commitment to local producers and eaters
  • Collaborates with Farmshed’s staff and Board of Directors to develop and track organizational goals, ensuring that programs and operations reflect these goals
  • Recommends and develops policies, procedures, and programs that move forward the organization’s strategic direction
  • Regularly reports to the Board on the status of programs, and internal and external issues affecting the organization
  • Assists the Board of Directors in the recruitment, orientation, and cultivation of new board members
  • Implements practices and processes to ensure a strong sense of cooperation between the staff and the Board of Directors and committees
  • Provides oversight and implementation of bylaws and other policies approved by the Board
  • Ensures all organizational documents are up-to-date and that accurate reporting to regulatory agencies is fulfilled

Personnel Management

  • Provides oversight and support to staff, interns, and volunteers for day to day operations
  • Works with staff to develop work plans
  • Monitors staff progress and evaluates work products
  • Reviews and approves employee timesheets and assures employees are paid on time
  • Maintains an environment that promotes high staff morale
  • Supports and motivates staff on an individual and collective basis
  • Actively works to create a diverse and inclusive work environment
  • Provides leadership for staff management including recruitment, hiring, supervision, evaluation and, if necessary, release of staff in accordance with Personnel Policies established by the board


  • Develops budgets for Board of Directors review and approval
  • Monitors progress and initiates changes to the budget(s) as appropriate
  • Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds, including maintaining sound financial practices, and complying with all laws


  • Develops and oversees facility maintenance and improvement plans
  • Submits budget recommendations with justifications for equipment or facility improvements and monitors budget expenditures
  • Monitors and controls supplies and equipment; orders supplies and tools as necessary
  • Trains staff in facility maintenance and safety methods, procedures, and techniques
  • Prepares and executes facility rental agreements for the kitchen and greenhouse
  • Prepares documents and solicits bids from contractors for facility improvements or for equipment procurement
  • Arranges for and manages appropriate third-party contractor support as needed
  • Follows arrangements detailed in lease agreement and communicates with landlord as necessary



We Believe: 1) Food should be grown in a sustainable manner 2) People should know how to buy, grow, harvest, preserve, and prepare local foods 3) The public should know local farmers 4) Farmers should know who eats their food


Your membership supports our programming as well as our production greenhouse and community kitchen
11/9/2019 - 12th Annual Farmer Tribute Dinner
11/12/2019 - Community Potluck "Before there was a Thanksgiving"
Central Rivers Farmshed, Stevens Point WI
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