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Job Detail: Executive Director


The executive director will lead the board, a staff of more than 30 working in three offices across the state, and a strong membership and donor base. The executive director will also serve as the director of the Land Stewardship Action Fund (LSAF), a 501(c)4 organization that was formed in 2018 to allow us to directly engage with political candidates and issues to advance our agenda. Please note that while we are posting the position seeking one executive director, the transition committee is open to considering applications from two or more individuals seeking to co-lead the organization.

Position Responsibilities: 

Organizational Vision and Board Engagement

  • Lead the strategic direction of the organization in coordination with the LSP (and LSAF) board, member-leaders, and staff. 
  • Lead the implementation of LSP’s Vision for the Future, our 2019-2024 five-year plan, including the alignment, development, and innovation of our programs and resources. Combat the ongoing farm crisis through building grassroots people power in rural areas.

Staff Management and Development 

  • Oversee the organization’s hiring, supervision, development, and retention of staff members, and the coordination, communication, management, support, and leadership development of said staff members. Directly supervise a leadership team, supporting them to direct and develop our outstanding staff. 
  • Oversee internal systems around communications/social media, human resources, fundraising and financial operations, administration, reporting. 
  • Lead the organization’s internal and external efforts to promote gender and racial equity. 
  • Work with managers/directors and the staff as a whole to support the critical member and leadership development work happening on the ground, and to help staff prioritize their work effectively. 

Fundraising and Budget 

  • Lead the organization’s fundraising work. Work with staff who carry significant fundraising responsibilities to ensure dollars are raised, and that financial resources are utilized effectively, powerfully, and appropriately to advance our mission. 
  • Develop new relationships with funders and major donors to LSP, and support and oversee the work of the staff who are currently maintaining such relationships. Support the work of building out our dues-paying membership.

Leadership and Program 

  • Ensure that LSP continues to be a leader in the Upper Midwest and on a national level in organizing for change on critical issues and building partnerships and alliances that reach across geography, race, gender, and political lines. 
  • Work as part of our leadership team to advance initiatives that reflect our commitments to lifting up small farmers and combating factory farms, protecting our soil and water, and meaningfully impacting local and statewide policies. Advance our work on these issues alongside those of racial, economic, and gender equity in Greater Minnesota. 
  • Drive the organization’s agenda and relationships with allies, and work to ensure they are aligned around building power for the organization, our members, and our allies.

Position Skills/Education/Experience: 

Candidates for the position should be able to

  • Express and articulate their commitment to building long-term progressive power in rural communities. 
  • Display how their leadership and management experience prepares them to drive and lead a team and organization, and how they would prioritize staff development. 
  • Demonstrate their experience advancing racial and gender equity and economic justice 
  • Show a passion for grassroots and coalition organizing and developing memberleaders, and communicate the power and impact that a member-led people’s organization can have in empowering rural communities. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact and importance of public policy and explain how policy can be shaped to better support family farms and environmental stewardship.
  • Demonstrate outstanding communications skills, including verbally, visually and in writing, across different types of media, commensurate with leading a broadbased organization. 
  • Effectively ask people for money with skill and comfort. Demonstrate an ability to create long-term relationships with donors, funders, and partners. 
  • Articulate their passion for healthy rural communities and working people, democracy, and stewardship of the land.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, three references, and a cover letter that explains why they want the job to James Haggar, consultant to the Land Stewardship Project, at by December 23, 2019. Interested candidates may also direct questions to James at that e-mail address.



About the job

Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 07 November 2019

About the company

Company name Land Stewardship Project
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