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Job Detail: Executive Director


The AMI Executive Director position is a senior leadership and management position for a complex non-profit organization with multiple programs operating from multiple work sites. The ideal candidate must have at least 5 years of experience in non-profit management, finance, personnel management, and fundraising. Applicants resumes should display clear evidence of being a capable leader, organizer and motivator of groups of people. A strong commitment to regenerative agriculture, healthy food systems, and conservation is expected. The preferred candidate will have a passion for farming, gardening, and / or healthy food preparation. Since education of the broader community is a key component of the AMI programs, a competitive applicant should also have an interest and capabilities in community development, networking, and communications. The AMI Executive Director must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends, and should be willing to travel to rural work sites as needed to provide leadership and supervision for Farm Managers and other employees at those sites.

Position Responsibilities: 

Leadership & Management: 

  • Holds the organization’s vision, communicates the vision to stakeholders, and leads the team in the implementation of the vision 
  • Works with Board to develop and execute strategic plan, business plan, and annual operating plan. 
  • Supports all activities associated with the Board of Directors meetings, including: staffing support, meeting schedules and materials, locations, and assists with development of agenda.
  • Provides information and support to the Board and its Committees in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic direction of the organization, and documents all activities pertaining to programs and events for Board meetings 
  • Negotiates contracts, real estate opportunities and leases, and supervises construction as necessary 
  • Oversees legal documents and insurance requirements 
  • Oversees the hiring, training, workflow, retention, performance appraisals, and professional development of staff 
  • Provides leadership to staff in the development and implementation of strategic plans for operations, educational programs, fundraising, and communications 
  • Oversees and participates in Fellow recruitment and continuing education 
  • Conducts regular staff meetings 
  • Oversees the administration of payroll and employee benefit program 
  • Oversees facilities management, including: office spaces, leases, and MOAs. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

Communication and Leadership Management: 

  • Acts as principal spokesperson, negotiator, liaison, ambassador, and advocate with other organizations, donors, outside vendors, partners, local community groups, and government agencies 
  • Oversees publicity and marketing efforts, including the website, promotional materials, media opportunities

Finance and Fundraising: 

  • Works with the Board to develop organizational budget and annual fundraising plan 
  • Manages all aspects of fundraising and philanthropic activities, and leads staff-Board development team 
  • Maintains donor tracking systems and stewardship activities 
  • Manages organizational budget and finances. Ensures proper accounting and reporting systems are in place and maintained in an accurate, timely manner. o
  • Fundraises both in the private and public sector 
  • Writes, coordinates, implements, and manages grant applications, follow-through, and reporting. 
  • Coordinates and manages staff’s program grant applications and budgets

Position Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or experience in a relevant field; Master’s degree preferred 
  • Minimum of five years executive management experience, preferably in an agriculture or foodrelated nonprofit organization 
  • Demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of a strategic plan 
  • Demonstrated ability to secure funds from both the private and public sectors, steward individual donors, drive fundraising activities, and engage Board of Directors in fundraising efforts 
  • Demonstrated experience in grant research, writing, and management 
  • Demonstrated experience in nonprofit financial management, reporting and budgetary oversight
  • Demonstrated experience in property/farm/building management. 
  • Exceptional multi-tasking, organizational and time management skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal), including public speaking, as well as meeting facilitation 
  • Strong analysis, planning, and creative problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Effective at fostering collaboration and building consensus 
  • Experience with organization outreach and marketing 
  • Computer proficiency, including QuickBooks and Microsoft Office/Apple iWorks 
  • Mentorship and/or education experience 
  • High level of personal and ethical standards 
  • Ability to understand, interpret and enforce policies in an accurate and equitable manner 
  • Ability to deal with customers, employees, and colleagues in a professional, timely, fair, and confidential manner 
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience in food production (farming/gardening) 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to sustainable food systems and conservation 
  • Interest in healthful cooking and nutrition 
  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record

How To Apply: 

Please send a single compiled /pdf file including a cover letter, resume, AMI Application form, and list of at least 3 professional references to: No phone calls or mailed applications, please.

About the job

Location Staunton, VA
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 16 March 2020

About the company

Company name Allegheny Mountain Institute
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