The Executive Director is responsible for Food 4 Farmers achieving its mission and strategic goals, and will ensure that the organization has the capacity, systems and resources to do so.
The Executive Director leads the organization’s strategic framework and will bring a track record of success in managing and leading core issue program areas and operations. S/He will have experience with collaborative initiatives, engaging diverse constituencies, cultivating new partners and donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and affiliate organization, and stewarding current donors and partners.
The Executive Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and is responsible for ongoing communication with the full board, including board committees and individual members. The Executive Director supervises, mentors and coaches the Program Director, Development Director, and manages other staff and consultants as needed.
Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning
- Serves as an ambassador for Food 4 Farmers, representing the organization’s mission, vision and values of respect, reciprocity, responsibility, and relationships.
- Develops strategic partnerships to fulfill our mission and strategic framework.
- Builds and maintains effective systems to measure progress and evaluate program components that enhance strategic and operational decision-making; effectively communicate measurements of success to the board, members, donors, and other constituents.
- Implements our strategic framework, leads future planning and strategy processes.
- Engages the Board of Directors, support recruitment of members to build organizational capacity.
Management and Administration
- Leads improvement of organizational systems and protocols, including financial management, human resources, technology, and other core organizational processes.
- Provides support to the Board of Directors to ensure effective governance and organizational oversight.
- Develops annual work plans and budgets consistent with goals and objectives.
- Leads, develops, and retains staff. Identifies and invests in professional development and related internal systems needed for growth.
Development and Engagement
- Develops and implements strategy for mobilizing long-term resources to effectively sustain the organization.
- Takes leadership role to increase funding to at least $500,000 within two years through identification, solicitation, and cultivation of a diverse range of corporate, institutional, and foundation prospective donors.
- Recruits and cultivates leadership donors and advocates to partner with Food 4 Farmers by developing programming, communications, and activities for stewardship and engagement.
- Represents our organization in global philanthropy and development, food systems, food security, and specialty coffee through thought leadership, articles, and public speaking to raise the organization’s profile.
- Enhances all aspects of our communications to support our strategic goals and build a stronger presence for our organization.
Program Development and Implementation
- Oversees and expands high quality programs that meet our strategic goals and objectives — from facilitating working groups to convening meetings, to producing publications and tools. These programs are designed to inform and promote collaboration, while expanding and advancing philanthropy.
- Ensures that we play a leadership role in advocating in improving the philanthropic community’s support of coffee-growing families and smallholder farmers stakeholders.
- Oversees evaluation of programs to ensure they advance our mission and strategic framework.
Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum 3 years of experience working in international food security, livelihoods, and using participatory methodologies.
- Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in international development, food security, global economics, sustainability, or related fields.
- A strong commitment to our mission, approach, and the values we seek to embody.
- Minimum 5 years of strategic leadership in a philanthropic, international, or non-profit organization.
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds from the global philanthropic community.
- Minimum 5 years of experience in finance and budgeting, including the ability to understand, project, and analyze financial models and strategic budgeting.
- Skilled public speaker, excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Minimum 3 years of experience working with and supporting a board of directors.
- Minimum 5 years of experience recruiting, managing, coaching, and mentoring staff.
- Ability to work well under pressure and adapt to changing situations and priorities.
- Good judgment and consensus-building skills.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally, up to 25% of time
- Fluent in English; proficient in Spanish.
- Thoughtful, diplomatic and approachable, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and donors.