Waltham Fields Community Farm - Executive Director

Our Mission:
Waltham Fields Community Farm promotes local agriculture and food access through our farming operations and education programs, using practices that are socially, ecologically, and economically sustainable. We encourage healthy relationships between people, their food supply, and the land from which it grows.

Waltham Fields Community Farm (incorporated as Community Farms Outreach, Inc.) is a nonprofit farming organization focusing on food access and education. We produce organically-grown vegetables on 15 acres of leased land in Waltham and Weston, with 20% of our harvests dedicated to low-income households. Our largest source of revenue generation and community engagement is a 500-share community supported agriculture (CSA) program. We also run a Learning Garden and educational programs for children and youth, train farmers, and welcome volunteers, who provide over 3,000 hours of assistance each year. Our annual budget is approximately $725,000, which is funded by CSA shares, educational program tuition, grants from public agencies and private foundations, and donations. We have 7 year-round staff members and 12+ seasonal staff. Since our founding in 1995, we have grown from a small volunteer-run effort into a mature organization serving a variety of critical community needs, including mentorship and resource-sharing for new farms and farmers in the region.

The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for implementing the goals of Waltham Fields Community Farm as expressed in its mission and strategic plan. The ED works closely with the staff and the Board of Directors, as well as with partner agencies, supporters, and the community at large. The ED is responsible for financial management, including fundraising, drafting and implementing the annual budget, staff development, and overseeing the administrative activities of the organization. The ED supervises the staff and is the liaison between the Board of Directors and the staff. The ED works with the staff to create and follow through on all programming.

The ideal candidate will have:

·        A passion and vision for community farming and farm-based education as an agent for social change
·        Leadership and strategic decision-making skills
·        A dynamic, flexible and creative approach to management
·        A record of fundraising success
·        Community outreach experience
·        Experience with non-profits
·        Budgeting/financial experience
·        Strong writing and public speaking skills

Salary: $55,000+ (commensurate with experience). Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, retirement contributions after two full years, and a summer and winter vegetable share annually.

To Apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to Meg Ramsdell, for the Board of Directors: megramsdell@gmail.com . Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the right candidate is found. Preferred start date in September.

Waltham, MA