Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Job Announcement: Executive Director

Center for an Agricultural Economy Executive Director Position

Over the last several years, the CAE has evolved from a young, start-up to an expanding and maturing organization. The management and ownership of two major properties, the growth of several program areas and the strengthening of the region’s local food movement have resulted in enormous opportunity to deepen our commitment and fulfill our mission of building a regenerative, healthy and local food system.
The Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick, Vermont seeks an Executive Director dedicated to a building a vibrant agricultural economy.  An engaging leader with experience in organizational and financial systems management will direct and implement our strategic plan. A stellar public presence with outstanding communication skills is necessary.


  • Manage the day to day operations of the Center for an Agricultural Economy and it’s various programs, including the Vermont Food Venture Center, a food processing facility and incubator kitchen
  • ·         Builds, analyzes and maintains organizational budgets, processes and systems
  • ·         Full engagement of the Vermont Food Venture Center including management of the staff, working with the Operations Manager and overseeing its budget, processes and systems
  • ·         Leverages internal talents, manages and supervises a staff of six to nine 
  • Oversees program development and management with the Program Director
  • ·         Identifies fundraising opportunities and develops/builds on relationships with the Development Director
  • ·         Works with the Board on the development and implementation of the strategic plan
  • ·         Public face of the organization and coordinates collaboration with other groups

Skills and Requirements:

  • ·         Strong experience in financial and business systems with ability to analyze data, refine and further develop current and new systems
  • ·         Outstanding communication skills, both spoken and written
  • ·         Familiarity with non-profit management including grant writing, fundraising, awareness of fiscal and regulatory responsibilities
  • ·         Ability to effectively manage an established and growing staff
  • ·         Ability to work with a creative and hands-on Board of Directors
  • ·         Ability to reach out and work within the community of Hardwick and its surrounding towns as well as on a statewide and regional level

  • Bachelor’s degree and five year’ experience (or commensurate combination of education and experience) in a private, non-profit, or government setting
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Health Benefits: Not offered at this time

To Apply:

Please submit the following via email to (no phone calls, resumes via postal mail, or walk-ins please): (please include: “Exec Dir” in the subject line)

*A resume and three references
*A brief statement of interest
*Salary history and requirements

This position will be open until filled. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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