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City Slicker Farms Seeks an Executive Director

The Executive Director provides vision and leadership to City Slicker Farms in areas of strategic direction, operations, financial management, human resources, external relations, program development and services, board development, and staffing. Guided by CSF’s mission and with the support of the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director is the organization’s chief spokesperson and external relationship builder, and is responsible for coordinating and directing the management of daily operations.

Why you’ll want to be a part of this: Over the last 15 years, our accomplishments have included building a staff of eight to support over 300 households and community groups to grow food in their own backyards, and run four urban farms in Oakland to grow food for the community. In 2014, with support from the State of California, CSF purchased a 1.4-acre plot of land in West Oakland, which we are now developing into a permanent urban farm and public park. We have an active volunteer program including over 600 volunteers contributing time each year alongside our neighborhood advisory council, garden mentors, adult interns, paid youth employees and volunteer board leadership.

Specific responsibilities include:

Fundraising and fund strategy development:

- Ensure fiscal viability of the organization.  With the support of the Director of Advancement and the Development team, establish and implement the infrastructure needed to grow a $1M budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support.
Lead efforts in revenue generation including grants, sponsorships, earned income, individual donations, financial endowment development and other strategic initiatives. 
Maintain active portfolio of major gift donors and grantors with enthusiasm and grace.

Leadership and vision:

Collaboratively with the board of directors, staff and community, develop, expand and enhance a strategic and sustainable vision for the organization.
Facilitate transition during critical juncture as CSF opens large new farm expansion.  Grow strategic programming, streamline services, maximize efficiencies, adjust staffing as needed.
Provide a high degree of community visibility by serving as the chief spokesperson for CSF with all of the external stakeholders (participants, community residents, donors, partners, and funders), internal stakeholders (staff, board, advisors), elected officials, and media; to be an active and spirited communicator in the advancement of the CSF mission.
Lead CSF to be a respected player in the local and broader food justice community and ensure CSF is demonstrating and sharing best practices in community-based urban farming initiatives.
Build and strengthen partnerships with relevant community, nonprofit, government agency, and business partners.

Programs and services:

Provide creative and interactive leadership, supervision, and direction to the staff and advice to the Board in order to further develop and implement the organizational vision through programs, services and partnerships with stakeholders.
Identify and deeply understand CSF stakeholder perspectives. Incorporate stakeholder perspectives into the planning process to help shape and refine CSF’s approach and maintain program relevance.
Oversee the implementation of CSF’s communications, public relations and marketing/branding strategy, in collaboration with the Communications Team.
Ensure positive program impact through initiatives that track and measure project impact. 

Operations and fiscal:

Ensure CSF fiscal integrity by maintaining strong organizational capacity and financial sustainability.  Submit balanced annual budget and monthly financial statements to Board which accurately reflect the organization’s financial condition.
Implement strategic plan and manage the organization in a fiscally responsible manner within the Board-approved budget.  Ensure that policies and systems that support financial control and effectiveness are in place and fully functioning.
Ensure maximum resource utilization and keep organization in positive financial position.
Provide clear direction, leadership and motivation to the staff, encouraging an organizational culture characterized by open communication, inclusion, teamwork, self-care and a commitment to quality, values, service and outcomes.
Build a high performance team that is characterized by high levels of collaboration and innovation, and demonstrates open and clear communication, mutual trust, and an ability to effectively manage conflict.
Ensure effective administrative management of CSF with respect to structure, personnel, business operations, evaluation, risk management and physical environment.

Board relations:

Work closely with the President of the Board and the Executive Committee to ensure organizational alignment of Board policy and staff resources in fulfillment of the mission.
With the Board, recruit and train new Board members. This includes developing an inclusive board and building board leadership by providing ongoing skills-building opportunities.
With the Staff and Board, work to strengthen the existing partnership between CSF Directors and Staff. This involves ensuring appropriate and open pathways of communication, encouraging regular progress updates from both groups, and creating time and space to celebrate achievements together as one CSF team. 


Desired Qualifications:

  1. Non-profit organizational leadership/experience (at least 5 years in leadership role; 10 years in the non-profit world).
  2. Demonstrated success in fundraising.
  3. Demonstrated ability in community organizing/social justice work and experience working well with diverse groups and populations, including race and class diversity. 
  4. Demonstrated experience in the food justice/access and urban agriculture movement, or a related field is strongly desired. Established reputation and scholarship is beneficial.
  5. Specific Oakland experience and relationships are beneficial.
  6. Education level: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related areas of qualification strongly desired.
  7. Specific experience that would be highly helpful includes: Project management, Group facilitation, Facilities management, Marketing/public relations, Human resources, Volunteer management, Corporate relations and sponsorship and High level written and oral communications


Compensation & Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits based on local market trends. 

Material Submission Guidelines: Submit resume and cover letter via email to: No phone calls please.