We're hiring an Executive Director

The Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center (501C3) has a 25-year history connecting food, families, and agriculture in Greene County, TN, and across the region. We are now searching for an experienced and passionate Executive Director who can lead the organization’s staff, volunteers, and supporters towards organizational sustainability while implementing the vision of a food secure and sustainable Greene County.

Applicants should email any questions and submit application materials (see below) to hires@ruralresouces.net.

Organization Description

Rural Resources is located on a 15-acre farm that includes a new 3,900 square foot Farm and Food education facility with certified kitchen; barns, event pavilion, greenhouse, hoop house, farm equipment etc. The 2,500 square foot garden is managed for crop production plus we raise livestock for education and small-scale meat production. The property has forest and a creek and is preserved by a conservation easement.  There are an average of 5 full-time staff/AmeriCorps that carry out the programs and mission, supported by volunteers, volunteer committees, and a nine-member Board of Directors. The budget is approximately $275,000 annually.

Job Summary

The Executive Director will serve as the chief administrator and face of the organization in the community, providing leadership and implementing policies and programs to strengthen the organization and carry out its work at the farm and in the wider Greene County and northeast TN region. The Executive Director is the top executive ensuring all is functioning across a complicated organization. They keep track of many details to ensure effective operation from asking whether the programs are meeting goals, to soliciting new partnerships and donors, to keeping the building functioning, to making sure the cow is being bred on time.

Responsibilities

Supervisory at the Farm

  • Responsible for day-to-day leadership and supervisory functioning of the 5+/- (fluctuates seasonally) person staff including:

  • Supervising staff, and maintaining and implementing performance standards; ensuring feedback/direction for all employees in the organization.

  • Meeting with staff members regularly and creating team cohesion so that staff work effectively across the organization

    • AmeriCorps member supervision; carrying out all necessary requirements for the AmeriCorps program.

    • Managing volunteer requests and ensuring volunteer community members have direction and connection with the organization.

  • Responsible for overseeing the functioning and orderliness of the building facility, the grounds, and the Farm.

Community Responsibilities

  • Maintains relationships with elected officials, with Greene County institutions including the Greeneville Sun and media; the Greene County Board, the Towns of Greeneville and Tusculum; Tusculum College, Walters State, ETSU, etc.

  • Maintains relationship with the school systems

  • Oversees, with staff, public relations activities to build and maintain relations with other organizations and the public.

  • Provides vision/look for opportunities/make connections across the community.

  • As appropriate, participates in community events and serves on area committees.

Financial Supervision

  • Oversees preparation of the annual budget.

  • Oversees fundraising for the annual income, considering:

    • Committees that can support fundraising

    • Earned revenue (ex. Event rentals, farm sales),

    • Annual Giving campaigns and growing the donor base

    • Fundraising Events (summer Fall to Table; fall BrewFest; other)

    • Grants

  • Oversees grant development:

    • Researching grants; grant calendars for foundations and government

    • Grant project planning and grant writing with staff

    • Implementation of grant-supported work with staff, reporting, evaluation, and other responsibilities to grant agencies.

  • Facilitates periodic audits and compliance activities for the organization.

  • With the bookkeeping staff, maintains and implements procedures for financial accounting.


Board of Directors

  • This position reports to the Board of Directors, maintaining open communication and disclosing the conditions, operations and needs of the organization. Stays in close contact with the Board President and the Treasurer, keeping them informed and connected.

    • Prepare for monthly board meet in consultation with Officers

    • Reports monthly to the Board and communicates needs to the Board

    • Recommends organizational policies and programs to the Board.

  • Leads the Strategic Planning process for the organization. Works with Board and staff to make sure we are following through on the current strategic plan.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent supervisory and leadership skills.

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop and communicate the organization's mission and vision.

  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with government agencies, community leaders, and the general public.

  • Knowledge of Greene County, the community that Rural Resources serves and is supported by.

  • A love for children and the ability to relate to youth.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment.

  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Apps, Quick Books, social media, Zoom, and ready to evaluate and adopt related workplace technology.

Education and Experience

  • Ten years of non-profit experience and/or administration experience related to the organization's industry required with supervisory and leadership experience.

  • Prior experience with fundraising and resource development.

  • Prior experience with writing grants or managing grants.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field preferred.

  • Agricultural experience is not required, but a plus.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

  • Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center is a working farm, and as such, the executive director must be able to support staff as required to ensure the effective running of the farm.

Interested?
 

Email any questions and submit application materials (see below) to hires@ruralresources.net

 

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Writing sample

  • Contact information for two professional or community references

 

Email contact is best; please do not call about the position.