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Job Description: Executive Director

Organization: Center for Agricultural Resilience (CFAR)

Location: Hybrid; Bluffton, Georgia

Position Type: Full-time

Position Overview:

About the Center for Agricultural Resilience (CFAR): The Center for Agricultural Resilience (CFAR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and equipping individuals and organizations on the benefits of resilient agriculture. Our mission is to rethink agriculture and rebuild ecosystems by educating individuals and organizations on the environmental, economic, and social benefits of building resilient animal, plant, and human ecosystems that can nourish our communities.

CFAR is seeking a visionary and dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization in achieving its mission of promoting agricultural resilience. The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, fundraising, financial management, program development, and operational success of the organization. This position requires a passionate, “hands-on” leader with a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture and ecosystem regeneration. This is a hybrid role and, as such, the Executive Director can expect to spend at least 25% of his or her time in Bluffton, GA, where on farm housing will be provided. Preference will be given to candidates who live in the Southeast.

Key Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement strategic plans, including a fundraising plan, that aligns with CFAR's mission and goals.

• Oversee and guide the organization's financial health, including budgeting, fundraising, and financial reporting.

• Lead and manage the CFAR team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence.

• Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, partners, government agencies, community leaders, and board members.

• Engage with and periodically report to (e.g., quarterly board meetings) CFAR’s Board of Directors

• Represent CFAR at public events, conferences, and media engagements to raise awareness and promote the organization's initiatives.

• Ensure the development and delivery of high-quality educational programs and resources on resilient agriculture.

• Monitor and evaluate the impact of CFAR's programs and initiatives, making adjustments as necessary to enhance effectiveness.

• Manage the planning, implementation and execution of CFAR events and fundraisers including locating, contracting, and oversight of vendors, speakers, contractors, etc.

• Oversee marketing and media partners to ensure event and fundraising efforts are appropriately visible to achieve strategic KPIs for such efforts.


• Demonstrated commitment to regenerative agriculture, rural resilience, and/or environmental conservation.

• Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire, motivate, and gain consensus necessary to achieve strategic goals.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage diverse audiences.

• Strategic thinker with the ability to translate vision into actionable plans.

• Willingness to travel as needed to represent CFAR and engage with stakeholders.

• Bachelor's degree; advanced degree preferred.

• 5-7 years of work experience, 2-3 years of management/leadership experience, ideally in a nonprofit, agricultural, or environmental organization.

Key Benefits:

• Total target compensation of $125K comprised of a $75K base salary and $50K performance-based bonus (bonus targets to be established with Board of Directors)

• Housing in Bluffton, Georgia, including Internet access and utilities

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to carly.redding@agriculturalresilience.org with the subject line "Executive Director Application."

The application deadline is June 10, 2024

CFAR is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from underrepresented groups in agriculture and environmental fields.