Louisiana: New Orleans Food & Farm Network seeks Executive Director

4 Nov

New Orleans Food and Farm Network, a food security nonprofit, is at the center of rebuilding food systems in New Orleans. Food & Farm Network believes everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, and sustainably produced food for the long-term health of our environment, economy and communities. To achieve our mission, we work with individuals, organizations, growers and communities supporting models of sustainable growing practices and working to ensure that all New Orleanians can access safe, nutritious and enjoyable food.
NOFFN is committed to our roots as a networking organization.  The work of food justice in our city and region requires diverse strategies, as well as diverse and cooperative partnerships.  The Community Food Charter (see our website) outlines the steps and work necessary to move our communities ever closer to the goal of good food for all.
This is a very entrepreneurial organization whose services are much in demand, and our staff works as a team to achieve solutions to emerging priorities. Our staff is assisted by college interns and contract trainers. In addition to their area of focus, our staff handles maintenance and other tasks that are typically handled by support departments in larger organizations.
We are looking for a talented leader to take this 8 year old organization to the next level of success.
See www. noffn.org
We are seeking an experienced and energetic individual to:

Provide leadership toward the continuing development of a sustainable and strong food system for New Orleans.
Generate grant and earned income funding, as well as solicit corporate and individual donors, to support current and future activities.
Oversee all administrative aspects of our work, including financial and grants management and reporting, personnel/staff development, and strategic planning.
Ensure on-going community outreach and media coverage of Food & Farm activities and advocacy issues.
Serve as liaison to Board of Directors and, in cooperation with Board officers, cultivate strong understanding of and board support for NOFFN program and funding needs.
Create linkages with city agencies, community groups, and local and national non-profits to ensure a strong working network and source of best practices.
Skills should include:

5 years of successful experience in directing an entrepreneurial non-profit or a major program within a small to medium-sized non-profit.
5 years of staff supervisory skills.
Demonstrated success in securing funding, managing a balanced budget, and compliance with grant and government reporting requirements.
Community development experience and familiarity with a variety of ethnicities and socio-economic levels.
Ability to lead a talented team in a positive and collaborative style.
Exceptional communication and media skills including writing/public relations/public speaking.
Ability to adjust to change and create positive solutions in response to emerging priorities.
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Start Date: Preferably early January 2011.
Salary, Benefits: Competitive salary and company-reimbursed portion of health insurance; must locate to the New Orleans area.
Please send resumé, cover letter, and 3 references as one file in Microsoft Word format immediately to: Ashley Mann, Administrative Director, ashley@noffn.org. No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled.

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