New York State: Amagansett Food Institute seeks Executive Director

27 Feb
The Amagansett Food Institute (AFI), a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks a full-time Executive Director, starting immediately, and reporting to AFI’s board of directors. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. More information regarding compensation level is available upon request. There is substantial additional earning potential based on performance in fundraising.

Submission Deadline for applications: March 15th, 2011. Please include resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample. Submissions should be addressed to the Board of Directors and sent to

Position Summary:

Location: Amagansett, NY

The Executive Director will be responsible for promoting the mission of Amagansett Food Institute and for developing his or her own ideas and goals for how best to carry out our mission to serve the community while managing the day to day oversight of the organization. This position requires creativity, flexibility, independence and provides the opportunity to build an organization from the ground up.

Candidates should be creative, motivated, hardworking, and energetic, and they must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree;
  • a passion for food;
  • strong communication skills both writing and verbal;
  • well developed organizational and management skills;
  • the ability and willingness to work with others, including the board of directors;
  • a positive attitude;
  • the ability to articulate clearly and persuasively AFI’s mission, programs, and funding needs to large groups of people in public settings, as well as to individuals in intimate gatherings.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the board of directors to develop a strategic plan
  • Developing written materials that describe program work
  • Fundraising and donor management
  • Acting as AFI’s face and voice in the community
  • Event Planning
  • Managing interns
  • Basic bookkeeping and oversight of finances
  • Reporting regularly to the board of directors

Organization Overview:

AFI was incorporated in January 2010 and is located in Amagansett, New York on Long Island’s East End. AFI’s mission is to promote and celebrate sustainable food and farming on Long Island’s east end by supporting farmers, fishermen, vintners, and other food producers while educating the community, children especially, about the story and importance of the food they consume and how it impacts their health, the environment, and the local community at large.

To pursue its mission, AFI plans to develop a food campus that will be an interactive public space where people may explore the story of food from seed to table. The campus will include a working, organic, community farm; an educational center with classroom space for food-centered workshops, lectures, films, and demonstrations; and a commercial community kitchen. AFI will also pursue program work to build community food awareness. Primary programming and services have so far included: the development of an online information and resource center devoted to connecting local producers and consumers; connecting local farms to food pantries to support underserved members of the community; and a school food initiative in which AFI works with local school administrations to introduce high quality locally grown food into school lunches and curriculums.


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