Kentucky: Break New Grounds seeks Executive Director

21 Mar

Breaking New Grounds (www.breakingnewgrounds.org and on Facebook) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing jobs and nutritious food based on sustainable urban agriculture. BNG has been piloting various aspects of sustainable agriculture, and our Board of Directors feels 2011 is the year for us to go big!  We are currently seeking the right person to help us become an economic engine in Louisville. Our mission is to create jobs through sustainable urban agriculture, while working to eradicate Louisville food deserts through access to healthy foods and education to these neighborhoods. The ultimate vision for our endeavors is to develop an urban farm and training center, while transforming waste into wealth, growing soil, growing food, growing farmers and growing jobs. The organization is not a community garden group, though we build community gardens. Our goal is to earn and raise money through our efforts in urban agricultural production. With a dynamic Executive Director at the helm, Breaking New Grounds will develop a neighborhood-based, community food system across the city that will: Provide new job skills and incomes in neighborhoods where residents are underemployed. Grow nutritious for sale to restaurants and other community food distribution outlets such as Grasshoppers Distribution. Empower our neighbors and ourselves to create healthy worm compost, bountiful organic gardens, nutritious food, neighborhood-based economic development and community from food and other waste that is currently sent to landfills. Currently we collect over two tons of compostable material each week, have a fledgling business selling salad greens to restaurants, maintain roughly 224 cubic feet of worm composting bins, help maintain two gardens during growing season, and sell vermicompost at eight area Heine Brothers’ Coffee shops.

Breaking New Grounds is searching for a proven leader with a successful track record of strong management skills and fiscal integrity who possesses a passion for urban agriculture, general farming, reusing materials and community involvement. Prior success in strategic development and fundraising for major gifts, corporate sponsors or large foundation grants are required as are experience with public funding processes. Additionally, an understanding of the unique qualities inherent in a nonprofit institution and experience working with a Board of Directors, either as a professional or as a volunteer, would be helpful. Our new Executive Director must be able to take the lead on development and implementation of a long-term business plan. The Executive Director will oversee a significant growth phase in production, systems and income-producing enterprises. Currently those enterprises include produce and vermicompost sales, fee-for-service garden building and consulting, and education. In the future they will also include sales of bulk compost and fish.  We are also considering the possibilities of bedding plants and other urban farm products.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. Evidence of continuing professional education in such areas as business management, marketing or administration is beneficial. Experience with social media and the ability to think outside the box are vital. Our new ED should understand that Will Allen, of Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI, is the mentor of BNG. While other urban production methods exist and are successful, his work will set the tone for our progress in the next few years. In addition, BNG is approached often about partnering in programming with groups including youth from underserved neighborhoods, adults on society’s margins and others who require employment and/or management concurrent with programming. The selected candidate must be eager to work with the myriad community partners and BNG board committees to move the organization toward the realization of our mission and vision.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to: Steve Heine, Breaking New Grounds, at bngedsearch@gmail.comby April 15th.

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