Position Announcement: Executive Director of Friends of Great Kids Farm

Friends of Great Kids Farm is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Executive Director of our dynamic organization. The position description and application instruction are below, and can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

POSITION

Executive Director, Friends of Great Kids Farm, Inc.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee execution of Friends of Great Kids Farm’s mission: to support and promote Baltimore City Public Schools’ Great Kids Farm.

Great Kids Farm is a 33-acre working farm and outdoor education center owned, operated by, and serving Baltimore City Public Schools. The Farm uses the resources of its diverse landscape to allow students to apply classroom learning to real life, cultivate positive relationships with healthy foods, and develop essential career skills. Friends works in partnership with the school district to direct our fundraising, volunteer mobilization, and public outreach efforts to ensure the Farm is a sustained resource serving as many of Baltimore City Schools’ 85,000 students as possible.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership, Management & Planning:

  • Manage the general business operations of Friends of Great Kids Farm.
  • Ensure consistent quality of finance, fundraising, communications, and management systems.
  • Work with the board finance committee and Farm staff to develop the annual budget and provide fiscal oversight and management of Friends’ finances.
  • Manage service corps interns and other staff hired by Friends to support program development.
  • Assist with coordination of strategic planning processes shared with City Schools.
  • Work with City Schools and Friends’ board to implement program evaluation and data analysis.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Execute ongoing fundraising to support programs of Great Kids Farm in alignment with the strategic plan shared by the Farm and Friends.
  • Develop an annual fundraising plan.
  • Manage organizational communications with the goal of improving fundraising and raising the profile of the Farm.
  • Manage execution of awarded grants, ensuring strong fiscal oversight and reporting.
  • Manage expansion of community engagement through tours, events, social media, and other outreach efforts.
  • Participate in planning Friends’ annual fundraiser event.
  • Represent Friends’ voice in local and regional forums as an advocate for food justice, school food reform, and experiential education.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years fundraising experience, including securing funds from foundation, individual, and business sources.
  • Experience and leadership in the issues relating to sustainable agriculture, school nutrition, environmental education, and/or workforce development. Formal education and/or work experience are applicable.
  • Experience using constituent database applications (such as eTapestry, our current system) and other technology tools for managing fundraising and communications.
  • Experience creating synergy among diverse partner organizations including nonprofits, public agencies, and academic institutions.
  • Strong understanding of financial management and accounting principles.
  • Confident user of technological tools for managing tasks, developing communications, and creating systems for collaborative work.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and a work record of showing evidence of increasing responsibility.

FORMAT AND COMPENSATION

  • This is a part-time, one-year contractual position, with the potential for expansion.
  • The exact hours and compensation of this position will be determined collaboratively between the board and the best candidate based on experience and availability.

TO APPLY

Send resume and cover letter addressed to board president Kimberly Warren to info@friendsgkf.org. Position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.

Questions

Email info@friendsgkf.org

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