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Part-Time Executive Director for Non-Profit Farm Providing Employment Training to People with Various Disabilities


About A Farm Less Ordinary

A Farm Less Ordinary (AFLO) is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to provide employment, training and a welcoming community to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities (ID/DD). We cultivate a sense of self-worth and independence for our “Growers” through a basic job skill training program, and through employment itself.

Our focus is to promote habits, social skills, and behaviors that can be used in any work setting. Our Growers are paid for their work starting at or above minimum wage; wages increase as those goals are met while they farm, produce “value added” products, and work at the Farmers’ Market. In the process, our Growers learn not only hands-on skills in growing and preparing food, but also develop their executive functioning skills, problem-solving abilities, and self-advocacy tools, while gaining confidence as productive members of their community.

At AFLO, we recognize that our vegetables may not always be perfect looking, nor are we always able to operate at optimal efficiency. We try our best, operate with a sense of humor, and always seek to improve ourselves, in the office and in the field.

Summary/Objective 

AFLO is in its sixth year of operation and has operated successfully and expanded carefully during its early years, under the guidance of its Co-Founders. It is now time to transition the Executive Director’s responsibilities away from one of the Co-Founders and onto someone with fresh eyes. 

We envision this position to be carried on a part-time basis initially, with the goal of increasing funding to a point where this will then become a full-time position. The current ED intends to transition out after a period of support, and will be available to offer reasonable donations of time, work hours, advice, and information in key areas such as grant writing, fundraising events & strategies, file organization, marketing/communications, and general “where the bodies are buried” know-how. 

This position can largely be carried out from home, as AFLO’s worksites are farms in Lovettsville, VA and Leesburg, VA, rather than formal offices. Obviously, some work must be done in person.

Essential Functions

Leadership & Management

● Alongside the COO, this position is responsible for planning, organization, and direction of AFLO’s operations and programs.

● Updates existing/develops new procedures for administrative, human resource practices, and operations staff. Works with all staff to implement consistently.

● Prepares accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate fundraising results, variances, and performance trends.

● Coordinates and leads annual budget reviews, monthly and quarterly reviews, and periodic forecast updates with COO and management staff.

● Ensures that services and funding relationships are robust enough to ensure that AFLO can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.

Board Governance

● Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.

● Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Fundraising & Communications

● Maintain/expand existing successful revenue sources (such as AFLO’s participation in annual Give Choose and Giving Tuesday events, our Feast in the Field event, and multiple direct mail appeals). Develop new fundraising opportunities with board and staff help.

● Build new relationships with donors, community partners, and grantmaking organizations to seek new opportunities.

● Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.

● Work with existing fundraising consultant to professionalize and formalize fundraising and donor communication best practices

● Work with Co-Founder (during transition period) to write & submit grant proposals for existing and new funders.

Competencies

● Demonstrated leadership and management skills—both personally, and vis-à-vis non-profit organizations.

● Excellent organizational and planning capabilities. Must be able to multi-task and creatively problem solve.

● Ability to work collaboratively to continue AFLO’s core mission, while seeking advice or information from Co-Founders and existing staff members. 

● Ability to work independently when necessary, but collaboratively with COO and Administrator, to identify opportunities for professionalizing a growing non-profit and its operations.

● Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.

● Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders

● Ability to respectfully and effectively manage communications with people whose abilities and disabilities will vary greatly

● Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, social media required; familiarity with donor databases and basic template-based website management preferred.

● Sense of humor and flexibility, as results aren’t always what you expect each day at AFLO.

● Passionate about the idea that everyone should have access to meaningful work and community inclusion.

Supervisory Responsibility

The Executive Director shares direct supervisory responsibility with the COO over the Administrator, and Farm Manager. 

Work Environment

This job can largely be done remotely. However, it will be necessary to attend regular meetings with the COO and Administrator, as well as be a visible staff member at major AFLO and community events.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is an hourly position. Many tasks associated with this job can be performed at any hour of the day via the internet/computer, although some will necessarily take place during the traditional workday. 

Required Experience and Education

● Bachelor's (Required) 

● Business and/or Non-Profit Management Experience, including Staff Supervision

● Experience in fundraising for 501c(3) organizations.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, based on mutually agreed upon changes resulting from organizational and budget expansion, transitioning out of Co-Founder and existing ED.


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