Job Description: Executive Director
The Florence Fang Community Farm is seeking an Executive Director to steward
our programming, community engagement, and financial stability to the next
Florence Fang Community Farm (FFCF) is an organic farm and ecosystem located
in the heart of Bayview Hunters Point in southeast San Francisco, the most
diverse and underserved area of the city. Launched in 2014, FFCF has become
San Francisco’s largest, second-most productive, most diverse urban community
farm, and the city’s first farm operation certified by the USDA. Our one-acre
farm is located on top of a functioning Caltrain tunnel and surrounded by a
dense population of diverse residents, with views of Candlestick Park and San
Our farm is a living and breathing showcase of how gardening design, farming
techniques, and biodiversity can be shared and celebrated across cultures and
differences, primarily those that reflect our residents and participants. We
aim to improve food security, increase healthy living habits, practice natural
farming techniques, improve the environment, support neighborhood economic
opportunity, and increase social connectedness within and between communities
of color. Our farm also supports our community’s food sovereignty by providing
a food source that is consistent with cultural identities and involving
community networks that promote self-reliance and mutual aid. Since our
groundbreaking, we have expanded our mission to focus on the wider
intergenerational and ethnic diversity that defines our local community by
bringing together a network of community groups and residents around policy
issues of environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and healthy living
activities and eating practices. About the position
The Executive Director (ED) will demonstrate a commitment to organic
agriculture, sustainable food systems, and advancing food justice in our
community. The ED will provide leadership in guiding a team of three full-time
staff; Farm Manager, Crop Manager, and Farm Coordinator. Key duties of this
position include managing administrative operations, increasing fundraising
efforts, overseeing the budget, and sharpening our long-term strategic
planning and vision. From managing day-to-day operations to strengthening the
existing youth and volunteer programs, the ED will be the strategic lead in
further developing and improving the FFCF’s impact in the community. The right
person for this role will have a strong interest in urban agriculture and
thrive in a diverse environment where they can help make a lasting positive
Strategic Planning and Program Development
- After building an Advisory Board, the ED works to ensure that board members and FFCF committees feel connected to the organization and staff and are effectively engaged to advance the organization’s mission.
- Ensure FFCF provides meaningful volunteer experience and engagement and attracts new volunteers at all levels.
- Develop the annual budget, including decision-making on strategic priorities and future spending.
- In collaboration with the FFCF Fundraising Committee and staff, develop and lead a comprehensive and sustainable fundraising strategy, thus ensuring the financial health of the organization and setting a tone of stability and belonging for all staff.
- Expand on the existing programs by modernizing all documentation and processes.
- Develop personal and staff annual work plans based on the current Strategic Plan, in concert with the Advisory Board once established.
- Monitor program performance and evaluate their cost and effectiveness; celebrate and build on program success.
- Monitor current and developing issues in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems to ensure that FFCF’s programming addresses acknowledged needs and identifies opportunities for our participation.
- Be prepared to contribute to national and international efforts and campaigns that support our vision and those of our community allies, in concert with the Advisory Board.
- Utilize an entrepreneurial attitude combined with a deeply rooted passion for community-building.
- Possess a high level of community awareness and appreciation for the community members of Bayview-Hunters Point.
Fundraising Strategic Planning and Program Development
- Set fundraising goals and assess progress quarterly with the new Advisory Board.
- Maintain diversified fundraising sources to ensure the organization’s continued financial viability. • Manage a database of donors, significant government agencies, strategic partners, and organizations.
- Provide written donor recognition.
- Prepare and conduct periodic campaigns designed to maintain recognition of and the opportunity to support FFCF’s mission.
- Provide support to the Advisory Board and staff to ensure fundraising capability.
- Create a multi-year financial plan based on the Strategic Plan in place that accounts for expansion in programming or additional staff, and increases in fixed obligations, such as benefits, workman’s compensation, rentals, and other common payables.
- Forecast financial viability and adjust increase or decrease spending.
- Oversee general bookkeeping responsibilities, including but not limited to; bill pay, invoicing, grant fund tracking, financial reporting, reconciling, managing reimbursements, and audit or accounting reviews.
- Work with a tax preparer to ensure proper accounting procedures and compliance with local, state, and federal financial reporting requirements.
- Negotiate and manage all contracts with any vendors, suppliers, etc.
- Foster positive, cooperative work experience utilizing a mentor-style management approach.
- Set long and short-term staff goals to promote personal growth and hold quarterly performance check-ins.
- Hire and discharge staff lawfully when required. Inform the Advisory Board of potential vacancies or issues in performance.
- Ensure compliance with State and Federal employment laws and regulations. Communicate with agencies as required.
- Ensure that staff have adequate facilities and equipment to perform their roles.
- Keep Advisory Board members well-informed and help foster their relationship with the farm.
- Plan and convene quarterly board meetings, in-person or virtual.
- Implement new policies and board decisions.
- Act as a liaison between the board and staff.
- Be a motivated participant in the urban farming movement and the community-centered organic food movement
- Represent the farm and its programs to the public in a knowledgeable, diplomatic, and professional manner. Be ready to support policy decisions with the Advisory Board.
- Maintain and further develop relationships with other public and nonprofit agencies, businesses, and individuals, in a manner that furthers FFCF’s mission.
- Actively partner and seek collaborative coalitions, alliances, partnerships, or networks with organizations and individuals with similar or complementary strategic goals.
- Five years of operational management and supervisory experience
- Experience dealing with diverse stakeholders of all ages, ethnicities, and language preferences.
- Experience with budget management and financial management systems such as QuickBooks.
- Experience with fundraising and increasing donor participation.
- Experience with managing and leading volunteers for video production, social media, and grant writing
- A college degree in agriculture, environmental science, or management, or notable experience in those fields is preferred, however not mandatory.
- Proven leadership with fundraising and development efforts in a non-profit setting
- Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Excellent writing, speaking, and public relations abilities.
- Empathic, positive, and effective staff management skills
- Knowledge of and/or experience with social justice issues and policy advocacy in organic agriculture and sustainable, socially just, food systems.
WORK ENVIRONMENT, SCHEDULE, & TRAVEL
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this
job. Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week,
hybrid position. You must have reliable transportation and be at the farm site
2-4 times a week, including some weekends. Some regional travel is required.
The position requires California residency, with a preference for candidates
currently residing near the farm.
COMMITMENT TO EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
FFCF values diversity in all its forms and is committed to an inclusive and
transparent recruitment process. We hire without regard to race, color,
national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity,
age, religion, creed, disability (actual or perceived), medical condition
including genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic partnership
status, citizenship, military service, height, weight, HIV/AIDS status, or any
other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.
BIPOC and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive
listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the
employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may
be assigned at any time with or without notice.
How to Apply
How to Apply
**Please answer the questions below and submit with a resume.
NOTE: If you cannot add the questions and answers to your resume, please email
the questions and your resume in one Word or PDF document (maximum 1,000
characters per answer, including spaces) to [email protected] and be sure to put
the position title in the subject line.
- Please tell us why you are interested in this position.
- Tell us about any relevant experience you have that relates to nonprofit management, specifically including your experience with budgeting and fundraising.
- Tell us about your experience managing people and building relationships in marginalized communities.
- In your own words, define the term ‘food desert’ and what it means to you.
Email the document with answers to the above questions, along with a resume to
San Francisco, California, United States