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Future Harvest Development Director

Job Description: Future Harvest is a 22-year-old, farmer-based membership nonprofit, the mission of which is to advance agriculture that sustains the Chesapeake region’s farmers, communities, and environment. We run farmer education and training programs, including the Beginner Farmer Training Program and a Field School providing continuing education for farmers. We also conduct on-farm research, policy advocacy, and run special campaigns, including the Million Acre Challenge to advance regenerative agriculture in the region and a Go Grassfed campaign to step up demand for locally produced grassfed meats and dairy.

Future Harvest is seeking an outgoing, organized, and experienced development professional to serve as the organization’s development director. The director will be tasked primarily with securing unrestricted funding from diverse sources, overseeing recruitment and stewardship of membership, and conducting foundation research and outreach. The position is full time, reports to the executive director, and will play a pivotal role in helping the organization secure financial resources, strategically navigate our current period of growth, and advance racial equity goals via development initiatives. We strongly encourage people of color to apply. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Refine, with ED and board, the annual and four-year development plans, including prioritizing and pursuing various unrestricted funding activities (examples: events, donor recruitment, business giving, workplace giving, etc.).
  • Manage the new Future Harvest member/donor database (NEON CRM).
  • Study and analyze our current donor make up; assess current systems and outreach programming for donors.
  • Plan and implement yearly activities to recruit, provide programming for, and maintain engagement of donors. (Could include organizing one large and/or several small fundraising events yearly).
  • Conduct research on donor and foundational giving.
  • Secure sponsorships and exhibitors for events, including the organization’s annual conference.
  • Possibly manage a part-time member and farmer services coordinator (this new position TBD).
  • Advance organizational racial equity goals through development initiatives.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with successful donor engagement; experience with membership engagement is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience with client databases.
  • Passion for and desire to support small- to mid-scale farmers; some knowledge of this community’s stakeholders.
  • Outgoing, self-directed, creative nature with a passion for the people and issues that Future Harvest champions.
  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated event planning experience.
  • Demonstrated savvy with various online platforms, such as CRMs, Eventbrite, Google Docs, tracking software, and other related online tools.

Starting salary is $55,000-$60,000, depending upon experience, plus 7.35%-of-gross-salary stipend to cover fringe costs and equipment maintenance. Future Harvest is a virtual team; most work is conducted from home with local travel.

Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, three writing samples and three references, to https://tinyurl.com/FHdevelopmentdirector. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Please, no phone calls, but questions can be directed to futureharvestcasa@gmail.com.


 

Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager

Mission: Future Harvest’s mission is to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. We provide education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region's communities. 

Position overview: We are seeking a full-time, experienced, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager for our Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP). The BFTP is a 12-year-old signature program of Future Harvest’s, offering a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region's leading sustainable farms.  The Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager will report directly to FH’s Executive Director but will also work closely with the Future Harvest Field School Director and Manager, Communications Manager, and Conference Manager when developing programs. 

The BFTP manager would work from home, but, if interested, can work out of FH’s office in Cockeysville, MD. This is a highly flexible, dynamic position that requires regular regional travel, and some travel outside our region. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the outreach, application, interview, and selection process for each year’s cohort of ~80 new farmer trainees
  • Conduct outreach and coordination with farmer trainers and consultants
  • Oversee mentor matching process, connecting trainees with on-farm training and remote consulting
  • Oversee all aspects of BFTP classroom curriculum, which will have both online and in-person components
  • Coordinate with FH Field School staff to plan field days and hands-on learning days for trainees
  • Oversee coordination with partner organizations on grant projects serving beginning farmers across the region
  • Moderate online networking platforms (email lists, Facebook group, Discord) for trainees and graduates
  • Provide ongoing individualized support to trainees throughout the year
  • Conduct periodic farm visits and other outreach activities to trainee and trainer farms
  • Use FH platforms to create registration pages and conduct surveys and interviews
  • Participation in grant writing and other fundraising responsibilities, including the annual Tipper-Gurley Fund for New Farmer Training campaign
  • Review, analyze, and report on progress toward goals, including grant reports, annual reports, and strategic planning
  • Timely and consistent communication with Field School Director, Communications Manager, Grants Manager, and Executive Director
  • General organizational duties such as: keeping work and important organizational papers organized in Google Drive, attending weekly staff calls, annual conference, and other major meetings
  • Supervise part-time FH contractors who interface with BFTP
  • Additional tasks and responsibilities as needed

Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or education, or relevant work experience (e.g. two years’ work experience in food and farming systems, in the non-profit, farming, research, or government sectors)
  • Proven track record of managing a large, multifaceted program
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, punctual
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Proven track record working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers to retailers, wholesalers, food system workers, ag researchers, chefs, and consumers
  • Knowledge of and contacts in the farming community for the following regions: Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC., contacts in the BIPOC farming community a strong plus
  • Skilled at relationship building and networking
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance organizational racial equity goals
  • Creative problem solver and able to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically implement field school vision and programming, step-by-step
  • Able to work remotely and travel, which includes access to good wifi, car in good working condition, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory, and color printer all kept in good working condition
  • Skilled with multiple types of online platforms and/or ability to learn them quickly
  • Willingness to travel and do some weekend work
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience a strong plus
  • Sustainable farming experience, knowledge, and/or research a strong plus

Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried position with a starting salary of $45,500-$50,000 and a 7.35%-of-gross-salary benefits/equipment maintenance stipend. 

How to apply: Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, two writing samples and three references, to https://forms.gle/bb628XbLGarha1bo9. Position open until it is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1 or earlier.


 

Field School Manager

Mission: Future Harvest’s mission is to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. We provide education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region's communities. 

Position overview: We are seeking a full-time, energetic, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary Field School Manager to operate field education programming for the Future Harvest Field School in the Central and Western Chesapeake regions - which covers Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC. The Field School offers peer-to-peer and expert-led education programming for farmers at all experience levels on growing and selling locally and sustainably produced food and fiber. The Field School Manager will report directly to FH’s Field School Director but will also work closely with the Future Harvest Beginner Farmer Training Program Manager, Communications Manager, and Conference Manager when developing programs. 

The manager would work from home, but, if interested, can work out of FH’s office in Cockeysville, MD. This is a highly flexible, dynamic position that requires regular regional travel for field days and networking, and some travel outside our region.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute roughly 10 field educational programs per year, including 4 hands-on days for beginner farmers and 3 events connected to Future Harvest’s Soil School (involves picking topics, recruiting speakers, ensuring event promotion and smooth logistics)
  • Provide support for: 2-3 regional study circles, consultant mini-grant program, the annual conference, and ongoing projects (may include tool share platform support)
  • Conduct farm visits and other outreach activities to build relationships with regional farmers and partner organizations; work in collaboratives with external partners
  • Use FH tech platforms to create registration pages and conduct surveys and interviews
  • Review, analyze, and report on progress toward goals, including grant reports, annual reports, and strategic planning
  • Conducts general organizational duties such as: keeping work and important organizational papers organized in Google Drive, attending weekly staff calls, annual conference, and other major meetings
  • Tables and exhibits at regional and local meetings and conferences
  • Additional tasks and responsibilities as needed

Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or education, or relevant work experience (e.g. two years’ work experience in food and farming systems, in the non-profit, farming, research, or government sectors)
  • Proven track record with event planning and execution
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, punctual
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Proven track record working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers to retailers, wholesalers, food system workers, ag researchers, chefs, and consumers
  • Knowledge of and contacts in the farming community for the following regions: Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and/or Washington DC., contacts in the BIPOC farming community a strong plus
  • Skilled at relationship building and networking
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance organizational racial equity goals
  • Creative problem solver and able to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically implement field school vision and programming, step-by-step
  • Able to work remotely and travel, which includes access to good wifi, car in good working condition, smartphone with unlimited data plan, laptop computer with adequate memory, and color printer all kept in good working condition
  • Skilled with multiple types of online platforms and/or ability to learn them quickly
  • Willingness to travel and do some weekend work
  • Fundraising and grantwriting experience a strong plus
  • Sustainable farming experience, knowledge, and/or research a strong plus

Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried position with a starting salary of $45,500-$50,000 and a 7.35%-of-gross-salary benefits/equipment maintenance stipend. 

How to apply: Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, two writing samples and three references, to https://forms.gle/3XsYWU3tXbUFb7Bt9. Position open until it is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1 or earlier.