Full Time Executive Director, New Haven Farms

Website New Haven Farms

New Haven Farms is a nonprofit organization that promotes health and community development through urban agriculture. We transform vacant, urban spaces into small organic farms in New Haven’s under-resourced neighborhoods.

New Haven Farms’ signature program, the Farm-Based Wellness Program, demonstrates how participation in growing food, cooking and nutrition education, and behavior change interventions positively impacts the health, social capital, and food security of our participants.

The program is a partnership between New Haven Farms and three institutions in New Haven that care for the city’s most medically underserved community members: Fair Haven Community Health Center, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, and Yale Primary Care.  Healthcare providers from the three institutions refer low-income adult patients with diet-related chronic disease risk factors to the Farm-Based Wellness Program. During the 16-20 weeks of the summer growing season, these referred patients and their families come to our Phoenix Press Farm and Hill Farm for weekly 2-hour, bilingual Spanish/English cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, and gardening lessons.

Each week, participants take home shares of fresh vegetables and fruits grown by New Haven Farms, along with culturally relevant recipes that build upon a foundation of knowledge for improving their health. Youth who attend the Farm-Based Wellness Program receive simultaneous age-appropriate gardening, cooking, and nutrition education.

Position Overview:

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, and with both internal and external-facing responsibilities, the Executive Director (ED) provides the leadership and direction necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission, build its capacity, ensure its sustainability, and maximize its performance and impact. The ED serves as the main spokesperson for the organization, supervises New Haven Farms staff and volunteers, oversees program development and implementation, and is responsible for resource development, communications, and external partnerships (both annual and long-term).


Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as an articulate fundraiser, marketer, communicator and spokesperson to diversify and expand revenue while simultaneously building assets to create capacity for long-term sustainability of New Haven Farms.

  • Work with the Board and staff to continue New Haven Farm’s growth and expand its reputation, providing clear vision and direction to programs.

  • Provide oversight of all New Haven Farms’ activities, manage day-to-day operations, and ensure ongoing organizational and programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and oversight of financial and administrative functions, fundraising goals, communications, and systems.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in a non-profit organization managing its financial sustainability, supervising and developing personnel, overseeing marketing and communications, managing programs, and working with diverse partners in the for-profit, non-profit, and governmental sectors.

  • High-level, strategic understanding of the food and healthcare systems, social change and progressive movements, backed by direct experience with grassroots efforts.

  • Passion for and commitment to local agriculture and food systems change; commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of New Haven Farms.

  • Fundraising record that demonstrates ability to meet increasing goals and demonstrated experience securing funds from foundations, corporations, government sources, and individuals.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field.

  • Strong connections and commitment to the diverse communities within New Haven, food, health, and/or agriculture sector, immigrant rights and social justice movements.

  • Spanish proficiency.

Application Materials

Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references to exdirsearch@newhavenfarms.org by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.


For more information about New Haven Farms, visit www.newhavenfarms.org

To apply for this job email your details to exdirsearch@newhavenfarms.org