Help Wanted: Maine Federation of Farmers Markets Executive Director

mffmHiring Announcement: Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets seeks Executive Director

The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) seeks a visionary and committed leader to take the reins of this statewide member-led organization. Since 1991, MFFM has provided resources to Maine farmers’ markets, members and the general public. Initially a volunteer run organization, the Federation received start up funding in 2011 to reinvigorate its work and meet the needs of markets and members across the state.

MFFM’s Executive Director oversees a membership organization of 140 farmers’ markets and works closely with and reports to the Board of Directors- most of whom are farmers’ market members. The Director is the primary fundraiser for the organization and is intrinsically involved in mission and organizational development, as well as programming and administrative functions. The incoming Executive Director requires an individual willing to work hard, think outside the box and participate in an extensive network of farmers’ markets and supporters. The chosen individual will be an active proponent for farmers’ markets and will be on the forefront of Maine’s vibrant local food community and economy.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Organizational Oversight and Development:

  • Provide leadership and vision in developing organizational, programming and financial plans with the board of directors.
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • Promote and work to create a unified voice for farmers’ markets throughout the State.
  • Develop and coordinate projects and provide services of value to Maine farmers’ markets, as determined by Federation members.
  • Responsible for all aspects of annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention and regional workshops, including programming, fundraising and logistics.
  • Serve as point person for maintaining statewide farmers’ market database and disseminating listing information widely.
  • Create resources for and actively maintain the MFFM website, and all other public facing resources and promotional materials.
  • Support the organization in pursuing 501c3 status with the IRS.

Fundraising

  • Build upon existing revenue streams and work to diversify these further, with a commitment to having the organization’s operations be a direct reflection of those funds supporting the organization.

Board Relations

  • Serve as strategic advisor and consultant to board and committees.
  • See that the board of directors is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it. During the busy season, this may mean catching up with them at market or on the farm.

Budgeting and Financial Management

  • Oversee board-approved annual budget and all financial aspects and needs for the organization ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Ensure compliance with the organization’s fiscal policies.
  • Ensure development of monthly financial statements for review by Treasurer.

Building and Maintaining Relationships

  • Facilitate communication, information sharing and networking among farmers’ markets and market leaders through whatever means deemed most effective.
  • Represent the organization and its programs and perspective to members, partners, policymakers, media and the general public.
  • Continue to expand upon robust network of partners implementing farmers’ market programs to increase accessibility to low-income Mainers.
  • Work with the MFFM’s current fiscal sponsor until 501c3 status is determined.

Personal Characteristics: Passionate about farmers’ markets and local food systems’ work. Excellent interpersonal skills. Outstanding abilities in strategic and analytical thinking. Outgoing and able to work successfully on a team with diverse members. Well-organized and attentive to detail. Creative and able to work on multiple projects at once. Willing to travel frequently, including day and overnight travel. Flexible and able to work both “on the farm, and farmers’ market”, as well as in an office setting.

The successful candidate will posses the following minimum qualifications:

  • Familiarity with nonprofit and/or business management including resource management, budgeting, partnership formation, program development and management, strategic planning and board development.
  • Experience with local food system work and farmers’ markets, preferably in the State of Maine.
  • Successful experience with grantwriting, development of funding strategies, and donor development in support of an organizational mission.
  • Experience in membership development and outreach.
  • Skilled in proactive and creative marketing and promotion.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong written and interpersonal skills. Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of WordPress and website development and maintenance, Quickbooks and Microsoft Office Suite, as well as web-based communication tools. Proficiency communicating via email.
  • B.A. or B.S, preferably in a related field

Location: The successful applicant must be located in Maine (or willing to relocate within hiring timeframe) and have reliable vehicle/ability to travel independently. S/he will be required to report to MFFM’s office in Freedom, ME for at least the first month of employment. Work location may be more flexible after initial training period.

Compensation and Benefits: Starting salary of $30,000, subject to successful fundraising after 1.5 years. Health benefit stipend available.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to EDSearch@mffm.org. Applications due April 5th, with intent to announce hire by May 2014.

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