GoFarm, a nonprofit organization seeking to increase the supply of and access to affordable, fresh, healthy, local food for communities in the greater Denver area, seeks a passionate, strategic, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Working in partnership with public, private, philanthropic, and non-profit stakeholders, the Executive Director will drive strategic priorities, leverage existing and secure new funding, and marshal resources to further amplify the work of this highly effective organization. This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a direct and lasting impact on people’s lives by strengthening and transforming the local food system into one that is thriving, environmentally sustainable, and equitable for all.
Founded in 2014 by longtime environmental consultant Eileen O'Rourke, GoFarm was born of the desire to address inequity across the food system. Working across three key program areas—Community Food Access; Farmer Assistance; and Local Food Share—and seeking to incorporate equitable, anti-racist principles, GoFarm focuses on how food is grown and distributed, and who can access and afford that food:
Community Food Access Program
Through partnerships with communities and organizations, GoFarm’s Community Food Access Program conducts pop-up markets and distributes low-cost food shares throughout Jefferson and Denver counties, selling fresh, local, sustainably grown produce at affordable prices, leveraging food assistance and incentive programs, and providing fun food education opportunities.
Farmer Assistance Program
Over the past seven years, Colorado’s population has increased by over 550,000 residents, and in the Denver metro area, 24% of the population are millennials. This influx of young Coloradans has resulted in an increase of young entrepreneurs interested in farming. Through the Farmer Assistance Program, GoFarm trains and mentors aspiring farmers and breaks down barriers of entry into farming careers through our Incubator with year-round training, technical assistance, access to a farm plot, water, equipment, and more. Supporting people who have historically been denied access to land and capital including BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ and supporting veterans are a priority for the program.
Local Food Share Program
The Local Food Share Program is an aggregated CSA where shareholders sign up for a full season of fresh, local, sustainably grown produce. The Local Food Share Program supports local farmers by paying a fair market price set by the farmer for produce aggregated to fill weekly/biweekly boxes.
As GoFarm’s Founder & CEO Eileen O'Rourke prepares to leave her post and pursue new avenues in the field, she leaves behind a vibrant and thriving organization deeply committed to bettering the local food system and building power with those who work within it. Since its founding six years ago, GoFarm has experienced rapid growth and success and is now at a natural moment to establish deeper community roots and bolster the operation’s infrastructure to ensure long-term sustainability. Going forward, the GoFarm team will seek to increase its impact through expanded community partnerships in Jefferson and Denver counties.
The succeeding Executive Director (ED) will have the privilege of charting GoFarm’s next phase, and they will do so with the support of a passionate and highly committed staff. Reporting into the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work closely with the team and the Board to build and foster a collaborative leadership approach to direct GoFarm’s empowering mission and strategy. Responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, resource development, communications, and strategic plan of the organization, the ED will have the proven ability to run a full-scale nonprofit (or robust program), as well as the disposition to nurture a thriving, inclusive organizational culture. They will understand and be committed to dismantling racial, economic and other structural inequities, both within and beyond the food system.
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Learn more about GoFarm here.
GoFarm, a nonprofit organization seeking to increase the supply of and access to affordable, fresh, healthy, local food for communities in the greater Denver area, seeks a passionate, strategic, and entrepreneurial leader…
Benefits include a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plan (QSEHRA), SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plan (3% Employer Match), Paid Parental Leave, and a Flexible PTO Policy.
Benefits include a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plan (QSEHRA), SIMPLE IRA Retirement Plan (3% Employer Match), Paid Parental Leave, and a Flexible PTO…
Pearl Street Collective, an executive search firm committed to advancing the common good, has been retained to assist GoFarm in this recruitment. Managing Partner Maeve Clifford is leading this search. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to email@example.com.
GoFarm follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, transgender status, gender identity, ancestry, political service, affiliation, or disability.
GoFarm seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of staff and volunteers. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect.
Candidates from minority or marginalized groups or with multicultural backgrounds or experience are encouraged to apply. GoFarm is an equal opportunity employer. We actively foster an environment that is free of racism, discrimination, bias, and harassment; where all individuals are treated with dignity, safety and respect.
Pearl Street Collective, an executive search firm committed to advancing the common good, has been retained to assist GoFarm in this recruitment. Managing Partner Maeve Clifford…