Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000.00
Maximum: $60,000.00
Details: On par with local executive level positions



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



2912b Jones Ferry Road
Chapel Hill
North Carolina
United States


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Transplanting Traditions Community Farm seeks an Executive Director who will ensure the continued success of the farm by embodying our organizational values and growing the organization while simultaneously prioritizing the input of the community we serve. We are seeking a visionary who understands how the work is inextricably connected to food and social justice, refugee and immigrant rights, and how that big picture relates to the day-to-day at the farm. We are seeking someone who is also grounded in non-profit management and fundraising and can work collaboratively with staff while building strong partnerships across many sectors.

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors

COLLABORATES WITH: Project Director, Farm Manager


Organizational Mission and Strategy (35%)

  • Shepherd the organization into the next phase of deepening and broadening impact by developing short and long-term strategies to ensure programs that advance the organization’s mission, vision and values.
  • Stay up to date on significant developments and trends in the fields of nonprofit management, sustainable food systems, food access, refugee and immigrant policy, and youth engagement.
  • Communicate the vision and mission of the farm to stakeholders and community partners both locally and nationally.
  • Leverage opportunities for collective impact; develop strategic partnerships with community organizations to maximize social and political impact. 
  • Facilitate strategic planning processes with input from board, staff, adult and youth participants, and community partners.

Financial Management (35%)

  • Grow and diversify the organization’s fundraising capacity. Current annual operating budget is achieved via $275,000 through foundation relationships, multi-sector grants, individual donor cultivation and solicitation, public funding, public events and earned revenue activities. 
  • Manage grant deliverables, compile grant reports, and maintain relationships with grant funders.
  • Ensure continued fiscal responsibility and manage the annual budget development process. 
  • Measure impact and success through regular evaluation of programs for grant reporting and to ensure participant needs are met. 

Organizational Operations (15%)

  • Sustain an encouraging, open, and collaborative work environment by demonstrating professionalism, organizational transparency and organizational values.
  • Provide leadership, management, and coaching to staff using a collaborative and inclusive strategy.
  • Maintain consistent and transparent financial, human resource, and administrative systems throughout the organization.  

Board Management (15%)

  • Develop, maintain, and support the active engagement of the Board of Directors. 

Essential Qualifications

  • A minimum of three years of executive leadership experience or progressive experience in the nonprofit sector or in an equivalent sector.
  • Passion for and strategic understanding of food systems change, food justice and local agriculture; commitment to the mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.
  • Ability to develop, manage and grow a fundraising program for a $275,000+ operating budget. 
  • Creative and entrepreneurial approach to revenue generation and diversification. 
  • Organizational fiscal responsibility.
  • High level of emotional intelligence and ability to foster positive team environments.
  • Able to develop relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds.
  • Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with key stakeholders, such as minority support agencies, funders (both institutional and individual), and community partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, an inspirational storyteller who can passionately articulate the vision and impact of Transplanting Traditions.
  • Ability to build strong teams through effective and relational supervision, coaching, and professional development.
  • Experience in non-profit administrative management including human resources, budget management and tracking.
  • Love of continuous learning, a great sense of humor and humility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of the immigration process and the resettlement experience.
  • Direct or on the ground experience working in sustainable agriculture sectors. 
  • Experience working with national foundations funding minority support initiatives and/or food systems work.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


  • Salary range of $55,000 to $60,000 based on experience.
  • Full-time, exempt position, working an average of 37.5 hours per week. We strive for work-life balance however the seasonal nature of the organization or project deadlines sometimes requires longer work weeks or weekend work.  
  • Generous PTO, 15 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • Competitive health-care stipend that allows staff to choose their own insurance plan and/or set up a Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • A weekly box of fresh, tasty vegetables grown at Transplanting Traditions valued at $576 per year.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Application review will start immediately. Rolling review with application close on May 15. Phone and in-person interviews for highly qualified candidates by mid-May. References and work samples will be requested upon invitation to interview. Ideal start date is June 15, 2018. Position open until filled. We are eager to hire the right candidate soon, if this interests you please apply soon. Interested applicants should send their letter of interest and resume to info@transplantingtraditions.org by May 15th