Position Description: Executive Director
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, Amherst, MA
Appl. Deadline: June 15, 1999, or until a satisfactory candidate is found.
Start date: August 1, 1999, or as soon as possible
Compensation: High $30,000s to low $40,000s, commensurate with experience.
Health insurance, holiday, sick, and vacation benefits.
--Leadership of CISA's growth and development as an organization;
--Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of CISA's programs;
--Help plan and manage CISA's fundraising program, including maintaining
relationships with existing funding sources, developing new funding
sources, and grantwriting;
--Work with the Board to develop an annual organizational work plan and
budget, and provide progress reports on plan implementation to the Board;
--Recruit, train, hire, supervise, evaluate and terminate CISA staff;
--Maintain and strengthen CISA's membership program;
--Serve as one of the organization's primary spokespersons;
--Establish and maintain relationships with CISA members, state and local
institutions, other organizations and individuals concerned with western
Massachusetts agricultural, environmental, and community health, and
organizations that impact or are impacted by CISA programs;
--Assist in recruiting, orienting, and training new Board members;
--Perform other duties as specified by the CISA Board.
Desired Experience and Skills:
--Community organizing and advocacy;
--Organizational development and strategic planning;
--Administrative skills/staff supervision;
--Participatory, cooperative program planning and execution;
--Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with
farmers, consumers, organizational representatives, government agencies and
officials, environmentalists, and community groups;
--Familiarity with sustainable agriculture and local, state, and national
food systems and programs;
--Enthusiasm for CISA's mission.
Application procedure: Please send a resume and a cover letter
highlighting your strengths and experience to CISA, 893 West Street,
Amherst, MA 01002. For more information, call Margaret Christie at
(413)559-5338, (413)559-5404 (fax), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CISA is an equal opportunity employer.
Organization Description: CISA is a community organization dedicated to
sustaining agriculture in western Massachusetts by strengthening the
relationship between farmers and consumers. We focus on environmental
sustainability, farm profitability, and on building local and secure food
systems. We are a young non-profit with a four-person staff and an active
board. CISA's new Director will have the opportunity to strengthen
innovative existing programs, broaden our funding base, and continue our
transition to a member-based community organization.
Current CISA projects include a major "Buy Local" communications and
marketing campaign focused on educating consumers about the benefits of
purchasing local food and agricultural products; FarmNet, an information
and referral service for the farm community; an annual farm map and guide
to western Massachusetts farm products; and Massachusetts Marketplace West,
a celebration of Massachusetts farm and food products to be held at the
Tri-County Fair in September.
CISA began in 1994 with support from the Kellogg Foundation's Integrated
Farming Systems program and several local organizations, including UMass
Extension, Hampshire College, the New England Small Farm Institute, and the
Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. We continue to work
closely with other organizations concerned about food, agriculture, and
communities in our region.
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