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Food Well Alliance was founded in 2015 with a vision to connect members of Atlanta’s local food movement to collectively build healthier communities in metro Atlanta. Today, Food Well Alliance is a multigenerational, multicultural network of local leaders advancing urban agriculture and working together to help over 120 community gardens and 35 urban farms thrive in neighborhoods across Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton and Gwinnett counties. As an alliance, we believe that locally grown food is a tool to build community and that thriving gardens and farms strengthen the nutritional, environmental and social resilience of cities.
In 2017, Food Well Alliance published "Atlanta's Local Food Baseline Report" and discovered three key challenges to advancing urban agriculture — lack of coordinated resources for urban gardens and farms, lack of growers' participation in policy decision-making, and lack of residents' connection to fresh, locally- grown food. Working collaboratively with strong regional partners, we are addressing challenges through three specific programs:
- Resource Center: We identify innovative, best-in-class programs and provide grants as well as technical and physical resources to help community gardens and urban farms thrive.
- Policy and Advocacy: We collaborate with local government leaders to develop inclusive policies and plans that include resources for gardens and farms, like compost and land, with a goal to ignite a regional coalition for urban agriculture. We host round table discussions between farmers and distributors to make the urban agricultural community function better.
- Educational Experiences: We design and execute unforgettable events and educational experiences that connect communities to where their food comes from and to the people who grow it.
Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the leadership and execution of the organization’s mission and programs.
The Executive Director possesses a combination of business acumen, sophisticated fundraising, organizational development and programmatic skills while demonstrating strategic thinking, cultural sensitivity and a passion for local food and community development.
While serving as the public face of Food Well Alliance, the Executive Director must possess the unique ability to foster strong coalitions with local growers and food entrepreneurs in the community, as well as large foundations, major donors and strategic stakeholders in the city, region and state.
Mission and Strategy:
- Collaborates with the Board of Directors to develop the organization's 3-year Strategic Plan.
- Leads the execution of the Strategic Plan resulting in the effective transition from Atlanta Community Food Bank to a stand-alone nonprofit entity.
- Provides leadership and direction to ensure Food Well Alliance’s community programs and services are impactful, fundable and promoted widely.
- Uses data, evaluation and research to assess impact of current programs and inform new program and policy strategies.
Business Development, Fundraising and Financial Viability:
- Develops innovative revenue generation strategies and implements a diversified business model that ensures the organization’s financial resilience.
- Collaborates with the Senior Director of Strategic Development and Board Chair to identify and pursue fundraising opportunities, grant proposals and earned-income opportunities to support the operations and mission.
- Ensures the fiscal integrity of the organization by working closely with the Board Treasurer, accounting firm and Senior Director of Strategic Development to propose and manage the annual budget and produce financial statements as required.
- Provides impeccable fiscal management that ensures programs operate within the approved budget, maximizes resources, and maintains a positive financial position.
Community and Strategic Partner Engagement:
- Leads collaboration and facilitates convenings with municipal and local food system partners, to gain a deeper understanding of how best to support community gardens and urban farms and advance urban agriculture at the local government level.
- Responsible for being the chief communicator, public speaker, and representative of the organization.
- Leverages storytelling to amplify the role of urban agriculture and the impacts of the local food “movement” on community health and ecology.
- Cultivates a breath of complex relationships from local farmers and gardeners to major funders and investors.
- Develops and creates opportunities for volunteerism to further engage and educate community members on the importance of locally grown food.
Organization Management and Operations:
- Leads and provides direction to create a collaborative culture and to develop and execute the organization's Annual Operating Plan.
- Leverages management practices and systems (performance management, training, communications, compensation, etc.) to develop the effectiveness of the Food Well Alliance team and to efficiently execute the Annual Operating Plan.
- Ensures staff has all tools required to operate effectively, efficiently and virtually.
- Collaborates with facility consultants to complete renovation, monetize, programmatize, and operationalize the urban agriculture “community center.”
- Collaborates with the Board Chair as well as new and existing partnerships in determining Food Well Alliance’s strategic direction.
- Communicates effectively with the Board and provides financial and program evaluation reports as required.
- Collaborates with the Board Chair to convene the Community Advisory Board and develops strategies on how best to implement recommendations.
- Deep understanding of and passion for community development and local food systems.
- Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration, business development or sustainable food systems is preferred.
- A minimum of 5- 7 years of successful management experience at the senior leadership level.
- Demonstrated ability to develop an organization culture and a highly effective team which delivers measurable results.
- Demonstrated experience in fundraising from a diverse mix of individual donors, corporations and foundations.
- Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated skills in resource development, board development, operational planning, and human resource management.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with internal and external diverse and key stakeholders.
The salary range is $90,000 - $100,000 and negotiable based on experience. Benefits are comprehensive and include medical insurance, life insurance, 3% employer-matched contributions toward a 401(k) retirement plan and a generous paid-time-off policy.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to email@example.com, to the attention of Bill Bolling, Board Chair. Include Executive Director_Last Name in the email subject line.