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CT Northeast Organic Farming Association Job Announcement
Opening for Executive Director

CT NOFA is seeking an experienced, energetic, and visionary food policy professional to assume the position of executive director.  The organization has distinguished itself as the first and leading grassroots association advocating for organic food, farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut, connecting people in the sustainable local food movement with organic resources and education.

The Board of CT NOFA invites applications from interested individuals as well as nominations from third parties. 

Organizational Background

For more than 30 years, CT NOFA has been a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship with the natural world. CT NOFA:

  • Promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.
  • Encourages the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just.
  • Educates consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices.
  • Increases the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers.

CT NOFA is working toward:

  • The growth of organic food production in Connecticut, resulting in local, sustainable agricultural systems.
  • A clean, safe, healthy environment to pass on to future generations.
  • Preservation of existing farmland in the state.
  • An abundant supply of organically grown food for Connecticut citizens.

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director is responsible for directing and managing all major elements of the organization's activities:

  • Program development and management
  • Fundraising and development
  • Organizational planning, finance and administration
  • Community relations and marketing
  • Policy and advocacy
  • Governance


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the Executive Director should have or be able to quickly develop the following:

  • A working knowledge of community organizing, coalition building, and community-based partnerships in diverse community settings, including urban and rural areas, communities of color, and communities that are socially and economically disadvantaged.

  • Experience with multiple fundraising sources and strategies including government grant applications, foundation and corporate donors, individual and grass-roots fundraising, and revenue generating projects.

  • A working knowledge of organic agricultural practices and principles, the issues and concerns faced by new and experienced farmers, and the ability to communicate well with farmers and other growers, gardeners and land care professionals.

  • Financial management experience including familiarity with non-profit accounting systems, budgeting and reporting.

  • An understanding of public policy's role in advancing sustainable community-based food systems and community food security and experience mounting public education and advocacy campaigns designed to mobilize public opinion and influence both private choices and public policy.

  • Demonstrated interest in food policy and core community food security issues, such as consumer knowledge of and access to nutritious, affordable food and sustainable agriculture.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including the ability to communicate with multi-cultural audiences.

  • At least two to three years' leadership experience directing and enabling staff and other stakeholders to perform at their highest levels, promoting a shared vision among key players, and serving as a model in working toward the vision.

  • An ability to apply knowledge of marketing principles to a nonprofit organization, including image and message building through technology and other means.

Deadlines and Contact Information

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements, and/or nominations to the attention of:
John Turenne
CT NOFA Vice President
Fax – 203-294-1234

Deadline for CT NOFA applications and nominations:  January 25, 2013.

For a PDF version of this announcement, click HERE.


PO Box 164 • Stevenson, CT 06491

phone: (203) 888-5146 • fax: (203) 888-9280