Now Hiring: Executive Director
About Hudson Valley Seed
Hudson Valley Seed (HVS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides supplementary education to elementary students in the mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York State. HVS educators integrate nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing over 60 K-5 classes each week out to school gardens to read and write, learn math and science, taste new vegetables, and learn about health and wellness.
Through hands-on learning, dynamic living classrooms, and engaged students and teachers, Hudson Valley Seed is raising the bar of academic achievement one school at a time. We currently serve more than 3,000 students a year in seven elementary schools. Because HVS lessons are fully integrated into New York State’s Common Core curriculum, garden lessons are taught year-round as part of the public school day and contribute to classroom academic success. The ED will continue to guide Hudson Valley Seed’s internal and external operations so that they contribute to a socially just world for the students, teachers, parents, and community members Hudson Valley Seed serves.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has strategic and operational responsibility for HVS’s nonprofit staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will lead and manage fundraising operations, and will build and deepen relationships with HVS’s existing and new constituents.
- Assures organizational stability through the development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation of effectiveness.
- Oversees and monitors the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit. Maintains regular communication with the Board on matters pertaining to the fiscal solvency of the organization.
- Maintains a mission-related and dynamic strategic plan, ensures timelines and resources to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
- Leads HVS’s education programs, public outreach, relationships with schools, fundraising, strategic planning, and management of staff of 7, (and growing) assigned to those activities.
- Serves as the principal spokesperson for the organization. Effectively communicates the position of the organization in verbal, written and presentation formats.
- Actively engages and energizes HVS Board Members, staff, community members, partnering organizations, and funders.
- Assists the Board with the identification of Board candidates and their recruitment and onboarding.
- Arranges and manages regularly scheduled Board meetings; facilitates discussion, deliberation, and decision-making.
- Establishes a positive, inclusive, accessible, and safe work environment that supports all team members to do their best work.
- Ensures legislative and regulatory compliance as applicable.
- Leads fundraising and grant making activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
- Works with staff and the Board to prepare, monitor and adhere to a comprehensive budget and prepare and provide monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
- Fosters and maintains relations of trust with stakeholders (Board, staff, volunteers, community leaders, school administration and teachers, parents, students and community partners).
- Establishes partnerships and joins coalitions with other organizations with similar and/or complementary objectives.
All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Degree in related field or 5+ years at a senior level in a similar organization.
The Executive Director must also demonstrate competence in the following:
- The Executive Director must share the values, mission, and vision of HVS, including a dedication to building food and education access for and with our partner communities.
- High level of emotional intelligence and ability to foster positive team environments.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- Commitment to results. The Executive Director must be goal-driven, action-oriented, and innovative. S/he/they must be able to anticipate and solve problems, appropriately take advantage of opportunities, and be a self-starter and team player.
- Past success working directly with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing Board member relationships.
- Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and backgrounds.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; an influential and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
- Experience in management and administration, with the following areas preferred: finance, personnel, communications, governance, planning, and evaluation.
- 5+ years of relevant experience managing a team of 5 or more
- Experience in opening or starting a division, department, or organization
- Experience working directly with public schools
- Diversified fundraising experience (including, but not limited to experience with digital/e-mail based fundraising and grantwriting)
As an organization, HVS values accountability, integrity and community as essential to fulfilling our mission of educating children in school gardens. The most competitive candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of organizational culture and systems thinking, will have a high attention to detail and relationship management, and will be able to work independently. S/he/they will have a great sense of humor with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
HVS is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. People of color, gender oppressed people, working class people, LGBTQ people and immigrants are encouraged to apply. HVS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
Three weeks paid vacation, contribution towards an HRA/FSA or health insurance plan, paid sick/personal leave, and a fantastic team environment.
Reports to: Director of Development
Status: Part time, unpaid
The Development Intern will support the Director of Development with aspects of fundraising to support the school garden programming of Hudson Valley Seed. This is an excellent opportunity for young professionals seeking experience in the nonprofit field.
Grant writing: For small grant applications (under $5,000), draft applications based off of answers to similar previous applications.
Grant research: Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
Database: Update and correct database records. Data entry of new constituent and address information.
Mailings: Checking address lists for accuracy, printing letters, stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, affixing stamps on envelopes or working with post office to meter envelopes, delivering mailing to post office.
Etc: Other duties as assigned by the Development Manager and Executive Director.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Ability to present information concisely, compellingly, and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to organize and prioritize work, and work independently with little supervision. Keen attention to detail and deadlines.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and Google Sheets. Training will be given to work with Bloomerang database.
Excellent interpersonal skills. A great sense of humor with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.
A knowledge of the Hudson Valley and a passion for gardening, food justice, local and sustainable agriculture, and/or public elementary education are prefered but not required.
Current college students and recent graduates seeking experience in the nonprofit field, with a focus on fundraising and/or communications, are especially encouraged to apply.
People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace.
Status: 10-15 hours per week, part-time, flexible hours/schedule
Wage: This is an unpaid internship.
Location: Beacon (HVS office), with potential to also work remotely.
To apply: Application deadline is rolling until the position is filled, to start ASAP. We also welcome applications for future start dates, i.e. the fall school semester. Please send via email a cover letter, resume, and a sample of your writing to:
Air Nonken, Director of Development, at email@example.com
Finalists will be asked to also provide 2 references that can speak to your professional experience or potential.
We often have opportunities for volunteers to make a real difference in our work throughout the entire year, in the gardens, in the office, and in our schools. You can learn more here. To volunteer with Hudson Valley Seed please contact Program Coordinator Omari Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org