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Position announcement - Executive Director Growing Gardens inPortland OR

  • Subject: [cg] Position announcement - Executive Director Growing Gardens inPortland OR
  • From: Laura Berman <laura@foodshare.net>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 23:06:30 -0400

Sorry if this has appeared on our listserve already (I haven't seen it but
maybe it has been here.) I caught this on another listserve and thought an
ACGA member might be interested.   Once again, please do not respond to me
about it, I'm only the messenger.
From: "Eamon Molloy" <molloye@jps.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 23:31:32 -0700
To: Community Food Security Coalition <comfood-l@listproc.tufts.edu>
Subject: Position announcement - Executive Director

Growing Gardens in Portland OR is looking for an executive director.
Growing Gardens is a nonprofit organization that seeks to establish urban
gardens where the need is greatest.
There are currently nine people on payroll.  The organization has 800
volunteers working in dozens of vegetable garden installations or assisting
with educational and administrative projects. This year Growing Gardens will
support an estimated 1,800 people with fresh food, skills and friendship.

The full job description is posted below. Resumes may be sent to ED Search,
Growing Gardens, 2003 NE 42 Ave, #3, Portland, OR 97213 or

Yours truly,
Eamon Molloy 
Treasurer Growing Gardens



 Position: Full-time Executive Director
Salary: $36,000 - $45,000 annually, depending on experience (plus benefits)

 Scope of the position: The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing
all management, fiscal, program and planning activities of Growing Gardens.
The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors to develop
policies and strategies for the organization and holds primary
responsibility for implementation of board decisions. Additionally, the
Executive Director is responsible for establishing and maintaining positive
relations with funders, community leaders, policy makers, the Portland
non-profit sector, and creating a motivating and nurturing work environment
for staff, volunteers and gardeners.

 Duties and responsibilities:
* Oversee development, implementation, and maintenance of effective
management systems, including personnel administration; fund development;
fiscal management; planning; and program development and direction.
* Provide support to the board by ensuring effective communication between
staff and board, and developing materials and processes for board
recruitment, orientation, and development. Supervise needed staff assistance
for board committees and task forces.
* Negotiate and assure compliance with contractual agreements.
* Supervise staff and develop organizational resources for their
professional development.
* Prepare applications and reports for foundation and government grants.
* Provide leadership to create, implement, and revise an organizational
strategic plan. 
* Initiate and oversee the annual staff workplan and budget process.
* Establish/maintain positive relationships with all segments of the
community, including funders, community leaders, policy makers, the Portland
area's non-profit sector, and Growing Gardens volunteers.
* Develop and implement public relations efforts, including media strategy.
* Conduct community outreach activities.
* Develop and implement effective strategies for agency fiscal health,
program development, and organizational development.
* Oversee acquisition and maintenance of all organization facilities and
* Work with the Board to ensure safe and legal operation of Growing Gardens
for staff and volunteers.
* Other duties as required.

 * B.A. and a minimum of three years experience as executive director or
chief executive officer of non-profit organization or for profit business.
Candidates without a B.A. may substitute five years experience in high-level
administrative position.
* Passion for the Growing Gardens mission and programs.
* Demonstrated management, organizational, and administrative skills.
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community members, leaders,
and organizations. 
* Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff with an emphasis on
cooperation and professional development.
* Ability to delegate tasks and share responsibility and leadership.
* Demonstrated ability to provide human resource services such as
performance evaluations, staff questions and concerns, benefits management,
* Demonstrated ability to oversee development and maintenance of effective
management systems.
* Demonstrated ability to obtain and utilize financial information and
develop appropriate fiscal plans and strategies.
* Demonstrated ability to effectively fundraise and develop diverse revenue
streams, including proven success in securing private and government grants.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with
funders, policy makers, justice and social service organizations, the
press/media, volunteers, and service recipients.
* Demonstrated people skills and community building skills.
* Demonstrated team player.
* Demonstrated ability to work effective with the Board of Directors.
* Demonstrated high moral character, including honesty, fairness, respect
for the rights of others, and respect for state, local, and federal laws.
* Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed to meet a variety of job
* Ability to work with a variety of personalities as well as people of
diverse class, race, and ethnic backgrounds.

* Volunteer management experience
* Knowledge of gardening and sustainable agriculture practices
* Understanding of local food security and nutrition issues and related
* Knowledge and awareness of poverty, hunger, class issues
* Experience building an organization that honors diverse populations 

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