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ACGA Seeks Executive Director

  • Subject: [cg] ACGA Seeks Executive Director
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" <betsy@bgjohnson.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 22:26:56 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

American Community Gardening Association
Executive Director Job Description

The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is an United States and
Canadian non-profit membership organization of professional volunteers and
supporters of community gardening and greening.  Founded in 1979, ACGA
serves a membership of over 800 individuals and organizations and addresses
issues that impact over 10,000 community gardens and over one-half-million
community gardeners across North America.

ACGA builds the capacity of community gardening programs to address social,
environmental, health and economic issues.  ACGA provides direct services,
conferences, workshops, web services and publications.  Highlights include
an internationally recognized and attended annual conference; a dynamic and
growing listserve (over 1,300 postings/year); youth/young adult programming
and representation on the ACGA Board; hands-on garden/community building
mentorships and a corresponding curriculum for wider dissemination and

Until now, ACGA has been managed by an active board of directors with
limited administrative staff support. Candidates must be prepared to work
with the Board of Directors to locate and establish a national office,
perhaps in collaboration with another organization.  Location in a major US
or Canadian metropolitan area and proximity to active ACGA volunteer base is

Purpose of Position:

The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors and has
overall responsibility for the management and operations of the
organization.  The Executive Director also serves as a key ambassador to the
community for ACGA.

Key Responsibility Areas:

Work with the Board of Directors
The Executive Director assists the Board in achieving the goals and mission
of the organization. Prepares for and staffs board and committee meetings in
consultation with the President.

Overseeing Daily Operations of National Office

The Executive Director will ensure smooth operation of ACGA?s national
office, including the maintenance of membership files, membership renewals
and recruitment, the filling requests for publications, responses to
inquiries, and coordination of basic operations. The Executive Director
oversees administrative staff and consultants.

Fundraising and Finances

The Executive Director would be the leader, working with the Board of
Directors, in seeking sources of financial support and writing funding
letters and proposals.  Fundraising includes foundation contacts and
proposal writing, membership development, project contracts and,
potentially, cause-related marketing, earned income and consulting.  Manage
individual and corporate membership solicitations. Work with the Treasurer
to prepare an annual budget and keep on top of the day-to-day receipts from
membership and other revenue sources.

Program Management

Help organize and publicize ACGA?s annual and regional conferences in
conjunction with local organizing committees.  Expand ACGA?s training and
mentorship programs, including developing strategic alliances with local and
national organizations.  ACGA?s current strategic plan seeks to establish
regional training/demonstration centers.  Assist volunteers with the
publication and distribution of publications, other membership mailings, and
maintenance of the Website and internet communication.  Manage other staff
and consultants involved in these activities.

Represent ACGA and Coordinate Activities with Other Groups

The Executive Director represents ACGA at meetings and events. The Executive
Director also would be called on to give testimony, advocating for and
representing ACGA?s position in meetings and hearings, and to manage press
and public relations. The Executive Director will also develop and maintain
mutually-beneficial working relationships with other groups, including
Community Food Security Coalition, National Gardening Association, City
Parks Alliance, and Land Trust Alliance. The Executive Director will be
supported by Board and other members in this role.


· Possess a strong commitment to community gardening and community building.
· Enthusiasm and experience with non-profit management.  Experience with
regional or national organizations is desired.
· At least 5-10 years of experience in all or most of the following areas:
o Experience with general small organization management, including
marketing/public relations, event management, program development and
implementation, and financial management.
o Strong fundraising record, including grant-writing, membership
development, individual donor programs, and special events.
o Computer skills, ability to use Web, email, databases, QuickBooks Pro, and
desktop publishing.
o Experience working with voluntary boards.
· Flexibility and ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
· Willing and able to deal easily with a variety of people in social and
professional situations.
· Willingness to relocate a plus.

Application procedure:

Please submit cover letter, including a brief narrative describing how you
would set up a national office for ACGA (including if you are willing to
relocate or why the office should be in your community), your resume, and a
writing sample by May 30, 2004 to:
Gerard Lordahl, President
American Community Gardening Association
51 Chambers St. room 228
New York, New York 10007

No calls please.  Inquiries may be emailed to: plantlot@aol.com

Selection of candidate will occur during summer 2004.  Expected start date
will be in fall 2004.Selection of candidate will occur during summer 2004.
Expected start date, fall 2004.

The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org

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