Reports to: Executive Director
Position Summary: The Deputy Director position is a new role that reports to and partners closely with the Executive Director to chart Global Growers Network’s future growth and strategic response to increasing demand for the organization’s services. The Deputy Director will develop and lead initiatives that contribute to the organization’s overall effectiveness and impact. The Deputy Director will have internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from fundraising (crafting proposals, soliciting philanthropic donors) and enterprise development (earned income streams) to project management (ensuring high quality service delivery and results-driven work plans) and strategic partnerships (relationship building).
Candidate Vision: Global Growers Network is committed to building a multicultural and multi-lingual organization with the required competencies and perspectives that will allow us to deepen and diversify our impact, especially in serving new Americans and people of color. We especially value candidates with identities that align with the communities we serve (refugees, immigrants, people of color, low-income families). The ideal candidate is a motivated leader and committed team player that is looking for an opportunity to join a rapidly growing organization. The candidate has an eye for innovation and keeps apprised of best practices in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors, especially in the fields of food culture and agriculture. The candidate’s work is informed by an understanding of the ways in which racial, ethnic, and cultural practices significantly shape how our stakeholders experience the food system as consumers and as growers. The candidate is enthusiastic about bringing creative resource development, entrepreneurial leadership, and an anti-oppression (anti-racist) ethos to an organization that is preparing to launch several new projects.
About Global Growers: Global Growers Network supports the local people who grow healthy food for our community. We are especially known for our work with farmers who came to this country as legal refugees. Global Growers creates pathways for talented farmers to contribute their agricultural skills to our local food system. We operate a network of farm and garden sites around metro Atlanta to create access to more than 20 acres of land for healthy food production. We also operate a sales enterprise to create access to local food marketplaces. We have sold more than $1 million of fresh produce on behalf of partner farmers. Global Growers is on the cusp of our 10-year anniversary and is ready to mature and transform our service model. Following a devastating flood in April 2019 of our flagship Bamboo Creek Farm that interrupted our sales, we are working to acquire a new farm site and re-launch a new and improved sales enterprise.
Fundraising and Enterprise Development (60%)
Provide leadership and management for fundraising campaigns and new enterprise (earned income) development by working closely with development, communications, and enterprise staff to drive revenue and manage sustainable growth
Execute strategies outlined in a formal resource development plan that was created in early 2019
Manage two development and communications staff and, as needed, contractors
Build upon and increase awareness of Global Growers’ established brand of locally grown, high-quality produce and mission-driven farming operations
Craft high quality, focused, and ambitious funding proposals, including private, corporate, and government funding opportunities
Work in partnership with staff and volunteers to ensure that activities related to fundraising, communications, and target engagement are consistent with mission, vision, and values of Global Growers
Work with ED to develop strategic solutions and detailed plans to achieve business and fundraising goals, including budgets to support their implementation
Research prospective donors and partners identified by board members, staff, and volunteers
Build and maintain relationships with a portfolio of current and prospective major donors and partners who are identified through prospect research and by board members, staff, and volunteers
Ensure systems are in place for tracking stakeholder and donor participation, identification, cultivation, stewardship, and volunteer activities
Project Management and Administration (20%)
Work closely with Finance & Operations Manager, Programs team, and Enterprise team to streamline and optimize internal systems for planning, implementing, and reporting, with an eye towards future needs and budget realities
Improve coordination and communication across the organization to increase effectiveness and efficiency
Improve systems for collecting and analyzing data and feedback from beneficiaries to be used for strategic decision-making and storytelling
Support development of project budgets and financial reporting
Ensure that projects are delivered on time and with high quality service provided to program stakeholders, beneficiaries, and customers
Strategy and Leadership (20%)
Contribute to short-term and long-term strategy development as a thought partner to the ED, including identification of new opportunities, markets, and lines of business
Develop thought leadership around specific topics or emerging practice areas
Partner with ED on essential internal leadership activities (HR, communications, team-building activities)
Serve as a mentor, resource, and approachable sounding board to guide the success of our staff team
Conduct performance coaching and guide professional development activities with staff team
Qualifications and Experience: Work, volunteer, academic, and other life experiences are all relevant.
High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift communication and consulting styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
Comfort with uncertainty, learning on the go, while keeping the big picture and strategic goals in mind
Broad understanding of local food and farming systems and opportunities to strengthen the sector and our role in it
Open to working some nights and weekends as needed, with advance notice
Access to consistent transportation to be able to travel between GGN sites and to offsite meetings
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in fundraising, account management, and donor relations (GGN may consider analogous experience in mission-driven business/for-profit environments, though a firm understanding of resource development in a nonprofit context is essential)
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management/leadership capacity with demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills
Superior written communication skills, with experience in crafting proposals, case statements, and/or grant applications
Minimum of 5 years’ experience with program management, including results-driven design strategy, management tools, and evaluation/impact frameworks
High level of comfort and experience with technology; prior experience working with a CRM database and high-degree of comfort with new software; Salesforce experience a plus
Location: Our office is located in Decatur, GA in a nonprofit co-working space operated by the City of Decatur at Legacy Park, a beautiful 77-acre greenspace that is also home to our Decatur’s Kitchen Garden and Orchard. Our current farm and garden sites are located in Decatur, Clarkston, and Stone Mountain.
Compensation: The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Healthcare Reimbursement Account (currently $350/month), cell phone stipend (currently $25/month), 401k retirement account (with up to 3% match), paid time off (starts at 2 weeks then accrues) and paid holidays (6 public holidays; 2 floating holidays; 1 week bonus time at year-end), professional development opportunities (currently $1,000/year), and free/discounted produce (based on availability). Global Growers Network maintains a friendly, flexible, and casual work environment.
Application Details: Submit your cover letter and resume in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Deputy Director Application. Your cover letter should detail your interest in this position, including:
Why you are looking for a new position
Why you are interested in assuming a leadership role with Global Growers Network
Specific of past success in leading fundraising campaigns, launching new programs/businesses, and/or developing and executing strategy
GGN will begin scheduling interviews on August 19th and will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If you are invited for a second-round interview, we will request two writing samples relevant to this position. Finalists will also be asked to submit 3 professional references that we may contact. The position will start as early as October 1, 2019.
GGN does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology. We strongly encourage people of color, immigrants, and first generation Americans to apply.