The Lords Acre's

Position title: Executive Director

Job Description Summary

  • Oversee all aspects of The Lord’s Acre’s (TLA) operations in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff to implement the vision, develop the resources and fulfill the mission
  • Develop and implement strategic and operational plans, ensuring stability and sustainability
  • Lead and implement development efforts, including cultivating and soliciting donors, identifying and preparing grant proposals and coordinating other Board-approved income-generating activities
  • Oversee operational budget in accordance with fiscal policies and sound business practices
  • Coordinate human resource management for staff and volunteers
  • Manage facilities and assets in accordance with organizational policies and relevant regulations
  • Oversee marketing and public outreach strategies

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree and/or combination of education, professional and life experience related to fundraising, nonprofit management and/or human services
  • Experience with fundraising, grant writing and non-profit work
  • Demonstrated capacity in collaborative decision making, partnership building and community engagement
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic and financial objectives and manage a budget

Preferred Requirements

  • At least 3 years of senior management experience
  • At least 5 years of fund development experience
  • Knowledge and passion in the areas of healthy food access, education and capacity building
  • Entrepreneurial success in business or non-profit work

Reporting: Report to Board of Directors

Supervision: Supervise staff (Programs Director, Garden Assistant) and contractors (Marketing & Development)

Hours: 40 hour exempt position with 3 weeks PTO benefits

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Resource Development
    • Coordinate development efforts, including plans, people and processes
    • Provide information to Board regarding operating and capital needs and plans for focusing fundraising efforts to effectively meet needs; work together to develop, evaluate and update plans at least annually
    • Manage acquisition of grant funding (research, writing, reporting)
    • Oversee income-generating activities, including special events
    • Identify prospective donors and cultivate ongoing relationships (letters, phone calls, face-to-face)
    • Develop and manage appeals: social media, letters, email blasts
    • Develop and manage a strong donor base, including maintaining accurate database (NEON CRM)
    • Develop and implement strong business relations, including corporate donations and sponsorships
    • Maintain proper documentation and ensure legal compliance for all income-generating activities
  2. Fiscal Management
  • Work with Treasurer to lead development and implementation of annual budget, oversee ongoing recordkeeping and ensure regular, timely financial reporting to Board and external constituencies
  • Manage daily financial decisions consistent with Board-approved annual budget and fiscal policies
  • Maintain and manage revenue streams, donation processes and organizational expenses
  1. Human Resources
    • Manage staff hiring, orientation, training and development
    • Manage annual staff goal setting and evaluation against goals
    • Ensure compensation and benefit programs in line with employment laws and regulations
  2. Management & Administration (including facilities)
    • Develop and facilitate collaborative planning and goal-setting consistent with mission
    • Work with Board of Directors to develop policies and procedures necessary for organizational effectiveness, efficiency and risk management; ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • Ensure the safety, security and upkeep of the organization’s property and facilities
  • Manage the land agreement and relationship with lender (Community Foundation of WNC)
  • Ensure compliance with grantor, donor and regulatory requirements and security of agency records
  • Oversee technology needs and addressing issues that arise
  1. Communications, Marketing, Public Relations & Advocacy
  • Partner with Marketing Committee to develop and implement annual marketing and advocacy plan
  • Oversee media relations, social media and public outreach efforts and dissemination of public information via diverse channels (e.g., newsletters, brochures, press releases, events, presentations)
  • Promote advancement of brand identity and awareness
  • Develop positive relationships and effective communication with partnership organizations, policymakers, media, and others to fulfill the mission and actively promote The Lord’s Acre, and represent the organization to the community and relevant organizations
  1. Board Support
  • Attend Board meetings as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board
  • Maintain cooperative and communicative relationship with the Board of Directors, working closely with Board President and Committee Chairs to ensure accurate and timely information is shared, feedback is solicited as appropriate and needed resources are available
  • Support board committees with strategic information, ideas, connections and staffing as appropriate

Application Information: To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Louise Bijesse, Search Committee Chair, Please highlight your connection to The Lord’s Acre’s mission in your cover letter. No phone calls or walk-ins please. EOE. Deadline for applications is May 20, 2017.

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