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Executive Director

Cornucopia Project

Cornucopia Project: Planting the Seeds for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating

The Cornucopia Project has been serving the Monadnock region for more than ten years, working to teach healthy eating skills to children and families in the region. Our public school-based gardening curriculum for elementary school children and community-focused programs offer experiences in growing food, cooking and food preparation, organic garden preparation and maintenance, and quality food advocacy. We are comprised of gardeners, educators and food advocates who strive to provide families with the necessary tools to make solid choices about healthy eating.

Our mission brings us to all elementary schools in the ConVal School District, where our programming helps children gain a more thorough understanding of where their food comes from. As they care for seedlings and harvest vegetables, they inherently establish a sense of place and become rooted in their local environment.

Farm to Fork is an agricultural and entrepreneurship program for high school students.  Through collaboration with ConVal High School, we hire students to develop and manage a small year-round agricultural operation and associated business plan.  

The Cornucopia Community Garden in Peterborough provides an opportunity for families to learn about growing and preparing food for themselves and for our neighbors in need. Built and maintained by volunteers, the garden also serves as an outdoor classroom for community programs and events. For more information please visit: www.cornucopiaproject.org.

Cornucopia Project is led by a growing Board of Directors, currently at seven members, and an Executive Director. It supports a staff of 4 part time, 10 student fellows, and adjunct teachers. The $250,000 budget is supported by private donations, grants, contracts, business sponsors, and class tuition. 


The Executive Director (ED) brings a balance of nonprofit experience with a passion for growing healthy food, food-based education, nutrition and the connection between food, agricultural practices and environmental sustainability.  The ED is an energetic community-minded team leader who is guiding the refinement and evolution of our service model, while defining our next phase of growth, working in close partnership with the Board of Trustees to achieve the organization’s objectives.

 

The Ideal Candidate 

  • Has a Passion for Our Mission: You embody a passion for food, nutrition, and promoting healthy eating habits. 
  • Is a Strategic Thinker:  You ensure that Cornucopia continues to be a nimble organization, capitalizing on opportunities, resourcefully and creatively. 
  • Understands Nonprofit Management: You bring experience in budgeting and financial management, human resources laws and regulations, and success working with a volunteer board.
  • Is a Marketing Expert: You are an exceptional communicator, well versed in the tools to effectively reach all audiences, including supporters, the community, media, and policy-makers.  
  • Is an Experienced Fundraiser: You know how to successfully cultivate and maintain revenue-generating opportunities including grant funding sources, corporate sponsorships, and individual donor commitments.
  • Brings Extraordinary Leadership: You are an  inclusive leader with an open approach to communication and information sharing, empathy, emotional intelligence, compassion, and enthusiasm. 
Responsibilities:
  • Manage the staff, including all aspects of human resource management (e.g. goal setting, performance evaluation, personal and professional development, record keeping). 

  • Ensure a structured volunteer program.

  • Keep the Board informed via regular monthly updates including program, financial, and general business reports; engage in monthly Board meetings.

  • Provide program leadership and guidance to achieve the organization’s mission.

  • Manage all aspects of the organization’s finances and budget, and maintain 501(c)3 status.

  • Lead the Cornucopia Project’s fundraising program, including strategic grant selection and writing/submissions, and develop/steward donor relationships.

  • Lead the organization’s marketing, communications, and outreach activities.

  • Test, refine, and adjust our service and business model to find the best opportunities for sustainability and growth. 

  • Partner with the Board in annual strategic planning. 

  • Lead collaboration with other community organizations to grow the Cornucopia Project’s mission, vision, and programming 

How to Apply:

The Cornucopia Project  is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, send your cover letter and resume to admin@cornucopiaproject.org or mail to Cornucopia Project, Attn: Board of Trustees, 49 Vose Farm Road, Suite 110, Peterborough, NH 03458.

Salary Range:

$32-40/hour

Job Location:

Peterborough

Date Added: May 14, 2020

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