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Position: Executive Director
Organization: FarmFolk CityFolk
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia


FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is a not-for-profit charitable organization working to cultivate local, sustainable food systems across BC. We develop, operate, and act as a catalyst for projects that support access to and production of local, sustainable food; support local growers and producers; provide access to and protection of farmland; and connect, educate, and celebrate with communities across BC. For 25 years FFCF has been a leader in local food and sustainable agriculture working with business, NGO partners, government, universities, and the public to achieve our mandate.


FFCF is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead the strategic direction of this dynamic organization. This is an opportunity to help take B.C.’s oldest sustainable food non-profit to the next level of influence and effectiveness.

We are seeking an experienced leader, manager, creative fundraiser, and strategic thinker with strong financial management skills. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable and passionate about cultivating local food systems and agricultural issues and will be able to engage a wide range of partners and stakeholders in our work–including farmers, chefs, businesses, corporate sponsors, funders, and governments, and the public.


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for overall strategic direction and overseeing operations, including fiscal management, fundraising, programs, digital systems and engagement, communications, and human resources.

Fundraising and Financial Management

Create and implement an annual fundraising strategy to maintain organizational sustainability. Cultivate strong relationships with funders and corporate donors. Develop and oversee the annual budget, working with staff, finance and board to monitor the fiscal performance of the organization.

Program Support and Strategic Direction

Develop and implement an annual strategic plan that aligns with FFCF’s mission and long term goals. Work with team members to develop and oversee the effective planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the organization’s operations and programs. Plan and execute new programs, campaigns or initiatives.


Represent FFCF in a wide range of venues including media, sustainable food events, public consultations, and public speaking engagements. Develop and implement an effective communications strategy to promote FFCF’s work. Support the work of the Communications Manager to maintain external communications, including the website, social media, electronic and print communications. Ensure effective internal communications between the board, staff and contractors.

Human Resources

Foster a healthy and productive team environment, oversee staff development, training and mentoring.

Ensure a robust approach to staff recruitment, retention and performance management. . Ensure respectful, collaborative relationships among all parts of the organization, including staff, Board and volunteers. Promote equity, diversity and inclusion.

Government Relations

Collaborate with staff tostaff to develop and implement a results-oriented government relationship strategy

Board Development & Support

Ensure regularly scheduled meetings and communication with the Board. Attend board meetings and report to the board on campaigns, projects, programs and activities. Assist in board recruitment, development and orientation of new Board members. Work with the board to advance FFCF initiatives, including program development and fundraising.


  • Strong leadership, organizational, and management skills and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • Experience in the local food and, sustainableand sustainable agriculture, or the environmental sector
  • Financial management skills and experience with preparation and financial tracking of budgets, preparation of annual reports and familiarity with audit requirements and procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising, including corporate engagement, grant writing, and donor stewardship
  • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated by a wide professional network, the ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders, and the Aability to deal with difficult situations and to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders with sSuperior interpersonal verbal and written communications skills
  • Familiarity with or uUnderstanding of charitable law and federal, provincial and local not-for profit laws and policies
  • Experience in the local food, sustainable agriculture, or the environmental sector
  • Familiarity with financial systems and preparation of annual reports and audit materials

Working conditions

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is based in Vancouver BC, with some travel required. Some weekend work required. FFCF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, Indigenous people, people of colour, and LGBTQ and individuals from other diverse communities to apply.

To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume with three references to:
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No phone calls please. Only applicants short-listed will be contacted. Deadline for application: Friday, April 9th, 2018. Start date for this position is May-June 2018.

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GoodWork ID: 44610       Date posted to Mar 12 2018