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Position: Executive Director
Type: 5 month contract, average of 16 hours/week
Organization: Vancouver Urban Farming Society
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

About the Vancouver Urban Farming Society

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS) works to strengthen urban farming through education, networking, advocacy and business support towards our mission of growing urban farming in Vancouver and beyond. We do so through programming and events, maintaining a strong network, working with policymakers, as well as public education and engagement. You can learn more about us at

About the Position

VUFS is looking for a part-time Executive Director to oversee all aspects of the society. The successful candidate will have a strong background in fund development, programming, executive leadership and knowledge of the urban farming movement and small-scale sustainable agriculture. VUFS is a small organization looking to achieve great things and as such we are looking for a person who is able to thrive in this type of environment and work both independently as well as collaboratively. Must be resourceful and flexible.

This is a 5-month contract position beginning as soon as the right candidate is found (no later than September 5, 2017) until January 31, 2018, with an average of 16 hours/week. Upon successful completion of the 5-month term, there may be the opportunity to extend the contract and additional hours of work may become available contingent on funding. The work schedule is flexible and will require some evening and weekend availability.

The hourly rate is $23-$28 commensurate with experience.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Programming (approximately 65%)

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee the successful implementation of VUFS programming, including:
    • Complete the planning and carrying out the 2017 Vancouver Urban Farming Forum, which takes place in November
    • Liaising with local farmers and professionals to plan and deliver workshops, farm tours, and other events relevant to emerging and practicing urban farmers
  • Manage fund development to enable program delivery and grow the organization, including:
    • Grant writing, as well as researching grant opportunities, liaising with funders and completing all grant reports
    • Seeking out new funding channels, such as event sponsorship, major donors, corporate giving programs, and grassroots community partnerships
    • Supporting the launch of the VUFS membership drive, and building partnerships with businesses that may be willing to offer discounts to VUFS members

Executive Leadership (approximately 35%)

The Executive Director will:

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization, including keeping connected with staff, consultants, and community partners, creating operational work plans, and managing projects
  • Liaise with the VUFS Board of Directors and attend monthly board meetings
  • Work with the Board Treasurer to prepare a comprehensive budget and track finances
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery, and recruit contractors and volunteers as necessary
  • Other responsibilities as agreed upon with the VUFS Board of Directors

Desired Qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of urban farming and/or urban agriculture and other forms of small-scale sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Proven leadership and outstanding organizational abilities, ideally within a non-profit and/or grassroots environment
  • Strong grant-writing and fund development experience, with proven results in securing various types of non-profit funding (grants, corporate donations, major gifts, monthly giving, membership sales, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication, outreach, and community/stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to communicate with people from different sectors
  • Strong administrative and time management skills; able to create and stick to a work plan while reporting to a Board of Directors
  • Experience overseeing staff and working with contractors
  • Demonstrated self-starter and is confident, reliable, responsible and flexible
  • Previous experience in strategic planning processes is an asset
  • Previous experience in event planning is an asset
  • Access to a computer and phone. Shared office space is available, with a work-from-home option.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline of August 18th, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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GoodWork ID: 41335       Date posted to Jul 12 2017