Thanks for your interest in becoming a volunteer for RVGCM! We're a richly woven tapestry of farmers, ranchers, crafters, food processors, board and staff dedicated to the land at-large and our beautiful valley community in particular. If you are interested in contributing to the texture of our success, we welcome your efforts wholeheartedly. Please fill out the Volunteer Application and we will be in touch to discuss. Thank you!
The Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market (RVGCM) is a mutual-benefit nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of Rogue Valley based farmers’ markets that develop and support regional sustainable farm operations. RVGCM has a 34-year history of connecting farmers and makers with consumers, educating the community about how their food is produced along with raising awareness about sustainable alternatives to the industrial food system. The organization has steadily grown over the years and now currently facilitates three outdoor markets and one indoor market during the winter season. RVGCM envisions a healthy world nourished by sustainable food systems and shall contribute to this vision by: providing its members with facilities, sites and services that will enable them collectively to promote and market their agricultural and craft products directly to the public; educating the public about agricultural commodities and offer consumers special markets wherein they may obtain quality fresh produce and unique handcrafts directly from the producer; encourage young people to become farmers and crafters and to develop their interest in both modern and ancient farm or craft techniques; and to support public activities intended for the general betterment of agriculture in the Rogue Valley region.
RVGCM is seeking an experienced, dynamic, articulate, and sensible person who wants to work for an organization that was named one of the 10Best Farmers Markets in the nation by USA Today! You are a visionary, consensus-building leader that can manage the organization and shepherd it into the next stage of development. As the Executive Director, you have a knack for building lasting relationships with vendors, shoppers, sponsors, and volunteers and care deeply that all people have equitable access to fresh, healthy food. You are genuine, approachable, transparent and enjoy working with people from all walks of life. You are known for your enthusiasm, problem solving skills, and your “no task too small” attitude. You are full of energy, can maneuver complex political situations effectively, and are passionate about cultivating community. You are known for your ability to seamlessly direct multiple-priorities at the same time, address setbacks, and troubleshoot issues. You demonstrate inclusivity and equity in all that you do.
The Executive Director functions as the Chief Executive Officer of RVGCM. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for implementing policies and deliverables set by the Board of Directors, leading the organization to achieve annual goals and objectives, and overseeing the financial, program development, marketing, fundraising, community efforts and administrative management of the organization. The executive director is the public representative for RVGCM. This position reports to the Board of Directors and directly manages staff and volunteers, including supervising the Market Site Manager and overseeing member-based committees.
- This is a full-time, exempt position. The compensation package includes a $35K-$45K salary range depending on experience and capabilities, workers compensation coverage, and paid time off. This position may require periodic work outside of regular business hours.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned)
- Directs overall operation of the organization, including reviewing and evaluating the success of market and program activities and allocating resources for maximum effectiveness.
- Ensures the organization’s long-term financial health by developing accurate and comprehensive financial tracking and reporting systems, policies, and procedures.
- Provides information and counsel to the Board and Committees in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic direction of the organization, and documents all activities pertaining to programs, markets, and events for Board meetings.
- Oversees the hiring, training, workflow, retention, performance appraisals, and professional development of staff.
- Assumes leadership of staff in the development and implementation of strategic plans for operations, educational programs, fundraising, and communications.
- Conducts regular staff meetings and oversees as the administrative liaison with Board Treasurer and accountant for staff payroll, timesheets, and month-end invoicing.
- Maintains CRM software administration, which includes managing membership base and preparation of weekly market communications, stall assignments and market maps.
- Holds the organization’s vision, communicates the vision to stakeholders, and leads the team in the implementation of the vision.
- Drives all aspects of fundraising and philanthropic development activities.
- Acts as principal spokesperson, negotiator, liaison, and advocate with other organizations, outside vendors, partners, and government agencies.
- Develops, designs and executes annual marketing and communication plans to attract customers and
create a clear identity for RVGCM with local policy makers and the public.
- Directs all activities associated with the Board of Directors meetings, including staffing support, meeting schedules and materials, locations, and development of board packet.
- Negotiates contracts, real estate opportunities, and leases, and supervises construction as necessary with support and direction from the Board of Directors.
- Keeps abreast of trends in regional Farmer’s Markets, bringing new ideas to the Board and Membership to strengthen the organization.
SKILLS, COMPENTENCIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- Seasoned skills in leading and managing staff at all levels of experience to meet goals and outcomes.
- Strong public presence with the ability to communicate and inspire people internally and externally.
- Knowledge of and commitment to building sustainable food systems.
- Demonstrated understanding of nonprofit financial management, reporting and budgetary oversight.
- Demonstrated ability to secure grants, steward individual donors, drive fundraising activities, and engage a Board of Directors in knowledge of fundraising efforts.
- Ability to anticipate future trends and consequences accurately showing broad knowledge and perspective. Is future orientated.
- Proven ability to address setbacks, troubleshoot issues, and seamlessly direct multiple priorities at the same time.
- Ability to gain trust quickly, maneuver through complex political situations effectively, find common ground and win consensus without damaging relationships.
- Strong writing and communications skills.
- Computer and social media proficiency, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, MailChimp, Zoom, Instagram, Facebook and with training maintain CRM software and update company website.
- Equity champion.
- Comfortable operating with the unknown and learning on the fly.
- Please send a cover letter and resume to Daria Land at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter ideally will be a statement about how your experience can help RVGCM achieve their vision and what you feel is the biggest challenge facing local food systems.
- Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.
- Email submissions only; no mailed applications or phone calls please.
The Rogue Valley Growers Market is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization.