Executive Director

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield
Posted Date 6 months ago(4/21/2021 11:50 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Gardening The Community


Founded in 2002, in Springfield, MA, Gardening the Community (GTC) (gardeningthecommunity.org) is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield. GTC’s vision includes building a vibrant, healthy food system with just and equal access to it – one that recognizes and addresses inequity, so racism no longer determines the health or well-being of a neighborhood or community.   


GTC is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).


The Executive Director is charged with overseeing the day to day operations of GTC, in addition to setting and managing both the long term and short strategic direction. This includes programmatic planning and management, fund development and stewardship, and amplifying the impact of GTC as a youth development program grounded in urban agriculture.


Essential Functions

  • Lead organizational strategic and annual planning, work planning, goal setting, and strategy execution;
  • Provide lead staff support to Board Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Development and Event Committee;
  • Lead GTC’s commitment to racial justice, undoing racism, and food justice;
  • Lead site development planning and community partnerships, specifically as they relate to revenue generation;
  • Lead all fundraising activities including grant writing and grant reporting, major donor cultivation, donor stewardship and communication, annual fundraising direct mail and email appeals, and events;
  • Work with Development Committee to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising plans and strategies;
  • Develop annual budget for the organization and monitor expenses and income to ensure fiscal health;
  • Oversee all bookkeeping and financial operations for the organization, including ensuring accurate accounting, producing financial reports, completing all billing and invoicing, and expense reconciliation;
  • Work closely with GTC’s fiscal sponsor, Third Sector New England, on financial management, budgeting and grant management;
  • Oversee all donor record keeping, constituent relationship management systems, gift processing and acknowledgements;
  • Participate in all external communications work including development of marketing materials, social media and web presences, and media relations as appropriate;
  • Manage office and human resources infrastructure, including timesheets, benefits, payroll, and ensuring proper compensation guidelines for staff and youth positions;
  • Provide staff support to and work closely with GTC Board of Directors and committees as appropriate to set strategic direction and strong organizational structure;
  • Ensure proper human resources management, support, and training for all staff and youth participants;
  • Represent GTC at public forums, community initiatives, and partner coalitions;
  • Develop and steward strong community partnerships.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • At least 3 years of experience in non-profit leadership experience;
  • At least 3 years of professional fundraising experience, with specific understanding of grants and private foundations;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills; close attention to detail;
  • Experience and ability to manage budgets, financial reporting, and accounting;
  • Comfortable working in databases and setting up systems for data management;
  • Demonstrated experience in project, program, and/or organizational management;
  • Experience with personnel management and human resources;
  • Goal oriented and willing to hold self and others accountable;
  • Experience working collaboratively and creatively;
  • Strong writing and communications skills;
  • Commitment to youth leadership and youth development;
  • Experienced in cross-cultural environments; understanding of and passion for racial justice and food justice;
  • At ease working outside in an urban environment;
  • Available for mornings through evening and weekend hours, as needed.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed in Springfield, MA. Work is eligible for some remote work

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $60,000.00/yr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/Gardening the Community envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Gardening the Community will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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