The Carrot Project envisions a just and resilient farm and food system, where successful farms and agricultural businesses are increasing in number and racial diversity, and are contributing to New England’s economic, environmental, and social well-being. Our mission is to break down financial barriers for agricultural businesses and support them in building a path to sustainability. Through education, advocacy, and research, we address the most important gaps at the intersections of financial security, racial and economic justice, financial barriers to farmland access, and farmers’ abilities to weather major disruptions.
Our client work is focused in Southern New England – specifically CT, MA, and RI – where we work directly with farmers who use sustainable farming methods, food entrepreneurs who source their ingredients from this type of farm, and, who, in both cases, sell some or all of their products locally or regionally. These entrepreneurs predominately operate startup and early-stage farms and agricultural businesses. A majority of our clients are low-to-moderate income.
We are a collaborative organization, and over the last 15 years, our small non-profit has earned an outsized reputation for our impact leading strategic collaboration with peer and complementary organizations across New England. At our core, we are business advisors, but we are also researchers and policy advocates. We provide business management services and financing that support small and midsized farms and food entrepreneurs to pursue economic viability and growth. Our work is a combination of on-the-ground 1:1 business technical assistance with clients, training, research, and advocating for a more vibrant agricultural sector as hosts of the Agricultural Viability Alliance. For more information, visit thecarrotproject.org.
The Carrot Project is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (tsne.org).
The Carrot Project is looking for an inspiring leader to be its next Executive Director. This person will need experience in systems-thinking to analyze complex problems down to the root level, the vision to design responsive and sustainable solutions, the start-up mentality to adapt and pivot as the landscape shifts, the patience and resolve to fully implement extensive projects, the passion and skill to engage and maintain diverse partnerships, as well as an ability to craft compelling narratives for fundraising and development. We seek a leader who is energized to establish and pursue long-term strategic objectives, while working alongside a staff of five to realize those goals on the ground.
The successful candidate for the Executive Director position will demonstrate the commitment and experience to advance The Carrot Project’s work centering racial and economic justice in its organizational values and programs, including reaching and effectively supporting the diverse agricultural entrepreneurs of Southern New England. They will be a collaborator with the board, staff, consultant team, lending and program partners, and our farm and food business clients in reaching these objectives. This is a remote position from a home office in CT, MA, or RI.
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of The Carrot Project, securing and managing a current annual operating budget of approximately $450,000. This individual must have strong financial acumen and will report to a fiscal sponsor. Working closely with an engaged Advisory Board, the Executive Director provides leadership to set and carry out the organization’s vision and strategic plan, and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the organization’s operations and programs.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
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:
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Compensation and Benefits
Location: Work will be primarily performed from remotely from home office located locally in the MA, CT, RI areas. Will be in person for some meetings, as required.
Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $100,000/yr and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:
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