Executive Director

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Posted Date 1 month ago(11/1/2022 10:33 AM)
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Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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The Carrot Project


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.

  • Ensure core organizational values are demonstrated throughout all aspects of work: internally, publicly, and with our clients;
  • Drive the organization’s equity and justice work through our organizational culture and operations, staff development, external relations, and program strategy and delivery;
  • Implement the current strategic plan and lead the creation of future plans;
  • Prepare and administer both project-based and annual organizational budgets corresponding to the strategic plan and yearly work plans;
  • Collaborate with lending partner PVGrows to administer loan programs supporting farm and food entrepreneurs; raise funds for financing guarantees and to grow programs, as necessary;
  • Build and maintain collaborations with peer organizations throughout the region;
  • Lead proposal development for major grants and new programs;
  • Support the Agricultural Viability Alliance, a collaborative alliance of business advisors cultivating food and farm entrepreneurs through advocacy, professional development, and building a community of practice. Up to 25% of the Executive Director’s time is spent on this program, including multiple weekly meetings and supervision and support of the Alliance’s Program Director. The ED oversees and steers this program which is comprised of a Program Director and an Executive Committee including The Carrot Project founder;
  • Hire, supervise, and support direct reports, ensuring all staff members have the resources to implement effective programs, including evaluation and measurement of program outcomes;
  • Ensure clear, consistent, and frequent representation of The Carrot Project to the press, financial supporters, and community, including proactive use of The Carrot Project website and social media platforms to alert stakeholders of new successes and opportunities;
  • Lead and ensure program research is conducted to support progress on development of new programs and strategic planning goals;
  • Develop and lead implementation of the resource development plan to raise operating budget, including maintenance and administration of diverse funding sources (grants, government contracts, strong donor base, and earned revenue from social enterprise opportunities);
  • Support and collaborate with the Advisory Board and its committees;
  • Participate in external boards and committees important to facilitating implementation of our mission.


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


  • Non-profit project and executive management experience
  • Experience managing staff of all levels and consultants
  • Expertise in fostering collaborative relationships and convening strong and productive networks, internally and externally
  • Proven success as a leader who is attentive to multiple constituencies and delivers results
  • Demonstrated ability for vision, strategy, and implementation, seeing the macro and micro levels of issues simultaneously
  • Proven success raising and increasing amounts of charitable gifts, grants, and donations — and securing state and federal awards
  • Experience managing program and organizational budgets
  • Ability to both articulate vision/strategy and be directly involved in implementation
  • Knowledge of and passion for sustainable agriculture, equitable food systems, business advising, agricultural lending, and social impact investing
  • Demonstrated expertise working effectively with non-profit boards
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving; experience increasing the capacity of a non-profit organization
  • Familiarity with food systems advocacy work at the state and federal level is a plus
  • Excellent public speaking abilities
  • Experience researching and developing new programs
  • Graduate degree in related field or equivalent experience and expertise
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite including Excel, willing to independently learn and apply new virtual office tools as needed


  • A leader who is charismatic, thoughtful, approachable, and inspiring
  • Comfort with ambiguity and complexity, and willingness to ask and seek answers to hard questions
  • Adaptability and nimbleness
  • Commitment and experience in crafting creative, community-centered solutions to address systemic injustices in farming, food systems, and entrepreneurism
  • A commitment to serving the needs of farmers and food entrepreneurs

Special Requirements

  • Regional Travel
  • Occasional availability nights and weekends for travel or special events
  • Successful background check
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license and successful Driver's Licence Check

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.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


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:

  • 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 MetLife 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!

To Apply

  • All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential within TSNE and TCP search committee. Candidates should include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of TCP. The search will remain open and applications will be accepted until the right candidate is identified.
  • Background and reference checks and writing skills evaluation are part of the recruiting process for final candidates. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email.


TSNE/TCP strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/TCP prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/TCP celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.


TSNE/TCP's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.


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