Colorado Foundation for Agriculture Job Opening

Colorado Foundation for Agriculture

Title: Executive Director

Contract is negotiable based on qualifications and is reviewed annually

Application Deadline: August 14, 2017

Location: Candidate must live in or be willing to relocate to Colorado

Information about the Organization:
Founded in 1991, The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture (CFA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational corporation. The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s mission:

To educate the public about the significance of agriculture and how food, fiber and natural resources impact their lives.

“Working so every generation understands their connection to agriculture.”

We Believe . . .

·      Agriculture is essential to life.

·      Farmers and ranchers continue to be the original stewards of the land and other natural resources.

·      Agriculture offers diverse career opportunities.

·      Agriculture should present a factual and positive image based on scientific research.

·      Agricultural literacy benefits all individuals.

·      Agricultural literacy programs should be a unified effort of cooperation, communication, and coordination, based on on-going scientific research.

Revenues:$250,000 obtained through donations from individuals, agriculture and natural resource organizations and corporate donations.

Services to be provided

The Executive Director is an ambassador and advocate for agriculture within the state of Colorado and will report to the Board of Directors and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. This individual will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. This position requires a background and understanding of agriculture.


The Executive  Director will be thoroughly committed to Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s mission. This is a 1099 contract position.   All candidates must have proven leadership experience. Successful completion of tasks requires flexibility and discipline for timely completion.  Candidates must be willing to travel.  Applicants should have proven financial, leadership, communication, organizational and relationship management experience. This highly qualified individual will be action-oriented, self-directed, mission driven, energetic, and adaptable, with an unwavering commitment to agricultural literacy education. Candidate will supply their own computer and vehicle.

Experience and other qualifications include:

·      Strong written and verbal communication skills, along with interpersonal skills

·      Organizational management skills and the ability to motivate, manage, and develop a strong team, along with setting and achieving strategic objectives

·      Commitment to quality programs and program evaluation

·      Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

·      Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience, and the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders

·      Proven ability to raise funds

·      Ability to create and manage a budget

·      Ability to approach and complete many projects concurrently

·      Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

·      Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will have many of the following skills, attributes, and experience:

·      Degree in related field, or equivalent work experience

·      Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

·      An entrepreneurial drive fueled by innovative approaches to non-profit/business planning

·      A record of accomplishment in effectively leading an organization

·      Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships

·      Exceptional interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills, with the ability to communicate with broad audiences

·      Desktop publishing skill: knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Captivate, Acrobat Pro and other Adobe programs along with Word, Excel, Quick Books database.

·      Knowledge of the printing processes, and bulk mailing

·      Knowledge of educational methods-matching standards, understanding of state and national standards and educational methodology

Leadership & Management:

·      Ensure ongoing state-wide excellence in Colorado Foundation for Agriculture’s programs and program evaluations

·      Represent Colorado Foundation for Agriculture for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Program, Project Food, Land and People and with Colorado agricultural, commodity, educational, and environmental groups

·      Build on the excellent foundation developed since inception and provide a vision for additional and future opportunities

·      Build and maintain collaborative partnerships at community, regional, and national levels with groups including;committees, coalitions, businesses, clubs, non-profits, government agencies, schools, boards, and more

·      Responsible for raising entire budget including salary

·      Manage staff, contract labor and volunteers

·      Oversee accounting and finances

·      Actively engage and energize Colorado Foundation for Agriculture volunteers, board members, event committee members, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders

·      Recruit, develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors

·      Ensure an effective system to track growth/effectiveness, and regularly evaluate all program components to measure success

·       Communicate successes and/or failures to the board, funders, and other constituents

·       Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve Colorado Foundation for Agriculture goals

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expanded programs
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Write, submit, evaluate, and report on grants
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger partnerships and relationships as well as educating the public about Colorado Foundation For Agriculture and Agriculture in the Classroom
  • Develop an advisory committee that includes liaisons from the agriculture, natural resource, and education communities

Planning & Program Development:

·      Design state-wide expansion plan(s) to reach new schools and/or audiences

·      Build partnerships; provide new resources and educational opportunities; establish relationships with funders; establish relationships with political and community leaders

·      Communicate program results to funders and partners – with an emphasis on program successes that can be used as a model for regional and national replication

·      Constantly search for new opportunities to expand Colorado Foundation for Agriculture growth

How to Apply:

Review the duties, tasks, requirements, and additional information about this position carefully.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  In your response to this Request for Services please provide a resume and cover letter including how you view yourself as an ambassador for agriculture and your vision for the future of Agriculture in the Classroom. Applications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

To apply for this position, applicants must submit requested materials electronically to by August 14, 2017.

The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability status or protected veteran status.  The Colorado Foundation for Agriculture also is committed to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment such persons.

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