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Interim Executive Director Posted May 03
Real Food Generation , 89 South St., #700, MA (Nationwide / remote)

Real Food Generation (“RFG”) harnesses the power of youth and universities to create a fair and sustainable food system. After winning dozens of campaigns nationally that have resulted in $80 million committed to our definition of “Real Food” annually, we have proven that student organizing can drive substantial change in the food chain in every region of the country at a wide variety of schools. Building off of our successes, RFG launched two new initiatives in 2018. The Real Meals Campaign is an unprecedented coalition of national organizations representing farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and environmentalists working to change the food service management industry. Uprooted & Rising (UNR) is a movement to end college and university support for Big Food and white supremacy in the food system and direct the energy of our generation towards food sovereignty. UNR is led by young Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Real Food Generation is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE MissionWorks.


RFG is seeking an Interim Executive Director (Interim ED) to steward the organization through the transition from its outgoing founding director to new long-term leadership. This position requires a grounded and dynamic leader who is passionate about leading hands-on operations, fostering a healthy work environment, and supporting multiple campaigns which are in varying stages of development. Reporting to the Advisory Board and TSNE, the Interim ED will work remotely in directing an organization with an $800,000 annual budget, and 5 full-time and 13 part-time employees. They will ensure that a collaborative visioning process, referred to as “Structural Planning” below, is moving forward. They will give input on the vision but ensure that decision-making is a collaborative and inclusive process including staff, Steering Committee, and Advisory Board. This role offers flexible scheduling, which will be discussed with qualified candidates.


Governance and Organizational Change
--Support the Structural Planning and the search process that comes out of it (whether executive director, co-directors, or other model); coordinate with an outside facilitator and monitor their contract
--Engage the Advisory Board and Steering Committee about major decisions concerning the direction, positioning and financial well-being of the organization
--Coordinate with the Advisory Board chair to hold and lead Advisory Board meetings (once per month)
--Work with the staff liaison to the Steering Committee to set agendas for the Interim Steering Committee; attend meetings only as needed and as schedule permits

--Facilitate and coordinate overall activities across functional teams to maintain alignment between operations and field work and make key decisions about how resources are deployed
--Provide functional oversight to all human resources activities
--Support the departing ED in building the FY 2022 budget process as part of onboarding process
--Monitor finances and approve ongoing decisions about spending
--Meet with fiscal sponsor liaisons for finance and HR; ensure compliance with fiscal sponsor protocols; support RFG staff on questions about compliance and syncing up systems
--Monitor risk and compliance related to campaigns, human resources, and volunteers
--Supervise 1-2 director-level reports and Operations Specialist (exact arrangement TBD)

--Support the Development team to maintain schedule of grantwriting and reporting; advise writing choices as needed
--Work with the Development Team to maintain relationships with existing funders, updating them on program events and the transition process
--Work with Development Team to identify and steward new prospects and opportunities (2 more funders in the $50k-$100k range)

Strategy and Partnerships
--Support staff in navigating challenges with partners and coalitions, particularly as they relate to strategy and funding


--Demonstrated executive or senior leadership and management skills at a nonprofit organization
--Strong interpersonal and communication skills
--Ability to assess and analyze large quantities of information to make effective decisions with a holistic view of the organization
--Experience leading a transformative change process
--Experience constructing and analyzing budgets and financial statements; comfort with complex spreadsheets
--A commitment to economic justice, anti-racism, and people power
--Ability to communicate compellingly with funders and philanthropic advisors
--Demonstrated success in foundation-based and/or major donor-based fundraising
--Demonstrated ability both to build consensus in a group and to make hard, quick decisions when necessary
--Ability to work with Google Docs, Google Sheets and other virtual office applications;
--Experience as an ED or Interim ED (preferred)
--Experience with the fiscal sponsorship model (preferred)
--A passion for and/or knowledge of food justice and food sovereignty movements (preferred)
--Experience with grassroots movements that use a “Momentum organizing” approach (like Cosecha, IfNotNow, Black Lives Matter, AllOfUs, Sunrise) and/or that are BIPOC-led (preferred)
--Bring a survivor-centered and trauma-informed lens to the work (preferred)
--Interest in or experience with non-traditional models of organizational leadership that may emerge as a vision for the future, e.g. co-directorship, cooperative model (preferred)
--Experience with grassroots fundraising (preferred)
--Experience working in a distributed workplace (preferred)

Compensation and Benefits

Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely from your location.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $46,800 for the interim term of June 2021 through March 2022, working approximately 30 hours per week, and is commensurate with experience. This role offers flexible scheduling, which will be discussed with qualified candidates. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, members of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and members of other historically oppressed groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package

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