Urban Agriculture Education Job at Rochester Roots

Rochester, NY.  Rochester Roots, Inc. seeks Development Director for Urban Agriculture Education and Research Project Job (Click Read More for contact information) Start Date:  Immediately Compensation:  $36,000 to start (3 days per week) transitioning to full time ($60,000).  Paid vacation and holidays.  Health insurance allowance. A new position in the organization, the Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and have the opportunity to build a strategic development function to support: 1)      An innovative and evolving urban agriculture-based education program with the Rochester City School District, 2)      Implementation of a new healthy urban food system strategy supported by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, 3)      A research facility and partnership with a major university to do K-6 student-driven nutrition and growing technologies research on RCSD grounds, 4)      The initiation of a significant multi-year capital campaign.

Candidate must understand systemic change, be a strategic thinker, and be an influential deal-closer who values the potential of inquiry-based education, student driven research that is relevant to society, and empowering youth as neighborhood change agents who improve the wellbeing of their family and neighborhood, as they improve their own.   They must become a team member who appreciates and is motivated by supporting our growing role in providing youth enrichment and experiential-learning that results in better academic achievement, social relationship building skills, and decision-making for their own well-being.

The successful candidate will be capable of strategically redirecting society’s resources to achieve higher youth and neighborhood wellbeing outcomes and demonstrate a proven track record of successful fundraising.

Educational Background

Master’s degree.  Minimum five years of experience in development, including a major capital campaign for a non-profit or equivalent in the business sector.   Experience with retail operations, product line management, entrepreneurial activities, and research centers a plus.

Position open until filled.  No phone calls, please.

To Apply

Interested candidates should respond with a short essay (one page maximum) indicating how they would approach raising 1-2M+ annually from service revenues plus multiple government, foundation, public, and private resources; and a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Since we are asking the person that fills this position to create a new and important function within our organization, we are using an uncommon approach in asking the candidates to provide a short essay as to how they might approach this challenge, which they can expand upon throughout the interview and selection process.

E-mail: jan.roch.roots@frontiernet.net

Or by mail:

Jan McDonald

Executive Director

c/o Rochester Roots, Inc.

121 N. Fitzhugh St.

Rochester, NY 14614

Rochester Roots, Inc. a 20 year old non-profit leader in innovative urban agriculture-based education programs and food system projects, is committed to the creation of urban school and community urban agriculture-based education and research programs for youth and adults.  These programs are based on a new healthy urban food system strategy and nutrition research that provides equal access to high quality, safe, affordable, healthy food grown using earth friendly practices. Rochester Roots provides education, outreach, and training to City of Rochester youth, young adults, teachers, and community members through six urban agriculture related activities: 1) Urban Agriculture-Based Education, 2) Entrepreneur Education, 3) Food Preparation Education, 4) Nutrition Science Education 5) Farm Apprenticeships, and 6) Community Education, as well as new initiatives presently in development.

For additional information about Rochester Roots visit our website at www.rochesterroots.org or visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/rochester.roots

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