Executive Director

Salvation Farms
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Location: Lamoille County,
About the Job

Bring your passion for agriculture and locally grown food, sustainability, and leadership to  the role of Executive Director at Salvation Farms. Building upon two decades of extraordinary growth  and evolution, the new ED will collaborate with and inspire SF’s dedicated team and expand and deepen  the organization’s influential and unique role in Vermont’s food system.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to building resilience in Vermont’s food system, serve as a  prominent voice within the Vermont farm and food sector, and be part of a respectful, intentional workplace  culture where employees feel empowered and supported to thrive and succeed.

We welcome and encourage applications from both first-time and experienced Executive Directors.

The full job posting, including an audio recording of the content, is available through the job portal provided in the listing. Job seekers wanting more insights before applying may contact our search partner, Beth Gilpin Consulting, @ bethgilpin.com for a confidential exploratory call.

Advancing Salvation Farms’ mission, vision, and program strategy, you will:

  • Guide the organization’s direction and growth
  • Engage with external partners
  • Strengthen the financial health and operations of the organization
  • Develop relationships across private, public, and non-profit sectors

You will also shepherd SF through an exciting programmatic expansion and organizational anchoring phase.  After many pilots, SF now has the resources to fully commit to a new operating location in Lamoille County for  surplus crop aggregation and food processing and will include a workforce development component. The new  space will house much of our operations under one roof, allow us to expand the capture and distribution of  surplus crops, explore the development of frozen and shelf-stable food products, and develop new markets for  local farms’ surplus crops.


The next ED will be poised to shepherd the organization into a new era while honoring its history and mission  fundamentals. The ideal candidate will embody the following:

  • Visionary: strategic, progressive innovator who sees the big picture, identifies potential and risk, and remains grounded in pursuit of aspirations.
  • Fundraiser: adeptly guide and expand the organization’s fundraising infrastructure and capability to sustain and grow the organization by cultivating major gifts and writing grants.
  • Entrepreneurial: evolve systems, develop programs, and solve operational challenges responsively and entrepreneurially.
  • Compelling Communicator: passionately express the narrative of food systems change to diverse audiences, strengthening fundraising, inspiring action, promoting advocacy and bringing visibility. ● Systems Thinker/Changemaker: see connections and initiate opportunities for collective impact  strategies that help achieve shared goals.
  • Culturally Responsive: commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values.
  • Participatory Leader: bring a high degree of emotional intelligence that cultivates collaborative and authentic relationships among peer organizations, staff, board members, and partners.


Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning: Collaboratively create and communicate a vision for SF’s future to all interested parties. Maintain an emphasis on strategic planning, coordinating the development  of long-range and annual plan goals, and ensuring timely execution and allocation of resources to ensure  continuous progress.

Organizational Oversight & Management: Foster a healthy, positive, and inclusive workplace culture that  energizes, empowers, engages, supports, develops and motivates staff, provides competitive total  compensation, and encourages collaboration and communication across the organization in support of a we/us  culture.

Financial Management: Oversee fiscal management including developing long-range financial plans, annual  budgeting and financial monitoring, and maintaining sound financial controls to minimize risk and ensure the  organization’s stability and sustainability.

Programs and Services: Provide strategic oversight of program research, design, development, delivery,  evaluation, and continuous improvement. Collaborate with key staff to ensure programmatic efficacy through  consistent and robust data and evaluation systems, and foster cooperation and collaboration with partners to  strengthen our work.

Infrastructure and Operations: Provide oversight of SF’s infrastructure and operations, ensuring  preparedness for future growth through investment in people, education, certifications, processes, and  technology. Ensure consistent quality, security and compliance of operational systems, human resources,  finance, administration, I.T., fundraising, and communications.

Public Relations and Fundraising: Serve as spokesperson and representative to the community, key donors,  and interested parties, help increase opportunities for effective partnerships in new areas, and develop  relationships with funders and elected and community leaders. Effectively steward relationships with donors  and oversee the creation of new revenue-generating strategies, expansion of fundraising activities, and  procurement of government and foundation grants and corporate partnerships.

Board Engagement: Partner with the Board on shaping the organization’s strategic direction and execution of  goals, board development, fundraising opportunities and donor stewardship, policy formulation, and fiscal  management. Regularly apprise the board of the organization’s financial status, programmatic and operational  developments, achievements, and issues that require their attention.


If you are passionate about SF’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, please apply even if you don’t check all the boxes outlined in this section and above,. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

  • Five+ years’ senior leadership experience in roles at the organizational, program, or departmental level that included financial oversight and strategic planning, in an organization with at  least five employees, and an operating budget of at least $650,000.
  • Personal or professional knowledge and/or experience with working landscapes and food systems.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of nonprofit organizations, including funding, administration, grant writing and management, board relations, risk management, and operations.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • A commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment and demonstrated ability to engage and develop relationships with a diversity of individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to think strategically, analyze critically, and transform ideas and insights into action through coherent and viable programs and initiatives.
  • Intentional, thoughtful, and caring, with emotional intelligence and the ability to establish appropriate expectations and boundaries while empowering staff.
  • Experience guiding an organization through challenges, growth and change.


  • Personal or professional experience, relationships, and/or networks within VT-based agriculture, farming, and/or food systems.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of Salvation Farms’ core program and service offerings. ● Experience overseeing managers with direct reports.


  • Starting salary: $75,000 – $85,000.
  • Paid Time Off: 80 hours’ PTO increasing to 120 hours in 2nd year, 12 holidays, and 60 hours’ sick time. ● Insurance: Health, 75% employer-paid; Vision and Dental, 100% employer-paid.
  • Wellness Benefits: $200 annual wellness reimbursement; Health Savings Account (HSA) $20 per pay period employer contribution; annual membership to a food coop of choice.
  • SIMPLE retirement plan with up to 3% employer contribution available in 2nd year of employment. ● Home office and personal cell phone expense reimbursement in support of flexible, remote work.
  • Training and professional development opportunities.


  • The ED typically works in our main office in Morrisville, traveling to rented or partner locations as necessary.
  • Home office expense reimbursement is provided in support of some flexible, remote work.
  • Some nights and weekends will be required for attending and hosting events, or other meetings and conferences as required.
  • Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle


Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Salvation Farms does not and has never discriminated against nor refused opportunities to explore collaboration with any viable party. We have worked with individuals needing community service resulting from criminal behavior, processed produce with visually impaired individuals, and have gleaned with the incarcerated, disabled, young, and elderly. We have engaged interns, AmeriCorps VISTA members, and have worked with Reach-up participants. Our staff, Board, and volunteers do/have included individuals with different ethnicities, income levels, educational and work experience, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and gender identities. At Salvation Farms, anyone can contribute to reducing food loss and help Vermont become a more farm wise and food secure state. To us this is critical to increasing the accessibility and equity of our local food system.

In 2018-2019 we began accessing resources to educate ourselves on the topic of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). Since then, we’ve established a DEIJ committee, drafted a set of organizational DEIJ goals that represent current practices and aspirations to dig deeper. The organization is doing this work slowly and thoughtfully, so to reduce the potential harm that acting with a sense of urgency to do good could cause. To this end, we have delayed crafting public statements but rather continue to use our platforms to highlight social and environmental issues.
Some examples of Salvation Farms DEIJ work includes:
1. A bank of 12 days employees can use to celebrate whatever holidays are important to them.
2. Spanish lessons for employees interacting with an increasing numbers of Spanish speaking farm workers.
3. A staff/Board DEIJ committee to set goals focused on using our business to address systemic injustices (social, racial, & environmental).
4. Board and staff participated in Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge and subsequent weekly meetings for reflection and discussion.

Wage or Salary
$75,000 - $85,000