Job Opening

Executive Director

The Opportunity

The next Executive Director of Shalom Farms will have the opportunity to guide Shalom Farms through continued growth and investment in the Richmond community by increasing access to healthy food.  Shalom Farms is more than an organization that grows and distributes healthy food.  Shalom Farms is an interconnected community of farmers, educators, program partners, and volunteers – all working toward a healthier community where everyone has equitable access to nourishing food and meaningful opportunities to grow, choose, cook, and enjoy fresh produce.  The leadership and staff of Shalom Farms are a talented and passionate group of individuals committed to creating a more just and equitable food system and improving racial equity within Richmond as well as within the organization itself.

About Shalom Farms

The mission of Shalom Farms is to work together to build healthy communities by growing and sharing healthy food.  Through sustainable food production and hands-on experiences at our farms in Powhatan and the Northside of Richmond, Shalom Farms provides individuals and families in Richmond access to healthy food.

Last year, Shalom Farms grew and distributed more than 642,000 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Richmond area.  Along with food, Shalom Farms provides nutritional education to families, as well as hands-on opportunities for thousands of students and volunteers to experience sustainable farming.  The Farmers in Residence program helps train the next generation of farmers.  Please visit the Shalom Farms Website for additional information.

The Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board and is responsible for the overall operations of Shalom Farms.  Priorities include:

  • Working with the Board to develop and execute a strategic direction for Shalom Farms that increases its impact in the Richmond community through sustainable operations.
  • Serving as the outward face of Shalom Farms in working with our community partners, donors, foundations, corporations, food access advocacy organizations, public officials, and other constituencies.
  • Increasing racial equity within the organization and leading a culture of community that helps each individual grow.
  • Ensuring that the organization remains sustainable with access to human, financial, and agricultural resources.
Qualifications

Successful candidates will have:

  • Core values that include compassion, integrity, humility, self-awareness, and a willingness to learn and grow.
  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to lead a team / an organization
  • A commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people and organizations
  • Fundraising experience
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and manage a budget
  • A passion for improving public health through access to healthy foods
To Apply

Please send:

  • A resume or other summary of qualifications and experience
  • A personal statement that helps the search committee understand your commitment to food access and racial equity

Please send materials to HR@WarrenWhitney.com with “Shalom Farms” in the subject line.  For best consideration, information should be received by January 14, 2022.  For questions, please call Katherine Whitney at (804) 282-9566.

Shalom Farms does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.  The position will remain open until filled.

Compensation

Minimum starting salary $90,000/year, paid holidays, paid annual leave, paid volunteer time off, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, employer paid medical and dental insurance.

Confidentiality

The search committee and search consultant take confidentiality seriously.  We understand that an expression of interest may be exploratory in nature.  We will keep all information confidential until the final stage of the process.