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Executive Director — Hungry Turtle Institute

Hungry Turtle Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in Wisconsin.  Founded originally as Hungry Turtle Farm and Learning Center in 2011, HTI’s Vision and Mission are built around small farms, diversified production, healthy ecology and great local food.  Located in Amery Food Hub in downtown Amery, Wisconsin, HTI has two storefronts, composed of an exhibition hall, offices and a full-scale teaching/production kitchen.  With two fully aligned partners in the Food Hub, Farm Table Restaurant and Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop, HTI conducts regular events, classes and symposia on a variety of topics related to agriculture, ecology and food quality/preparation.  It has an annual budget of $80K before fundraising and grants.  Long term HTI proposes to build strategic partnerships with other aligned organizations, further identify opportunities within sustainable agriculture/local food, sponsor valuable field research, and work its mission in a rural area — demonstrating how local food can benefit the economy and communities of the Midwest.

Growing a culture that values small farms, great food and a vibrant ecology.
1.  Rooted in the lands of western Wisconsin, Hungry Turtle engages farmers and the public by creating classes, events and exhibits that inform and inspire:
a.  On the importance of small farms, soil health and ecological diversity.
b.  On the connection between healthy ecology, nutrient-dense food and personal         wellness.
c. On the value of seasonal and craft cooking in pursuit of personal and community         enjoyment and well-being.
2.  To engage and connect the public with ideas, thought leaders and organizations that promote a diverse rural economy and ecology around food production.
3.  To stimulate a search for the best ecological farming techniques and technology, regionally appropriate seeds and breeds, and ways to increase the number and resilience of small farms.

Executive Director Major Responsibilities and Tasks
To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization.
With the chair, enable the Board to fulfill its governance function.
To give direction and leadership toward the achievement Hungry Turtle Institute’s     philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives

Report to:    Board of Directors
Supervises:    Administrative Assistant, Kitchen Manager
Board Support: Supports the operation of the Board by advising and informing Board members on daily operations of the Institute. Communicates between staff and Board. Takes direction from the Board to implement the objectives and goals of the organization.
Fundraising:  Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, research funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funder, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
Program Delivery: Oversees the design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of education programs and events, including identifying resource requirements. This includes the identification of instructors, pay scales as appropriate, scheduling of courses for weekend events as well as individual classes.  Coordinates educational programs with like-minded organizations to more fully engage the entire community where possible.
Financial Management: Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.
Facilities Management: Responsible for the Hungry Turtle Institute Facilities. Oversight of the operation of the commercial kitchen space, classroom space, and Exhibit Hall. Ensures effective scheduling of the spaces, an organized, clean, appropriately supplied, well functioning facility.
Employee Management; Oversees employees and all aspects of HR — i.e., job descriptions, payroll, annual reviews, hiring and firing of staff, etc.
Community and Public Relations: Outreach and coordination with community leaders and like-minded organizations to create a network of resources to further the goals of the Institute. Public relations efforts to present a strong positive image of the efforts and goals of the Institute.
Volunteer Coordination: Maintains volunteer roster and uses volunteers where possible to manage events, and projects.

Professional Qualifications and Experience
Education:  Appropriate advanced degree or equivalent.
Experience:  Minimum five years in non-profit setting, successfully managing people, facilities,     fundraising and a budget; meeting goals and deadlines; building a unique brand.

Personal Skills and Qualities
Strong predilection to work with others, collaborate and partner to achieve common goals.
Leadership abilities/experience within groups.
High personal integrity and commitment to transparency.
Ability to foster a learning culture through positive relationships, language and insight.
Financially adept and able to work with business systems to create reports.
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.
Gifted in writing and fluent while addressing groups in public.
Alignment of values with vision and mission of Hungry Turtle Institute.
Ability to work and live in a small town, rural setting.

Salary: $50 to $75K (with benefits) based on qualifications, experience, and fundraising history.
Apply tophenry@hungryturtle.net  or by mail at:  110 Keller Avenue North/Amery, WI 54001
Application Deadline:  February 15th, 2015