The Carrot Project team envisions a just and resilient farm and food system, where successful farms and agricultural businesses are increasing in number and racial diversity, and are contributing to New England’s economic, environmental, and social well-being. Over the last 15 years, our small non-profit has earned an outsized reputation and impact across New England by leading strategic collaboration with peer and complementary organizations. Through education, advocacy, and research, The Carrot Project breaks down financial barriers for agricultural businesses and supports them in building a path to sustainability. We address the most important gaps at the intersections of financial security, racial and economic justice, financial barriers to farmland access, and farmers’ ability to weather major disruptions.
At our core, we are business advisors, but we are also researchers and policy advocates. We provide business management services and financing that support small and midsized farms and food entrepreneurs to become economically viable and expand. Our work is a combination of on-the-ground 1:1 business technical assistance with clients, training, research, and policy. During the pandemic, The Carrot Project assisted 90 clients to meet the challenges of this unique period, in addition to reaching another 900+ through the business resources on our website. Most of our clients (89%) are farm and food business owners who are just getting started and earn low-to-moderate incomes, and 5% are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). While still a very small percentage of our client base, this is notable, as BIPOC farm ownership in New England is near 1%. We want the farms and businesses that we work with today to be here in 5, 10, and 15 years, as their success is the cornerstone of a strong local farm and food economy. For more information, visit thecarrotproject.org.
The Carrot Project is looking for an inspiring leader to be its next Executive Director. This person will need experience in systems-thinking to analyze complex problems down to the root level, the vision to design responsive and sustainable solutions, the start-up mentality to adapt and pivot as the landscape shifts, the patience and resolve to fully implement extensive projects, the passion and skill to engage and maintain diverse partnerships, as well as an ability to craft compelling narratives for fundraising and development. The successful candidate for the Executive Director position will be a collaborator with the board, staff, consultant team, lending and program partners, and our farm and food business clients in reaching these objectives. This is a remote position from a home office in New England.
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of The Carrot Project, securing and managing a current annual operating budget of approximately $500,000. This individual must have strong financial acumen and will report to a fiscal sponsor. Working closely with an engaged Advisory Board, the Executive Director provides leadership to set and carry out the organization’s vision and strategic plan, and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the organization’s operations and programs.
There are many fantastic benefits to joining The Carrot Project. The Carrot Project envisions a society grounded in principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors each individual as a whole person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, The Carrot Project actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work. We value the unique talents and contributions of each of our employees.
The salary for this position is in the $80K – $100K range, depending on qualifications and experience. Generous vacation, holiday, sick, and personal day allocations are included, along with significant employer subsidies for medical and dental, no-cost life insurance, a pension plan, and many other benefits, including intangibles such as being a part of a network of regional food system thought leaders.
If you want to be at the forefront of creating a just and resilient farm and food system, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line.
A background check and writing skills evaluation are part of the recruiting process for final candidates.
Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone or email.
As an EOE/AA employer, The Carrot Project will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.