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Executive Director at Biodynamic Demeter Alliance - 13533

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Executive Director
Biodynamic Demeter Alliance
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Job Description: 

We are seeking someone versed in organic, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture structures; familiar with food systems development, social movement work, and certification schemes; and adept with collaborative working models to join our geographically-distributed staff team in a full-time, exempt position. Most importantly, this individual is personally dedicated to continued learning, self reflection, and active leadership on the issues of systemic racism, bias, and equity; is forward-thinking; has led new initiatives; has worked with diverse stakeholders; recognizes financial strength in multiple revenue streams; and can lead into the future.

Employed by the Board of Directors, the purpose of the Executive Director is to embody and carry out the organization's mission.

The Biodynamic Demeter Alliance is excited to open its search for a first-ever Executive Director. This new organization is focused on shaping agriculture and food systems of the future through the biodynamic impulse.
Our Alliance is composed of the Biodynamic Association, formed in 1938 to foster the principles and practices of Biodynamic agriculture in the US, and Demeter USA, initiated in 1985 as the certifying body for biodynamics, as well as a community of those interested in making biodynamics central to the agriculture systems of the future. These initiatives have come together on the premise that all three aspects of biodynamics: Rights, Economy, and Culture, can do more if housed in a single unified organization dedicated to growing the field. Furthermore, forming an alliance between the two strongest and most visible organizations within the movement — the Biodynamic Association and Demeter USA — stands to offer a cohesive, networked association that can facilitate the practical growth and maturation needed to implement systemic change in the US food system and marketplace at large.
Through collaboration with mission-aligned organizations and individuals, the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance advances the knowledge and growth of biodynamic practices, principles, research, markets, and certification in support of healthier landscapes, farms, and people, and improved economic, spiritual, and social wellbeing. By incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion practices as keystones, the Alliance works alongside all farmers, food entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts that share the goal of growing resilient, equitable, inclusive, and just food economies and systems.

Full details can be found here:

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Serving and driving the new entity through collaboration, and unifying operational practices
Serving as the public face for the organization to promote the organization and the biodynamic movement, nationally and in coordination with the international movement and representative bodies
Establishing and implementing the overall organizational management approach and structure in partnership with the Board and staff
Embodying social justice through engagement and actions both inside and outside the organization
Inspiring, mobilizing, and aligning Board, staff, and external stakeholders toward future vision, mission, and values for the new entity
Driving the continued development and implementation of the unification plan
Collaborating with Fundraising staff to generate abundant financial resources for the organization, including a capital raise and beginnings of an endowment fund
Working with legal resource(s) and the current Board to ensure sound legal and governance structure is in place
Establishing and implementing organizational strategy, and guiding program development in concert with Board and staff
Collaborating with Board and the staff People Circle to establish and maintain healthy and legally sound people policies, and to identify and recruit people into the organization for capacities needed to grow and manage the organization
Collaborating with financial management staff and Board to establish and maintain healthy and legally sound financial policies and procedures
Strategically collaborating with external partners as needed to build and nurture relationships and further the movement
Participating in the development of both an internal and an external brand strategy
Serving on the Executive and Finance Committees of the Board

Education & Experience: 

Personal dedication to continued learning, self reflection, and active leadership on the issues of systemic racism, bias, and equity
Strong experience related to strategic design and implementation
High level experience with financial management and oversight, policy and procedure, and procurement of funds
Demonstrable experience and excitement with facilitating the blending of systems, teams, tools, and workflows
Experience working with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the food system, and enthusiasm for food system development
Commitment to biodynamic, Indigenous, organic and regenerative agricultures and land practices
Collaborative management experience and passion, and/or ability to direct in a relational way
Understanding of Certification Schemes
Openness to discussing and exploring the spiritual dimensions of biodynamic agriculture
Understanding of anthroposophy and/or the works of Rudolf Steiner
Ability to communicate large picture thinking in a public arena
A high degree of organization and attention to detail
Tech savvy and proficiency with MS Office suite, Google Suite, and CRM systems, as well as ability to learn multiple online platforms
Motivation and responsibility for completing projects independently
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to proactively communicate and ask questions
Good time management and capacity to prioritize competing tasks
Willingness to give, receive, and act on honest feedback
Warmth, kindness, and a sense of humor and fun
Flexibility and nimbleness in transparent shifting structures

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please send an email to with the following format (applications not sent in this format will not be considered):
Email subject line: Executive Director: [Your full name], [City, State]
Within the body of your email, include a brief personal statement addressing:
1. Why you are interested in working with the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance
2. How your skills, interests, work history, and lived experience intersect with the responsibilities and qualifications of this role
3. Your time availability including any fixed constraints on your work schedule, and when you would be available to begin work
4. Your desired work location
5. Anything else you want us to know about you

Attach your current resume as a PDF with the file name: [Your Full Name] Resume
Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis beginning approximately Monday, October 18. The start date is flexible based on the needs of both the candidate and the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance.
Email with any questions. No phone calls, please.

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