Dig In is currently hiring an Executive Director that will join a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and community partners in creating community food security in Yancey County, NC. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with priority given to applications received by 8:00 PM on November 15. We’re excited to hear from people passionate and excited about creating just and equitable food systems with our communities!

Position Announcement – October 22, 2021 

Executive Director 
Dig In! Yancey Community Garden

The Organization 

Our vision:
We envision a vibrant local food system, built from collaboration and community care, where everyone has access to plentiful, locally-grown fresh food. By coming together and sharing the work, resources, knowledge, and fruits of the harvest, the fabric of our community is strengthened.

 Our values: 

  • We believe good food is a right not a privilege. We grow food together so we can offer our best when neighbors need it.
  • We value the dignity of each person and believe working with kindness and compassion makes our community stronger.
  • We value the voices of all our neighbors and believe we all have something important to contribute when growing and sharing food.
  • We value generosity and believe through sharing we create abundance in our communities.
  • We value learning together and believe that passing along skills and knowledge will create a vibrant, resilient community.
  • We value our earth and believe in practicing agricultural methods that will enable future generations to inherit healthy soils, clean water, and knowledge to grow their own food.

The Context
At the core of Dig In is the knowledge that fresh, locally-grown food is a right, not a privilege. We have practiced this value by growing and sharing food with our neighbors in Yancey County, NC since 2010. The organization brings people together to collectively tend Gardens that Give,  learn from one another, and share the harvest without cost or qualification via our Food for All programs. As a grassroots organization, Dig In is powered by the efforts and resources of many people, organizational partners, and foundations, making local produce available to everyone in Yancey County. Since 2020, the organization has bolstered its resources to do this work, including staff and volunteers, expanded gardens and farms, and infrastructure to store and pack produce.

The Position
The Executive Director will steward our shared values and vision for Dig In into the next evolution of just and equitable food growing and sharing in Yancey County. They will lead Dig In!’s resource development and organizational workflow to fulfill the goals set out in the 2020 Strategic Plan: to grow connections, grow community, and grow support. Working with diverse partners in Yancey County, Western North Carolina and across the state, the Executive Director will support and foster initiatives to create equity and social justice in our regional food system.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. It is an exempt, full time position. 

Key Responsibilities
Strategy and Operations

  • Build a positive work culture based on justice, equity, and diversity to support a team of 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff, a mighty team of volunteers, and many organizational partnerships.
  •  Ensure high-quality program delivery, evaluation, and reporting systems with the Dig In staff team. 
  • Work in partnership with the Board of Directors, providing them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance.  

Resources 

  • Lead Dig In!’s resource development efforts to cultivate and grow individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving following the principles of community-centric fundraising. 
  • Manage communications with donors and funders (grant proposals, reports, and fundraising appeals).
  • Steward relationships with existing foundations; research and cultivate new funding opportunities.
  • Manage fundraising events with the support of the board, staff, and volunteers

Finances

  • Ensure strong internal controls, fiscal responsibility, accountability, transparency, and efficient, accurate, and consistent financial practices.
    • Develop, implement, and manage a growing annual budget of $225,000 for the Board’s review and approval.
    • Perform daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly financial tracking and analysis.

Relationships & Communication

  • With Communications lead, enhance communication channels that foster exchange of ideas, information, and support between audiences via multiple channels, including social media, Dig In website, printed articles and newsletters. 
  • Engage in the local community, seeking opportunities and building relationships that align with our values and advance our mission. This could include participation in expanding program collaborations and Food Councils. 

Qualifications
The ideal candidate is a relationship-builder with the vision and passion for the transformation of our local food system. They have farming, gardening, or other horticultural experience, and they can articulate and amplify the Dig In vision in a compelling way. They are an intersectional thinker and able to confront inequitable power structures in the food system in a way that builds trust.

Strong candidates will have experience in nonprofit leadership or significant proven experience applying a collaborative approach to organizational growth with teams of staff, volunteers, partner organizations, donors, elected officials, and a Board of Directors. We want to work with someone who demonstrates sound judgment and administrative skills organizing day-to-day operations, can lift up the talents of staff, and manage a multi-program budget. This person will also have fundraising experience with success in building dynamic relationships with key stakeholders, business and foundation leaders, and who can cultivate individual, corporate, foundation, and government giving. Spanish language competency is desired. 

We believe that diversity makes us more resilient. We’re excited to hear about relevant life experiences and roles performed within other businesses and organizations. 

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Compelling verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with grant writing and budget management.
  • Knowledge and/or experience with local food production.
  • Flexible and adaptable to jumping in where needed with program and event implementation.
  • Proficiency with social media, Google Drive, Excel, Mailchimp, and WordPress. 
  • 3 years leading a team in nonprofit, agriculture, or social change work and demonstrating organization growth or increased impact. 

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and/or experience with Western North Carolina food systems.
  • Some knowledge of Spanish language and/or experience with Spanish-speaking community and culture.

Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you! Dig In is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

Compensation
$46,000.00 – $54,000.00 depending on experience and qualifications 

Application process
Email a resume and an Interest Letter to board@diginyancey.org with the subject “Director application.” The Interest Letter should elaborate on your experiences, training, skills and education that inform your desire to be the next Executive Director of Dig In. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with priority given to applications received by 8:00PM on November 15.