BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANIZATION
Franklinton Farms (“FF”), is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Columbus, Ohio. FF was
founded in 2007 by a group of neighborhood residents committed to environmental sustainability
and social justice. They first worked out the intersection of these commitments by building and
maintaining a small community garden on vacant city land. The site was named Franklinton
Gardens and provided space to care for the land, grow food, and build relationships with long-
term neighborhood residents.
As the organizers listened to the stories of others, they began to understand how difficult it was
to access healthy foods—in particular, fresh fruits and vegetables—in Franklinton. In response,
they acquired more vacant land, grew more food, and shared more broadly with their neighbors.
The outcome was a multi-acre network of food production sites scattered throughout the
neighborhood’s urban landscape, which was eventually named Franklinton Farms.
In time, the evolving collective became aware of other economic, environmental, and social
challenges regularly experienced by their neighbors in Franklinton. This led them to expand into
broader food systems work as a way to create equity and build resilience in Franklinton. More
than a decade from its start, Franklinton Farms continues to work with neighbors and community
partners to build a farm and local food system that improves food security, provides economic
opportunity, and supports healthy futures for all.
Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating
beauty, and building community with our neighbors.
It is difficult to access healthy food options in Franklinton. As a result, the neighborhood has
some of the city’s highest rates of nutrition-related chronic health issues and infant mortality. We
utilize urban farming and neighborhood distribution programs to improve food security and
support healthy futures for our neighbors.
In spite of ongoing redevelopment efforts, Franklinton still shows the effects of decades of
divestment. It is most visible in the hundreds of blighted structures and vacant lots scattered
throughout the neighborhood. We use bio-intensive agriculture to transform these neglected
spaces into colorful foodscapes filled with uniquely-shaped high tunnels, orderly production
rows, perennial flowers, beneficial insects, pollinators, and other wildlife.
Franklinton is a rapidly diversifying community with deep Appalachian roots. Many of our
neighbors struggle with chronic poverty and experience severe economic, environmental, and
social challenges. We use urban farming and food systems work to connect with our neighbors
through positive community placemaking to build equitable community for all.
Current Position Openings:
Job Posting and Description
Employment Type: Full-Time, Salary Exempt
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DESCRIPTION
FF’s Executive Director is the key player in the pursuit of the FF mission.
Reports to: FF Board of Directors
Supervises: Farm Manager, contractors, AmeriCorps associates (if applicable), Volunteer
Coordinator, select volunteers
Purpose: The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its
mission. The ED is the primary communicator between FF and grantors, foundations, partner
organizations, Franklinton residents, the local business community, and local, state and federal
agencies. The ED is responsible, in collaboration with Board members and contractors, for
achieving the organization’s fundraising objectives and managing its overall financial health.
Works with the board and leadership to develop strategies for achieving mission, goals
and financial sustainability.
Maintains and utilizes a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the
fields of sustainable and urban agriculture, community development, social enterprise,
and relevant policies that may have an impact in these areas.
Oversees strategic plan implementation, assesses and reviews program activities, and
monitors need for change.
Develops and executes ambitious, but achievable plans for resource development, e.g.,
cultivate positive relationships with institutional funders such as foundations, government
agencies, corporations, and others.
Community Engagement and Leadership:
Serves as an effective spokesperson for FF. Represents the organization well to its
Develops, delegates and effectively uses FF’s website, social media tools and face-to-
face opportunities for communication.
Oversees and manages the development and expansion of FF and its resources.
Administration, Finance and HR:
Supports an organizational culture that enable satisfying roles for current staff and ability
to attract and retain additional diverse staff in key positions as funding becomes
Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds.
Works with the Board to prepare budgets and reports, monitor progress, and initiate
changes (to operations and/or to budgets) as appropriate.
Sees that official records and documents of FF are retained; ensures compliance with
federal state and local regulations.
Soft Skills – Qualifications:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Comfort with speaking and presenting in public on food security, food access, urban
agriculture, and other relevant topics.
Passion for and knowledge of community development, healthy eating, sustainable
agriculture, community food systems and food security.
Mature and professional demeanor with a strong work ethic.
Ability to train and manage diverse groups of volunteers and community members.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to create and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people and to
invite and incorporate feedback.
Ability to participate in neighborhood and philanthropic events, which may sometimes
occur in evenings and on weekends.
Ability to organize and maintain records
Ability to manage assets resourcefully, including equipment, labor, etc.
Ability to budget and plan ahead.
Broad conceptual judgment, initiative and ability to deal with complex issues as well as
strong analytical and problem solving abilities.
Education & Experience:
FF is seeking an individual with superior leadership skills and the knowledge,
enthusiasm, energy, insight and commitment to fill this position and help lead FF into the
future. Applicant’s education, experience and skills should be commensurate with the
responsibilities and requirements of the position.
The ideal candidate should demonstrate expertise in the following: 1) building and
managing social networks across philanthropic, business, and civic communities; 2)
leadership within small organizations of 3-10 staff; 3) facilitation of organizational
culture that works with, and seeks to understand the multi-dimensional challenges of a
community that continues to experience multi-generational poverty, addiction and
recovery, homelessness, and crime.
Advanced degrees in business management, non-profit or public administration, and/or
philanthropy are preferred.
Minimum 3 years working in diverse neighborhoods across race, culture, and class
Minimum 5 years of management and leadership experience.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please send a cover letter, resume and references in .pdf form to
email@example.com. FF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages
applicants from all backgrounds to apply.
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Position has been filled, thank you for your interest!
Position has been filled, thank you for your interest!