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Associate Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Tufts University

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2022
Title Associate Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Tufts University
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Agricultural - General


New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry) improves our local and regional food systems by training the next generation of farmers to produce food that is sustainable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate and making this food accessible to individuals regardless of age, mobility, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. In doing this work, we provide critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers. New Entry operates three main programs: Farmer Training (courses, workshops, incubator farm program), Food Hub (CSA, food access, farm-to-institution), and Regional/National Programs (FIELD Network, collaborative training and research projects). New Entry is a program of the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s Agriculture, Food and Environment program.

What You'll Do

The Associate Director will be based in New Entry’s Beverly /Moraine Farm Office and will be expected to travel to meetings throughout the state, region, and nationally.


The position of Associate Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a nationally respected, comprehensive farmer training and food systems organization.


The Associate Director will partner closely with the Executive Director (ED) to chart New Entry’s future growth and implement strategic goals to grow and scale New Entry’s program impact in the farm and food systems space. You will work with New Entry staff, consultants and regional and national partners to provide strategic leadership and management for New Entry’s farmer training programs. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Associate Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities at New Entry, including:

  • Program Administration and Resource Management
    • Supervises and supports a diverse team of New Entry staff, consultants, and organizational partners to develop implementable strategies and coordinate the achievement of outcomes in alignment with strategic goals, metrics, and outcomes
    • Performs grants management by developing and implementing data management systems to track deliverables and report program outputs and outcomes to funders with an emphasis on meeting KPI's and communicating success/impact stories
    • Reviews month-end financial reports in Data Warehouse and alerts the Friedman School financial team if an adjustment/correction is needed.
    • Tracks invoices from and follow up with vendors/collaborators. Review and ensure timely submissions of travel reports and Pcard reconciliation
    • Meets regularly with the school financial team and sponsored research administration team
  • Program Management - program development, framing of strategic approaches, high-quality customer service, project metrics tracking and evaluation
  • Human Capital - HR/recruiting, mentoring, leadership development among staff
  • Farmer Training and Technical Assistance
  • Organizational Leadership and Strategic Partnerships

What We're Looking For

Submission of a cover letter is preferred with application, in addition to a resume.


Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience typically acquired through 10+ years in a management position in a nonprofit organization, foundation, university, or government agency
  • Knowledgeable and experienced in agriculture and food systems work; hands-on commercial farming or food distribution experience desired
  • Passionate about New Entry’s mission and deeply committed to racial equity and food justice work
  • Highly entrepreneurial and systems-thinker. Self-starter, self-disciplined, and brings spark, imagination, and creativity to the work
  • Demonstrated grant writing and grants management experience including federal grants and private foundation grants
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation and in developing, implementing, and evaluating complex programs and managing nonprofit budgets and performance reporting
  • Experienced supervisor, mentor and ability to bring out the best in others; ability to motivate a team and manage large groups of volunteers
  • Outstanding communication (written, verbal), interpersonal skills, and ability to show empathy is essential; excellent public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple competing priorities and deadlines. Remains focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time/financial limitations
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, farmers and policy makers, donors and investors, and individuals from extremely diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate ideas and make changes to processes and operations without ego interfering and can be transparent and direct, with ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings and with diverse constituencies


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree desired
  • Experience managing land-based farmer training and educational programming via farm site management, safe farm equipment use and maintenance, and farmland/soil stewardship
  • Experience in adult education and teaching to diverse learning styles
  • Community organizing and cross-cultural experience helpful; comfort and skill in building relationships with beginning, immigrant, and refugee farmer participants
  • Ability to speak Spanish or different language(s) a plus
  • Experience accessing and/or working with local, state and national service provider networks a plus
  • Competent in Salesforce (CRM), Excel, and other management and computer software or willingness to learn
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to travel regionally and nationally to attend conferences, partner meetings

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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