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MOFGA Seeks Executive Director

By February 11, 2013

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Officials at the country's largest organic farming association, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA) are currently looking for more applicants for their executive director position.

Melissa White Pillsbury, organic-marketing coordinator at Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, tells Portland Press Herald that MOFGA is casting a wide net for this position and notes, "We would love to get as many submissions as possible. They are some big shoes to fill, but we're not necessarily looking to fill shoes. We're looking for the next generation of leadership."

In December, Russell Libby, MOFGA's 17-year leader, stepped down after being diagnosed with cancer. Libby died in December and since October, MOFGA has been under the direction of interim executive director Heather Spalding.

The position is based at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine and they're looking for the following qualifications:

Overall, "The ideal candidate will have extensive practical experience at a senior management level, and a record of exemplary success in the professional domains encompassed by the position requirements and expectations." You can read more about the position expectations at MOFGA. They also note that the most successful candidate will have:

  • An engaging personality.
  • A proven ability to manage and inspire a professional staff of more than thirty as well as a vast, highly involved volunteer community.
  • Extensive experience with non-profit administration and facilities management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills through all media channels.
  • A proven, creative and effective fundraising record with public and private donors and foundations.
  • Successful public policy development and implementation at state and national levels.
  • An effective and respected public presence.
  • An ability to build bridges among diverse communities, stakeholders and networks.
  • A vision of Maine as a leader in providing local, sustainably grown, organic food.
  • Appreciation of Maine's rich agricultural history, culture and diversity.
  • Experience with local, organic agriculture, and rural community development.

The organization is currently accepting applications but the application review process begins today, February 11, 2013, so if you're interested, you should submit an application asap. MOFGA notes that the hiring process will remain open until they find the appropriate candidate.

+ Read the job opening announcement or learn how to apply.

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