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Sustainable Harvest International / MSalkin Associates
Location: Surry, Maine, USA
Last Date: July 22, 2011
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reference:
SHI - Executive Director
Founded in 1997 by returned Peace Corps volunteer Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) provides training, technical support, and resources to Central American farmers to help build their capacity to practice organic and sustainable agriculture as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. To date, SHI has planted more than 2,600,000 trees, converted more than 12,000 acres to sustainable uses, thereby saving over 45,000 acres from slash-and-burn destruction. Since 1997, SHI has expanded its reach from the one program in Honduras to also include programs in Panama, Belize and Nicaragua. SHI has since established independent affiliates in Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize which, after a transition period, become responsible for their own management and funding. SHI thus facilitates implementation of a program that allows poor farmers to take responsibility for reversing environmental degradation and achieving economic viability within their own countries. Currently based in Surry, Maine, SHI operates both nationally and internationally with a staff of 12, some of whom are based in Maine and some in Central America. The Board of Directors is very active in all aspects of SHI, and their expertise in tropical forest ecology and management, international environmental policy, sustainable development, nonprofit accounting and agroforestry is one of SHI's greatest strengths.
The Executive Director (ED) will report to the Executive Committee of the Board, work collaboratively with the President/Founder and Board, supervise all staff and maintain SHIís office and organizational framework with a passionate commitment to SHIís mission. In daily operational matters, the President/Founder will defer to the Executive Directorís decisions.
It is understood that the ED will carry out the following responsibilities in accordance with SHI Board policies.
Attends SHI Board of Directors meetings with the exception of executive sessions
Communicates regularly with Board and provides relevant reports in a timely manner
Leads an effective management team to serve as both a leadership and coordinating body
Directs implementation of programs and plans of SHI
Creates an annual work plan for SHI and after approval by the board, determines individual responsibilities in the implementation of the plan
Provides staff leadership and manages staff performance, ensuring continued professional development
Manages maintenance of office building and rental unit, including office equipment maintenance and ensuring adequate supplies of all program and operational materials
Performs other administrative tasks as required
Directs departmental budget preparations including timely budget preparations by staff
Works with the Finance and Executive Committees to set annual budgets and guarantees proper management of all funds
Monitors budget and cash flow including supervision of SHI bookkeeping and recordkeeping
Monitors financial records by being responsible for accurate and timely reports including
o Ensuring reconciliation of donor management software entries and QuickBooks each month
o Ensuring provision of financial data for annual audit and submission of 990 on timely basis
Performs other related financial management tasks as appropriate
Fundraising and Outreach
Works closely with President/Founder (P/F), Board and staff to ensure availability of adequate funds
Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in environment conservation sustainable agriculture, and rural community development in Central America
Assists in researching and evaluating new funding sources; approves grant proposals before submission
Works with P/F and Board to make presentations to existing and potential funders
Together with P/F and Board, represents SHI policies and programs to external sources
PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate must have a Bachelorís degree; an advanced degree in international development, environmental studies or a related field is desirable; relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
Minimum of five years finance, administrative and fundraising management experience in a small business or NGO that has undergone rapid growth
Passionate commitment to and experience in international rural development, including impact evaluation, monitoring and program management
Fluency in Spanish and English required
Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining effective public/private partnerships
Successful track record of nurturing board commitment to organizational development as well as representing organizations and/or programs at public events
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including proficiency with PowerPoint and social media
Thoughtful listener and compelling communicator able to inspire confidence, enthusiasm, and action
Able to integrate ideas and build consensus to move an organization forward
Strategic and forward-thinking, with an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to quality
Able to identify, create and seize opportunities while balancing priorities in a fast-paced environment
Able to build consensus among all stakeholders
The successful candidate will have a sense of humor and enjoy a challenge!
To apply, email a resume together with a cover letter to
We also welcome nominations and requests for information to the same address.
Sustainable Harvest International is an equal opportunity employer with a demonstrated commitment to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves.
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