City Slicker Farms Executive Director Job Description

About Our Organization

The mission of City Slicker Farms (CSF) is to reinforce self-sustaining access to food and build community through urban farming, education, and recreation. Since 2001, CSF has been dedicated to increasing access to healthy food for families and individuals with the greatest need. For the past two years the organization has built out and managed the West Oakland Farm Park - an urban open space and community farm. The Farm Park is central to the organization and provides a venue for extensive programming and community engagement.

ED Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will provide vision and leadership to City Slicker Farms (CSF) in areas of strategic direction, operations, financial management, human resources, external relations, program development and services, board development, and staffing. Guided by CSF’s mission and with the support of the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director is the organization’s chief spokesperson and external relationship builder, and is responsible for coordinating and directing the management of daily operations.

Specific Responsibilities Include:


Ensuring operational excellence through management and fiscal responsibilities:

Furthering strategic agenda through leadership and vision

Ensuring Excellence in Programs and Services

Farm Park Project Management

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Non-profit organizational leadership/experience (at least 5 years in leadership role; 10 years in the non-profit world).
  2. Demonstrated success in fundraising.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the food justice/access and urban agriculture movement, or a related field is strongly desired. Established reputation and scholarship isOperations beneficial.
  4. Specific Oakland experience and relationships are beneficial.
  5. Education level: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related areas of qualification strongly desired.
  6. Bilingual ability in secondary language prevalent in the West Oakland community a plus.
  7. Desired specific experience with:
    1. Development/Fundraising
    2. Operations
    3. Project Management/City Politics
    4. Capital Campaign Management
    5. Grants and Contract Management
    6. Marketing/ Public Relations
    7. Human Resources
    8. Risk Management
    9. Operations
    10. Volunteer Management
    11. Excellence in Written and Oral Communication Skills

Salary Range

$75,000 - $105,000

Material Submission Guidelines:

Submit resume and cover letter via email to: EDSearch@cityslickerfarms.org. No phone calls please. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position posting will remain open until filled.