Tillers’ mission is to preserve, study, and exchange historical and new skills and tools that empower communities worldwide to improve livelihoods and agricultural productivity. Tillers is seeking an executive director to provide leadership, strategic vision, and fund-development skills to further this mission in the field of low capital agricultural development.
Tillers actively promotes a culture of learning and an attitude of experimentation among staff and volunteers, farmers, and students. Strong aptitude in providing management and leadership for staff and volunteers in accomplishing the mission is a must.
The position requires: building and maintaining strong relationships with current and future partners and funders; leading strategic planning; maintaining board relationships; meeting regularly with the board of directors and applicable committees; identifying opportunities for new projects and contracts; preparing proposals for grants; preparing reports to granting organizations, foundations, and funders; and leading annual funding efforts; other duties as assigned.
The Executive Director manages the daily operations in line with the policies and budgets of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for hiring, supporting, and terminating staff. An open and fair leadership style is essential.
- Strategic vision to lead the organization in developing and implementing plans for domestic and international expansion.
- Skills in organizational leadership, budgeting, and international development.
- Interpersonal skills to plan, monitor, and evaluate staffing needs now and for the future. Fund Development and Donor Relations
- Capability to develop and implement a successful funding campaign.
- Interpersonal skills in maintaining and expanding a donor base to grow the organization and expand our impact globally.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with experience in nonprofit administration (Master’s degree preferred).
- Communication skills in writing, public speaking, and digital formats.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Skills for working in a digital environment including Microsoft Suite, cloud services, budgeting software, video conferencing, etc.
- Fluency in multiple languages a plus.
- Experience in Peace Corps or similar development experience a plus.
About Tillers International
Tillers International was incorporated in February 1989 as a Michigan non-profit corporation, Rural Futures International, and was recognized within two months by the IRS as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. It has a non-private support foundation status. Tillers International is the DBA name of Rural Futures International, which is registered with the State of Michigan. The 990 IRS returns are available on GuideStar.
Tillers is an educational and research-based organization that exists to preserve, study, and exchange the skills and knowledge that empower smallholder farmers to improve their livelihoods and agricultural productivity.
- To Preserve: The beginning of new knowledge and skills necessary for a sustainable and climate-smart future are found in our past. As developing countries reach toward greater productivity and developed countries seek environmentally friendly ways to farm, Tillers International offers a solution that is born in the past and innovated for the future. Through the preservation of historical agriculture artifacts and the skills of how to use them, Tillers offer solutions that take smallholder farmers to the future of agricultural production. Within this effort to preserve and innovate, Tillers curates the Abby Farmstead collection and museum. This museum, focused on North American agriculture from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, provides a treasure trove of examples of animal-powered technologies that provided for the growth of agricultural production during that time period.
- To Study: Innovation requires research and development to be successful. Tillers works with domestic and international universities to measure and evaluate the appropriately scaled, labor-saving technologies that make smallholder farmers successful. A focus on locally sourced materials and power sources, regardless of the context, provides economic benefits to farmers and artisans who keep their investments within their communities and are not reliant on foreign imports.
- To Exchange: Understanding of the needs of smallholder farmers comes with the exchange of knowledge and skills pertinent to their context and environment. Tillers promotes an atmosphere of sharing and participation that engages smallholder farmers and artisans to be a part of the innovation and solutions that will improve their livelihoods. Tillers encourages adaptation based on the desires and needs of the communities served.
In the search for appropriately scaled, sustainable, and resilient development, Tillers promotes long-lasting solutions to farmers, farming families, and farming communities, wherein they are not dependent on Tillers to continue. While working from local and historical skill bases, Tillers encourages innovation through experimentation and through community-driven projects.
Domestic office and research center is located in Scotts, Michigan, 12 miles east of Kalamazoo. International work in 12 countries in Africa, South America
How to apply
For more information and to express interest, contact Rob Collins at email@example.com
Full Time Paid; range $80,000 - $100,000
February 15, 2023
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