Friends of Holly Hill Farm (FHHF) is searching for an Executive Director (ED) to skillfully lead
the organization through short- and long-term planning as we work toward purchasing the
farm. In this time of transition planning, we seek an entrepreneurial, energetic, inspiring
leader with financial and fundraising experience as well as strong strategic, management and
The ED will drive the organization’s mission working collaboratively with lead staff members in
Education, Farming, Operations, Fundraising, and Administration along with the Board of
Directors. Reporting directly to the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, the ED is
expected to manage FHHF’s operation, develop its strategic direction, and ensure its
Strategic Planning: Work in partnership with the Board and lead staff members in creating
short- and long-term strategic plans and ensure the flow of funds to achieve these plans.
Develop and maintain a close, first-hand understanding of all Farming and Educational
programs to maximize mission impact through strategic planning and community engagement.
For each area of focus ensure adequate funding, staffing and infrastructure to ensure we
achieve our goals.
Fundraising: Responsible for creation and implementation of an approved development plan,
oversee grant writing efforts, provide logistical and strategic support for fundraising events
and collaborate with the Board to lead donor cultivation activities.
Education Programs and Farming: Collaborate with staff leadership and stakeholders on
creation and implementation of short- and long-term plans.
Community Relations/Marketing Outreach: Provide inspirational leadership to the FHHF
community; serve as the public face of the farm, maintain and expand organizational
partnerships with town, schools and similar organizations. Manage and engage community
members. Facilitate coordination of Board members, staff and volunteers to deliver outreach
Organizational Responsibilities: Create and maintain a positive, collaborative work
environment which allows for autonomy, professional growth and collaboration with the FHHF
Team while strengthening operational and administrative systems and infrastructure.
Responsible for overall financial plan and budget. Support/advise the Board of Directors (BOD)
to identify and execute board development priorities, ensure BOD support, attend BOD
meetings as invited.
5+ years successfully leading a nonprofit or comparable management experience
Compelling communicator and successful community/relationship builder
Fundraising experience and cultivator of individual/corporate gifts
Possess an entrepreneurial spirit
Strategic thinker, experienced manager, decisive operator, inspiring leader
Able to work as a member of a team with an appreciation for achieving balance between
organization-wide and programmatic goals
Full-Time Exempt Position
Salary: Compensation commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Health coverage, paid sick and vacation leave, discounts.
How to Apply:
Friends of Holly Hill Farm is an equal opportunity employer. Email cover letter, resume, and
references to Lydia@hollyhillfarm.org.
The Friends of Holly Hill Farm is the nonprofit educational organization that manages Holly Hill Farm, a certified organic vegetable, flower and herb farm in Cohasset, MA. The farm serves as the outdoor classroom for thousands of children, adults, and families who visit every year for school field trips, educational workshops, community events, farm to table dinners, field trips with scouts, church, or other community groups and much more. The Friends’ mission is to educate visitors of all ages about the value of sustainable and regenerative farming principles that result in healthy food and responsible stewardship that protects the land. An outgrowth of the mission to educate on the farm is a network of partnerships with 30 local schools where the Friends provide hands-on education programs in school garden settings for students.
About the Position
We are seeking part-time Outdoor Classroom Educators who will be responsible for facilitating educational programs on the farm and at school gardens throughout the school year (including winter) and summer. The on-the-farm programs are both morning and afternoon and reach age groups of 3-5, 6-9, and 10-14. School programs are generally located within a 20-minute drive from Holly Hill Farm and serve grades Kindergarten to sixth (sometimes older). Mileage will be reimbursed. Schools also visit the farm for field trips and require educational facilitation. Time commitment will vary depending on the balance of on-the-farm and off-site programming the teacher is scheduled for. On-the-farm programming will be consistent with short breaks between seasons, whereas offsite and field trips are dependent on school needs. You can expect to work an average of 12 hours per week during the school year. Summer programming would be 20+ hours per week.
Seasonal contracts are also available. Educational curriculum on the farm ranges from such topics as basic plant parts and needs, organic farming, composting and vermiculture, and resource use to ecosystems, seasons, weather, and more. These programs are age appropriate and include many facets of science, math, language arts, and arts. Off-site lessons focus on the school gardens and the lessons happening within their own classrooms. This may include plant parts, insects, soil, and more with a series of curriculum resources that are provided.
● Follow and adapt developed curriculum to each group needs
● Prepare materials ● Coordinate and plan with teachers (farm and school) and assistant teachers
● Interact with program participants in an enthusiastic and friendly manner
● Facilitate hands-on learning
● Travel to school gardens off site to facilitate outdoor classroom school garden lessons
● Lead at least two on-the-farm programs and two offsite programs, depending on schedule
● Lead at least 6 weeks of a summer camp program
● Assist with record keeping and data collection
● Help maintain the educational garden and educational spaces and materials
● Special projects and other duties as assigned
● BA / BS in Education, Science, Environmental Science or a related discipline or a combination of relevant work experience and education
● Prior experience and knowledge of gardening and sustainable farming practices preferred or willingness to learn more
● 2+ years of elementary teaching experience
● Experience in outdoor education setting with children ages 3-14 preferred
● Willingness to enthusiastically share knowledge about sustainable farming and gardening with students
● Positive “can do” attitude
● Ability to be flexible and function in a fast-paced work environment, working with a team of educators as well as teach and lead classes independently
● Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills
● Familiarity with Google applications (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
● Must have reliable transportation and ability to carry materials to schools (plants, buckets, tools, etc.)
● Must pass CORI/SORI
● Opportunity to develop skills and experience teaching and facilitating outdoor education programs
● Training and ongoing support provided
● Work with a fun, dedicated team of staff and volunteers in a lively collaborative environment
● Spend time outside in beautiful farm and school garden settings
● Occasional farm fresh produce to take home and wonderful farm staff lunches & dinners
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. How to apply: Send resume and email to Curriculum and Program Director, Bruce Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 781-383-6565.