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E-M:/ FW: MIFFS is seeking a new Executive Director!

Enviro-Mich message from "Michael DiRamio" <diramiom@ewashtenaw.org>

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Position Announcement
Executive Director
Michigan Integrated Food & Farming Systems
Founded in 1998, Michigan Integrated Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) is a statewide membership-based organization (501 c-3) whose purpose is to catalyze and support the development of sustainable food and agriculture systems.  MIFFS has a history of fostering and managing effective collaborations that create and support more sustainable food and agriculture systems for producers and consumers in Michigan. An underlying assumption of our work is that agricultural productivity, environmental stewardship, and profitability, reinforce each other for the benefit of Michigan's rural and urban communities. 


MIFFS principal priorities over the next three to five years are to assure continued funding for and implementation of four programmatic areas including (1) Growing Market Opportunities, (2) Multicultural Farmers, (3) Local Food Connections, and (4) Agricultural Stewardship and Sustainable Production. We are currently developing stronger capacity in areas of organizational management including communications and evaluation.  In addition, the organization is taking swift and bold steps to move itself into a stronger position as an organization with statewide impact and a more self-sustaining funding portfolio. MIFFS currently manages a $700,000 annual budget for its programs and operations.  


For a full description of the position and its responsibilities, please visit: http://www.miffs.org/asp/jobposting.asp?st_id=14.  The Executive Directorship is a full-time position.


Ideal candidates for this position will:

¨      Provide visionary leadership to a dynamic growing organization seeking to realize its potential as a critical force and resource for transforming Michigan's food and agriculture system.

¨      Have a creative entrepreneurial spirit that combines social activism with a proven on-the-ground business approach to non-profit sustainability. 

¨      Be an effective manager of a dedicated support team that is comprised of a diverse professional staff, contractors and a volunteer Council (Board of Directors)

¨      Have a passion for and competency in collaborative partnering, relationship building with all relevant stakeholder groups, including industry, government, educational institutions, NGO's, consumers, and funding partners.

¨      Be able to use leveraging and organizational positioning for maximum effectiveness in creating change.

¨      Understand the relationship of local efforts to effective systemic change in the food system, particularly where resources are scarce.

¨      Be an excellent communicator dedicated to deep listening, transparency, and accountability for and within the organization.

¨      Be comfortable with a flexible and dynamic work schedule that includes some overnight travel.


The executive director must be based in Michigan.  The current headquarters is in East Lansing.  MIFFS will consider proposals for an alternative basing location from exceptionally well-qualified candidates.


To apply, email your resume and cover letter  to MIFFS Search Committee Chair, Michael DiRamio, diramiom@ewashtenaw.org, or mail to MIFFS Search Committee Chair, Michael DiRamio, 513 W. Huron Street #3, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  E-mail applications are preferred.


Application deadline is April 29, 2005.  Position start date is mid June 2005


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