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Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

We are always looking for passionate, hard-working people to join our team.  Below are positions we are currently filling:

Full and Part Time Employment Opportunities

Position Title: Executive Director

Organization: The Land Connection
Location: Champaign, Illinois

Reports To: The Land Connection's Board of Directors

Employment Status: Salaried Exempt/Full-Time, includes vacation/sick days and health insurance

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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Summary Job Description

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for all aspects of managing The Land Connection (TLC), including the office and employees, programming, and finances. The ED is responsible for raising revenue to support TLC’s mission and goals through grant writing and cultivation of relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals. Working closely with staff, the ED will be responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating farmer training, the Champaign Farmers’ Market, food access programming, and other education and outreach programs.  The ED develops and maintains the organizational budget, and tracks income and expenses.  The ED will partner with staff to develop and achieve the overall goals and strategic plan of TLC and will actively participate in all aspects of the organization.

Primary Areas of Responsibility:

  • Grant Writing and Management (35-40% effort)
    • Research and write grants to support all TLC programming, including farmer training, the Champaign Farmers’ Market, and local food promotion
    • Develop grant budgets based on work required
    • Develop relationships with other NGO’s and local educational institutions, in order to gain access to new funding streams through collaborative grants
    • Manage implementation of the statement of work in grants received
    • Supervise the grant files, grant tracking, and required grant reports
    • Maintain a grants calendar that includes grant reporting deadlines
  • Community/Donor/Fundraising Development and Management (20% effort)
    • Build name recognition and support for TLC and its programs by interacting with a wide variety of people, including farmers, donors, media, and other similar organizations in the community and beyond
    • Network locally and regionally with foundations, organizations, and individuals to grow TLC’s donor base and fundraising capabilities
    • Establish and maintain relationships with partners/allied organizations and individuals
    • Expand TLC’s relationships with local organizations and media
    • Ensure that the website for TLC is well-maintained, and updated regularly with fresh content
  • Fundraising Campaign Development (15-20% effort)
    • Diversify the organization’s income streams to reduce its dependence on grant funds
    • Oversee, plan, direct, implement, and execute annual fundraising efforts, including fundraising events, annual appeal direct mail and electronic campaign, and other seasonal events and campaigns
  • Financial Analysis and Management (15% effort)
    • Create and manage organizational budget
    • Track income and expenses
    • Track and manage grant income and spending, and oversee financial grant reporting
    • Perform or assign all general accounting activities in accordance with standard accounting practices, and within the guidelines of TLC Fiscal Policies
    • Ensure Fiscal Policies are carried out by all staff and in all organizational operations. Advise the Finance Committee when changes in operations require policy changes
    • Oversee annual audit process
    • Produce monthly financial reports , ensuring the accuracy of all financial transactions
    • Manage all financial activity related to programming to ensure accuracy of financial reporting and that budget goals are met
  • Personnel and Program Management (10% effort):
    • Actively supervise staff to ensure smooth and efficient operation
    • Build and maintain a supportive environment to boost morale, increase productivity, and maximize staff retention
    • Work with staff to develop incentives to increase overall job satisfaction
    • Develop staff in order to increase organization capacity
    • Direct and manage staff to develop farmer training, farmers’ market, and education and outreach programs. Hire and/or manage staff as needed and as funds allow
    • Manage hiring and administration of all outside contractors ensuring all projects are completed according to organization’s specification; record all payouts to contractors for timely 1099 production
    • Manage payroll activities and communicate timesheet information to bookkeeper
    • Manage day-to-day operations of TLC
  • Strategic Planning (2.5% effort)
    • Collaborate with the board with input from staff to develop long-term strategic goals
    • Fulfill the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the organization
    • Work closely with Program Managers and Outreach/Marketing Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate a communications plan
  • Board Communication (2.5% effort)
    • Attend board meetings
    • Provide the board with monthly reports on finances, organizational activities, potential problems, and notable achievements
    • Maintain close communication with the Board of Directors between meetings
    • Assist board committees on tasks relating to programming and other relevant areas

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated successful grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to network with new and existing donors and project collaborators
  • Professional experience in fundraising and donor stewardship
  • Experience leading a staff or team of at least 3 individuals
  • Experience with non-profits
  • Experience working with diversified funding streams (grants, foundations, donations, sponsorships, etc.)
  • Experience with local food systems, including local agriculture, farming, and farmers’ markets
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Motivated self-starter with a proven ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, inter-personal communication, and presentation
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, and a working knowledge of database and financial software
  • Experience developing and maintaining electronic file structures
  • Proficient at online research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience overseeing/managing a non-profit organization (or similar)
  • Ability to partner with staff to achieve results
  • Existing relationships with central-Illinois farmers and local food organizations
  • Existing relationships with local businesses and leaders
  • Familiarity with the work of The Land Connection

Application Information

  • Please email your resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to
  • Please use the following subject line: Executive Director Application
  • Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 11, 2017 (Interviews may occur prior to the deadline.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received).


Volunteers and Interns

Special projects for unpaid interns are always a possibility - please contact us if you are interested. Please send a letter of interest, an up to date resume, and a writing sample (optional, not to exceed four pages). We keep a list of interested volunteers for occasional project assistance as well.