SGN Executive Director Position

The School Garden Network of Sonoma County

Executive Director Job Description


The School Garden Network (SGN) is dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable garden and nutrition-based learning programs in K-12 schools throughout Sonoma County. Since 2003, SGN has awarded more than $130,000 in grants and resources to over 30 schools, impacting thousands of students and teachers. School gardens offer a unique, hands-on learning environment where children learn about nutrition, create life-long healthy habits, learn how to grow food, and connect with nature.

The Executive Director is an energetic, passionate person with professional leadership experience to inspire and manage the School Garden Network of Sonoma County. The Executive Director is fully committed to SGN’s mission, and works effectively with an active Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to fulfill SGN’s unique role in the local garden-based learning community.



Leadership and Management

  • Inspire and support the Board of Directors (BOD) and working committees
  • Oversee general operations of SGN, motivating and managing SGN staff, BOD, and volunteers
  • Work with BOD to develop and implement strategic planning, recommend timelines, and resources needed to achieve goals
  • Work with BOD to recruit new Board members
  • Work with BOD to hire new staff members as needed


Fundraising and Accounting

  • Work with BOD to refine fundraising plan, develop materials, and set fundraising goals
  • Lead efforts to implement fundraising plan, including through securing grants, contracts, sponsorships, in-kind donations and individual giving
  • Maintain donor and volunteer database
  • Form new partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations with related organizations to leverage resources
  • Develop and manage annual budgets in coordination with the SGN Treasurer
  • Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work while maintaining a healthy level of reserves



  • Serve as the public face of SGN at meetings, conferences, public relations, and fundraising events
  • Report to BOD on a regular basis, act as a liaison between the BOD and the rest of the         organization
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with other non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies
  • Update and refine all aspects of communication strategy, i.e., materials, events, annual report, newsletters, website, etc. with the support of SGN staff


Grants Management

  • Ensure that all project requirements of grants are being met and regularly update grant deliverables documents
  • Write progress and final reports for donors
  • Track project finances
  • Maintain communication with donor organizations
  • Serve as contact person for grant inquiries and all other grant-related correspondence
  • Oversee grant timeline and reports to Program Committee as needed
  • Provide brief grant update reports at Board meetings


Program Management

  • Develop and refine evaluation tools for SGN programs
  • Maintain communication and collect invoices and reports from contractors and subcontractors
  • Work with BOD and grants committee to select grantee schools
  • Maintain communication with grantee schools
  • Ensure the development and implementation of strong program evaluation procedures and measureable outcomes consistent with SGN’s mission and goals
  • Ensure effective systems to track and evaluate program components, to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the BOD, funders, and other constituents


Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, the mission of School Garden Network
  • Experience managing a team of staff and volunteers
  • Past success with fund resource development, including grant writing and developing individual and corporate giving
  • A strong network of individuals and institutions active or interested in SGN’s field of practice
  • Track record as an effective communicator who speaks persuasively, writes clearly, and listens attentively
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours at times, including evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain a collegial and positive work environment with high morale, professional standards, and productivity
  • Proven successful track record of managing multiple projects and grants
  • Experience with marketing the message of an organization through presentations, online tools and organizational literature

This is a part-time contractual position for 15 hours per week, $40/hour.

To Apply: Send your resume/C.V., a cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references (preferably 2 or whom are current/former supervisors) to References should include their names, title, organization, professional relationship to you, email and phone number. Application deadline is February 9, 2016.