Retreat Farm

Managing Director Finance and Admin | Full Time

Category: Non-profit

Location: 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro, VT, USA


Retreat Farm works to foster a just, healthy, and sustainable community in southern Vermont. We do this work through a series of integrated programs and initiatives that connect people to the land and each other. We believe that the relationship between humans and the land is the foundation of our health, sustenance, and inspiration. We are stewards, not owners, of these lands.  They are the ancestral homelands of the Abenaki.  We believe that respect for this land and one another and the recognition that we are all in this together are essential for human progress and, indeed, our continued existence on the planet.

Our programs utilize the Farm’s entire 650 acres of farmlands, forests, and waters and build upon partnerships with other farms, businesses, and peer organizations to strengthen the region’s food, health, education, recreation, and other community systems.  These lands comprise a vast, resource-rich, and accessible “common” that is open free to the public year-round.

The Farm is a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment serving over 40,000 visitors annually. Over 60% percent live within a 50-mile radius, with visitors coming from more than 500 zip codes. Retreat Farm strives to offer an environment that is dynamic, nurturing, informative, and welcoming to all.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Managing Director, Finance and Admin (MDF) is responsible for protecting Retreat Farm’s physical and financial assets; managing its accounting system, budgets, financial reporting and independent audits; assuring the financial and administrative integrity of its fiscally sponsored partnerships; assuring compliance with all regulatory and legal obligations; supervising restoration contractors;  and assuring adherence by staff and visitors to all internal policies and rules. This position effectively acts at the Chief Financial Officer.

The MDF should be personable, an excellent communicator, and responsive to the needs of the organization and team. Energetic, self-motivated and detail-oriented, he or she must be able to keep up with the brisk pace of our projects, strive for quality and efficiency and maintain excellent records.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Physical Asset Management

  • Supervise maintenance of the Farm’s nine historic buildings and, prospectively, an adjacent 34,000 square foot food hub.
  • Manage building restoration and renovation projects, including contractors.

 

Financial Asset Management

  • Maintain and ensure the integrity and utility of the Farm’s accounting system, financial records, insurance coverage, bank accounts and investments and ensure blemish-free independent, annual audits.
  • Produce and manage Retreat Farm’s annual operating budget, meeting regularly with operating managers and the board to ensure proper tracking and performance. 

Fiscal Sponsorships

The MDF will develop and manage financial, accounting, compliance and reporting systems, ensure the fiscal integrity, and facilitate the ultimate independence of two highly visible land reclamation initiatives as follows

  • An initiative of local Black leaders to establish a farm, educational and healing resources to promote health, justice and food sovereignty of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our region.
  • An initiative of the southern Vermont Abenaki community to establish and celebrate cultural resources and tribal identity on Retreat Farm property and elsewhere in the region.

 

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

  • Manage relations with the state and Town of Brattleboro with respect to property taxes and/or other fees and payments.
  • Ensure compliance with respect to federal, state and local regulations and permits, and grants’ requirements.

 

Administration

 

  • Oversee HR, safety, and other policy development and ensure proper administration by operating managers and compliance by all staff.

 

  • Manage and ensure utility of all office systems and equipment.


REPORTING

The MDF will report to the Executive Director, directly supervise the Accounting Manager and Buildings & Trails Manager, and work closely with the:

  • Managing Director Impact and Community: responsible for revenue-generation, fundraising, institutional relations, events and gatherings, arts, and marketing;
  • Managing Director Programs and Stewardship: responsible for farming, forests, trails and waters, education and food-security programs;
  • Director of Philanthropy: responsible for fundraising, donor cultivation, and grants management; and
  • Retreat Farm Board of Directors.


CRITICAL ATTRIBUTES OF MDF

The idea candidate 

  • Has extensive experience in financial management, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an analytical mind;
  • Can easily develop sound financial models and projections that support the decision making process;
  • Has a demonstrated interest in rural community development, environmental preservation, social and economic justice;
  • Is a strong communicator and leader who is collaborative, listens and distills information, and makes thoughtful recommendations; and
  • Has an intrinsic need to contribute as part of a cohesive team of changemakers.

 

Retreat Farm believes that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving our goals. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain staff who reflect the diverse communities we serve. All candidates who meet the qualification requirements are encouraged to apply.

Retreat Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

 

ABOUT RETREAT FARM, LTD.

Founded in 2015, Retreat Farm, Ltd. is an independent 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.  The commitment of the Farm’s staff, board, members, donors, and community of support is essential for maintaining and improving this public resource and making it accessible to the thousands of visitors who find joy and comfort in this space.

Deadline:

To Apply:

To be considered, please email a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in Retreat Farm to lfahey@retreatfarm.org.