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Executive Director Sustainable Agriculture Education +1 more

  • Date Posted August 05, 2022
  • Location Berkeley, CA
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

Founded in 2001, SAGE revitalizes sustainable urban-edge agriculture, fosters healthy local and regional food systems, and connects diverse urban communities with the people and places that grow their food.

Through our two linked programs – Urban-Edge Agricultural Revitalization and Urban-Rural Connections – SAGE works to revitalize agricultural places that sustain, contain and define cities and to connect urban and rural communities for their mutual benefit.

Our goals:

  • Cultivate urban-edge places that model sustainable agriculture integrated with resilient communities
  • Broaden the community of supporters for urban-edge farming
  • Provide expertise, resources, tools and convening opportunities that strengthen local and regional food systems, integrated with regional resilience frameworks

As a lean, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization, we use a collaborative approach to develop pioneering projects and provide technical servicesin the Bay Area and beyond. Our partners and clients include public agencies, land trusts, farmers and agricultural associations, planning and economic consultancy firms, public-interest organizations, educators, health experts, and urban and rural community groups.

We work with long-term consultants on many of our projects and for our administrations and development needs.

Job description

Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) is seeking a new Director to take the organization into its next chapter. This is an opportunity to build on SAGE’s many accomplishments, intellectual property, reputation, ongoing projects and broad network, while bringing complementary experience, knowledge, and networks. It is also an opportunity for an individual to bring their own drive and creativity to the entrepreneurial and whole systems approach that Founding Director, Sibella Kraus, has imbued in SAGE. While there is flexibility in direction, the ideal candidate has an extensive background in and a passion for healthy, equitable food systems, resilient communities, and regenerative agriculture.

Sibella and the SAGE Board envision working collaboratively with the new Director during a transition period to develop a high-level strategic plan that will assure financial sustainability and programmatic continuity and growth. The specifics and duration of the transition period will depend on factors including: desires and experience of the new Director in terms of taking over management of current projects; integration of any existing project work of the Director (if applicable); development of new projects; and the hand-over of administrative and development responsibilities. Sibella is available to support the new position in an interim employee position (e.g. Co-Director, Emeritus Director) or in a consultant capacity or, in the future, as a Board member.

Currently, the Director position is supported by a contract bookkeeper, who also takes on some high-level administrative and office management responsibilities, and also by a highly experienced development and communications contractor. In the past, SAGE has employed administrative and programmatic staff (usually part-time), but does not currently. SAGE regularly hires UC Berkeley work study students and graduate students for a range of project assistance, research and project development responsibilities. Along with recruiting for an Executive Director, SAGE is also recruiting for a Project Manager position.

Responsibilities (could be undertaken incrementally, by agreement of the Board and current and incoming ED)

Co-development of a new, three-year strategic plan

Management of current projects (starting with management of selected projects)

● Management of SAGE administration

● Fundraising, development and communications

● Development of new projects

● Participation in SAGE networks and coalitions

● Support for the continued development of a SAGE Nonprofit Consulting group (SAGE CG), a consortium of values-aligned, diverse professionals, with a broad range of multidisciplinary technical skills and experience and a shared commitment to advancing healthy, equitable, and resilient food systems across the U.S.


● Demonstrable leadership, team cohesion, project development and collaboration experience

Multidisciplinary background relevant to resilient food and agriculture systems (e.g. farm business, agronomy, natural sciences, sustainability, economics, policy analysis, health and nutrition, land use, community development, market research, advocacy, communications and messaging)

● Passion for advancing equitable, inclusive, resilient agriculture and food systems, using a collaborative and holistic systems approach to problem solving

● Experience working on local, regional, state and national scales

● Aptitude for the challenges and opportunities of leading a small, entrepreneurial organization, preferably a nonprofit, including familiarity with multiple office software systems

● Excellent communication skills


SAGE’s office is in the David Brower Center in Berkeley on the block between the UC Berkeley campus and the downtown Berkeley BART station. SAGE is the master tenant of a suite which also has three other subtenants. SAGE’s office consists of private office and cubicle space.


$110,000 - $135,000. Depends on experience, including track record with developing and funding projects.

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