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KRC Executive Director Position Announcement
10/07/2019
 
The Kansas Rural Center (KRC), a nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization promoting a sustainable agriculture and food system, seeks applicants for Executive Director. Since 1979, the Kansas Rural Center has worked to strengthen independent family farms and rural communities. KRC strives to increase ecological farming opportunities that protect the environment and natural resource base, while providing farmers a fair livelihood. In recent years, KRC has expanded its vision to include local and regional food systems and areas of economic development, including renewable energy systems and specialty crop farming. KRC envisions a new social contract that enhances the partnership between rural and urban people, emphasizing appropriately sized, environmentally sound food systems and natural resource stewardship that benefits all citizens.
 
For 40 years, KRC has been the voice for alternative and sustainable agriculture and food systems in the state of Kansas, responding to issues such soil health, pesticide use, pollinators, enterprise diversity, economic concentration, community vitality, beginning farmer issues, climate change, and the direction of federal and state farm and food policy. KRC administers projects promoting:
1) ecological farming and ranching practices-working directly with farm families to adopt management practices that enhance sustainability, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, pollinator habitat, and soil health and diversity;
2) development of local food systems-working with policy makers, specialty crop producers, advocacy networks, and consumers; and
3) community health -working with community members, local governments and other rural organizations to support vibrant rural communities.  
KRC is also active in monitoring federal farm and food policy, as well as state level policies.
 
The Executive Director is responsible for overall programmatic, personnel, administrative and financial matters of the organization. He/she is also the public face and spokesperson for the organization. The Executive Director works closely with the employed and contracted staff to carry out programming commitments, goals and objectives. He/she works with the Board of Directors to fund the organization, develop and set policies and issue positions, and lead the programmatic direction of KRC. The Executive Director must share the philosophical concerns and positions of the Kansas Rural Center and support its mission.
 
See full position announcement HERE.
 
Questions or further information: Contact Stu Shafer, President, Board of Directors [email protected], 785-691-5006
 
To Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, and two  writing samples.
 Please submit via  electronic submission sent to:  mailto:[email protected]     
 
Applications will be accepted until October 30.
 
The Kansas Rural Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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