Executive Director, Berkeley Sustainable Food Systems Institute

Posted in on 01/30/2013

University of California Berkeley

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Application Review Date
Applications due: No later than Friday, March 1, 2013.
Departmental Overview
The University of California, Berkeley is the preeminent public university in the country. We are also one of the leading employers in the San Francisco Bay Area.The Berkeley Sustainable Food Systems Institute is an exciting new program that connects the College of Natural Resources (CNR), the Graduate School of Journalism (J-School), Berkeley Law (Boalt) and the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP). These academic units on the campus are partnering to create an interdisciplinary/cross-campus institute that will conduct research and develop policy recommendations and public outreach campaigns designed to transform the current US and global food system to one that is sustainable and affordable for future generations, here and abroad.The Institute is in the early stages of development, with start-up funding from a small group of individual and foundation donors who are committed to the project long term. The Executive Director (ED) will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the Institute, in collaboration with a governing Executive Committee. It is assumed that the Institute will be well established in 2013 and continue to grow over the next several years, incorporating more colleges and programs/ departments on campus and expanding research and community outreach programs.
The ED will have a leadership role in independently managing and developing a large, complex academic program of high visibility. In consultation with the Faculty Directors of the Berkeley Sustainable Food Systems Institute, the ED is charged with the development, administration and management of a cross-college research Institute and is responsible for developing and managing resources that maximize contributions to the missions of the Institute and to the University of California. Specifically, the ED will:•   Establish the vision and long term strategies for the Institute in collaboration with Faculty Directors and Executive Committee; and  develop, implement and manage programs, partnerships and research projects that generate external support sufficient to ensure the Institute’s growth over the next five years;•   Manage all day-to-day operations of the Institute;

•   Develop broad-based, university-wide participation in the Institute activities;

•   Design and implement an effective communications program to  brand and market the Institute effectively across campus,  and in the policy arena in sustainable agriculture and food issues outside of academia;

•   Fundraise effectively to meet or exceed the annual operating budget; and

•   Manage a small staff and the Executive Committee and develop and manage an advisory board.

Required Qualifications
•   Extensive management experience in a non-profit agency or academic institution. Excellent leadership abilities to oversee multiple functions and manage team.•   Demonstrated ability to build effective programs and engage the public.•   Extensive knowledge of food and agriculture issues, food policy, and economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of the food system.

•   Ability to communicate and interact effectively with a broad constituency, including faculty, researchers, scientists, program/center managers, staff, students, funding agencies, community members, NGOs and government agencies, individual donors and media in a multicultural setting.

•   Expert oral and written communication skills.

•   Experience in developing effective external communications, PR and marketing strategies, including web, social media, and media relationships, and development of marketing/fundraising materials.

•   Expertise in developing internal communications, including coordinating and facilitating effective meetings, establishing communications protocols and ensuring key stake holders are well informed of program development at all times

•   Experience in managing an annual operating budget of $500,000 – 1.5 million

•   Expert fundraising experience, including identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts, producing events, and writing grants to foundations and government agencies.

•   Ability to manage productive collaborations between multiple agencies; demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative program and research agendas

•   Professional demeanor, attention to detail, ability to act decisively.


•   Advanced degree (i.e., MBA, JD, PhD, or related).

•   Extensive knowledge of food and agriculture issues, food policy, and economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of the food system.

Preferred Qualifications
•   Senior-level management experience is preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Salary range: $89,800 – $133,200, comensurate with experience.For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/benefits_of_belonging.pdf
How to Apply
To apply, go to http://blu.berkeley.edu/Applications should include in pdf format a cover letter, resume, 3 writing samples and a list of 3 reference names with phone numbers and email addresses. Early applications are encouraged.

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