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Groundswell is Hiring a New Executive Director!

Our Executive Director (ED) is the operational strategic leader who lays the groundwork for the organization. You will emphasize and develop racially-just, equitable and sustainable local food and farming systems. This position is an opportunity for you to make a difference in how agricultural systems work and who they work to support. The Groundswell community will provide you with a collaborative space to drive critical resources toward diverse food producers to bring equity and justice in agriculture closer to reality. If the prospect of this excites you, we’d love to hear from you.

Groundswell seeks a warm and open individual with demonstrated experience in:

  • equity, justice, and grassroots organizing
  • budget management and nonprofit fundraising
  • non-profit organizational leadership and management
  • sustainable agriculture, local and regional food systems and food justice

You will hold skills and knowledge acquired and developed through practical work experience and a curiosity that fosters continued learning and growth:

  • finding the positive in people and organizations
  • Lead as part of a team, equal stakeholder, effective communicator
  • Leadership qualities: collaborative, empathetic, relationship management, self-awareness


For more details about the responsibilities and qualifications of this position, please see the full Executive Director job description.


Employment Status: This is a full-time 40 hour/week, salaried position based in Ithaca, NY and funded in part by grants. Continuation of the position is contingent upon annual performance reviews and funding.


Salary & Benefits: Salary is $68,000. Competitive health and paid time off benefits provided.


How to Apply: Review the full Executive Director Job Description. Please provide a cover letter and résumé to the Executive Search Committee at Be sure to address how your work and lived experiences speak to Groundswell Center’s core values.


Groundswell’s mission is to empower people from diverse backgrounds with skills, knowledge, and access to resources, so we can work together to build a more just, sustainable food system.


Contractual and VOlunteer Opportunities

Interested in joining a Groundswell Leadership Committee or the Board of Directors? Learn more here.


Also check out our on-farm volunteer opportunities.


Groundswell Center is an equal opportunity employer. Employees are hired on the basis of their merit, ability and experience without regard to race, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.


“do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.”

- Edward Abbey, noted author and environmentalist