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President and Chief Executive Officer Belfast and Portland, ME

Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), a vibrant, multifaceted organization committed to the future of farming and a national leader in farmland protection and access work, seeks their next President. At a time when farmers face great challenges and increasing development pressures, MFT seeks a leader to implement an ambitious strategic plan to accelerate the pace and scale of their work to meet the most pressing challenges facing Maine farms today. This is a tremendous and challenging opportunity for an innovative, committed leader and ambassador to play a critical role in preserving the thriving agricultural landscape across the state of Maine.

Since its founding in 1999 by a group of committed farmers and advocates, MFT has helped preserve more than 60,000 acres of farmland and supported over 830 farm families across the state. MFT is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting farmland from potential development and keeping land affordable to farmers, in turn, revitalizing Maine's spectacular rural landscape. Today, MFT has expanded its program areas to not only protect Maine farmland, but increase farm viability by helping farmers thrive and raising public awareness about the important role farms play in communities. Thoughtfully developed to fill the needs of farmers, landowners, and local food markets in Maine, MFT's program areas include farmland protection, farmland access, farm viability, and public outreach, policy, and research. The organization is widely respected for its tradition of farmland protection and stewardship, its expertise, dedicated staff, and fiscal strength with philanthropic foundation support.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will lead a multifaceted organization with a rich history, a vital mission, and considerable promise for the future. The President reports to a 13- member Board of Directors and oversees an operating budget of $9 million and a staff of 34 based out of Portland and Belfast. Yearly fundraising goals for the next President will be between $8 to $10 million a year in efforts to support current philanthropic grant matching commitments through the next five years. The position calls for an energizing, strategic leader, and spokesperson who is deeply committed to Maine Farmland Trust mission for fostering farming, farmland protection, and the future of farming in Maine. Candidates should bring strengths in management, fundraising, and communications along with high integrity, intellectual breadth, political savvy, and an enterprising spirit.

Karen McPhedran is leading this search with Karen Wilcox.

Maine Farmland Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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