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Sustainable Harvest International

Executive Director (Remote Position)

– Ellsworth, Maine
Employment Type Full-Time, Exempt
Compensation $85,000 - $110,000

Might you be our next Executive Director? Please read our Organizational Profile to learn much more about Sustainable Harvest International's vision and this opportunity. 

¿Podrías ser nuestro próximo Director Ejecutivo? Lea nuestro Perfil de la Organización para obtener más información sobre la visión y esta oportunidad de Sustainable Harvest International. ¿Buscando esta descripción del cargo en español? Descarga aquí.

Sustainable Harvest International is a fully remote organization, registered in the State of Maine, USA. Please submit all application materials in English.

Sustainable Harvest International es una organización totalmente remota, registrada en el estado de Maine, los EE. UU. Por favor envíe todos los materiales de solicitud en inglés.

Are you a passionate advocate for rural regenerative agriculture and human development, particularly in Central America, and are you able to spark such enthusiasm in others? Do you have a solid understanding of the links between conventional agriculture, environmental degradation and poverty, as well as a belief in the efficacy of SHI’s innovative approach in changing these outcomes? Do you have experience working directly with and/or designing programs that promote lasting solutions? If so, please keep reading!

In addition to a demonstrated passion for our mission,
you are well-connected in the international development community and have experience in using an array of development techniques to expand financial resources and donor support. If this sounds like you, and you can bring a depth of experience in non-profit management and operations, you may be exactly who we are looking for as our Executive Director!

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) was founded in 1997 to confront the devastating effects of slash-and-burn agriculture on people and the planet, specifically in Central America. The core vision is that the very farmers engaged in destructive agricultural practices can and will change when provided with opportunities to preserve and improve the natural world they depend on. Accordingly, our mission is to preserve the environment by partnering with families to improve well-being through sustainable farming.

SHI was built on the fact that environmental degradation and rural poverty are unavoidably linked, thus the solution must also link the two. We provide local, long-term technical assistance, education, and training to rural farming families throughout Central America. Our proven model equips and empowers low-income farmers with the resources to implement proven alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture, heal and sustain the land for future generations, arrest tropical deforestation, and develop self-supporting and influential communities through small business.  

The new Executive Director will join SHI at a pivotal juncture. The organization is poised for transformative change and committed to continued excellence. The Executive Director will lead the organization in a strategic process to envision, identify, and seize opportunities for expanding our impact by partnering with appropriately aligned organizations. Practiced in change management, the Executive Director will apply innovative thinking and thoughtfully engage diverse stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, donors, local governments, and partner communities and farmers. The Executive Director will play a critical role by elevating the visibility of SHI in various networks that share our vision. Most importantly, the Executive Director will work closely with the senior management team, the Board of Directors, and the Treasurer to achieve the long-term financial sustainability needed to achieve our goals.

As the Executive Director, you will be responsible for the following key areas:

Strategic Vision and Implementation

  • Provide vision and direction in leading SHI’s growth strategy to double our impact in the next five years and scale our reach to one million farms by 2030
  • Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, Director of Strategic Growth, and key advisors and staff to scale our impact and be an agent for change in the sector.
  • Build upon the strength of SHI’s current monitoring, evaluation and learning techniques to further support data-driven program evaluation.
  • Champion innovative, appropriate and lasting solutions in SHI’s program methodology, adhering to the organization’s core values and dedication to deepening impact while remaining flexible and adaptive to changing environments is essential.
  • Position SHI as a thought leader of the regenerative agriculture movement.

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Strengthen SHI’s donor base by working with the Director of Engagement to design and implement fundraising strategies that increase and diversify SHI’s revenue streams.
  • Set and achieve fundraising targets that ensure SHI has the resources required to deliver on strategic goals for growth.
  • Build visibility of SHI’s brand by serving as a thought leader and advocate in the field of international development, regenerative agriculture, and poverty alleviation.
  • Work with senior staff and external vendors to coordinate and execute donor stewardship visits to SHI program sites.

Fiscal Management

  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of SHI by preparing annual budgets and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Be responsible for fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensuring efficient resource utilization and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Direct outsourced accounting professionals for day-to-day bookkeeping and during the annual consolidated audit process, and, in collaboration with the Director of International Programs, ensure that subsidiaries maintain transparent financial management practices.
  • Ensure that overall financial and legal controls and procedures are in place and compliant with all regulatory requirements. Manage and maintain insurance contracts.

Team Leadership and Culture

  • Maintain an efficient, effective, and entrepreneurial remote organizational structure and spirit, while supporting a culture of collaboration, transparency, trust, and accountability.
  • Implement processes to attract, hire and retain diverse, mission-oriented talent, and champion teamwork across the organization by providing effective internal leadership, coaching, performance management, and professional development.
  • Champion effective internal processes that enhance communication, collaboration and decision-making between US and program staff and boards.
  • Model SHI’s values throughout the organization, including sound human resources practices and policies with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Board Partnership and Communication

  • Partner with the Board Chair to plan for Board meetings and updates, providing ongoing reporting on overall organizational performance and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Board committees on a range of strategic initiatives, including identifying and orienting new Board members, fundraising, and supporting governance activities.
  • Inform staff of Board policies and decisions and ensure that they are implemented in a timely and consistent manner.

Operations and Administration

  • Maintain effective oversight and operational efficiency of SHI’s program, development, finance, communications, and strategic growth activities.

  • Work with staff to organize, implement, and maintain electronic filing systems, and manage technology assets and vendor relationships to ensure the ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems and infrastructure.
  • Coordinate the planning and execution of staff meetings, retreats and Board meetings.


  • Held senior leadership position in a growing, best-in-class international non-profit organization, preferably at the Executive Director level or in Development and Fundraising.
  • Successful experience in managing organizational change and scaling up an organization by building management systems, creating successful work plans, forging strategic partnerships, and leveraging resources.
  • Demonstrated passion for and understanding of regenerative agriculture and human development, with a deep commitment to empowering all people to protect the environment. Successful track record in development, and a full understanding of donor engagement and development.
  • Comfortable and effective in the fundraising role, including stewarding major donor relationships, closing significant asks, and navigating relations with institutional donors.
  • Management experience that demonstrates strengths in collaborative leadership, team building, consensus building, and mutual accountability.
  • Proven capacity to coach, manage, and develop high performing, multicultural teams in the delivery of high quality programs.
  • Familiarity with technological resources, particularly for capturing and reporting data on impacts and outcomes, and for managing remote workplace relationships.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, innovative thinking, and balanced temperament to bring to bear in handling challenging issues ranging from administrative details to budget shortfalls to personnel challenges to external relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage operations across multiple remote workplace locations and multiple cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated business savvy, including familiarity with managing financial resources, preparing annual budgets, overseeing annual financial audits, and communicating financial information across different audiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • The ability to translate complex data into a compelling narrative for a variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to cultivate strong board engagement, recruitment, and development.
  • Open to extensive travel, both in the US and internationally.

Passionate about SHI's mission with knowledge of issues surrounding environmental degradation, deforestation, regenerative agriculture, food security, poverty alleviation, and Latin American culture.

Resourceful and innovative, and bring an optimistic, can-do, hands-on approach to achieving big results with limited resources, and respond flexibly as opportunities and events arise.

Able to work effectively independently and on teams, nurture relationships with remote colleagues in various countries and time zones, and promote high performance and accountability within the organization.

Straightforward and self-possessed, one who shares information and feedback readily, listens as well as gives advice, and respects the abilities of others.

Willing to do what it takes, including national and international travel, and long hours when needed.

Salary range is $85,000 - $110,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits – in addition to joining an incredibly dedicated and ambitious team working to save the planet, of course - include a remote office environment (including a monthly stipend for office expenses), flexible work schedule, vacation and personal leave, and 75% subsidized medical, dental and vision benefits. Travel within the US and to Central America will be approximately 25% of your time, with the potential for more depending on your location and the organization’s needs.    

Interested candidates should apply online by submitting a resume and letter of interest through In your letter of interest, please include a description of how your qualifications and experience match the mission and strategic priorities of Sustainable Harvest International. We’d also be interested in knowing how you learned of the position.

Candidates are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

We encourage immigrants, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, and members of any other group that may experience adversity in hiring to apply. Sustainable Harvest International is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please email us at

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  • Location
    Ellsworth, Maine
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time, Exempt
  • Compensation
    $85,000 - $110,000
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