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Current Open Positions

Position Title: Executive Director

FLSA Status & Schedule: Full Time/Exempt; flexible schedule

Supervisor’s Title: Institute Board of Directors

Starting Salary: DOE

To Apply: Any qualified candidates interested in the position can please send their resume confidentially to:


The Institute is the non-profit sister organization to the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute’s mission is to advocate for farmers, ranchers, and other land-based producers; provide equitable access to fresh, local food; own and operate a year-round venue for the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market; and manage programs to help sustain a profitable, locally based agricultural community.


The Executive Director (ED) assumes executive responsibility for leading the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute (Institute), directing all aspects of operations, and overseeing internal systems and processes, allowing the Institute to achieve business results that consistently, over time, contribute to the operating reserve and ensure the programmatic impact and financial health of the organization.

The ED ensures well planned implementation and growth of the Institute in accordance with its mission, vision, plans, and policies adopted by the Board of Directors; provides leadership to the staff; and acts as the face of the organization in the community. The role requires a close working relationship with the sister organization, the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

The ED reports to and partners with the Board of Directors.


  • Programs: Coordinate with Program Director, Program Committee and Santa Fe Farmers’ Market (Market) staff and vendors to develop and implement mission-consistent programming, including interfacing with Microloan Committee to facilitate vendor microloans.
  • Development: Coordinate with Development and Communications Director and Development Committee to create and implement annual development plan to generate funds to support programming and other aspects of operations, including grant writing.
  • Personnel: In coordination with Operations Director, develop and retain a diverse staff, and monitor development and implementation of personnel policies, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Market Relations: Steward the relationships with the Market board of directors, Market CEO and staff, and Market vendors.
  • External Relations: Engage with external organizations and partners to further Institute’s interests.
  • Finance: Work with Operations Director, contracted accounting firm, and Finance Committee to develop, implement and monitor annual budget and financial policies and procedures; oversee completion of the annual audit and 990.
  • Board of Directors: Provide Board with recommendations on the future strategic direction, structure, resources, and management of the Institute and lead implementation of approved recommendations. Grow the Board of Directors and Committees to meet the needs of the organization, including training and participating in committee work.
  • Building Management: Together with Operations Director, oversee landlord/tenant relations and leases, coordinate with master landlord Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp., and collaborate with Building Manager to address short and longer-term building needs.
  • Other duties as assigned. Specific tasks will be reviewed periodically and revised to meet Institute’s needs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least five years nonprofit leadership experience required. Though nonprofit
    experience is preferred, equivalent experience in related fields may be
  • Aware and respectful of local culture, farming traditions and food policy.
  • Organized and inspiring team leader.
  • Experience working with nonprofit boards.
  • Ability to bring effective leadership to planning, problem solving, and decision
  • Experience analyzing financial information for budgeting and planning
  • Knowledge of commercial leasing and building management skills a plus.
  • Superb written, verbal, and people skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.
  • Competent in MS Office and G-suite products (Gmail, Google Drive etc.).


  • Our organizations ENVISION a vital and sustainable regional agricultural system by upholding our missions to care for the environment, the local economy, and the people of our community.
  • We demonstrate INTEGRITY by endeavoring to ensure Market products are the highest-quality and locally produced.
  • We demonstrate EQUITY by embracing the diversity of the community, through increasing food access, and by prioritizing bilingual communication for customers and vendors.
  • We demonstrate COMMUNITY by offering programs that honor diversity, convening farmers markets reflective of our northern New Mexico community, and through the Market as a hub of social interaction.
  • We demonstrate COOPERATION by nurturing healthy working relationships among Market and Institute teams, and through our extensive collaborative, community partnerships and outreach.
  • We demonstrate KINDNESS through our commitment to respectful social interactions with each other and with visitors to the Market.