Executive Director

Beacon, New York, United States


About Hudson Valley Seed

Hudson Valley Seed (HVS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides supplementary education to elementary students in the mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York State. HVS educators integrate nutrition education and experiential learning into public school classrooms by bringing over 60 K-5 classes each week out to school gardens to read and write, learn math and science, taste new vegetables, and learn about health and wellness.

Through hands-on learning, dynamic living classrooms, and engaged students and teachers, Hudson Valley Seed is raising the bar of academic achievement one school at a time. We currently serve more than 3,000 students a year in seven elementary schools. Because HVS lessons are fully integrated into New York State’s Common Core curriculum, garden lessons are taught year-round as part of the public school day and contribute to classroom academic success. The ED will continue to guide Hudson Valley Seed’s internal and external operations so that they contribute to a socially just world for the students, teachers, parents, and community members Hudson Valley Seed serves.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has strategic and operational responsibility for HVS’s nonprofit staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The ED will lead and manage fundraising operations, and will build and deepen relationships with HVS’s existing and new constituents.


All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Degree in related field or 5+ years at a senior level in a similar organization.

The Executive Director must also demonstrate competence in the following:

As an organization, HVS values accountability, integrity and community as essential to fulfilling our mission of educating children in school gardens. The most competitive candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of organizational culture and systems thinking, will have a high attention to detail and relationship management, and will be able to work independently. S/he/they will have a great sense of humor with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment.

HVS is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. People of color, gender oppressed people, working class people, LGBTQ people and immigrants are encouraged to apply. HVS prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.


Three weeks paid vacation, contribution towards an HRA/FSA or health insurance plan, paid sick/personal leave, and a fantastic team environment.

Salary range is $60,000 - $70,000, depending on experience.

Applications reviewed as they are received.

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