Deputy Director

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Deputy Director


Center for an Agricultural Economy
140 Junction Road
Hardwick, VT 05843
United States


Are you interested in local agriculture, economy, and food? 

Are you passionate about collaboration, shared leadership and organizational accountability?  

Do you want to work with a dynamic, collaborative team of other passionate people within an organization that values you as a whole person? 

Do you have expertise in a diversity of skills, including but not limited to: community organizing, operations, fundraising, education, communications, social justice, and food systems? 

The Center for an Agricultural Economy seeks a Deputy Director who brings organizational leadership that will support and further develop the human and operational resources of our organization. Working with our wide breadth of services, multiple community programs and complex food hub enterprises, the job includes:

  • Facilitating a supportive workplace for thriving staff, cross-functional coordination and teamwork across CAE departments, programs, and initiatives. 
  • Fostering a learning culture grounded in meaningful data and measurable impact to inform future strategic thinking and decision making
  • Representing CAE in statewide and regional conversations to deepen partnerships that elevate critical priorities in values-based food system development.



Position: Deputy Director

Reports to: Executive Director 

Schedule: Full time or 80%, primarily on site with some opportunity for periodic remote work

Compensation: Minimum salary is $75,000/year full time. 

Benefits: Generous paid time off, SIMPLE IRA, Qualified Small Employer HRA, Employer-paid short-term disability and life insurance, professional development compensation


At CAE we dig into the rich, layered place where industry, natural processes, and social fabric intersect. We are always investigating how we can create conditions for socially, economically and ecologically thriving communities. We work alongside our neighbors and partners to cultivate interdependence, take risks, and initiate change. Our programs reflect the needs and values of the people in Northeastern Vermont, and our impact extends throughout the region. We invite you to participate in our work to create a rural food system in which everyone has agency, support, and access to local food. We’re seeking an experienced and visionary professional who can bring comprehensive and collaborative organizational leadership to this essential role. For more information visit

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To Apply:

Email with your resume and tell us more about yourself in a format that conveys your skills and passions most applicable to you. You may include a cover letter but no cover letter is required. You may also tell us more about yourself by answering any of the following questions: How do our mission and values resonate with you personally; what do you find interesting, challenging or exciting about this role; do you have any life experiences that you'd like to share as it relates to this position. Let us know if you have any questions! Please include ‘Deputy Director’ in your email subject line. Applicants who go on to interview with us will also be asked to provide references. This position is open until filled.


Hiring Process

A hiring team that includes CAE staff and board will lead the process and participate in first and second round interviews. Second round candidates will tour CAE spaces at Atkins Field, the Vermont Food Venture Center, and the CAE Farm Connex warehouse to meet and interact with other staff. Interview questions will be shared with applicants ahead of interviews. CAE is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and will provide support to candidates in any way that assures everyone's best experience in the hiring process. In keeping with our commitment, CAE will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our Administrative Operations Coordinator at Please let us know if you have preferred pronouns and method of communication.