About the Organization
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (“Oxbow” or “The Center”) is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable farming and responsible land use. Located on 230 acres in Carnation, Washington, Oxbow’s mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. Principals Tom Alberg and Judi Beck have, since 1997, led Oxbow’s transformation from a small family farm to the diversified nonprofit it is today, with recognized leadership in community-engaged organic agriculture, native plant production and research, stewardship practices, and educational programs that connect kids to nature.
Oxbow uniquely leverages its physical place to focus on the intersection between agriculture and ecology – how farmers can reconcile the need to use our land to support our livelihoods while also protecting and strengthening the land for long-term resiliency – in an area that has seen rapid demographic change. This is a big mission with implications locally, nationally, and worldwide. “We do a lot of things” is a prominent statement at Oxbow that highlights how the organization catalyzes around its mission. Oxbow has grown to employ 19 year-round employees and operates on a $1.6 million annual budget. Located just 35 minutes from Seattle, thousands of people throughout the Pacific Northwest enjoy visiting Oxbow each year for education programs, special events, workshops, an annual fundraising dinner, and Oxtober, a popular month-long fall festival.
Each of Oxbow’s business branches contribute to the common mission of this landmark organization. Annually, Oxbow reaches 7,000 students through environmental education programs, grows 43 different organic crops and donates nearly 6,000 lbs of produce to local hunger relief agencies, and propagates 150 different native plant species for restoration projects and a variety of landscapes. With the right candidate, Oxbow will continue to grow, expand, and magnify its impact.
Candidates should have at least five years’ experience as a senior leader in a nonprofit or for-profit organization. Professional experience as a key spokesperson for an organization and reporting to a Board of Directors is preferred. Candidates should have strong people, operational, and financial management skills.