SPACE on Ryder Farm, Executive Director

Space on Ryder Farm - Brewster, New York - Full time


SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 226-year old family homestead in Putnam County, New York. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast. SPACE’s artistic philosophy is simple: artists and social activists need the time and space to do what they do best – create. Through signature artistic residency programs, SPACE strives to create a singular environment on Ryder Farm, one that eliminates obstacles to creation. Since SPACE’s founding, 1,500 artists have gone through the residency program and beginning in 2017, the organization has committed to granting 50% of residencies to people of color and other underrepresented voices. In addition to its artist residency model, SPACE’s agricultural programs are dedicated to the idea that access to healthy food is a basic human right.

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SPACE on Ryder Farm (SPACE) is at a critical moment in the life of the organization with the Co-Founder and long-time Executive Director, Emily Simoness, stepping down from the ED role. In this time of transition, SPACE is seeking an experienced leader and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into its next chapter. The Executive Director will be primarily responsible for the organization’s direction and vision, the management of senior staff, and furthering SPACE’s equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and anti-racism principles.

The ideal Executive Director candidate will be someone who can align strategy and programming with the necessary resources; who can build a collaborative culture where staff are supported, sustained, and held accountable for their goals; and who has a passion for the arts, farming and/or hospitality. This person will also bring a demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice, and experience building and retaining high-quality, diverse teams.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors at SPACE on Ryder Farm.


The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Foster a collegial, professional environment where strategy, programming, systems, and communications are well developed and maintained;
  • Develop the vision and mission of the organization and refine, as needed, to meet changing external and internal dynamics in partnership with the Board of Directors and senior staff;
  • Lead fundraising and partner with the Chief Development Officer, the Board of Directors, and donors to secure and allocate the resources necessary for SPACE to continue to support the depth, breadth and quality of its programs;
  • Manage senior staff,acting not only as a supervisor but also as a coach and consensus builder, remaining deeply committed to the values of developing and bringing out the strengths of all of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s people while holding them accountable for their goals and desired outcomes;
  • Partner with the SPACE on Ryder Farm board in the recruitment, support and development of board members, ensuring the use of best practices in governance and each person’s talents are recognized and leveraged to the fullest;
  • Share the voice of SPACE on Ryder Farm with the broader community, connecting personally with all stakeholders (residency program participants, staff, and Board members) and representing the organization with local community leaders, external partners, funders and other supporters;
  • Participate in SPACE’s culture of radical hospitality by sharing lunch and/or dinner with SPACE team and residency program participants.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Commitment to SPACE on Ryder Farm’s mission, values, and evolving model.
  • Ability to lead SPACE's staff with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Experience with fundraising and overseeing a strong financial program.
  • Experience operationalizing a vision and strategic plan, continually assessing, monitoring progress, and making adjustments.
  • Cultural and operational dexterity; able to move across a variety of stakeholder groups.
  • Experience galvanizing staff culture.
  • A deep understanding of and compassion for change management.
  • Nonprofit background preferred, including senior level program, administrative, or executive experience.
  • Demonstrated success in juggling multiple projects and competing priorities across multiple teams with attention to detail.


SPACE on Ryder Farm offers a salary range from $138,000 to $165,000 and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time-off, a 401K, a health insurance salary match with proof of outside healthcare, and a work-issued computer, etc.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ron Rapatalo at

SPACE’s values are equity, inclusion, support and radical hospitality. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment. As an equal opportunity employer we are committed to employment practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

SPACE strongly encourages individuals from marginalized and underrepresented groups to apply. SPACE on Ryder Farm is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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C Level Executive Leadership

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Senior Level

Space on Ryder Farm

Our mission is to create an environment and contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation. We are committed to granting 50% of residencies to POC and other underrepresented voices. Our programs are dedicated to providing healthy food to all.
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