Updated January 27, 2017

I. JPI Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (JPI) is pleased to announce that they have launched a search to provide the Institute with a new Executive Director. The search will remain open until new leadership is hired.

For questions, please do not call the JPI office. Rather, send an email to Pat Frazier, the JPI Board President, at with “New Executive Leadership” as the subject line.

To apply, please use the same email address and subject line shown above to send the following information:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References with their name, title, phone, email, and brief description of your professional relationship to them

The job description for the JPI Executive Director is presented below. You may also download: JPI_Job Description EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR_1.27.17


Position Summary:  With the support and guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (JPI) serves as the lead representative of the organization to the greater biodynamic community in North America and beyond. Entrusted with the privilege of guiding JPI toward the fulfillment of its mission and the unfolding of its vision, the Executive Director works full-time as the on-site senior manager and administrator over all JPI programming and operations. Programmatic responsibilities include biodynamic preparation production and distribution, the JPI Farm, and biodynamic preparation education and research. The Executive Director is also responsible for the general administration of all operating activities including fundraising, communications, fiscal management, and special projects.

Reports To: The Executive Director reports to the President of the JPI Board of Directors.


Five-Year Strategic Goals: The JPI Board of Directors has identified three key projects that are vital to the future of JPI as a national headquarters for biodynamic preparations —

1. Development of our recently purchased 25-acre property into a Demeter certified farm organism

2. Development and implementation of an improved distribution plan for all preparations

3. Active participation in growing a vibrant network of national, regional, and local relationships for the shared purpose of strengthening the biodynamic community and the practice of biodynamic preparation-making

Working in alignment with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will provide the passion, commitment, and abilities to lead JPI in the development and implementation of a five-year strategic plan focused on achieving these three critical goals.

General Operations, Programming & Special Projects: The Executive Director, serving as senior manager and administrator for all JPI programming and operations, is responsible for overseeing all JPI programming, general operations, and special projects as outlined below. JPI is flexible to consider providing the support of contractors in specific areas if needed.

A.     JPI Programming

1.      Biodynamic Preparations:

– Production: Supervising the work of the Biodynamic Preparation Maker, Pfeiffer Technician, and Farm Manager to ensure the quality of JPI preparation products and that they are produced in large enough quantities to meet customer demand; responsibilities also includes new product development and staying informed about biodynamic preparation practices and research, regenerative agricultural developments, government regulations, and environmental issues related to JPI operations.

– Distribution: Supervising the work of office staff to ensure the proper packaging of all preparation products as well as the prompt processing and shipping of orders; also oversees the development and updating all JPI preparation product instructions to ensure accuracy and consistency in product promotions.

2.     JPI Farm: Supervision over the development and management of the farm as a whole organism to provide the highest quality preparation making materials and working environment as possible

3.     Education:  Working with JPI staff and volunteers to plan, promote, and produce annual educational activities and materials related to the making and using of biodynamic preparations, i.e., JPI workshops, Applied Biodynamics (the JPI periodical), website resources, and the participation in selected trade fairs, expos, and conferences

4.     Research:  Working collaboratively with others in the greater biodynamic community to build an intellectual repository of research on Steiner inspired preparations; developing of research methods used to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of biodynamic preparations

B.     General Operations

1.      Administration:

– Staff Supervision: Conducting productive staff and department meeting, updating job descriptions, providing annual performance evaluations, nurturing professional staff development, conducting all staff hiring and termination decisions in collaboration with the JPI Board in accordance with federal and state law, succession and exit planning (as needed), and creating positive mission-centered work environment

– Maintaining an organizational calendar of all JPI activities

– Working with JPI staff to ensure the effective, efficient, and safe functioning of all office and farm facilities

– Working with JPI staff to ensure the safe storage and backup of all electronic files and that all organizational records are kept and organized for easy retrieval

– Staying current on local, state, and federal laws relating to JPI’s mission and operations

– Maintaining compliance with all JPI By-Laws and organizational guidelines

2.     Fiscal Management:

– Drafting of an annual budget for JPI Board approval (by the end of the fourth quarter)

– Monitoring of biodynamic preparations pricing based on an annual analysis of sales (income) by customer location and changes in cost of preparation materials (expenses)

– Overseeing accounts payable/receivable; ensuring compliance with JPI’s fiscal control policies/ procedures

– Working with staff and contractors to produce annual tax filing and financial statements

– Performing due diligence on all finance and budget matters

– Provides accurate and timely communications to the JPI Board of Directors related to their fiduciary responsibilities

3.     Communications & Marketing:

– Works with staff (and contractors, if needed) to develop and implement an annual communications and marketing plan for Associative Contracts, general JPI product sales, educational resources, research, and outreach activities

– Oversees all printed and electronic communications and marketing materials to ensure consistent branding of organizational identity, alignment with JPI’s strategic focus (or key messages), and appropriateness to JPI’s customer/donor base (target audience)

– Ensures that all electronic communications, i.e. the JPI website and Constant Contact email communications) are professional in appearance, consistent and accurate, and user-friendly

4.     Fund Raising

– Works with JPI Board to develop and implement annual fundraising plan as well as capital campaigns to ensure that resources are available for education, research, outreach, etc.

– Builds and maintains positive external relationships with Individual donors as well as representatives of corporations, foundations, and government agencies

– Works with office staff to ensure maintenance of electronic donor records and files

5.     JPI Board of Directors Communications:

– Produces “Monthly Status Report” summarizing all financial, staff, and volunteer activity

– Works with Board President to prepare and facilitate monthly Board calls, annual retreat strategic planning activities, and other leadership activities

C.     Special Projects 
(To be identified as needed)

Ideal Qualifications, Experience, and Leadership Style

  • Minimum education of a bachelor’s degree
  • A commitment to JPI’s mission and vision supported by a strong level of respect for biodynamic preparation making as a craft and spiritual practice
  • Ability to travel as a representative of JPI at least 20% of time
  • Preferred farming experience with biodynamic preparations and regenerative agricultural practices
  • Leadership or management experience with for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, or entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Strong organizational abilities including a capacity for setting and achieving strategic goals, budget management, and creative problem-solving
  • Strong written, verbal, and online communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of nonprofit fundraising and marketing strategies
  • An approachable leadership style that treats everyone with humility, interest, and respect
  • Good at sharing the “big picture” with employees so that they can connect the dots between their job and JPI’s organizational culture that exemplifies a deep love and respect for the healing work of biodynamic preparations
  • Solid experience in community networking and the capacity to build effective collaborations with diverse groups and influential individuals
  • Self-knowledge related to one’s level of confidence and the ability to recognize limits, handle risks and ask for help when needed

Performance Evaluation: Full performance evaluations take place two times during the first year of employment, administered by members of the JPI Board of Directors. After the first year of employment, performance evaluations are conducted once a year.

Compensation and Benefits:  The Executive Director is full-time exempt position. We strive to offer living wages that are commensurate with professional experience and responsibilities. Each full-time employee receives 12 paid holidays as well as 12 vacation days per year. Health insurance and retirement benefits will be negotiated at six-month performance review.