American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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The New England Deputy Regional Director (Deputy) position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization and is a crucial member of the regional management team. Tremendous demand within the New England region for AFT’s services, has growth our capacity from just 1 employee to 17, with more growth planned. The Deputy’s role is essential to the evolution of the region and it’s growing impact as they work in a primarily internal facing way within AFT’s New England Region, with AFT’s staff in other regions and in national programs, and to a limited extent, with external partners including farmers, landowners, agricultural professionals, and partner organizations. This a permanent position that will elevate AFT programs in the region. This is a remote work position (although office space in Northampton Massachusetts is available, if desired) reporting to the New England Regional Director (Director).
The Deputy’s primary role is overseeing the management of established programming to assure programs are delivered as planned, and revenue and expense projections are on target. The Deputy takes an active role in defining the regional program strategy and developing related work plans and oversees the implementation of the same. This includes engaging with internal and external partners to identify opportunities, tracking deliverables and project budgets, ensuring that invoices and reports are submitted accurately and on time, and providing supervision for project staff.
What You’ll Be Working On
Management & Budget
- Oversee, with the support of Program Managers, the day-to-day management of programs in New England in a manner consistent with the organization’s goals and strategies.
- Oversee, in collaboration with the Director, the development and implementation of annual budgets and workplans for the New England Regional Program.
- With support from the Communications Coordinator, manage internal reporting and monitoring activities, including program metrics, workplan monitoring, and programmatic and financial reports.
- Monitor budget and financial issues with Director and Program Managers.
- Support the management of regional staff in effective project planning and delivery, and budget management and support their effective achievement of annual goals.
- Complete staff reviews annually and lead or support the hiring of new staff and development of staffing plans.
- Work with the Director, AFT’s national management team and others to create synergy between the New England Regional Program and AFT’s National Initiatives, striking a delicate balance between being an effective bridge builder and, where necessary, a gatekeeper.
- Oversee specific project budgets in select circumstances as needed.
Strategic Program Development: Assist with
- Strategic decision-making and program development to address the most critical challenges in New England tied to AFT’s mission.
- Building a broad, diverse region wide constituency that will actively support AFT’s mission and program goals in New England.
Fundraising- Support national development staff and regional program staff in:
- The development of compelling proposals to secure funds for priority programs, and
- The cultivation and stewardship of relationships with funders and funding prospects, including foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Contribute to communications and outreach pieces related to New England programs.
The Deputy must have direct professional experience successfully managing complex budgets and diverse programming. The individual must have a working knowledge of farmland conservation, New England farming systems, agronomy and/or natural resources conservation techniques. In particular, skills and experience managing programs in a not for profit or government institution in service of land conservation, agricultural conservation or sustainability are important. The ideal candidate will find reviewing, refining, creating (where necessary) and supporting management systems within a fast-growing team exciting and invigorating, not overwhelming and intimidating.
The Deputy must be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, outgoing and energetic and a good people manager. The successful candidate will have work experience in developing program concepts as well as creating and executing effective fundraising strategies, and possesses:
- Excellent communication skills (meeting facilitation, phone, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential. Facility with the Microsoft Office is required – additional computer skills preferred.
- Proven track record of delivering superior results and assuming leadership roles with well-developed capacity to manage people and programs effectively and sensitively.
- Proven track record in curating, managing and supporting a passionate and high performing team.
- Experience with budgeting and financial management, ideally in a nonprofit or government setting.
- Experience in creating an inclusive work environment for diverse staff is required. Previous work history with diverse communities of farmers, landowners and other constituencies is also valuable.
- Ability to see the big picture while being incredibly detail oriented.
- Success in roles requiring simultaneous management of multiple priorities and processes under tight timelines is important.
- Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
- A deep working knowledge of New England agriculture or conservation and an understanding of the culture of farmers and farming.
- A valid US drivers license and access to reliable transportation.
- Passionate about American Farmland Trust’s mission and impact.
Education & Experience
- A Bachelor's degree in a field related to AFT’s mission.
- At least 8 years of professional experience, preferably in a senior management position, in a nonprofit organization, foundation, government agency or the private sector.
American Farmland Trust offers excellent vacation, medical, retirement and other benefits. S
While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, applicants who apply with a resume and cover letter by May 30th will be reviewed first.