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. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. 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 supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
In the Southeast US, AFT has worked for decades to combat urban sprawl and protect some of the most productive farmland in the world. AFT collaborates on large-scale initiatives that bring together farmers, policy leaders and community advocates to address the most pressing challenges facing the state's farms and ranches, including farmland loss, agricultural water supplies, and climate resilience.
American Farmland Trust seeks a Director of Development (“DoD-Southeast”) for fundraising operations in the Southeast US, which may include North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas. This position will work remote and could be positioned near any central travel hub in the region (location of successful candidate may help define the geographic territory of the portfolio). Reporting to a Washington DC-based Vice President of Development, the DoD-Southeast will be responsible for the oversight, planning, and implementation of a comprehensive development program for the region Additionally, the DoD-Southeast will secure gifts from individuals and other sources to support AFT’s priorities throughout the U.S.; work with the VP of Development to establish fundraising goals; build a portfolio of high-capacity prospects; cultivate a select group of prospects (150+) working closely with the development, and program team to steward gifts; and plan/execute selective prospect cultivation and stewardship events. The person who fills this position will be responsible for meeting specific annual revenue goals and contributing to the overall achievement of the organization's revenue goals.
The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial professional who enjoys front-line relationship building, soliciting, developing, and driving strategies with senior leadership, and demonstrating creativity and relationship-building savvy to make connections and secure in-person appointments. The candidate must be able to articulate the case to support the vision/mission/goals of AFT for the purpose of securing major gifts and pledges. The DoD-Southeast position requires significant travel with emphasis on numerous face-to-face donor meetings.
Duties & Responsibilities
This position will work remote, with a preference for candidates near major metropolitan areas/travel hubs throughout the Southeastern United States
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. AFT provides a full and generous benefits package.
Please include a cover letter with resume for consideration.
American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.