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.
We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, 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 we have 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.
Reporting to the Vice President for Programs, the Southeast Regional Director (Director) position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization in addressing these major challenges. The Director will provide strategic leadership for American Farmland Trust’s programs in the Southeast Region, with an emphasis in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
What You’ll Be Working On
- Develop and lead programs to advance AFT’s mission to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.
- Work closely with the Vice President for Programs, National Initiative Leaders, and other staff to expand AFT’s impact across the Southeast Region.
- Build and manage relationships with external stakeholders including agriculture, food and public health, environment, economic development, and other constituencies.
- Create programs that support the needs of underserved communities of farmers and landowners in achieving AFT’s mission.
- Play a leadership role in fundraising for AFT in the Southeast Region.
- Coordinate with AFT’s Development staff regarding individual and institutional fundraising strategy, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Develop funding proposals/reports & complete other activities within identified deadlines.
- Work with communications staff to develop and implement strategies to raise the visibility of the organization’s programs in the Southeast.
Management and Administration
- Oversee overall management of the Southeast Regional Program.
- Create an inclusive work environment for AFT staff and partners.
- Develop and implement annual workplans and budgets for the Southeast Region.
- Supervise and support a team of AFT staff and consultants.
- Manage project budgets, financial statements and reports.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate:
- Is outgoing, and energetic.
- Has direct professional experience working with primary constituencies, such as farmers, landowners, public officials, agricultural and conservation organizations and land trusts, and:
- Is knowledgeable of farmland protection, farmland access and farm transfer planning or agricultural stewardship, preferably in the Southeast Region. It is also strongly preferred that the Director have direct experience working with underserved communities of farmers and landowners.
- Is entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and willing to work in a fast-paced work environment.
- Has work experience in developing programs as well as creating and executing effective fundraising strategies.
- Has excellent communication skills (public presentation, phone, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential. Facility with the Microsoft Office is required – additional computer skills preferred.
- Is willing to work independently and travel regularly across the Southeast Region.
Education & Experience
- A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 10 years of related work experience in public policy, planning, agriculture, land conservation or natural resource planning. Or, 5 years of related work experience with an advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted.
- Experience with individual and institutional fundraising including with funding requests for more than $250,000.
- Previous experience with supervising staff and consultants, including from remote locations, is required.
- Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and annual budgets of at least $500,000 is necessary.
- Direct experience with creating an inclusive work environment and developing programs for diverse communities of farmers and landowners is beneficial.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
- A diverse and inclusive work environment
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation & Benefits
- Remote work opportunities
- Flexible scheduling
Ready to apply? If this job sounds like a fit for you, then click on the ‘apply’ button below. Applications received by July 4th will be given priority consideration, however the position will remain open until filled.