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.
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Reporting to the Pacific Northwest Regional Manager, the Idaho Program Manager plays a key role in developing and implementing AFT’s programs in Idaho, with an emphasis on protecting high-priority farm and ranchland from development, particularly in the Treasure and Magic Valleys. The Idaho Program Manager is a joint position with Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The position is primarily remote and will periodically report in-person to an NRCS office (location to be determined) for meetings as needed. In addition, this position requires extensive travel throughout the state (up to 25%), as well as other periodic travel throughout the country as needed (up to 2x per year).
What You’ll Be Working On
As an integral member of the AFT Programs team, the Idaho Program Manager will:
- Develop projects in partnership with Idaho NRCS and other regional organizations to protect farm and ranch land, encourage regenerative farming practices, and develop a new generation of farmers.
- Work with the Pacific Northwest Regional Director and other AFT staff to envision and implement a long-term strategy for AFT programs in Idaho.
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with local, state and federal officials, leaders of agricultural, conservation, and community organizations, the press, and others.
- Represent AFT to legislative and government leaders, public agencies, policy makers, community stakeholders, media, and donors at public meetings, conferences and other events.
- Conduct and oversee education and outreach about AFT’s mission and programs.
- Work with AFT communications staff and others to create and distribute high-quality and compelling written products.
- Coordinate the participation of other AFT staff, consultants and outside partners in the effective and efficient achievement of program and project objectives.
- Work with the Pacific Northwest Regional Director and other AFT staff to plan and implement Idaho-based events such as meetings, workshops, learning circles, and press conferences.
- Work with the Pacific Northwest Regional Director and other AFT staff to identify funding needs and opportunities and develop funding proposals for initiatives and projects.
- Work with the Pacific Northwest Regional Director and other staff to develop annual program and budget goals.
- Assist NRCS with targeted outreach for Farm Bill programs, and work with NRCS staff to develop needed brochures and other outreach information.
- Maintain records of work accomplishments for reports relative to all programs.
The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, well-organized, self-disciplined, and a capable problem-solver, who can work independently and as a member of a collaborative regional team and has:
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- A creative mindset in addressing challenges, creating programs, and building community solutions.
- A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
- The ability to think critically and strategically.
- Sound judgment, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and remote meeting/presentation software.
- Knowledge of equal opportunity and civil rights requirements of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Employment Act, the willingness and ability to provide assistance to deliver programs and services that are carried out without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, physical/mental disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status, and maintain a positive regard for civil rights in all interactions with clients and others.
- A valid driver's license and a working motor vehicle for use during performance of duties (where necessary, mileage reimbursement will be provided).
- The ability to meet the qualifications necessary to obtain a federal security clearance for working in close alignment with NRCS, including, but not limited to, fingerprinting and a background check.
- The ability to obtain and maintain a LINCPass and meet all requirements for working in a federal government office and driving federal vehicles.
Education & Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of related work experience in community organizing, agriculture, economic development, local food economies, public policy, city or regional planning, or land conservation.
- Familiarity with the geography, economy, communities, and political landscape of Idaho.
- Experience working with several of the following constituencies: local planning departments, local government staff, elected officials, farmers, land trusts, advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, funders, or community-based organizations.
- Experience developing and executing projects from start to finish including program and partnership development, budget development, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation.
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
- Salary range $55k - $60k annually
Ready to apply? If this job sounds like a fit for you, then click on the ‘apply’ button below by October 1, 2021.