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. Please see AFT’s statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.
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 Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, the Mid-Atlantic Program Manager leads the region’s efforts to advance bold programs and projects that support the region’s goals to:
- Protect healthy soil, clean water, and wildlife habitat;
- Transition land to a new generation of farmers, specifically underserved/socially disadvantaged farmers and help them adopt sound agriculture practices;
- Inspire new efforts to protect farmland;
- Accelerate solar energy while strengthening farming; and
- Promote farm viability.
This is an exciting time for AFT in the Mid-Atlantic. We recently completed several successful legacy projects, created a three-year strategic roadmap, and secured renewed investment from supporters to expand our programming. The Mid-Atlantic Program Manager will launch and lead three new projects in the region that:
- Provide substantive training for women farmers and non-operating landowners on soil health management practices;
- Communicate the economic and environmental benefits of soil health practices with farmers, agricultural professionals, and non-operating landowners; and
- Support a comprehensive planning process to identify a new major initiative to increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture in the region.
We are looking for an effective leader with the vision, energy, and collaborative spirit to help take our work to the next level and increase our impact.
The position is remote and based anywhere in Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia and requires travel throughout the region (up to 35%).
What You’ll Be Working On
An integral part of the AFT Mid-Atlantic team, the Mid-Atlantic Program Manager will serve as a thought partner and collaborator with other regional and national initiative staff as well as external partners including farmers, landowners, agricultural professionals, institutional leaders, and government officials. The Program Manager will:
- Develop, manage, and implement existing and new programs and projects
- Manage the budgets, deliverables, and grant reporting for projects and programs being overseen
- Support AFT staff to secure funding from individual and institutional donors to support the work in the region
- Work with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and other AFT staff to advance work planning, budgeting, fundraising, and programs
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with local, state, and federal officials, agricultural, conservation, food and community organizations, and underserved audiences
- Serve as spokesperson for the organization on specific projects and programs and effectively communicate with farmers, farmland owners, elected leaders, and the public about AFT’s work in the Mid-Atlantic
- Help to advance internal and external efforts to increase AFT’s cultural awareness and improve our ability to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the region
- Assist with research regarding issues of importance to the advancement of AFT’s mission, such as trends in farm demographic and farmland ownership, and assist in developing programs and policy recommendations to address identified challenges
- Coordinate the development of communications materials to highlight key activities and stories of impact in the region
- Manage staff, consultants, and/or interns
The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, well-organized, self-disciplined, and capable problem-solver, who can work independently and as a member of a collaborative team and has:
- Experience in program and budget management is required
- Direct professional experience working with farmers, non-farming landowners, women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, or other socially disadvantaged farmers, public officials, agricultural and conservation organizations, academic institutions, and land trusts is required
- Experience managing complex or multiple projects, priorities, and finances under deadline is required
- Experience with building networks and organizing training events for farmers, landowners, and agricultural professionals is preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills (phone, public presentation, written, partner relations)
- Experience with grant writing or other fundraising or fee for service contracts is preferred
- Knowledge of Mid-Atlantic agricultural landscape, watersheds, and land use is preferred
- Demonstrated commitment and experience to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and justice and knowledgeable about how those principles can be effectively applied in practice is preferred
- Experience in partnership development, especially in the agricultural and natural resource community is preferred
- performance is preferred
- Experience completing tasks independently and as a team with respect to timeline
- Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing Flexible, creative, and a self-starter??
- Proficient in Office Suite, including PowerPoint – additional experience
Education & Experience
BA or BS degree and a minimum of 7 years of related work experience or comparable experience in agriculture, environmental management, or natural resource planning. An advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted may substitute for two years of work experience.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced, and fun team
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation and 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 by October 27, 2021.