Midwest Operations Coordinator
Fully Remote Midwest, IL

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.

The Midwest Operations Coordinator position offers an exciting opportunity to help carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. S/he will have the opportunity to work across teams within AFT’s Midwest Region, as well as with external partners including farmers, landowners, and agricultural professionals. This a permanent position that will work to support and build upon AFT programs in the Midwest, providing additional operations assistance as AFT’s Midwest portfolio evolves. 

AFT’s Midwest Region includes staff working in Chicago, central and southern Illinois, and Wisconsin. AFT has maintained a presence in the Midwest since the early 1980s. Our team works with farmers, landowners and partner organizations to implement conservation practices focused on rebuilding life in agricultural soils and improving water quality, water quality trading programs, and farmland protection.

The Operations Coordinator (OC) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Midwest Regional program and assisting with outreach and program operations in the region. The OC will work under the supervision of the Midwest Regional Director, and as directed, will provide support to other staff in the Midwest Region. 

What You’ll Be Working On

As an integral part of the AFT Midwest team the Operations Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Providing administrative support to the Regional Director and other Midwest-based staff, as directed. This support includes, but is not limited to assistance with travel arrangements, scheduling calls and maintaining calendars, and new hire on-boarding. 
  • Data entry and data management, word processing, tracking dates for and assembling grant proposal and reporting submittals, ordering supplies, and overseeing mail.
  • Assisting with financial management: budget tracking and coordinating consulting contracts with MW staff and headquarters’ administrative and financial division including invoices, expense account reports, and other administrative reports as necessary.
  • Working with MW staff in responding to public inquiries, processing requests for materials, compiling information packets for distribution and coordinating materials for conferences, meetings, workshops and fundraising visits.
  • Coordinating logistics for program, outreach, and fundraising events including registrations, meeting room rentals, webinar logistics and support, meeting materials, catering, A/V and other support as needed. 
  • Working on other tasks as assigned.

The Midwest Operations Coordinator must be outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working well independently as well as part of a team, and possess: 

  • A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience in office administration and/or operations, contract or grant management, or related fields; or 5 years of experience in lieu of a degree.  Knowledge and passion for Midwest agriculture systems is a plus. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required
  • Strong editing, writing, filing and proofreading skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks, stay organized and follow through with limited supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with the public and staff
  • Organized and detail-oriented with demonstrated commitment to high quality professional work
  • Must be flexible, and be able to work with periodic supervision as part of the Midwest team
  • Commitment to become knowledgeable about the programs and activities of American Farmland Trust
  • Willingness to undertake limited work travel.


American Farmland Trust pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size, and offers meaningful vacation, medical, retirement and other benefits. Salary range is from $50,000 to $55,000. Salary is negotiable based upon experience.  

Salary Description
$50,000 - $55,000