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 Director, the Pacific Northwest Project Manager will oversee multiple projects that support our regional goals to transition land to a new generation of farmers and help them adopt regenerative agricultural practices; inspire new efforts to protect farmland; support women farmers and landowners; and accelerate solar energy while strengthening farming; and promote farm viability.
What You’ll Be Working On
An integral part of AFT’s growing Pacific Northwest team, the Project Manager develops, manages, and implements grant-funded projects across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. This currently includes projects that ensure women farmers, ranchers, and landowners have knowledge, skills, and access to technical and financial assistance they need to adopt conservation practices on their farmland; and projects that train professionals and beginning farmers on topics related to farmland access.
The Project Manager will also help develop and implement new projects as opportunities arise to further AFT’s holistic mission. Future projects may address promoting adoption of climate resilient agricultural practices and acceleration of solar energy development in a way that supports farm viability and protects our most productive and resilient agricultural land, and:
- Develop, manage, and implement grant-funded projects, including – but not limited to - overseeing and facilitating events and educational workshops, conducting communications with project partners and participants, supporting curriculum development and delivery, and administering evaluation tools
- Manage budgets, deliverables, and grant reporting for projects
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with project partners and participants
- Serve as spokesperson for the organization on specific projects and effectively communicate with farmers, farmland owners, and the public about AFT’s work in the Pacific Northwest
- Coordinate the development of communications materials to highlight key activities and stories of impact in the region
The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, well-organized, self-disciplined, detail-oriented, and a capable problem-solver, who can work independently and in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest regional team as well as various national initiatives and possesses:
- Experience in project and budget management
- Experience managing complex or multiple projects, workload,?and finances under deadlines
- Experience with event planning and coordination, particularly educational workshops, and training, virtual and in-person
- Experience with outreach, marketing, and multi-modal communications
- Experience with curriculum development and facilitation
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills (phone, public presentation, writing, public relations)
- Experience with data analysis and program evaluation
- Direct experience working with farmers, agricultural landowners, agricultural and conservation organizations, academic institutions, and/or land trusts
- Experience working with women, veterans, and other communities underserved in agriculture is preferred
- Experience in partnership development, preferably in the agricultural and natural resource community??
- Knowledge of agricultural communities, food systems, and landscapes in the Pacific Northwest
- Lived experience and/or training exploring principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Education & Experience
- A BA or BS degree, and a minimum of 5 years of work experience in project management and communications related to agriculture, food systems, environment, land use, or natural resources planning.
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
AFT offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $62,000 - $62,400.
Ready to apply? If this job sounds like a fit for you, then click on the ‘apply’ button below. This position will remain open until filled, however the priority deadline to apply is December 17th.