Location: Greater NYC area or at one of our regional offices (Seattle, WA; Northampton, MA; Washington, DC)

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. AFT launched the conservation agriculture movement and continues to raise public awareness through our No Farms, No Food message. 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 supported thousands of farm families. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.

OUR MISSION: To save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

  • We pursue our mission strategically, through multiple paths:
  • Our national programs target critical lever points where AFT is poised to make a real impact.
  • Our state and regional programming keep us grounded in agriculture’s realities while allowing us to test new concepts and replicable models.
  • Our work as the only agricultural land trust with a national scope enables us to take on projects that other groups cannot.
  • Our Farm Legacy program enables farmers and ranchers to donate properties that they know will be stewarded wisely.
  • Our leadership of the National Agricultural Land Network provides critical services to states and other land trusts.
  • Our research division maintains the nation’s best land-cover data, evaluates conservation outcomes, and studies farmer demographics.
  • Our Farmland Information Center maintains the preeminent database of the conservation agriculture movement and provides technical assistance not found elsewhere.
  • Our historically strong policy work advances federal and state-based initiatives that are essential for our future.

We do this work in service to our nation’s farmers and ranchers, often partnering with other farm groups, conservation groups, or academic institutions. We understand the land, the science, and most importantly, the people. We are trusted by both farmers and environmentalists. We have traditionally served as a convener and go-between because we know both agriculture and the environment. We bring solid research and objective information to policy discussions. In so doing, we have earned the respect of policymakers of all political stripes.  As the national initiative project manager, you will be supporting the critical work of our national initiatives and helping us scale our impact through effective project management.

The role of the National Initiative Project Manager twofold: support VPP by working with National Initiative Directors to ensure their project requirements are met, projects are completed on time and within budget and to support project scoping for new/future projects; and to provide administration and general project support to VPP.  This position includes the benefit of working from home with a preferred location within the NYC metro and surrounding area, but will also consider housing the position at our Pacific Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, WA; the New England Regional Office in Northampton, MA; or at our National Office in Washington, DC.

Duties & Responsibilities

Delivery of national initiative programmatic commitments by means of effective planning, management, coordination, budget tracking, and administrative support.

  • Agree on project objectives.
  • Provide independent advice on the management of projects.
  • Organize the various professional people working on a project.
  • Ensure that all project milestones are met, and deliverables completed and delivered on time.
  • Use software to keep track of people and progress.
  • Monitor contractors/partners to ensure guidelines, budgets and deliverables are maintained.
  • Track project budgets and provide regular feedback to initiative directors and VPP regarding drawdown and remaining available funds.
  • Provide and/or prepare program updates to VPP.
  • Provide administrative support to VPP that may include (but are not limited to) travel. arrangements and related expense reports, meeting notes, meeting scheduling, developing. slide decks and short programmatic reports and updates.
  • Gatekeeper for VPP as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • +5 years’ experience in a Project Management role
  • An undergraduate degree in or related to one of the following disciplines: agriculture, farmland protection, extension/outreach, sustainability; or if education is in a different discipline, 2+ years work experience in some aspect of agriculture and or sustainability.
  • Professional qualification or certification in Project Management.
  • Experienced in using Outlook, Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint, Teams, and Microsoft Project, and some other type of project management software.
  • Able to work with a high level of discretion.
  • Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative.
  • Sound administrative skills.
  • Ability to work effectively across the organization.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience working with co-workers and partners who are not co-located and managing projects through the influence of people who don’t report to you.

Compensation

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background.  AFT provides a full and generous benefits package.

If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.

Application deadline: ASAP

Please submit a cover letter with a resume for consideration. 

American Farmland Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, 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 the organization has 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.