Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
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.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Regional Farmland for a New Generation Manager (Manager) position offers an exciting opportunity to help lead AFT’s efforts in New York and New Jersey to keep farmers on the land. The Manager will oversee regional projects working to connect a new and diverse generation of farmers in their search for land, farmland owners looking to make their land available for farming and farmers looking to transfer their farms to a new generation. This mid-level professional will work with a dynamic and experienced team at American Farmland Trust and collaborate closely with a network of partners and professionals across the region and country focused on emerging strategies to connect farmers and landowners.
The Manager will bring an eye for creative solutions to help design specific projects as well as develop and manage project workplans and budgets. The Manager will also be involved in obtaining the necessary funds for their projects as well as the hiring and supervising of staff, consultants, and/or interns. This position will be based in the New York state office in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Specific position responsibilities include:
- Develop and manage multiple projects to facilitate access to farmland and farm transfers in New York and New Jersey – including developing new project ideas, creating and managing budgets, evaluating projects, and fulfilling contractual requirements.
- Cultivate, facilitate, motivate, and coordinate strong relationships with a diverse network of partners, including staff from AFT regional programs and national initiatives, state departments of agriculture, land trusts, cooperative extensions, agricultural organizations, farmers, and others.
- Organize, manage and deliver convenings, workshops, trainings and other educational activities for professionals, farmers, and landowners.
- Develop public education materials for professionals and farmers and landowners.
- Support storytelling and communications by collaborating with AFT’s New York and national communications team on content creation and media opportunities.
- Work with other AFT staff to advance public policy initiatives to facilitate access to farmland and the successful transfer of farms to a new generation of farmers.
- Assist in cultivating prospective and current funders and developing compelling proposals to secure funding for priority projects and reporting results.
- Represent AFT at public meetings, conferences, workshops, and trainings.
- Work with other staff to develop annual program and budget goals.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
The Manager must be a self-starter and a capable problem solver with a demonstrated commitment of meeting high expectations. S/he must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills and should have:
- A BA or BS in a relevant field and a minimum of 5 years of experience in agriculture, land conservation or related fields.
- A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders.
- Experience working with diverse farmers including within communities of color, women, immigrants, refugees, and/or veterans is preferred.
- An intellectual curiosity, understanding, and enthusiasm for AFT’s mission.
- Project and budget management experience as well as fundraising experience.
- Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to oversee staff.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills (phone, public presentation, written, partner relations).
- Experience with public outreach, community engagement, and communications (digital and/or traditional) are preferred.
- History of developing effective public education materials for professionals as well as farmers and landowners.
Direct professional experience working with farmers, non-farming landowners, land trusts, public agencies, and agricultural organizations is important.
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary 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.
Please submit a cover letter with 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.