Location: Remote/at one of AFT’s 6 Offices (Washington, California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, or 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.
AFT believes that protecting the most productive, versatile, and resilient farmland and improving its soil will benefit farmers, consumers, and the environment. We simply cannot meet the challenges facing agriculture today if we are not engaging the landowners as well as the farmers. Women are underserved; yet when engaged, they often act. The goal of AFT’s Women for the Land Initiative is simple: we are intentionally engaging women who own and manage farmland and ranchland to further our mission to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land.
AFT is seeking an effective and diligent Outreach Coordinator who can support the Women for the Land Initiative as we expand our work across the country. The Outreach Coordinator reports to Women for the Land Initiative Director who oversees the national initiative. The Outreach Coordinator will also work closely with regional program staff who are implementing learning circles and women landowners and farmer outreach in AFTs six regional offices. Initially, this individual will be focused on supporting grant-funded work that prioritizes programs in the Midwest, New England, the Pacific Northwest, and California.
The ideal work location is near one of AFT’s five offices (Seattle, WA; Sacramento, CA; Saratoga Springs, NY; Sycamore, IL; Northampton, MA or Washington, DC). However, this might be a remote position, which could be negotiated upon hire.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Women for the Land Outreach Coordinator (WFLOC) will help advance AFT’s programs across the country, with an emphasis on supporting extension and outreach, including planning, evaluation, and tracking of regional learning circles and their impacts. The work will primarily focus on our grant-funded learning circle efforts in the Pacific Northwest, California, the Midwest, and New England. Major initiatives underway are implementing listening sessions and learning circles in new regions, as well as work being done to streamline our evaluation, tracking, and assessment of the impacts of our programming in meeting conservation, climate resilience and farmland preservation goals. Specific duties include:
- Help advance our learning circle programming within strategic regions of interest: supporting logistics, outreach, promotion and enrollment of women landowners who want to participate in our programs.
- Assist the WFL Director with analysis of social science data, primarily evaluation data concerning historic work we have done, as well as future work we will do, tracking the impacts of our programmatic interventions. Specific needs include maintenance of mailing lists and contact databases; analysis of participant data (attendance at AFT events); preparation, analysis and summation of post-event evaluations; follow-up in-depth interviews with women landowners who have participated in our programs; and using data to prepare outreach targeted to specific audiences to advance WFL goals.
- Support outreach for the initiative via creative content developed for social media and other media communication efforts to recruit new women participants for learning circles and to make important relationships with partners.
- Assist with creating and writing press releases, press advisories, and online and digital content to promote learning circles and share updates about the impacts of our programming.
- Aid in coordinating events, including field days, workshops, and conservation learning circles across target regions in CA, PNW, New England and the Midwest, in partnership with regional staff.
- Help to deliver WFL program content, promoting the program at relevant conferences, responding to email inquiries, help developing content for a national newsletter.
- Other tasks as assigned.
The WFL Outreach Coordinator must be entrepreneurial and a capable problem solver. S/he must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently or in a small office environment. Creativity and strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. A mixture of experience in the agricultural and conservation sectors is preferred. Other desired qualifications include:
- A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 3 years of related work experience in project coordination, communications, evaluation work, extension and outreach efforts, agriculture, land conservation, gender studies, social sciences, or related fields. An advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted may substitute for two years of work experience.
- Facility with Microsoft Office – including Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint is essential.
- Data management and experience with database management programs, such as Microsoft Access.
- Experience and proficiency with a range of online social media platforms as well as social media strategy and research are beneficial.
- Strong writing, public relations, presentation, and verbal communication skills are highly valuable.
- Experience coordinating logistics for events, community outreach or adult education and extension.
- Must be detail-orientated with the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Photography, Videography and Photoshop experience is beneficial.
- Must be able to work productively with people at all organizational levels.
- Experience working with women and/or other underserved communities in the agriculture and food system is preferred.
American Farmland Trust pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and offers meaningful vacation, medical, retirement, and other benefits.
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Please include 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.