California FarmLink seeks a motivated Program Manager to implement our Land Access Program for small, beginning, and low-income farmers in three regions: the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Foothills, North Coast and Central Coast. This position has the opportunity to shape the next phase of growth for this exciting program – increasing emphasis on farmland acquisition and transactions, partnering with public and private landowners, and developing creative land financing opportunities for farmers who are ready to purchase land.
The Land Access Program Manager reports to the Executive Director, supervises and serves as a resource to FarmLink’s three regional coordinators; manages regional grant-funded activities and workplans; tracks deliverables and deadlines; reports to funders on progress; and assists in planning new projects that serve the land access needs of farmers.
What You Will Do
• Grant and program management: Manage multiple grant projects for FarmLink’s Land Access Program. Provide written and on-line reports to funders. Support regional coordinators in meeting project deadlines and contributing to report writing. Interface with FarmLink staff accountant to coordinate timing of narrative and financial reports. Coordinate with FarmLink’s Capital Access Program and work with the lending team and regional coordinators to provide outreach, education and marketing for the loan program in each region.
• Personnel management: Supervise and support three regional coordinators in developing monthly workplans and progress reports. Compile these reports into a monthly program report for board and staff. Work with regional coordinators to track services provided to farmers using Salesforce and other tools. Assist regional coordinators in obtaining training as necessary to implement programs. Oversee consultants working on grant-funded projects, shape consultant workplans and contracts, and support consultants in completing their work
• Leadership: Lead the development of the Land Access Program and work with team members to plan new projects that serve the land access needs of small, beginning, low-income, organic and immigrant farmers. Participate in FarmLink management team meetings.
• Communications: Oversee website projects to align website content with programs; work with website consultant to ensure that farmer and landowner registration process runs smoothly. Participate with other staff in improving FarmLink’s overall internal and external communications including participating in Communication Team meetings, developing and providing content for social media postings, newsletter articles, press releases, website and blogs.
Qualifications & Profile
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and background:
• Relevant program management experience:
o 3+ years supervising multiple staff
o 3+ years managing programs and projects
o 5+ years experience in sustainable agriculture with deep understanding of farm
o real estate transaction and land leasing experience is a plus
• Strong analytical skills and judgment, with willingness to make hard decisions
• Demonstrated self-starter that can work independently, take initiative, and prioritize time wisely
• Great communicator and team builder
• Fluency with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, databases (such as Salesforce)
• Fluency in Spanish is a plus
Location, Travel, Compensation & Terms
This is a full-time position based out of FarmLink’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA with regular local travel within California. Salary range: $45,000-$65,000 depending on experience. California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization, resume, and three references to Eric “at” cafarmlink.org. No phone calls please.
Who We Are
Based in Santa Cruz, California FarmLink is a non-profit that links independent farmers and ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info: