Monday, May 7, 2018

Program Manager position with American Farmland Trust

Northampton, MA
The Program Manager for Farms for the Next Generation is responsible for collaborating with national and regional staff to advance AFT’s work through education and outreach, policy research, technical assistance, and network coordination.  The Program Manager is a full-time position that reports to the Assistant Vice President of Programs and is based in AFT’s Northampton, Massachusetts office. 
Major Responsibilities
  • Manage individual projects and train-the-trainer programming including budgets and project reimbursements
  • Develop educational content and materials
  • Organize, manage and deliver convenings, workshops, conferences and other in-person educational activities
  • Create and deliver curriculum for on-line courses and other remote educational activities
  • Communicate with and coordinate a network of educators and service providers
  • Coordinate meetings, manage relationships with collaborators, partners and allied organizations; cultivate new relationships to expand the network
  • Research policies and programs and develop policy recommendations to advance Farms for the Next Generation objectives
  • Write white papers, policy briefs, professional reports and blogs
  • Effectively represent AFT programs and policy positions to external stakeholders
  • Communicate regularly with AFT national and regional staff on strategy and network priorities
  • Communicate with the media, AFT members and the general public on Farms for the Next Generation
  • Support fundraising efforts including grant and proposal writing
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Eight years of progressively responsible professional experience or an advanced degree and five years of professional experience in a field or fields related to agriculture; farmland retention, protection, transition and access; food systems; land use planning; public policy
  • Knowledge of adult education and proven experience creating curriculum, delivering and managing professional development trainings
  • Proficiency with online meeting and training technologies, video conferencing, desktop sharing
  • Track record engaging and collaborating with diverse populations and professional backgrounds
  • Experience working with farmers, ranchers and agricultural landowners
  • Outstanding verbal, written and multi-media communication skills
  • Proven ability to perform legal and policy research
  • Strong project management skills and experience managing complex or multiple projects, government grants, workload and finances under deadline
  • Supervisory experience including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
  • Experience with fundraising and fee for service contracts
  • Proficiency with Office Suite, including PowerPoint; Geographical Information Systems preferred
Personal Requirements 
  • Passion for AFT’s mission
  • Penchant for thinking creatively and strategically
  • Proactive, decisive, and able to prioritize
  • Independent self-starter
  • Poised, considerate and respectful team player 
  • Willingness to learn and grow 
If you are eager to join our team, please visit this page to apply.
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.