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. A long-time pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
AFT is seeking a strong and collaborative manager to lead its Commercial Rye Cover Crop project. The project’s goal is improving farmers’ profitability, soil health and environmental quality through commercialization of rye as a profitable cash/cover crop while supporting local economies and businesses such as brewers, bakers, and distillers who each seek the unique flavor rye imparts in their products and reducing imports of rye from Europe and Canada.
The Manager reports to the Ag Conservation Innovations Initiative Director. The Manager also will work closely with the Senior Director of External Relations, the Vice President of Programs who oversees AFT’s six regional office Directors until a Southeast office is established with a Southeast Regional Director, and other AFT staff as appropriate. The Manager will provide overall leadership for the Commercial Rye Cover Crop project and collaborate and coordinate with regional offices to ensure that AFT’s programming is strategic, synergistic, efficiently delivered, well-received, and impactful.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibilities of this position are to direct strategy, provide leadership, and support program activities for the Commercial Rye Cover Crop project and to advance AFT’s mission.
Specific responsibilities include:
The Manager must be outgoing and energetic, and have direct professional experience working on agriculture and conservation issues. The individual must have knowledge of and experience with one or more of AFT’s mission areas (conservation practices, farmland protection, the generational transition of land) and experience with social and cultural dimensions of agriculture.
The Manager must have the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with academic, non-governmental and governmental partners to deliver programming and measure progress. This position also requires fundraising experience and the proven ability to work with a development team to secure institutional, governmental and private funds.
The Manager must be able to work closely with farmland owners, agricultural and environmental organizations, universities and other research institutions, and state/federal government agencies. Finally, the manager must also be strategic and entrepreneurial to identify and engage new stakeholders, partners and customers to achieve identified goals and successfully scale up the Initiative.
Other requirements include: