American Farmland Trust (AFT) is the nations leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving Americas farm and ranchland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Since our founding in 1980, the organization has helped protect more than 5 million acres of our countys working lands.
NOTE: AFTs organizational structure includes two Vice Presidents for Programs (VPP), each with a different portfolio. At this point in time, the VPP position described herein will directly oversee the managers of national programs, whereas the other VPP position will directly oversee the regional offices. The VPPs will work closely to provide overall leadership for AFTs programs and integration of AFTs national and regional programming. These portfolios may shift over time, as needed, to allow AFT to most efficiently oversee all of its programming.
The Vice President for Programs (VPP) provides leadership and direct support for AFTs national programming. The VPP reports to the President.
The VPP is part of AFTs Executive Team and Management Team. In addition, the VPP serves on the Program Strategy Team which guides the overall direction of AFTs programming.
The VPP actively collaborates and coordinates with the other VPP to help ensure that AFTs programming is strategic, synergistic, efficiently-delivered, well-received, and impactful.
The VPP works most closely with the managers of national programs, but also works with other staff to foster staff collaboration and integration of national and regional programming.
The VPP will be based at AFTs National Office in Washington DC.
Duties and Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide leadership and support for AFTs national program managers to advance AFTs mission across the nation. Specific responsibilities include:
Works with the President and other staff to ensure that the work of national managers is effectively integrated into national strategies and programming decisions;
Work with the VP for Finance and Administration and other staff to develop and implement operating processes for national programming, to enhance clarity, efficiency, efficacy, and morale;
Works with Communications staff to actively communicate about national programming and its impact across the country;
Works with Development staff in fundraising for national programming and supports national program managers in fostering strong financial support for their work;
Prepares reports for the President and the Board of Directors regarding AFTs national programming based on sound metrics. (The two VPPs are together responsible for the written Program Report prepared for every meeting of the Board of Directors.)
Role with National Programs
Plays the lead role in recruiting, hiring, supervising and conducting performance reviews of national program managers;
Regularly communicates with national program managers to provide support and guidance in the development, management and implementation of workplans and budgets;
Approves financial reports, contracts and other financial and administrative documents as needed;
Fosters collaboration and coordination amount national program managers and between national program managers and regional directors.
Assists with the design and delivery of on-boarding, training and the development of a supportive culture for new national program managers and other their staff;
Supports a strong team culture of shared learning among national program managers.
The VPP must be outgoing and energetic and have direct professional experience working with field staff in diverse settings across the nation. The individual must have knowledge of agriculture, conservation and other subjects pertaining to AFTs mission. The VPP must be highly motivated with strong interpersonal skills. Excellent communication skills (public presentation, phone, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential.
A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 12 years of related work experience in public policy, land use planning, agriculture, farmland protection, land conservation or natural resource planning. Or, 10 years of related work experience with an advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted.
Previous supervisory experience of at least 7 years.
Work history and a commitment to developing effective organizational systems for managing programs, staff, budgets and workplans.
Demonstrated experience in fundraising for regional programs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Must bring a collaborative, outgoing, professional, and innovative approach.
Ability to deliver high quality work, quickly, in a dynamic organization under time pressure.
Ability to travel approximately 40% of time.
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.