Location: Washington, 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. 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 helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape and carry out the strategic agenda of a growing, forward-looking conservation organization. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director will provide strategic leadership and management for American Farmland Trust’s programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region, with an emphasis on Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director will report to the Vice President for Programs and have the option of working in AFT’s National Office in Washington, DC or at a home office in the region.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Primary responsibilities for the Mid-Atlantic Director will include: 

Programs 

  • Develop and lead programs to advance AFT’s mission to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.  
  • Manage AFT’s programs and partnerships focused on improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay while sustaining agricultural viability across the region.  
  • Work closely with the Vice President for Programs and National Initiative Leaders to adapt and integrate AFT’s national initiatives with needs and opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  
  • Lead local, state, and federal policy activities to achieve identified program goals in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Build and manage relationships with external stakeholders including agriculture, food and public health, environment, economic development and other constituencies. 

Fundraising 

  • Play a leadership role in fundraising for AFT across the Mid-Atlantic Region.
  • Coordinate with AFT’s development staff regarding individual and institutional fundraising strategy, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. 
  • Develop funding proposals and reports and completion of other activities within identified deadlines.

Communications

  • Work with AFT’s Communications staff to develop and implement strategies to raise the visibility of the organization’s programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Management and Administration 

  • Develop annual workplans and budgets for the Mid-Atlantic Region. 
  • Achieve goals identified in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Workplan and individual staff development plans.
  • Supervise and support a diverse team of AFT staff and consultants.
  • Manage project budgets, financial statements and reports.
  • Complete other duties as assigned. 

Requirements

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director must be outgoing and energetic and have direct professional experience working with diverse constituencies, such as farmers, landowners, public officials, agricultural, public health, economic development and conservation organizations, academic institutions, and land trusts. The individual must have knowledge of agricultural stewardship, farmland protection, and/or farmland access, and farm transfer techniques preferably in the Mid-Atlantic Region. 

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Director must be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and a good people manager. The successful candidate will have work experience in developing programs as well as creating and executing effective fundraising strategies. Excellent communication skills (public presentation, phone, writing, partner relations) and creativity are essential. Facility with the Microsoft Office is required – additional computer skills preferred. 

  • A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 7 years of related work experience in public policy, planning, agriculture, land conservation or natural resource planning. Or, 5 years of related work experience with an advanced degree in one or more of the disciplines noted. 
  • Understanding of effective fundraising with individual and institutional funding partners.
  • Previous experience with supervising staff and consultants, including from remote locations, is beneficial. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating projects and budgets. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Willingness to travel across the Mid-Atlantic Region.  
  • Demonstrated experience with public policy initiatives is preferred. 

Compensation

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.

Please submit a cover letter with 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.