Location: Washington, DC • Programs

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. 

NOTE: AFT’s current 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 oversee the directors of national programs, whereas the other VPP position will oversee the regional offices.  The two VPPs will work together closely to provide overall leadership for AFT’s programs and integration of AFT’s national and regional programming.  

The Vice President for Programs (VPP) provides leadership and administrative support for AFT’s national programming.  The VPP reports to the President. 

The VPP is part of AFT’s Executive Team. In addition, the VPP serves on the Program Strategy Team, which guides the overall direction of AFT’s programming.  

The VPP actively collaborates and coordinates with the other VPP to help ensure that AFT’s programming is strategic, synergistic, efficiently-delivered, well-received, and impactful. 

The VPP works closely with the CFO/VP for Finance and Administration (CFO/VPFA) to help develop and track programmatic metrics, ensure that all directors of national programs are preparing solid workplans and budgets and are then managing effectively to budget. 

The VPP works most closely with the directors of national programs, but also works with other staff to foster staff collaboration and integration of national and regional programming.   

The VPP is ideally based at AFT’s National Office in Washington, DC; but could be located elsewhere if willing to maintain a frequent presence at the National Office.  

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of this position are to supervise and support AFT’s national program directors to advance AFT’s mission across the nation. Specific responsibilities include:

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Works with the President and other staff to ensure that the work of national directors is effectively integrated into national strategies and programming decisions;
  • Works with the CFO/VPFA and other staff to develop and implement operating processes for national programming, to enhance clarity, efficiency, and metrics;
  • Works with Communications staff to actively communicate about national programming and its impact across the country;
  • Prepares reports for the President and the Board of Directors regarding AFT’s 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 directors;
  • Regularly communicates with national program directors 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 directors and between national program directors and regional directors. 
  • Assists with the design and delivery of on-boarding, training and the development of a supportive culture for new national program directors and their staff;
  • Supports a strong team culture of shared learning among national program directors.   

Requirements

The VPP must be outgoing, energetic, creative, highly organized and highly motivated. The VPP must have knowledge of agriculture, conservation and other subjects pertaining to AFT’s mission. The VPP must have direct and substantive experience managing professional staff. The ideal candidate would have experience managing multiple staff based in separate offices. The ideal candidate would also possess knowledge of nonprofit fundraising, including contacts within foundations and government agencies, and the ability to help supervised staff explore and secure new fundraising opportunities. 

In addition, the VPP must possess the following: 

  • A BA or BS degree and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience in public policy, land use planning, agriculture, farmland protection, land conservation or natural resource planning.  
  • Previous supervisory experience of at least 5 years managing multiple staff and multiple programs. 
  • Experience developing effective systems for managing staff, programs, and budgets.   
  • Excellent administrative and budgeting skills. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A collaborative, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach.  
  • Ability to deliver high quality work, quickly, in a dynamic organization under time pressure.
  • Ability to travel approximately 15% of time (and more if not based in Washington, DC).

Compensation

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and background. Full benefits package. 

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.