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. Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agricultures most pressing needs and opportunities.
Under the direction of the California State Director, the Program Manager will lead the Underserved Farmer Outreach Program which aims to support Californias under-represented farmers and ranchers by providing access to conservation-focused technical and financial assistance. The position will work to build programming and develop new resources, trainings, and online tools for underserved, young, and beginning farmers. The position will work closely with AFT CAs Women for the Land program manager and national AFT staff working on Train the Trainers program. For more information on AFT Californias program go to: https://www.farmland.org/our-work/where-we-work/california
The Program Manager is a full-time position based out of AFT's Sacramento, California office. The position requires statewide travel to attend conferences and events, conduct partner and community outreach, and host technical assistance workshops, approximately 20-25% of the time.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage program strategy, implementation, and evaluation for the Underserved Farmer Outreach Program;
- Organize, coordinate, and lead workshops to support implementation of climate smart agricultural practices by small and limited resource specialty crop growers;
- Work with other AFT California staff to create a long-term comprehensive strategy for all projects within the Farms for a New Generation program;
- Engage directly with farmers, landowners, and relevant partners to understand the needs and opportunities of underrepresented grower communities in California and develop partnerships with non-traditional partners;
- Assist with the development of compelling proposals to secure funds for priority projects;
- Participate in the preparation of funder and grant reports as well as any required internal updates;
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with agricultural, farmers, food and community organizations, and others;
- Represent AFT at public meetings and conferences;
- Work with AFT communications staff and others to create high quality compelling content;
- Work with other staff to develop, implement, and track annual program and budget goals;
- Oversee future program assistant staff;
- Other duties as assigned.