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.
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Reporting to the New York Regional Director, the New York Policy Manager leads the region's efforts to advance bold policies and programs that support AFT's comprehensive mission to save the land that sustains us through a progressive agenda to combat climate change, protect farmland, enable a new generation of farmers to gain access to farmland, and support the health of New Yorkers through farm to institution. The position manages staff, consultants, and interns and works closely with the New York staff, serves as a thought partner and collaborator with other regional and federal policy staff, and maintains a strong public presence with external partners, policy makers and others advance.
What You'll Be Working On
As an integral part of the AFT Programs team, the New York Policy Manager supports broader efforts to develop and grow these programs in New York and New Jersey. They will have the opportunity to work across teams throughout AFT, as well as with external partners including state and local government officials, farmers, landowners, agricultural professionals, and institutional leaders, and:
The New York Policy Manager must possess be well-organized and disciplined, possess? knowledge of New York and New Jersey agriculture, land use, and conservation policies and issues, and the intersection between these issues and social justice, and/or its impacts BIPOC farmers and communities, as well as :
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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…