Title: Program Manager
Supervised by: VP of Programs and Projects
Status: Full-time, exempt, salaried
Date: October 2021
About Farm Foundation
Farm Foundation leverages the power of collaboration between food and agricultural stakeholders to advance agriculture in positive ways. Our unique approach combines the trust and reliability of a “think tank” with the impact and urgency of a “do tank.” We are an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, accelerating people and ideas into action.
Founded in 1933, Farm Foundation is believed to be the first foundation created specifically to serve agriculture and rural communities in the United States. The Foundation builds momentum behind meaningful solutions to address urgent issues facing our industry, from farmer health, to developing the next generation of farmers and ag leaders, to conservation and sustainability, to market development, and to digital agriculture.
Farm Foundation is a multistakeholder, non-partisan, group of farmers, executives, academics, and government leaders. We address social, environmental, and economic issues using innovation, education, and policy to achieve tangible results. For more information about our programs, visit https://www.farmfoundation.org/
While our organization is 90 years old, we are at a juncture that looks and feels like we are a new start-up organization. We’ve been through rebranding of our institutional identity and are implementing our new five-year strategic vision which includes new programming and opening a new Innovation and Education Center in the metro area to deliver best in class digital and in-person experiences to support our mission. Our ideal candidate will join our entrepreneurial, vibrant team and must possess our passion for bringing this innovative vision to life. This is a new position with opportunity for growth.
Farm Foundation is seeking a Program Manager to support and execute our portfolio of projects and programs, with a specific focus on delivering our next generation programs. The Program Manager will deliver high-quality programming to a variety of stakeholders within the food and agriculture value chain. Working with the Vice President of Programs and Projects, the Program Manager will provide programmatic and administrative support and assist with logistics and coordination for Farm Foundation events, in conjunction with the Senior Manager of Events.
Specific responsibilities would include:
Next Gen Programs Management (approximately 70% of time)
- Manage all aspects of the “next gen” programs that currently involve 150 young leaders. Programs include Cultivators, Agricultural Scholars, Congressional Fellows, Young Farmers, and Young Agri-Food Leaders
- Conduct evaluation and make suggestions for changes if necessary
- Develop and nurture relationships with the Deans that recruit and nominate participants
- Nurture relationships with participants. Develop strategies to engage alumni and provide them programming
- Work with development staff to research and explore new funding opportunities
- Coordinate logistics for the next gen participants’ involvement in Farm Foundation events
- Manage timelines and program budget.
Program Support (approximately 20% of time)
- Manage a portfolio of other programs and projects in conjunction with the Vice President of Programs and Projects
- Identify opportunities to create value to current and past program participants
- Communicate with various program participants and related stakeholders to engage them and educate them about opportunities while providing outstanding customer service
- Write program reports and activity summaries
- Manage the organization and review of submissions for various programs and projects.
Administrative and Logistics Support (approximately 10% of time)
- Draft website and social media content related to important dates and deadlines for Farm Foundation’s programs
- Conduct data entry and maintenance of records for event attendees, speakers/moderators, and program participants
- Provide virtual and on-site assistance and logistical help during events. Interact with program participants and other attendees.
· Represent Farm Foundation at events, forums, etc.
· Participate in internal and external meetings as required
· Protect the Foundation by keeping information confidential
· Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Work Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of professional experience is required
- Minimum of four years of related experience, ideally in relationship management, new program development, communications, or public policy
- Knowledge and passion for agriculture isn’t required, but is strongly preferred
- Previous experience working with fellowships and scholarship programs would be ideal
- Previous work experience with project management. Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize while driving multiple concurrent projects to completion
- Exceptional customer service experience and ability to work across diverse and multigenerational stakeholders
- Excellent communicator and writer for a variety of audiences
- Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Word and Outlook. Use of mail merge advanced features is preferred.
- Commitment to Farm Foundation’s mission and vision statements
- Excellent attention to deadlines and details. Strong drive and initiative to deliver excellence
- Ability to motivate and collaborate effectively with team members, vendors, and stakeholders
· Commitment to inclusivity and diversity
· Ability to manage a fast-paced, at times high-volume workload
· Ability to thrive on a small team and pitch in when needed.
- This position operates in a blended remote and professional office environment that is accessible. Some travel to off-site locations may not be accessible
- This is a full-time position. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required e.g., for events
- National travel is required, approximately three one-week trips plus several three/four day trips a year
- This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to talk, hear, and use hands to operate office equipment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to twenty-five pounds
- Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment
- Equal Opportunity Employer. Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
How to Apply
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- Write your Last, then First name in the subject line
- Interviews will begin when qualified candidates apply. The position is to start as soon as possible.
- Salary is $54,000 to $58,000, commensurate with experience
- Benefits package includes medical (with percentage of the premium paid for by the employer, based on which plan is chosen); life and short- and long-term disability coverage. Retirement plan offered with a 5% employer contribution and an additional 4% match of employee contributions. Comprehensive leave and ½ day Fridays in the summer.