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Climate Initiative Director

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American Farmland Trust
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District of Columbia, DC
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Published 12 days ago

American Farmland Trust (AFT) 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 succeed in a challenging industry (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.

We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day. AFT's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice statement can be found here.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, 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 we have 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.

AFT is expanding its national Farmers Combat Climate Change Initiative (Climate Initiative), which aims to catalyze widespread adoption of regenerative farming and ranching practices that rebuild soil health, sequester carbon, minimize GHG emissions, and promote agricultural resiliency to climate change.

We aim to bring on three team members who will advance our integrated research, policy advocacy, and outreach efforts. We seek dynamic candidates who are passionate about expanding regenerative practices using innovative, science-based mechanisms deployed through the public and private sectors.

The following positions are now open and accepting applications:

  • Climate Initiative Director
  • Climate Change and Soil Health Scientist
  • Climate Policy Specialist

These positions are perfect for scientists with a passion for policy, policy professionals with a penchant for science, and everyone in between. Due to the integrated nature of these positions, we encourage applicants to indicate which position(s) they would like to be considered for in their cover letter.

Reporting to the Research Initiative Managing Director, the Climate Initiative Director leads AFT's national Climate Initiative, including directing strategy and leading activities including research, outreach, policy advocacy, communications, and related efforts.


What You'll Be Working On

  • Current Climate Initiative projects include on-farm soil health trials; quantification of agriculture's greenhouse gas reduction potential using AFT's CaRPE Tool; and policy guidance at the state and federal level, including as a U.S. Climate Alliance Impact Partner.
  • The Climate Director may also lead or collaborate on work related to renewable energy in agriculture.
  • The Climate Initiative Director is responsible for personnel management, program development, fundraising, budgeting, and annual work planning.


  • Experience directing a major program or set of projects, including management of people, contracts, and budgets.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and experience managing diverse, multi-disciplinary teams of colleagues, staff, and contractors with flexibility and creativity.
  • Supervisory experience, including setting goals and managing performance of employees.

Education and Experience

  • EITHER: PhD in agronomy, soil science, environmental science, natural resources, environmental policy, or related field, and at least 8 years of related work experience, with at least 3 of them being at a senior level or in a leadership role.
  • OR: MS in these fields and at least 10 years of related work experience, with at least 5 of them being at a senior level or in a leadership role.


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American Farmland Trust (AFT) 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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Doctorate (PhD) Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$105,000 - $125,000Yearly Salary

Location

On-site
District of Columbia, DC, United States

How to Apply

EITHER: PhD in agronomy, soil science, environmental science, natural resources, environmental policy, or related field, and at least 8 years of related work experience, with at least 3 of them being at a senior level or in a leadership role OR: MS in these fields and at least 10 years of related work experience, with at least 5 of them being at a senior level or in a leadership role.
EITHER: PhD in agronomy, soil science, environmental science, natural resources, environmental policy, or related field, and at least 8 years of related work experience, with at least…

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