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Program Officer – Agricultural Leadership Development Initiative (ALDI) Program

Mission: Future Harvest’s mission is to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. We provide education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities.

Position Description:

We are seeking a part-time, experienced, self-motivated, highly organized, and visionary manager for our Agricultural Leadership and Development Initiative. The goal of the Agricultural Leadership Development Initiative (ALDI) is to deepen BIPOC and Veteran farmer engagement in the Chesapeake Region by building a multi-state collaborative of standout farmer leaders, stakeholders, and future policy makers. The program  offers tailored, culturally sensitive training consisting of nine months of free, multi-modal training (including classroom curricula, on-farm and online learning, and one-on-one mentorship). Through the Initiative, these farmers will access enhanced training, education, and mentorship, enabling them to master skills needed to advance their careers and master the skills necessary to run a successful and profitable farming operation. This solid foundation will help them to either grow their current farm businesses or launch their own farms in the future.

The ALDI manager would work remotely. This position serves the Chesapeake BayWatershed, including Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia. .

This is a highly flexible, dynamic position that requires regular regional travel, and some travel outside our region. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Administrative Duties 

  • Convene monthly/bi-monthly check ins with ALDI partners 
  • Convene meetings with ALDI partners and contractors
  • Review and manage grant program deliverables
  • Write semi-annual reports and gather relevant data from partners 
  • Work with contractor to carry out online curriculum
  • Work with partner organizations and contractors to schedule field days, webinars and special events for ALDI students
  • Conduct all email communications with ALDI students
  • Verify invoices from partners and contractors

ALDI Programming 

  • Develop online application and media for outreach
  • Review all incoming applications and schedule one-on-one interviews with applicants
  • Work with partners to select students for program 
  • Implement online culturally sensitive curriculum for students
  • Organize and manage google classroom 
  • Schedule webinars with guest speakers
  • Meet with Ag service providers to help broker relationships, funnel resources to  BIPOC+ Veteran farmers 

Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in agriculture or education, or relevant work experience (e.g. two years’ work experience in food and farming systems, in the non-profit, farming, research, or government sectors)
  • Proven track record of managing a large, multifaceted program
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, punctual
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Proven track record working with diverse stakeholders in the regional food economy – from farmers to retailers, wholesalers, food system workers, ag researchers, chefs, and consumers
  • Knowledge of and contacts in the farming community for the following regions: Central, Western, and Southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, Eastern West Virginia, and Washington DC., contacts in the BIPOC farming community a strong plus
  • Skilled at relationship building and networking
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance organizational racial equity goals 
  • Creative problem solver and able to juggle multiple projects at a time
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically implement field school vision and programming, step-by-step
  • Skilled with multiple types of online platforms and/or ability to learn them quickly
  • Willingness to travel and do some weekend work
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience a strong plus
  • Sustainable farming experience, knowledge, and/or research a strong plus

Compensation: This is a .5 FTE position, 20 hours a week. The successful applicant will earn  $27,000 per year, with a 10% fringe to cover benefits. This is a grant funded position that may be extended after one year. 

How to apply: Submit cover letter, resumé, writing sample, and three references as soon as possible to this form. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but most competitive applications will be received before December 1. The anticipated start date for this position is January 2nd or earlier.

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VOLUNTEERING: 

If you’re interested in volunteering with our organization, please contact Deb Dramby at deb@futureharvest.org

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