We Are Hiring!
Director of Farmer Inclusion (Full-Time)
Nature for Justice (N4J) utilizes nature to address social justice needs for communities confronting the climate crisis around the world. N4J aims to grow funding for and provide advisory and technical resources to leading local organizations to assist frontline communities in addressing the climate crisis. We plan to accelerate and replicate successful landscape management techniques such as restoration, improved management, and forest protection to meet climate targets. Social justice is our goal, and supporting nature is how we’ll get there.
N4J is seeking an experienced, dynamic leader to bring vision, innovation, and passion to oversee the growth and development of the Farmer Inclusion program. The successful candidate will be a visionary leader and communicator with a deep understanding of farming, social justice, and environmental justice in the United States. They will show a passion and appreciation for diverse perspectives, talents, and identities, and work collaboratively across N4J staff and partners, serving as a role model for N4J’s core values. The position will report to the Interim Managing Director – USA.
For experienced (8+ years of relevant management experience) and interested candidates, this role could expand into the Managing Director – USA role after a trial period.
Farmer Inclusion Program Management, Implementation, and Evaluation (65%)
- Grow the cohort of black and indigenous farmers in the N4J network
- Develop and grow geographic projects (climate resilience, water access, regenerative agriculture, organic certification, etc.) to support and compensate farmers for implementing new methods, techniques, and technologies
- Mange program documentation including ensuring the completeness of financial, operational, technical, and donor documents
- Manage operational processes including consultants
- Develop and facilitate cohort meetings and workshops including strategy sessions and training
- Develop and manage operational tools and processes for the farmer inclusion program: strategy and plans, consultant contracts and invoices, budget tracking, success metrics and progress, partnership agreements
Farmer Inclusion Communications, Fundraising, and Grant Writing (25%)
- Work with the CEO to identify new revenue streams
- Maintain relationships with and provide updates to current donors
- Engage in cooperative storytelling with program partners and aggregate information on success metrics to communicate externally on a regular basis
- Manage and lead proposal writing processes
- Represent the program and N4J at events and build partnerships and alliances
Nature for Justice & Farmer Inclusion Strategy (10%)
- Define strategy and programs and take accountability for assessing, and addressing the programmatic and operational performance of the farmer inclusion program
- Assume accountability for the administrative, financial, and staff of the program
- Play a leadership role in establishing the culture, alignment, and engagement of staff, consultants, and the board
- Help create and implement appropriate policies, practices, and systems to optimize the use of N4J’s financial resources in the region and program
- At least seven years of experience in program or organizational management and two years in a leadership role: budget management, consultant a/o staff management, activity and deliverable planning and tracking, contractual or grant compliance, etc.
- Meaningful experience in agriculture, farming, rural economic development, AND social justice or environmental justice with networks in the southern U.S.
- Ability to identify new revenue streams (corporate, foundation, and individual giving as well as government proposals) and secure them through pitches and proposals
- Ability to listen to and learn from other staff, the Board of Directors, partners, and donors, while bringing experience and perspective to advance N4J’s culture and mission
- Multicultural competence to lead and manage others through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion and ensure all aspects of diversity are leveraged in our teams and work.
- This position will work between 32-40 hours per week (by candidate preference) with flexible or extended hours to support a global workforce across time zones
- This role will be based in the U.S., preferably in the south, and ideally in North Carolina
- The position will require domestic travel 10-20% of the time
- The Director of Farmer Inclusion is envisioned to make $75,000 – $110,000 FTE per year ($36.06 – $52.88 per hour) depending on experience; Nature for Justice offers health insurance and 401k matches for full-time employees.