Farms for the Next Generation Program Coordinator

  • American Farmland Trust
  • Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Oct 06, 2021
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support

Job Description

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.

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.

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.

Reporting to the Farms for a New Generation (FNG) Program Managers, the Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting FNG program operations, including coordinating logistics for FNG trainings, events and operations, shepherding MOUs, contracts, participant reimbursements and other obligations through AFT's administrative processes. The position also is responsible for copy editing, proofreading and preparing educational materials and resources, including funding reports and programmatic publications, managing a contacts data base, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals and other fundraising materials.

What You'll Be Working On

As an integral member of the AFT Programs team, the FNG Program Coordinator provides operations support to FNG projects which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Shepherding MOUs, contracts, participant reimbursements and other obligations through AFT's administrative processes
  • Scheduling and maintaining calendars, travel arrangements and reimbursements
  • Filing, page layout and design for educational materials, and assistance with spreadsheets and Power Point presentations Assembling grant proposal and reporting submittals
  • Photocopying and printing
  • Mailings.
  • Providing logistical and other support for FNG trainings, which includes but is not limited to:
  • Coordinating logistics for FNG trainings, which occur in person and on-line, including registrations, meeting room rentals, catering, A/V, contracting with venues, and other support as needed.
  • Coordinating completion of FNG educational materials, including proof reading and copyediting, and preparing materials for workshops and conferences.
  • Data entry and management for contact lists and educational events.
  • Data entry to and management of learning management software and contacts lists.
  • Helping staff respond to public inquiries, processing requests for materials, compiling information packets for distribution and coordinating materials for conferences, meetings, workshops and fundraising visits.

The ideal candidate has excellent project and time management and organizational skills with demonstrated commitment to high quality professional work, and:

  • Previous experience with contract management.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office suite, especially Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint, Learning Management Software, and Adobe Suite, especially Indesign and Illustrator.
  • Strong copy editing and proofreading skills; familiarity with Plain Language/English preferred.
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively and professionally with diverse stakeholders, the public, and AFT staff.
  • Must be a team player who is flexible and able to work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Collaborative, professional,?and innovative approach to project challenges as they arise
  • Outgoing personality and a sense of humor.
  • Experience with agriculture and a passion for the mission of American Farmland Trust.

Education & Experience

BA or BS with at least 5 years administrative experience in copy editing, preparing materials for print and on line publication, offering logistical support for webinars and on-line training, as well as travel and event planning.

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45,000 - 50,000 Yearly Salary