The Nature Conservancy Seeks Agroforestry Program Manager

Posted on November 9, 2022
The Nature Conservancy Seeks Agroforestry Program Manager
Position Title:

North America Agroforestry Program Manager


Position Summary:
The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC.
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we will only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we would love to hear from you.
What We Can Achieve Together:
The North America (NA) Agroforestry Program Manager position will develop and implement strategies on behalf of the NA Agriculture Program and the NA Science Team to accelerate the widespread, market-driven adoption of agroforestry in the U.S. This position will manage a newly-awarded $60M USDA Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities grant (“Expanding Agroforestry Production & Markets for Producer Profitability and Climate Stabilization”) designed to promote regenerative agroforestry practices by incentivizing farmers, developing markets, conducting Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV), and otherwise creating the enabling conditions for the rapid growth of agroforestry practices. We define agroforestry broadly to include silvopasture, alley cropping, and orchards. Leveraging existing North American Agriculture Program strategies and partnerships, the Program Manager will ensure the success of the project by developing and implementing strategies to serve and diversify the partners, funders, agencies, and other priority audiences needed to scale agroforestry in the United States. The Program Manager will oversee the main components of the project, including the Farmer Incentive Payments program, the agroforestry product label initiative, contract and sub-award management, and federal compliance and reporting.
This position often serves as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, corporations, and the academic community. The Program Manager will engage the agricultural community across the supply chain to advance agroforestry
negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and private sector partners
and identify and cultivate fundraising opportunities to bring additional resources to the NA Agriculture Program team, as well as to aligned and contributing TNC business units and partners. The Program Manager will increase and enhance the role of TNC as a major partner in the agroforestry industry - supporting and developing TNC’s strategic, scientific, and technical capacity to achieve impact. Location of this position is flexible within the continental United States, with Minneapolis, Minnesota being a preferred location. Listed below are major roles expected of this position.
Serve as collaborator with external partners
● Organize, collaborate with, and coordinate regional partners for execution of grant deliverables, including communicating information to stakeholders
aligning strategies, processes and tools
and seeking solutions and conducting corrective actions as necessary (e.g., nursery bottlenecks, payment processing and marketing support, etc.).
● Seek additional public and private funding opportunities for continued support of the effort.
● Manage and organize routine engagement and collaboration with partners, with a minimum of quarterly group update calls.
● Coordinate with other partners to ensure standardization and utilization of partnership procedures.
Expand and diversify outreach
● Cultivate strategic participation with a diverse array of farmers, landowners, conservation groups, professional associations, civic organizations, industries, businesses, local governments, and other priority entities - with a particular focus on expanding the audience of historically underserved farmers.
● Collaborate and coordinate in the creation and implementation of outreach and education events on demonstration farms with regional partners and activities that engage TNC membership, volunteers, and donors.
Inspire partners and target audiences
● Collaborate and coordinate in the creation and implementation of products and materials for agroforestry education and outreach efforts.
● Coordinate with strategic partners to create and implement collaborative endeavors that promote the scaling of agroforestry in the United States.
● Coordinate with Government Affairs staff on opportunities to engage and educate decision makers on agroforestry efforts and policy opportunities.
Provide internal and external management and coordination
● Develop and maintain consistent coordination and collaboration with multiple TNC business units and with existing strategies and programs advancing regenerative agriculture in crop systems and grazing lands.
● Ensure tracking and reporting of MRV activities, deliverables, invoicing, logistics, and other metrics.
● Develop routine reports and updates for internal and external audiences, partners, funders, and others.
● Coordinate and collaborate on the creation and refining reporting and technical support tools to document and facilitate the work of the grant program (including establishing standard cost-share eligibility requirements and prioritization ranking tools to be used by partners).
We’re Looking for You:
The NA Agriculture Program at TNC employs science-based, solutions-focused approaches to drive actionable, systems-change strategies that aim to increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices across working lands in the United States. The team works together with public and private sector decision-makers to co-create solutions, drawing on TNC’s practical experience and expertise working with local partners on the ground. If you have a passion for conserving and protecting the natural world, addressing climate change and enhancing the sustainability of our food system, and believe in TNC’s mission and values, please apply for this position and learn more about the Conservancy.
What You’ll Bring:
• A degree in agronomy, natural resources management, conservation, business, or another related field of study and at least 10 years’ experience in conservation or related fields.
• Proven experience working with diverse partners, both internal and external, such as farmers, landowners, corporate executives, and government officials.
• Experience developing partnerships and leading collaborations within the private sector and public sectors.
• Experience managing multiple, complex projects, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
• Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Negotiation skills.
• Multilingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation projects and/or programs, strategies, policies, and plans with the public and private sectors.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, sustainability, MRV, technology, markets, public programs and/or other relevant discipline(s) across multiple regions.
• Experience managing complex, multi-year budgets.
• Experience working in a matrixed organization.
• Demonstrated commitment to increasing equity in agriculture, working with underserved and disadvantaged farmers.
• Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
• Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government).
• Excellent communication skills
exceptional writing and presentation skills.
• Supervisory experience.
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.
What We Bring:
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at the Culture Tab on
We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
Valerie Leung

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