Industry: Hospitality & Recreation•
5 - 7 years
Posted 118 days ago
About The Position:
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) has worked since 1891 to conserve remarkable landscapes and connect people to the natural, cultural, and historic places that make Massachusetts unique. Agricultural landscapes have been central to our work, and The Trustees has preserved over 12,000 acres of farmland in the Commonwealth since our founding. The Trustees has extensive expertise in farmland preservation, is among the largest private farmland owners in the Commonwealth, and has a large and engaged constituency across the state, including visitors, members, supporters, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shareholders. We have a growing agricultural network that includes five community farms that are visited and enjoyed by more than 325,000 people each year. Our work in agriculture aligns with our larger organizational mission to protect the special places of Massachusetts for public enjoyment, providing a platform for visitors to connect to and enjoy our properties, whether they are picking up a CSA share at one of our community farms, shopping at one of our farm stores, or attending one of the hundreds of farm and food related events and programs we offer each year.
The Agriculture Program Director (APD) shapes and implements the vision, goals, growth, and policies for the Trustees Agriculture Program, which is focused on
a) Supporting a set of signature farms that engage the public in The Trustees mission through vibrant, fun, and creative visitor experiences, programming, and farm-based enterprise;
b) Building financial and property stewardship best practice into the care of our agricultural landscapes, programs and enterprises
c) Continuing to build a network of Trustees agricultural properties that build Trustees statewide profile and contribute to the vibrancy of agriculture in Massachusetts
The APD reports to the Chief of Operations and Programs, supervises the Vegetable & CSA Program Manager and Livestock Program Manager, and oversees a team of 10+ full-time, year-round staff and 20+ seasonal staff that comprise the Agriculture Program. The APD position oversees operating and project budgets that total over $1.5M. The APD collaborates with Trustees region-based staff, Operations & Programs Department colleagues, and other staff to collaboratively realize the statewide Agriculture Program vision and Trustees strategic and mission-based goals. The APD serves as the face of the Trustees Agriculture Program internally and externally and has a unique opportunity to shape the future of the Agriculture Program and realize the potential of the Trustees to serve as a leader in the Massachusetts food system and agricultural community.
The Agriculture Program Director provides leadership in the continued evolution of the Trustees agricultural vision, strategies, and goals. The APD will
Build and maintain strong relationships within national/regional/local agriculture and food systems networks. This includes supporting Trustees food access work and the activation of Trustees owned farmland through land eases and other partnerships, as deemed beneficial.
Serve as primary spokesperson for agriculture at The Trustees.
Provide strategic oversight and management of Trustees vegetable and livestock operations, including supervision of program managers, budget development and management, program evaluation, and enterprise and strategic planning.
Supporting the Trustees Agriculture Committee and representing the Agriculture Program to members of governance, as requested.
Contributing to The Trustees public policy agenda, in collaboration with the Director of Policy.
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