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
- Serve as the central strategist for agriculture at The Trustees and provide leadership in the implementation of The Trustees agricultural vision in the context of the Trustees strategic plan. Presently, this includes working closely with regional colleagues and education/engagement colleagues to develop signature educational farms at The Trustees.
- 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.
- Seek opportunities to expand and diversify sources of revenue within our farm operations and to create, apply, and share best practices in our operations.
- Lead the development and implementation of a suite of policies, best practices, and baseline standards for the Agriculture Program that demonstrate the compatibility of sustainable food production and resource stewardship practices, reflecting The Trustees breadth of mission as well as a history of excellent property care.
- Working closely with regional colleagues on annual planning processes and actively participating in strategic planning for properties with an agricultural component.
- Working closely with the development team to seek funding for agricultural efforts.
- 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.
Education and Experience:
- A Bachelors Degree in an agricultural, environmental, educational, business, or related field.
- Six to eight years of experience with a history of increasing responsibilities in agricultural enterprise or program oversight that demonstrates leadership and management in a collaborative environment.
- Knowledge of Massachusetts' agricultural, natural, social, and cultural landscapes.
- Understanding of the local, regional, and national food system, and knowledge of Massachusetts agricultural and food systems-related stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience managing agricultural landscapes as well as basic experience with property/natural resource stewardship.
- Ag-related business management a plus, as is an entrepreneurial, forward-looking mindset
- Demonstrated supervisory and budget management experience.
- A strong collaborator who thrives in a fast-paced team environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills as well as strength in oral and written communications and the management of multiple tasks.
- An ability to motivate and collaborate with a team of diverse professionals and volunteers to produce high quality outcomes on time and on budget.
- Demonstrated experience in fundraising, business planning and enterprise management.
- A proven passionate commitment to the values, mission, and purposes represented by The Trustees.
Location, Salary & Benefits:
- This is a full-time, exempt position based out of The Trustees main office in Boston overseeing farm operations that are largely, but not exclusively based in Eastern Massachusetts.
- This position requires regular travel across the state of Massachusetts and, periodically, to conferences and meetings in New England and the broader continental US; Access to a personal vehicle for travel within New England is required.
- As a full-time employee, the APD is eligible for benefits offered by the Trustees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, vacation, sick and personal time, as well as the option to participate in our 401(k) savings plan. Salary is commensurate with experience.
About The Organization:
The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on more than 100 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.
In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.