The Vice President, Climate-Smart Agriculture Programs for Trust In Food at Farm Journal leads the design and delivery of on-the-ground conservation programs that directly engage farmers, ranchers and growers in adopting more sustainable agricultural practices and solutions.
The VP’s portfolio includes providing overall leadership, strategy, implementation oversight, and partnership management for Trust In Food’s conservation programs including:
- Climate-Smart Connected Ag Project: a new $40M project awarded under the USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Partnership program focused on providing producers with the information and support they need to access climate-smart commodity markets
- America’s Conservation Ag Movement: one of the largest public-private partnerships for conservation agriculture together with 16 partners and USDA NRCS
- Trust In Beef: a new program designed to engage the value chain in helping cattle ranchers take pragmatic next steps to improve and enhance their environmental footprint
This is a “head in the sky, boots on the ground” role that is re-imagining how voluntary climate-smart agriculture practices are deployed and accelerated across a wide span of production systems and producers. This senior leadership role is ideally suited for a creative and partnership-oriented sustainable agriculture expert with a track record of designing and implementing innovative, producer-centered, on-the-ground conservation agriculture programming at scale.
All our work is underpinned by Farm Journal’s industry-leading reach, and its proprietary 4.1-million-record database with unparalleled intelligence on producer psychographics, online behavior, and propensities. As such all our program work addresses the core needs for producers to understand, value, and feel capable of making change.
Trust In Food is a fast-growing division within the iconic 146 year old Farm Journal company. Our vision is to revolutionize how farmers connect with regenerative and climate-smart agriculture and helping future-proof Americans’ trust in food.
The successful applicant will have:
- Proven experience leading all aspects of complex conservation ag projects with varied funding sources including government contracts
- Ability to think strategically about enacting change, and then an equal ability to translate that strategy into on-the-ground action
- Direct experience working with producers on change-programming including education, peer to peer learning, and technical assistance
- A history of creating successful and enduring partnerships across the ag food value chain
- A track record of leading internal and external teams at the intersection of farmer partnerships, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and agreements convening public and private-sector partners
- Deep knowledge of both production agriculture and conservation agriculture/sustainability/regenerative ag, across all segments of the industry
- An entrepreneurial mindset and passion for radically improving and accelerating how producers connect to, and find value in, climate-smart agricultural practices, programs, and products
- Up to 25% domestic travel may be required
Qualifications + Requirements
- Must have demonstrated subject matter expertise and direct experience with sustainable agriculture with U.S. production agriculture
- 7+ years of project and/or program management experience in the agricultural space
- Bachelor’s (Masters preferred) degree in applicable field
- Must thrive in ambiguous and evolving spaces
- Creative systems thinker not afraid to trailblaze into new territory
- Unparalleled external and internal communication skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Outstanding strategic planning and project management abilities
- Proven ability to manage multiple, competing projects with high attention to detail
- Team player. Belief that communication, collaboration and accountability are keys to be a great teammate.