Position Title: Program Director – Grants, Field to Market

Position Posting: https://fieldtomarket.org/the-alliance/our-staff/careers/

Role Description

Lead the implementation and coordination of the organization’s participation in agricultural grants. This role is responsible for the overall management, compliance and implementation of grants in coordination with grant partners to implement projects, engage growers and employ innovative incentive programs.

Contingent on a recent grant award contract, this position will be funded for at least four years and may be extended based on the success of the program. This role will report to the Director of Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement and will coordinate the hiring and management of several staff to support the workstream.

Position Overview

This position will be responsible for the oversight of all grants, sub-awards, financial reporting, matching requirements and sustainability reporting through Field to Market’s membership and stakeholders. This position will coordinate closely with the broader Field to Market program areas to develop resources, monitor, track and report on progress, and advance the overall missions of the Alliance.

This is a supervisory position that will lead a team of staff and contractors delivering across multiple program areas. In this capacity, the Program Director will provide direction and oversight of grant programming and strategy as well as the development for future funding and ongoing programmatic needs. In keeping with Field to Market’s commitment to continuous improvement, this position will seek opportunities to deliver value to stakeholders, develop strategic partnerships to increase our reach and monitor progress toward programmatic goals.

Travel for this position may be frequent and could be required on short notice. This position will be based in Washington D.C. with an opportunity for a hybrid work environment.

Key Responsibilities

The ideal candidate values transparency, accountability and collaboration, and has experience in federal agricultural grant management and compliance. Candidates must have a strong understanding of historical and current inequities in the agricultural sector, as well as innovative strategies for collaboration and inclusion of diverse expertise. As a small non-profit, every team member must be willing to work collaboratively across programmatic areas and lend a hand to teammates when needed.

A strong background and understanding of sustainability issues impacting the food and agriculture sector is desired as well as strong written and verbal communication skills, exceptional personnel and project management skills, and the ability to translate a project plan into action.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Federal Grant Management and Compliance

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive grant management strategy to achieve targeted program results by working within the budget, managing reporting deadlines, maintaining complete documentation of funding, and tracking subrecipient progress and results.
  • Provide Field to Market management support by preparing and delivering program briefings and presentations, including comprehensive program performance and financial analysis reports relative to the grant, to membership, the board of directors and other stakeholders.
  • Develop effective controls and ensure the integrity of the grant program and the organization as a whole is maintained.
  • Work with grant management accountants to ensure timely and accurate processing of account payables, deposits and billings.
  • Oversee the collection of data from project partners. Draft and submit routine reports to the federal agency overseeing the grant.
  • Serve as point of contact for federal grant program coordinators, sub-awardees, grant related contractors as applicable, Field to Market members and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in the selection of and coordination with additional grant related staff and partners to promote the longevity of the organization’s principles and goals.

Partnership Management

  • Oversee all aspects of grant implementation, including relationships with project partners, especially small, early, new, and historically underserved producer groups.
  • Manage all grant related relationships including farmers, grower organizations, agribusiness, brands and retailers, and civil society partners.
  • Communicate regularly with grant partners to provide membership support and ensure that projects are being implemented in accordance with Field to Market’s overarching goals.
  • Work with project directors to comply with grant terms and conditions, manage deliverables, monitor spending, request amendments, and plan spend-out.
  • Work with other members of the Field to Market grants team to monitor and evaluate project performance, benchmarks and outcomes.
  • Fulfill other stakeholder engagement responsibilities as applicable.

Partnership Management

  • Partner with VP, Stakeholder Engagement & Implementation on harmonization and alignment efforts with strategic partners to support the Alliance in delivering a coordinated and comprehensive approach to advancing sustainable agriculture.
  • Identify and secure strategic partnerships to support farmers and members projects enrolled in the Accelerator in streamlining sustainability reporting requirements and/or recognition/equivalency with other sustainability programs and initiatives.
  • Fulfill other stakeholder engagement responsibilities as assigned.

Other

  • Manage at least three (3) direct reports.
  • Contribute as a speaker or contributor on behalf of Field to Market for industry-wide events and publications.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias.
  • Frequent participation, collaboration and consultation with Field to Market governance bodies including standing committees and other groups as needed.
  • This individual will perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in business, agriculture, finance or accounting preferred; six (6) or more years of relevant professional experience. MBA or relevant graduate degree preferred; relevant advanced degrees can be substituted for years of experience;
  • At least three (3) years’ experience managing grants; experience managing from implementation to closeout preferred. Knowledge of and experience with managing USDA and NRCS conservation programs and/or grants a plus;
  • Proven knowledge of financial management and budgeting methods, policies, procedures, systems, and practices to execute a federally funded program;
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing grants and resources –including monitoring costs, performance, and recipient activities;
  • Exceptional project management skills, ability to juggle multiple tasks and experience managing multiple projects simultaneously with attention to details.
  • Ability to prioritize, establish and meet deadlines;
  • Highly collaborative with extensive experience managing multiple direct reports;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills for high-level interaction with Field to Market members and stakeholders;
  • Basic knowledge of agronomy or agricultural sustainability is required;
  • Demonstrated understanding of corporate sustainability reporting and sustainability issues impacting the food and agriculture sector with knowledge of how the private sector advances sustainable and regenerative agriculture;
  • Experience fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment among staff;
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, small office environment;
  • Proactive self-starter who can work as part of a team as well as independently;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation experience;
  • Must have strong command of the English language;
  • Willingness to undertake up to 30% business travel;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint).

To Apply

Please submit an application online at https://fieldtomarket.typeform.com/Applications. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position filled and will require a cover letter and resume. Please direct all questions to careers@fieldtomarket.org.

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $115,000-$145,000. Field to Market offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401k match and generous paid leave. Please note applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.

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