New York Deputy Director

Website American Farmland Trust


American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.

We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we have facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Reporting to the New York Regional Director, the New York Regional Deputy Director has both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from partner and donor relations, program management, and administration.

What You’ll Be Working On

As an integral part of the AFT Programs team, the New York Regional Deputy Director works closely with the Regional Director, in collaboration with regional and national staff, to chart AFT New York’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.  Other duties and responsibilities include:

Strategic Planning & Program Development: 

  • Develop and implement programs in New York in a manner consistent with the national organization’s goals and strategies.
  • Assist with strategic decision-making and support thought leadership for addressing the most critical challenges in New York tied to AFT’s mission.
  • Cultivate working partnerships with external stakeholders, including agricultural, environmental, conservation, academic, research, business and other relevant partners, state officials and agencies, and legislators, in developing and implementing programs.
  • Assist in building a broad, diverse statewide constituency that will actively support AFT’s mission and program goals in New York.
  • Provide strategic support for policy platforms and programs that align with AFT’s goals in New York and support national strategies and objectives

Management & Budget 

  • Oversee the day-to-day management, annual budgets and workplans for AFT’s projects in the region
  • Oversee internal reporting and monitoring activities, including program metrics, executive team bullets, workplan monitoring, and quarterly programmatic and financial reports.
  • Monitor regional budget and communicate financial issues with Regional Director to assist with decision making
  • Serve as thought partner and help deliver on AFT’s goals to create a more equitable and inclusive work environment and advance programs that value diversity, equity, inclusion and justice and work towards anti-racism
  • Manage and support regional staff in effective project planning and delivery, and budget management and support their effective achievement of annual goals.
  • Complete staff reviews annually and lead or support the hiring of new staff and development of staffing plans, as needed.
  • Work with the Regional Director, AFT’s national management team and others to create synergy across the New York’s Regional Program, AFT’s National Initiatives, and other Regional Programs


  • Work with national development staff to create compelling proposals and secure funds for priority programs
  • Work with development staff to cultivate relationships with funders and funding prospects, such as foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Work with New York regional staff and other AFT divisions to ensure that funders receive complete and timely proposals, reports and other required materials.


  • Represent AFT in industry-group conferences, professional associations, and other public venues.
  • Contribute to communications and outreach pieces related to New York programs and policy work.


  • Proven track record of delivering superior results and assuming leadership roles with well-developed capacity to effectively and sensitively manage people and programs
  • Experience with budgeting and financial management. Nonprofit organizational management is also strongly encouraged, though not required.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising with institutional funding partners
  • Experience in creating an inclusive work environment for diverse staff is preferred. Previous work history with diverse communities of farmers, landowners and other constituencies is also valuable.
  • Ability to see the big picture and be visionary while also being detail oriented.
  • Success in roles requiring simultaneous management of multiple priorities under tight timelines is important.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, for-profit and nonprofit, and from diverse backgrounds
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • A deep working knowledge of New York agriculture with preference towards expertise in soil health and other conservation practices
  • A valid US drivers license and access to reliable transportation.
  • Passionate about American Farmland Trust’s mission and impact.

Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to AFT’s mission.
  • At least 8 years of professional experience, preferably in a senior management position, in a nonprofit organization, foundation, government agency or the private sector.

When you should apply

  • Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
  • A diverse and inclusive work environment
  • A cause and mission you can be proud of
  • Competitive compensation & Benefits
  • Remote work opportunities
  • Flexible scheduling

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