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19 Dec 2022

Full-Time Program Associate – Resilient Agriculture & Ecosystems

Wallace Center – Posted by Wallace Center Anywhere

Job Description

The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable regional farming and food system development. Our mission is to bring together diverse people and ideas to co-create solutions that build healthy farms, equitable economies, and resilient food systems. We envision a future where all communities have the power to nourish themselves and regenerate ecosystems through just food and agricultural systems.

Since 1983, the Wallace Center has been working to affect systems change that brings benefits to the environment, to communities, and to the farmers and food businesses that are the building blocks of a just and equitable food system. Through the support of our partners and funders, we engage with organizations and individuals working on local and regional food systems development across the country.  We are committed to centering anti-racism, racial equity, and inclusion in our programs, operations, and culture.

The Resilient Agriculture & Ecosystems (RAE) Program Associate will join the Wallace Center as a full-time paid position. The RAE team works to advance regenerative agriculture and livestock grazing as scalable, market-driven solutions for building healthy soil, viable farms, and resilient communities. We work with a range of partners to build resources, provide technical assistance, and remove barriers to expanding regenerative practices. This work includes the Pasture Project, a multi-pronged effort to support regenerative grazing, and the Regenerative Ag Idea Network, a peer learning network. 

We are looking for a motivated candidate who is talented at multitasking in a fast-paced nonprofit environment. This individual should have the focus to handle complex, evolving responsibilities with a high degree of autonomy, accountability, and attention to detail. These responsibilities include managing relationships with internal and external partners and supporting work related to U.S. agriculture, livestock, and value-chain systems. This position will support innovative efforts to advance regenerative agriculture outreach, education, and practice adoption. 

The Wallace Center is actively centering racial and economic justice in our work and seeks candidates eager to forward that mission. The Center is committed to building a diverse staff and encourages applications from candidates of color. This is a remote position, with the option to work at one of Winrock International’s offices in Arlington, VA or Little Rock, AR. International sponsorship is not available. This is an entry-level position with significant support for training and professional development. Candidates who meet most qualifications but not all are still invited to apply.  

For more information, please see a full job description here. Applications are due by January 15, 2023. Salary range is $52,000 – $58,000 and will be commensurate with experience and/or level of education. Excellent benefits offered.

Essential responsibilities will include: 

  • Developing and maintain the program management tools for active RAE grants and projects.  
  • Managing the administrative requirements for active subcontracts, sub-agreements, etc.  
  • Overseeing RAE content for websites, social media, and other communications efforts. 
  • Supporting RAE and Wallace Center’s racial and gender equity commitments and activities.
  • Supporting Wallace Center’s Regenerative Ag Idea Network (REGAIN).
  • Providing administrative and logistical support (e.g., meeting notes, events, editing, etc.) .
  • Assisting with monitoring and evaluation activities (e.g., data collection, entry, and management). 
  • As time in the role increases, expect greater ownership of projects appropriate to the position. 

Education and experience should include: 

  • BS/BA in agriculture, soil science, animal science, economics, environmental science/policy, rural development, or related field OR at least four years of professional/work experience. 
  • At least one year of professional, work, or lived experience directly in one or more of the following areas: regenerative agriculture systems, natural resource management, administration, communications, research/evaluation, or relationship management. 

Skills should include:  

  • Demonstrated writing and speaking skills (English fluency). 
  • Strong time management, teamwork, and organizational abilities. 
  • Creative and consistent online outreach and content development.
  • Ability to learn new policies, procedures, and the language of contracts and compliance.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter (< 1 page), resume (< 2 pages), and document with a written response to these three questions (< 1 page total):
  • Why do you want to work for the Wallace Center?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing U.S. ag and food systems?
  • How have you seen, experienced, or come to understand racial inequities in your local or regional food systems?
Please submit all three (cover letter, resume, and written response document) as separate attachments via this email address.

Job Categories: Sustainable Agriculture / Food. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: food systems, non-profit, regenerative ag, and remote. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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