Position Announcement: Pennsylvania Agricultural Program Manager
About the Alliance:
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) is a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver innovative, broadly-supported programs that benefit the land, waters and residents of the Chesapeake Bay. The Alliance implements local programs that connect people to their local river and becomes directly involved in local restoration efforts. The Alliance was founded in 1971 and has offices in Annapolis, MD, Lancaster, PA, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA. The Pennsylvania office is focused on the Susquehanna River and Potomac River Basins in Pennsylvania and New York.
This position will work with the Pennsylvania State Director and office on a wide range of water quality improvement projects focused on agricultural conservation, riparian and in-stream conservation, drinking water protection, and more. The successful candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, and a basic understanding of water quality and land use issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The ability to form strong relationships and work in partnership with a variety of audiences is essential. The Pennsylvania Agricultural Program Manager will interact often with farmers, other landowners and local residents, and members of the business community, local government, and other nonprofits. This position will involve extensive fieldwork and outreach, including meeting with landowners to conducting field assessments and will thus require field-savviness. Agricultural programs will be a core focus for this position, specifically the coordination of the Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership, and candidates with skills and field experience in conservation agriculture will be prioritized. Strong candidates will also have experience in partnership coordination.
The successful candidate will show creativity in generating new ideas and problem-solving, as well as project management, leadership, and facilitation skills. The demonstrated ability to facilitate the engagement of a diversity of partners and generate consensus on goals and project ideas is a plus.While the successful candidate will immediately be stepping into existing programs, we are seeking an applicant who can develop creative, innovative solutions, and programs of their own in time.