Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention (SFLR) Program Leader American Forest Foundation
Family landowners everywhere face challenges in managing their land sustainably, but these challenges are particularly acute for African American landowners in the southeast. Too often things a simple as being able to obtain a clear title are incredibly difficult. This means that these families are unable to reap the full economic benefits of forest ownership and too often are kept from being part of the forest sustainability community. This established programs works on the ground with local partners to help alleviate these challenges.
This program developed by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and their partners, supported by the US Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, is being transferred to the American Forest Foundation for leadership.
The SFLR Leader cultivates partnerships with these local partners working with our target landowners connecting them with technical assistance and forest stewardship communities like the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), provide them with tools and support to help them do their outreach jobs more easily and to grow the size of their programs. The Leader works hand-in-hand with the leaders of all participating sites to foster shared learning, to ensure delivery on the commitments made to funders, and to develop opportunities to bring additional resources to further the goals of SFLR. The position will be located in Washington D.C., or within the Southeastern United States.
If successful decades of challenges for African American forest landowners in the South will begin to change so they and their families can be full participants in the forest community, delivering clean water, clean air, sustainably grown fiber and wildlife habitat.
The leader will represent SFLR at events and in activities throughout the region and country to build profile for the program and identify opportunities to resource the work. They lead the site administrative and technical support on day-to-day problem-solving and troubleshooting with sites, as requested. Execute the completion of quarterly grantee reporting, coordinate site reporting, and working closely with the U.S. Endowment on the grants they continue to manage through completion.
The continued focus is critical in the development and support to the SFLR network, including the Coordinating Committee and its co-conveners, and foster the efficient flow of information between and among the partners. You will conduct annual site assessments and document results in grant reporting, program evaluation, shared learning, and planning. Develop and monitor budgets, work plans and agreements. In conjunction with development staff, identify and obtain funding for the SFLR program and assist sites with their efforts to raise additional funding.
AFF requires an entrepreneurial, proactive, confident, and collaborative individual who can successfully lead and grow a national program, develop and implement a strategy that will effectively engage network participants and partners, and increase participation throughout the Southeastern U.S.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- You have the unique and exciting opportunity to work with amazing colleagues, partners and landowners to help African American woodland owners in the South fully participate in the forest sustainability community.
- You will lead lasting on-the-ground impact and help achieve meaningful outcomes around land tenure, conservation, and financial sustainability for African American landowners.
- Our staff is exceptional. They are smart, passionate individuals who are dedicated, and good at what they do.
- We offer a flexible work environment that respects your life outside of work.
- AFF is financially sound and growing.
- AFF offers a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package.
We are committed to creating a diverse work environment and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Your First Year
At the end of your first year, you would know that you had been successful if you could look back and see that you had accomplished the following:
- Lead the on-going transition of the SFLR program administration from the U.S. Endowment to the American Forest Foundation (AFF).
- More landowners are participating in the program and more are managing sustainably – goals to be set with our partners after hire.
- Increased the tools available for our partners to use in growing the number of participating landowners more efficiently.
- Planned, lead and executed an annual retreat for the SFLR program leaders, building trust and vision with the local partners.
- Garnered more visibility with key audiences in the forest community, news media, present and prospective funders and the ATFS network – with an eye to accelerated growth and financial support.
- Immersed yourself in the culture of the organization, developed a broad understanding of how we work, and have a firm understanding of AFF’s long-term goals and how the SFLR program contributes to those goals.
The position requires the following
- An entrepreneurial mindset
- Preferred -- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and at least five years of experience in one or more of the following: natural resource management, social justice, community development, and/or major program management
- Demonstrated ability to lead and grow a major program
- Proven ability to think strategically, analyze critically, and translate ideas into actions
- Experience working effectively with and through partnerships
- Experience working with African American communities
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously and clearly bring projects to timely completion
- Demonstrated ability to develop and manage program budgets and help raise support funds
- Proven ability and reputation of working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and bringing people together toward a common goal, including volunteers, donors, partners, and staff
- Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of constituencies
- Ability to communicate effectively--to listen, influence, motivate, and lead
- Strong initiative; a self-starter with tenacity, resilience, and high energy
- Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies, including co-workers, business and community leaders, partners, donors, board members, volunteers, public officials, and the public at large, in a wide variety of settings
- A client service orientation
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and the ability to effectively plan and problem solve
- Results-oriented with a keen understanding of the steps necessary to achieve goals on deadline and within budget
- Time management skills, with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and manage multiple priorities
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and display discretion, integrity, and tact when dealing with sensitive issues
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed, up to 40% of the time
- Ability to effectively plan, problem solve, and implement positive change
- Flexible, with the ability to work in unproven areas and adapt based on what is learned from each successive project
- Strong initiative, a self-starter with tenacity, resilience and high energy
- Ability to prioritize, coordinate and manage multiple priorities within established deadlines
- Ability and willingness to accommodate some evening and weekend work
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works on the ground with family forest owners, partners, and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage. AFF is leading the way in connecting family forest landowners with technical and financial assistance to better steward their land in service to measurable landscape-scale conservation impacts. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) ensures the sustainability of America’s family forests for present and future generations in conjunction with our strategic partners.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2019.
For more information on the American Forest Foundation, please visit forestfoundation.org Please provide a cover letter and resume. To apply, please follow links. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the deadline as interviews will be conducted as resumes are received. A candidate could be selected prior to the deadline.