Clagett Farm Program Manager

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Annapolis, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Clagett Farm Program Manager in the EPR Department to be based at CBF’s Clagett Farm located in Upper Marlboro, MD.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Established in 1966, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act's impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 230 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world's first U.S. Green Build Council's LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world's most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

CBF has 200,000 members and supporters and an annual budget of approximately $30 million. For more information on CBF, please visit our About CBF page.

About the Hiring Department

Environmental Protection and Restoration (EPR)

CBF's Environmental Protection and Restoration department defends and restores the Chesapeake Bay by protecting the Bay's natural resources from pollution and other harmful activities by fighting for strong and effective laws and regulations; restoring the Bay's essential habitats and filtering mechanisms; and involving citizens in CBF's environmental efforts by recruiting, training, and incorporating them as effective partners and leaders.

Context of the Position

The Clagett Farm Program Manager is a critical link between the work of CBF’s 283-acre regenerative farm and the broader organization. The Program Manager leads the Farm Management Team and works collaboratively with the Vegetable Operations Manager, Distribution Coordinator, and the Facilities Manager to operate Clagett Farm as the premier regenerative operation in the Bay watershed. The Manager is responsible for building partnership opportunities and developing grants to expand the impact of the farm. The Manager will support the strategic vision and operations of the farm while also identifying networks and partners across Maryland to expand regenerative practices across the farming community.

Essential Functions

1. Serves as the primary link and liaison between the Clagett Farm team, the Maryland Office, and other departments at CBF, facilitating effective two-way communication to maximize opportunities for collaboration and to highlight Clagett Farm’s work. Specifically, this coordination includes:

a. Representing Clagett Farm and/or coordinating representation at regular Maryland Office meetings, Maryland Ag Team meetings, and Maryland Policy Team meetings, including reporting back to the Farm Management Team (Farm Facilities Manager, Vegetable Operations Manager, and Distribution Coordinator) on an ongoing basis. Participation in weekly Farm Management Team meetings.

b. Working with the Farm Management Team to develop and facilitate compelling communications that highlight the innovative work of Clagett Farm and the value of regenerative agriculture.

c. Working with the Development Department to facilitate donor and corporate group visits and volunteering opportunities, including coordination with the Farm Management Team, scheduling, database entry, and follow-up.

d. Facilitating communications between the Farm Management Team and the Education Department to coordinate logistics and needs for CBF’s Education programs.

e. Working with the MD Office Policy team to provide educational experiences for elected officials, key influencers, grasstops supporters, and advocates. Ensure alignment of farm experiences and messaging with CBF and MD Office objectives.

2. Work with the Maryland Executive Director and Farm Management Team to develop and execute a strategic vision for Clagett Farm that supports CBF and Maryland Office strategic plans, policy priorities, outreach and engagement objectives, and positions Clagett Farm as the premier regenerative farming operation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

3. Lead and supervise the Farm Management Team, including development of annual work plans, team coordination, including regular team meetings and individual check-ins, budget tracking, project management and mentorship. Identify and provide opportunities for staff growth and development.

4. Serve as the overall budget manager for the Clagett Farm program, including working with the Farm Management Team to develop annual budget and revenue estimates and forecasting. Track spending and work with Farm Management Team to adjust spending and revenue as needed throughout the year. Serve as the primary point of contact to the Maryland Finance and Operations Manager.

5. Lead on the implementation of existing grant deliverables by partnering with farm staff and CBF staff across the region. Develop grant opportunities that support the farm operations, engagement opportunities and further build networks for regenerative agriculture.

6. Serve as the primary representative to partner networks or ensure CBF representation, where appropriate. Steward and grow relationships with the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Districts, local food and agriculture organizations in Prince George’s County. Identify opportunities for Clagett Farm to serve as a hub in existing and newly formed partnerships that educate and advocate for regenerative farming practices.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

At least 5 years of experience in regenerative agriculture, including program, project, budget and/or personnel management. A strong background in building partnerships and trust across diverse audiences. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Salary Range: $80,000 - $83,000

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume. This position will remain open until filled.

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CBF offers a 36-hour work week, a flexible telework policy, and for full-time staff, a comprehensive benefits package to include: 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, health, vision, dental, life insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching contribution. Learn more about CBF Benefits.

We Are Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Just as biodiversity is the key to a thriving ecosystem, human diversity is the key to saving the Bay. Success depends on people from widely diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and races taking collective action. Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.

To increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will:

  • Recruit and retain a staff, board, and membership that reflect the diversity of people living within the Chesapeake Bay region;
  • Strengthen and broaden the diversity of our partnerships;
  • Celebrate and value the diversity of staff; and
  • Fight to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.

Studies show that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Wondering whether you have the right credentials or background to apply? We value lived experience, are serious about embracing diversity, and are committed to building a team that represents our communities' backgrounds. We encourage BIPOC, women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities to apply.

CBF does not discriminate based on any identities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.