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IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE - AGRICULTURE PROGRAM DIRECTOR - ST PAUL, MN, USA

AGRICULTURE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Izaak Walton League's Agriculture Program advances public policies to conserve and sustain natural resources and fish and wildlife and support economically productive agriculture. The Program includes initiatives to promote large-scale ecosystem restoration along the Missouri and Upper Mississippi Rivers. The Agriculture Program Director, located in the League's St. Paul, Minnesota office and reporting to the Conservation Director, is responsible for strategic leadership and day-to-day management of the Agriculture Program. This includes direction and oversight of agriculture policy and education initiatives at the state, regional, and national levels, supervision of program staff, and fundraising.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop and implement the strategic agenda for the Agriculture Program to advance public policies supporting natural resource conservation, sustainable agriculture, and other League agriculture policies.
Supervise professional and administrative staff, including staff leading the Missouri and Upper Mississippi Rivers initiatives, as well as various consultants.
Develop and administer program budget.
Conduct fundraising with foundations, corporations and major donors to secure ongoing financial support for the Agriculture Program; work with Director of Development to identify new funders, cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with foundations, and prepare grant proposals and reports.
Represent the League on agriculture issues before legislatures, state and federal agencies, and the media.
Work with League members, colleague organizations, coalitions, business allies, and other stakeholders to inform and educate the public about and build support for League positions.
Develop agriculture-related content for League publications, social media, and Web site.
Serve as the lead staff person on specific agriculture issues based on program needs and areas of policy expertise.
Prepare comments, statements, testimony, and reports on agriculture policies, legislation, and agency proposals.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master's degree in environmental science, agricultural economics, public policy, or related field.
Ten years of senior program and management experience working on a wide-range of agriculture issues in collaboration with diverse stakeholders to advance conservation policies before legislatures, state and federal agencies, and other entities.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on agriculture issues and policies, especially relating to the federal Farm Bill and federal agencies with responsibility for implementing agriculture policies and programs.
Ability to analyze and prepare relevant technical information, communicate complex issues to lay audiences and the media, formulate and implement broad-based advocacy campaigns to advance League policy priorities.
Experience managing professional and administrative staff and preparing and implementing annual budgets.
Successful track record in nonprofit fundraising.
Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with a diverse array of staff, volunteers, colleague organizations, government agencies, legislatures, stakeholders, and donors.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Compensation for the Agriculture Program Director includes a competitive base salary commensurate with experience and a package of employee and health benefits.

HOW TO APPLY

Please email cover letter, resume, and salary history to the attention of the
Conservation Director at: conserve(at)iwla.org.

Please submit materials no later than June 8, 2012.

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

The Izaak Walton League of America, founded in 1922, protects and conserves our shared heritage of wildlife, clean air and water, forests and soils. Our members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation goals at the local, state, and national levels. As a strong responsible voice representing hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.

The Izaak Walton League of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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