Green Lands Blue Waters Director

University of Minnesota

Twin Cities, MN, United States 🇺🇸

Required Qualifications:
• Requires BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience; may lead a small homogeneous department or larger process-oriented area whose members perform like activities.
• Five years of program management experience in related field/s. 
• Knowledge, familiarity and interest in conservation, agriculture and food systems and their ecological impacts and principles, practices and policies;
• Successful experience in acquiring funding through competitive proposals, foundations or equivalent;
• Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal relationship skills
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and virtual meeting software such as Skype or Go To Meeting
• Must be motivated and willing to work both independently and with interdisciplinary teams
• Must be able and willing to travel. 

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrated experience leading Communities of Practice, facilitating social networking, or community organizing is highly desired.
• Administrative experience working with diverse groups of farmers, agency staff, researchers and community-based organizations. 
• Science or research experience with alternative agriculture, conservation efforts, markets for products that also result in ecosystem services, watershed or other social-environmental activities.

This position will direct and strengthen mission-consistent activities for the overall multi-state Green Lands, Blue Waters Initiative and Steering Committee:

• Relationships: work directly with Consortium members and working groups to build positive working relationships that both internally and externally achieve the goals of the organization and increase cohesion across the network,
• Leadership:  work with Steering Committee to determine strategies to move the organization forward and evaluate the progress, supervise GLBW staff,
• Planning and Implementation:  set priorities and work schedule and monitor progress towards consortium activities and goals,
• Donor Cultivation and Financial Management: raise funds to support the GLBW regional office and priority programs, develop and monitor organizational and program budgets, and assist in development and submission of partner/member funding proposals that promote the GLBW mission,
• Communication: increase the organization’s visibility and establish GLBW as the regional voice for continuous living cover farming
• Manage communications to grow and maintain positive working relationships across members in six states in the upper Midwest and the Gulf Coast,
• Serve as a compelling spokesperson for the Initiative at meetings and events,
• Develop presentation and communication materials. 
• Some (10-20%) travel will be required.

This position is dependent upon successful year to year fundraising and has been 100% funded from