Alliance Program Director

Job Locations US-New England or New York's Hudson Valley
Posted Date 3 months ago(2/11/2022 11:55 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
The Carrot Project


The Agricultural Viability Alliance, hosted by The Carrot Project (, increases the number and economic viability of farm and food businesses by bringing together providers and organizations from across New England and New York’s Hudson Valley to address shared challenges, facilitate more uniform high-quality coverage, and more effectively share and expand limited resources.


This project serves business technical assistance providers and organizations that will ultimately support the long-term viability of farms and food enterprises in the region. In addition to our economic impact, our work also fosters a more equitable and inclusive sector that engages traditionally underserved communities, and we support and strengthen entrepreneurs who help conserve farmland and mitigate the effects of climate change for generations to come.


Farm and food businesses feed us, help keep our environment healthy, can mitigate climate change, and support our regional economy—so we need them to be viable, thriving businesses. Business technical assistance ensures they can succeed. 


The Carrot Project is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (


The Agricultural Viability Alliance is looking for a leader to serve as Program Director to realize the project’s three pronged vision. The Program Director has an entrepreneurial mindset and the vision to design programs that meets our mission and the needs of our membership. The Program Director is a systems-thinker, thrives in collaborative settings, nurtures participatory decision-making, and is experienced in resource development- philanthropic as well as through Federal and State advocacy.

The successful candidate understands the needs of business advisors and organizations that provide 1:1 business technical assistance to the farm and food sector and the role meaningful technical assistance plays in building resilient regional and local food systems that includes a commit to racial and economic justice.  The Program Director will secure and manage an annual operating budget of approximately $275,000 and work closely with the Executive Committee, the Executive Director of The Carrot Project, Working Group chairs, and members to shape the organization’s future.


We are anticipating a start date on or after May 1st, 2022 for this position.


Essential Functions


Resource Development

  • Lead the Alliance’s philanthropic efforts to increase its budget including grant writing and donor relationships;
  • Lead collaborative Federal and State advocacy efforts;
  • Manage the Alliance’s budget in coordination with The Carrot Project’s executive director.

Membership & Communication

  • Serve as the public face and voice of the Alliance;
  • Lead development and implementation of communication efforts including membership engagement.

Program Planning and Implementation

  •  Lead the Alliance’s annual planning process and evaluation of its program;
  • Develop and implement new programs in collaboration with Alliance leadership and members;
  • Manage staff and contractors;
  • Forge a path for the Alliance to become an independent organization while building governance structure.

Community of Practice

  • Ensure that the project’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are central to and embedded in all programs and activities and that the commitment and action continue to evolve and deepen;
  • Support and enable effective committee work with the executive committee, working groups, the policy team, and other leadership committees.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • 7+ years of non-profit project and executive management experience;
  • Graduate degree in related field in business, agriculture, or non-profit management or equivalent experience and expertise;
  • Experience with Federal and State advocacy;
  • Experience managing boards and other volunteer committees;
  • Proven commitment to racial equity and economic justice and commitment to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Alliance and its members;
  • Proven success raising and increasing amounts of philanthropic gifts and securing state and federal awards;
  • Demonstrated ability to use participatory processes to create and realize a vision;
  • Experience and commitment to serving the needs of farmers and food entrepreneurs;
  • Expertise in fostering collaborative relationships and partnerships.

Special Requirements

  • Occasional travel will be required;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Must have home office in New England or New York’s Hudson Valley;
  • Valid driver’s license required;
  • Successful driver’s license check;
  • Ability to work from a home office.

Physical Demands/Work Environment


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.


Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely in New England and Eastern NY.

Compensation: The pay range for this position is 75,000 to $95,000/yr and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/TCP envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/TCP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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