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Director, Strategic Partnerships & Sustainability

at Marin Agricultural Land Trust in Marin County, California

About the Job

The Director, Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability is a member of MALT’s Leadership Team, working under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and with MALT team members. The position leverages high-level, multi-stakeholder partnerships to enable MALT, Marin County farmers and ranchers, and the partner ecosystem to move toward a transformative, inclusive, regenerative agricultural model that promotes and creates incentives for the adoption of sustainable, systemic solutions to climate change. The Director identifies, designs, and implements innovative collaborations among MALT, agriculturists, partners, and innovators that attract support from government, foundation, nonprofit, and corporate partners, advance systemic climate change solutions on working lands, and build a sustainable food system. The Director advocates at local, regional, state, national, and global levels for climate-smart policies to encourage and support MALT programs, innovations and resilience, and works with government agencies to drive resource opportunities to MALT, our partners, and the Marin County agricultural community. The Director also works to increase MALT’s profile and network through participation in conferences and other fora related to land conservation, regenerative agriculture, climate resilience, carbon neutrality, corporate sustainability, and support of solutions that advance regenerative, biodiverse and sustainable farm practices and food systems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS

  • Identify, design, develop and implement collaborations among MALT stakeholders and to attract resources and support from government, foundation, nonprofit and corporate partners.
  • Advocate at the county, state and national levels for climate-smart agriculture and food system policies that encourage and support MALT farmers and ranchers and our partners to engage in innovations that increase resilience to climate change, reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint, and address pressing environmental issues.
  • Work with government agencies at the local, state, and national levels to drive funding and resource opportunities for MALT and Marin County farmers and ranchers, as well as from corporations, nonprofits, and foundations interested in sustainable agricultural practices, innovative food systems, carbon farming and carbon credits.
  • Enhance MALT’s profile and network by engaging broadly with state, national and global networks that advance the adoption of climate-smart practices and regenerative agriculture for the benefit of MALT’s farmers and ranchers, and through thought leadership, exchanging knowledge on global and national climate-smart best practices.
  • Strengthen existing and grow MALT’s partnerships at the local, state, and national levels, all in service of MALT’s mission and to demonstrate MALT’s commitment to being a contributing member of the West Marin and Bay Area communities.

Qualifications

Education

Graduate degree in business, business development, government or international relations, or related field.

Experience

  • Minimum of five years of experience developing and managing partnerships, ideally those seeking to achieve sustainable impact in agricultural and climate-related sectors and with corporations, foundations, and governments.
  • Minimum of three years of experience attracting funds from a range of partners, such as corporations, foundations, governments, and nonprofits.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with or for governments at the state, local or federal level, navigating to achieve desired policy outcomes. or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • You have a deep appreciation for the need for systems-level solutions to climate change and a keen awareness that multi-stakeholder partnerships including agriculture are key to achieving them.
  • You are familiar with corporate sustainability, corporate foundation and nonprofit sustainability strategies and their intersection with sustainable, regenerative agricultural solutions to climate change mitigation. Ideally, you bring a network of potential partners that could be readily developed.
  • You have outstanding business development, project design, people and networking skills and enjoy co-creating and managing complex collaborations involving multiple stakeholders that achieve high-impact outcomes. You appreciate the value of innovative business models to solve problems.
  • You have the savvy, patience and stamina to work with governments to achieve policy goals.
  • You see opportunities where others see challenge and complexity. You’re the person team members look to to create alternative forward paths and creative solutions.
  • You are talented at building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the corporate, government, social justice and environmental impact communities and connecting diverse sets of partners and stakeholders to solve complex problems. You are passionate about collaborations that achieve social justice and sustainability.
  • You are committed to regenerative, inclusive, local agriculture that provides local food, protects natural resources, sequesters carbon and affords dignified livelihoods to community members while addressing pressing problems of climate change, agricultural sustainability, and food security.
  • You have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

To apply

TERMS This is a full-time, exempt position that requires some presence in MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, the West Marin community and some in-person collaboration with potential government, corporate, foundation and nonprofit partners. Some travel may be involved. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format jobs@malt.org.

No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.

Marin Agricultural Land Trust welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use. MALT is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in which everyone is welcomed, valued, and supported. We are a team that works together to achieve our goals. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

Marin Agricultural Land Trust

Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust created in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to permanently protect Marin County farmland. Some of the Bay Area's most highly acclaimed dairy and cheese products, grass-fed meats, and organic crops are produced on farmland protected by MALT’s 91 agricultural conservation easements. MALT has permanently protected over 54,000 acres of West Marin’s diverse mosaic of coastal grasslands, oak woodlands, rangelands, and pastoral open space. MALT is committed to supporting sustainable management, climate-beneficial, and regenerative agriculture in Marin County, including farming and grazing practices that rebuild soil organic matter and improve soil biodiversity to draw down carbon and improve the water cycle.