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Program Manager

Job Location

IA or Midwest


Type of Job



50,000 - 55,000

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Published Date

Nov 9, 2023

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WFAN seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative Program Manager to help us advance gender justice within our food and agricultural system!

The Program Manager will report to the Director of Programming and is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential (HOP) and Women Caring for the Land (WCL) programs. The Program Manager will support the Director of Programming with project administration, partnership cultivation, and providing information and resources to network members. This is a remote/ work from home position; preference for a candidate located in Iowa or one of the surrounding states.


Specific responsibilities include assisting with the following. Time allocations are estimates, and will fluctuate with programmatic needs:

Harvesting Our Potential (HOP) Program Support: (40%)

  • Collaborate with the Director of Programming and the Communications Manager to devise and implement an outreach and communications strategy for the program
  • Process HOP mentor/mentee applications, conduct interviews with applicants, assist mentors in their mentee matching process and oversee completion of mentorships, including participant completion of required program materials
  • Track and support participant usage of farm sitting and educational opportunities; ensure timely payment of stipends
  • Work as part of the WFAN team to coordinate and co-facilitate mentor trainings, learning circles and other network events
  • Build upon and maintain relationships with WFAN’s network of organizational partners
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programming and the Communications Manager to incorporate anti-oppression and gender justice focused communications and resources into programmatic offerings

Women Caring for the Land Program Support: (35%)

  • Coordinate women landowner outreach program events including Learning Circles
  • Support the Director of Programming with project administration for the Stewardship Ambassadors program, including through communications, Ambassador Recruitment and training, and timely stipend payments
  • Work with women landowners to identify additional education support needs
  • Communicate with partners to provide resources and additional learning opportunities for program participants
  • Collaborate with Communications Manager to promote programming through profiles, website and print materials updates, social media posts, and other activities as appropriate
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programming and the Communications Manager to incorporate anti-oppression communications and resources into programmatic offerings, including new program offerings related to land access and alternative land ownership models

Grant Management: (5%)

  • Assist Executive Director and Director of Programming with grant reporting and program updates

Administrative: (10%)

  • Meet regularly with Director of Programming and attend staff meetings
  • Submit receipts and reimbursement requests in a timely manner

Other: (10%)

  • Support organizational growth through working with other WFAN staff in cross programmatic work, with the board in organizational visioning, and with members in network building
  • Assist with development and implementation of the WFAN Conference
  • Tabling engagements, as needed
  • Assist with fundraisers, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Programming

Required Qualifications:

  • A passion for and ability to communicate the mission, vision, and values of WFAN to a variety of audiences
  • Commitment to anti-oppression work including anti-racist, pro-rural, gender inclusive, and LGBTIA+ supportive work
  • Strong, demonstrated administrative, organizational and multi-project management skills
  • Experience working with farmers and/or ranchers, farmland owners, and/ or conservation professionals
  • Understanding of sustainable and regenerative food systems
  • Strong writing and professional communication skills
  • Familiarity with using Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Zoom; a willingness to learn other systems (e.g. Trello) as needed
  • Works well in team settings and can cultivate partner relationships
  • Is a flexible self-starter who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel to work events as needed (e.g. learning circles, conferences, and field days)

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

  • A background in ecology, natural resources, sustainable agriculture, or related field
  • B.A. or B.S. or the equivalent of 3 - 5 years professional experience in sustainable agriculture, food systems and/or farmland conservation
  • Familiarity with the needs, challenges, and opportunities faced by beginning farmers and ranchers
  • Proven ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops
  • Multilingual capabilities highly valued, but not required

Additional Qualifications of Interest

  • Interest and passion for advancing cooperative and and/or other alternative models for land ownership, stewardship and succession planning
  • Knowledgeable about Farm Bill and other applicable policies
  • Knowledgeable about social justice and land equity initiatives and advocacy

If you feel that you are a good fit but don’t meet all the above-mentioned requirements, we encourage you to apply by including a statement of how you would contribute to WFAN’s culture and your alignment with our mission, vision and values.

Salary and Benefits:

The Program Manager is a full-time (40 hours per week) position, paying $50,000 - $55,000 depending on experience. WFAN employees receive health, vision and dental, and life insurance coverage, paid sick leave, retirement fund contributions, and paid vacation and holidays.

Application process

Please send: a resume or CV and a cover letter to by December 8, 2023. Please submit materials as one document, preferably a PDF.

WFAN’s Gender Inclusivity Statement

Recognizing that building an ecological and just food system requires leadership and representation from diverse communities, WFAN aspires to create an environment that welcomes women and gender non-conforming people who are passionate about creating a better food system. WFAN is committed to using gender-inclusive and non-sexist language that affirms and respects how people describe, express, and experience their gender. As an organization whose work is rooted in dismantling patriarchal structures that exclude women in the food system, we deeply understand the importance of spaces that are inclusive to the experiences of individuals whose identities may not fit the gender binary, and/or who may not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Identities including trans, intersex, and genderqueer reflect personal descriptions, expressions, and experiences. We encourage network members to share their pronouns and names, and these gender identities and expressions will be honored by WFAN staff and in our network spaces.

WFAN is an equal opportunity employer. Women, non-binary individuals, people of color, and those directly impacted by the issues that WFAN is working to address are strongly encouraged to apply.

For questions, please contact Stephanie Enloe at

Thank you for your interest!

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