The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit
organization founded in 1982. LSP works with farmers and other
rural and urban citizens to foster a stewardship ethic toward our
nation's farmland. The organization promotes the widespread
adoption of sustainable farming practices and policies, as well as
rural revitalization. LSP maintains a staff of 20 at four offices
in Marine On St. Croix, Lewiston, Montevideo and Faribault,
The Associate Director will report to and work closely with the
executive director, and serve in a leadership role with
development and communications staff. We are seeking an
individual who embraces the values of LSP and who will become
thoroughly grounded in the constituency. The fulltime position
will involve travel throughout Minnesota and some travel
throughout the United States.
Key responsibilities include:
1. Development - Research funding sources, develop relationships
with funding sources, and design and write grant proposals in
coordination with the executive director and program
2. Communications - Write and speak about cutting-edge issues in
sustainable agriculture. Publicize and articulate LSP's
vision and mission by speaking to the media and through
oversight of media relations and publications. Maintain
frequent contact with LSP constituency and with others in
agriculture through presentations, collaboration, attending
LSP meetings and state agency liaison work. Teamwork with
LSP's director of fund development, as well as with
communications and outreach staff will be critical.
3. Supervision - Directly supervise development and communications
4. Federal Policy - Serve on LSP's federal policy team and play
a visible role in national policy settings.
Applicants should have knowledge of and commitment to
sustainable and family farming and ability to articulate key
issues in sustainable agriculture. Substantial experience in
grant proposal development and writing is necessary, as is strong
knowledge of regional and national funding sources and proven
track record in obtaining support from foundations. Experience in
grassroots and individual donor fund raising is a plus. Excellent
writing, editing and verbal communication skills, including
experience in working with the media is required. Supervisory
skills and experience are important. Ability to work in a
democratic and participatory team-management structure with staff,
board and a diverse constituency, including farmers is a must.
Interest and knowledge in state and federal grassroots policy
processes will be helpful.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary range will be in the mid-30s, depending on experience.
Excellent benefits are provided. The starting date is December 1.
The Land Stewardship Project is an Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Apply by October 22 with a letter, resume and several writing
George Boody, executive director,
Land Stewardship Project
14758 Ostlund Trail North, Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047