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Positions Available: Full-Time

Mount Grace is currently seeking applicants for the two staff positions described below.  Mount Grace is a proud equal opportunity employer and strives to be an inclusive and diverse organization. We offer a competitive benefits package and collaborative work environment in Athol, MA at our Skyfields Arboretum headquarters. To apply to either position, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sarah Wells: wells@mountgrace.org.

Mount Grace is looking to add an enthusiastic, experienced conservation professional member to our team to manage our Farm Conservation Program.

Our Farm Conservation Program upholds working farms and forests as the heart of healthy, resilient communities. Our work goes beyond permanently protecting the farmland that feeds us: we keep farmers on the land and sustain rural landscapes and livelihoods. Through innovative and inclusive partnerships we build strong local and regional food systems in both urban and rural communities. Our work increases local food production, food access and health, education, and community and economic development. The Farm Conservation Program Manager is responsible for implementing this vision, and for completing land protection projects consistent with Mount Grace’s mission, policies, and systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct landowner intakes and develop and manage conservation projects in keeping with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
  • Respond to community inquiries and connect farmers and landowners with local resources and technical assistance.
  • Implement creative strategies to keep farms in active production and in the hands of farmers (e.g, Option to Purchase at Agricultural Value, buy/lease models, support market creation, etc.).
  • Continuously improve and develop the network, capabilities, and outreach of the Farm Conservation Program.
  • Write grants to financially support the work and projects of the Farm Conservation Program, including federal, state, local, and private grants. Cultivate relationships with state partners, including those at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, and private foundation donors.
  • Coordinate the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance (GQFA), an informal network created and sponsored by Mount Grace. The GQFA brings farmers, community organizations, land trusts, planners, businesses, local schools, and others together to address the food system challenges in our communities — including the agricultural economy, food access and local food procurement, health, farmland conservation, and education—while recognizing that land is at the heart of the food system. Through protecting land and saving working farms, we can improve the health of our food systems. The Farm Conservation Program Manager coordinates bi-annual GQFA gatherings and supports its working groups.
  • Participate in local and regional conservation and food systems gatherings, conferences, and speaking engagements to share resources and promote cross-sector collaboration.

Essential Job Functions

  • Excellent conservation project management skills, including collaborating with local farmers to craft strategies that work for them, their farm businesses, future farmers, and make sense for the land itself
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking
  • Basic GIS mapping
  • Creative problem-solving with a collaborative, solutions-oriented mindset

Qualifications

  • Experience managing and completing conservation projects, in keeping with the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices (ideally, in Massachusetts)
  • Commitment to Mount Grace’s mission and efforts to save farms in north central Massachusetts

Compensation

  • Salary is commensurate with experience. Mount Grace offers a competitive benefits package and collaborative work environment in Athol, MA.

 

Mount Grace is also looking to add a dynamic, enthusiastic member to our team to boost our fundraising and administrative capacity.

The core responsibilities of this position will be split between providing administrative support to:  1) a major fundraising campaign, and 2) general office needs. The Campaign Assistant will work closely with, and report to, the Executive Director and Deputy Director, respectively. No previous fundraising experience is necessary.

Key Responsibilities

Provide administrative support to major fundraising campaign:

  • Serve as the direct link to all working on the campaign
  • Schedule campaign meetings and remind participants of time and place
  • Prepare and distribute meeting materials in advance and minutes afterwards, with attention to confidentiality
  • Assist volunteers and staff in conducting successful solicitations through provision of materials, background information, and prospect contact info
  • Assist in drafting and disseminating campaign communications and marketing materials including social media
  • Provide internal communications and external updates on campaign progress
  • Maintain campaign lists, assignments, and progress reports on solicitations
  • Assist in setting appointments and other communications with prospects
  • Maintain data records for campaign gifts and donors in coordination with other administrative and fundraising staff
  • Assist in implementing all mail solicitations related to the campaign
  • Participate in all campaign events, including providing support to volunteers and committees, as requested
  • Prepare and send appropriate acknowledgements to donors; also ascertain that other campaign workers and volunteers are sending thank you notes appropriately
  • Update and inform the Committee regularly on campaign activity that might come first to the Administrator’s attention
  • Maintain a campaign ‘Scorecard’ that illustrates progress (no previous experience with this tool is necessary)
  • Stay informed and aware of annual and project fundraising concurrent to the major campaign

Provide administrative support for general office needs:

  • Represent the organization by being first line of office/telephone reception inquiries
  • Streamline and maintain office efficiency by developing tools, planning and implementing office systems and administrative procedures, and ensuring systems operate cohesively
  • Utilize and manage database (database is Total Community Manager, but no previous experience with this specific software is required)
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director and staff in planning and executing bi-monthly Board of Directors meetings, including taking minutes
  • Assist with major organizational events throughout the year, including the Annual Meeting
  • Liaise with operations and facilities management vendors (e.g. information technology, mechanical, tradespersons, supplies), ensuring expenses remain as low as possible

Essential Job Functions:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and responsive approach to interacting with colleagues and community members
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Appreciation for accuracy in details
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements

Qualifications:

  • Administrative experience
  • Desire to share administrative skills to support Mount Grace’s mission to protect land for the benefit of people and the environment

Compensation:

Salary range is $35-40,000, commensurate with experience. Mount Grace offers a competitive benefits package and collaborative work environment in Athol, MA. This is a full-time, two-year position, with possibility to extend beyond the life of the major fundraising campaign if the person selected is a good fit for Mount Grace's ongoing administrative needs.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Sarah Wells at wells@mountgrace.org.