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About UsAmerican Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we have facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.This is a full-time position currently grant funded for three years through 10/2023. We anticipate extending the position upon securing additional funds and could envision this position taking a more strategic role regarding economic work across AFT.This role may operate in a teleworking environment. Once AFT returns to working in offices, there may be an option to work from one of our offices. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and phones. Occasional work in the evenings or on weekends may be required to meet deadlines.Occasional travel will be required once AFT covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted – 15-25% travelWhat You’ll Be Working OnAs an integral part of the AFT Programs team, the Ag Economist Manager:Plans and conducts on-farm and off-farm economic analyses and modeling for complex projects related to AFT’s mission including those focusing on the use of conservation practices to improve soil health. Specifically, work closely with partners to develop ten soil health case studies that will be generated through the USDA/NRCS-funded project for which this position is being filled.Conducts partial and /or enterprise budget analyses to understand economic and environmental costs and benefits of soil health practice adoption; and budget transfer analysis and to inform potential outcomes in areas with no data or existing case studies. Contribute to AFT’s exploration of the economics of supply and demand of agricultural land to help address questions related to how market changes could affect the way rural land is allocated among cropping, pasture, conservation uses, forest, etc.Conducts economic analysis of conservation policy to improve cost effectiveness and return on investments of state and/or federal policies. Applies the concepts of crop science, environmental economics, policy analysis, agribusiness, rural development, geographic variability, and life-cycle analysis to decision support tools for the grower/producer.Collects, processes, analyzes, and interprets raw data, including large complex datasets, to determine the significance of findings using a variety of standard statistical analysis and data visualization software packages to illustrate quantitative and qualitative analyses and results, offer policy recommendations, and develop economic analyses, working papers, briefing papers, and talking points to support projects and the mission of AFT.Communicates economic concepts and economic analysis to a diverse set of audiences including professional settings (including conservation-oriented meetings), farmers, Members of Congress and Hill staff, federal/state agency staff etc.Supports and advise other economic efforts across all AFT program divisions to advance AFT’s mission; work closely with contracting economists tied to various projects.Contributes to development of grant reports, annual work plans, and other reports, fundraising and, project developmentAdditional tasks may include determining the impact of water availability and quality, different water distribution systems, and climate change on yields and characteristics of various crop and livestock systems.The ideal candidate has a Master’s degree in economics with course work and/or equivalent experience in agricultural economics, soil health, statistics, and the water-energy-climate change nexus, and at least 5 years specialized experience which demonstrates:Independently formulating and evaluating policy and program recommendations based on quantitative and qualitative economic analysis.Creating economic-environmental decision support tools, such as an Excel-based partial budget analysis tool.Collaboration with partners, experts, and other stakeholdersWorking as an expert in the business and economics of the agriculture industry especially as it relates to analyzing economic impacts of and incentivizing implementation of conservation practices and other on-farm/ranch management activities and decision-making.And possess demonstrated experience and comfort with the following:Data visualization softwareWorking and talking with farmers/ranchersExperience working within the federal or state government on agricultural economic issues and familiarity with the Farm BillAdvanced use of Excel statistics or programming languages such as SAS, STATA and/or other statistical softwareOnline meeting and training platforms, video conferencing, desktop sharing and proficiency with Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.Collaboration across multiple internal and external stakeholder groupsAbility to analyze and distill information and data, and translate into educational resources for key audiencesExcellent written, verbal, and multi-media communication skillsAbility to deliver high quality work in a dynamic organization under time pressure and often with limited directionCollaborative, outgoing, professional, entrepreneurial, and innovative approach to tackling the future threats to agricultural landsAbility to work in both an independent, remote setting or office situationThe following are a plus:Experience working with large datasets, that may have required use of R, Python, or SQL, to keep the data organized and enable presentation including on webpages.Experience and success in fundraising.Apply HerePITracking

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