Soil Carbon Initiative Program Director
Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. Our unique approach involves working with consumers, investors and businesses to create a world that works for all. We deploy marketplace solutions to solve the most pressing social and environmental problems facing society today.
The Center for Sustainability Solutions builds on Green America’s work over the years, where we’ve brought together industry groups across supply chains to create major shifts in such areas as solar, community investing, sustainable agriculture, and fair labor. The Center supports Innovation Networks, focused working groups of stakeholders with the objective of making significant, industry-wide system change. Current networks focus on regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, clean electronics, climate, and banking.
The Soil Carbon Initiative (SCI) was co-developed by Green America and The Carbon Underground with input from key stakeholders from throughout the food supply chain. SCI creates a framework that calls all who touch the soil to address the climate crisis by building soil health and increasing soil carbon sequestration through better soil health. This outcomes-based, scientific, agricultural standard is designed to help farmers and supply chains measure improvements in soil health and soil carbon.
The SCI Program Director will oversee the final phase of development and official launch of the Soil Carbon Index. The position will require both keen project management and organizational skills, along with a strong orientation towards stakeholder engagement and relationship development. As a key member of the SCI Design Team, the Program Director will need to be collaborative in nature, highly adaptable, and comfortable with complexity.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop a work plan for the final phase of development of SCI and work in tandem with senior staff and the SCI Design Team to ensure alignment and successful completion
- Provide input for the development, implementation, and execution of the Soil Carbon Index
- Oversee SCI Pilot Program, including the development of proposals
- Track and manage deliverables and communications with pilot participants
- Work to ensure interoperability between SCI and other key food and carbon standards
- Draft reports and communicate to the SCI Design Team on a regular basis key updates and milestones
- Work with senior staff and industry advisors to resolve outstanding questions or areas for further development
- Design in tandem with industry experts an initial platform for pilot participant data
- Participate in Cross Departmental Teams: The success of our organizational work includes the voluntary participation of staff members from all levels of the organization in cross departmental teams addressing a range of issues to strengthen our impact and planning, as time and other work commitments allow.
Qualified Candidates should have the following skills and qualities:
- Strong program leadership skills, with 10+ years of experience directing complex programs and teams
- Familiarity with document control practice
- Deeply organized and oriented towards keeping projects and deliverables on track
- Comfortable with project management and reporting tools
- Experience with the development of standards, and more specifically standards in the food and agriculture space is a plus
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop trusting relationships with senior executives and high-level leaders across a range of sectors
- The ability to understand and converse competently about complex supply chain issues with a broad range of stakeholders
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
- Familiarity with various farm management applications, a plus
- Strong research and writing skills
- Strong speaking skills
- Bachelor’s degree required; masters in a related field, including sustainable agriculture, agronomy or business management a plus.
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