Job opportunity: Project manager, Progressive Landowners Platform at Real Farming Trust

Jun 29, 2023

The Real Farming Trust, in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is looking for a creative project manager with good knowledge of land use issues in the UK to take on this exciting new role.

Project Manager: Progressive Landowners Platform
Part Time (3 days a week)
£32,818 (FTE)
14 month contract
Work from home with occasional travel across the UK

About the role

Access to land is one of the major barriers for new entrants into farming. With land reform, particularly in England, unlikely in the short term, and land prices continuing to rise, other solutions need to be explored.

There are progressive farmers, landowners, land agents and organisations already working across the UK to bring about change. This project will bring those progressive voices together to create a platform for discussion, knowledge exchange and creative thinking. It will bring others into the conversation to explore the financial, social and ecological benefits of bringing new entrants onto the land. It will look to develop new ideas and new models for improving access to land. It will share its learning and make the case for new approaches to land access with decision makers.

You will be supported to deliver this project by Ruth West, RFT’s founder, Clare Horrell, one of RFT’s Executive Directors and our Communications Manager, Sarah Buckingham. You will be line managed by Clare Horrell.

We are grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for funding this work.

Your main tasks will be to:

Build relationships with individual landowners and land agents. It will be an advantage (but not essential) if you already have some relationships in this area
Develop networks focussed around different types of landowners and land managers eg institutional, estates, private individuals, land agents
Develop a series of events and activities to support discussion and creative thinking within and amongst these groups
Develop contacts with other groups and projects working in this space, create joint activities and share learning
Disseminate learning from the project within the agroecological movement, decision makers and leaders involved in land use (eg farming support organisations, local and national policy makers)

You will thrive in this role if you:

Have a good knowledge and understanding of land use issues in the UK and the needs of new entrants
Are a great listener and facilitator
Are a creative thinker
Are confident in expressing and communicating ideas to different audiences both verbally and in writing

A typical week will be taken up with the following key tasks:

A lot of telephone and Zoom meetings
A lot of listening
Planning, developing and facilitating events and activities
A lot of creative thinking about how to get best value from bringing people together in the events and activities
Occasional in person meetings
Some number crunching, managing the project budget

What else you need to know

This is a 3 day per week position (0.6FTE)
We do not have an office. We all work remotely from home and meet twice a year in person for a couple of days each time. Everyone is expected to come to the offsites
You will need to provide your own laptop and phone
We all work flexibly but you will be expected to do the majority of your work between 9am-6pm during weekdays
You will report to Clare Horrell, Executive Director and will be supported by Ruth West, RFT co-founder

The benefits you will get

20 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, pro rata increasing by 2 days for every year of completed service
Flexible working to suit your other commitments during the week
Employer matched pension of 4%
Annual personal development / training budget of £250

How to apply

Please email your CV, two referees (including at least one work reference from your most recent employer), and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) detailing why you think you are suitable for the role and why you would like to join our team to Clare Horrell at clare@realfarming.org by 5pm on 14th July. If you have questions about the role, please feel free to email Clare at the above address and she will be happy to help you.

What will happen after you have sent in your application

We will let all applicants know if they have been shortlisted for an interview by 5pm on 17th July
Interviews will take place online on 20th and 21st July between 9am and 4pm. If these dates or timings are difficult for you, please tell us in your application
We will share all of the interview questions in advance with you and may ask you to preprepare a task. The aim of the interview is to help you show us how you would do the role, not to catch you out
We will let you know in advance who will be on the interview panel and their role within the RFT

Equity and Anti-Oppression

We are committed to becoming a more inclusive workplace with a diverse staff body. We believe this is essential to our effectiveness as an organisation and our ability to fulfil our mission of “good food for everyone, forever”. We need to address both inequity and oppression within our work if we are to meet our aim. There will be tensions that this work creates and difficult questions that we need to address both internally and externally. We know that people with certain backgrounds and characteristics are underrepresented in our team and in alternative food and farming movement, and we want to address this. We are committed to working proactively to dismantle these systems of oppression and ensure equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background. We have started to do this work internally, but we know there is much more to do. Every member of RFT staff is involved and part of this work. We have an internal Equity and Anti-Oppression Group that leads and monitors this work and reports to the Board.

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

The Real Farming Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity in line with the Equality Act 2010, providing an inclusive and co-operative environment in which all individuals feel respected. Filling in this equality and diversity monitoring form is voluntary. The information you provide will be kept confidential and will only be used for monitoring purposes. Please don’t enter any information that would identify you. This form is kept separately from your application and will not be seen by interviewers.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we usually receive, we regret that we are unable to offer feedback to individual applicants.

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