Regen10 Program Director
Position Announcement, April 2023
In partnership with Meridian Institute, the Regen10 project team is currently seeking a leader in sustainability and/or regenerative agriculture to act as Program Director for this initiative. Regen10 is a farmer-centric, global and inclusive collaboration platform that sets out to understand what would it take over this decade to enable 50% of the world’s food to be produced in a way that delivers positive outcomes for people, nature, and climate, providing affordable, nutritious food for 10 billion people. This is critical and urgent. Deep changes to production and consumption are needed to ensure food systems contribute to efforts to keep global warming to below a 1.5° C, protect and restore nature, and meet the sustainable development goals.
The Program Director will lead the Regen10 Secretariat by providing oversight, guidance, and mentoring in a way that supports a healthy, results-oriented team culture and ensures effective management of the budget and workplans across workstreams. This role will work with existing funders and partners to mobilize resources for currently unfunded activities and develop budget proposals and recommendations for future phases of work. Additional areas of responsibility include global, multi-stakeholder engagement; implementation of a governance framework; leading the development of a communications strategy; and leading overall strategic planning for the future of Regen10.
While Meridian Institute is based in the United States, this role will report to the UK-based Senior Partner and work remotely (USA or UK, other global locations possible) or hybrid from either our Dillon, CO or Washington, DC office. This position is time-limited and current funding supports this role through December 31, 2024.
The starting salary for this position is $128,900 – $167,570, based on level of education and relevant experience. In following our commitment to principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, maintaining pay equity when hiring is extremely important to us. For this reason, salary offers with Meridian are non-negotiable.
Meridian is dedicated to advancing our employees’ professional growth, supporting their wellbeing, and helping employees meet their healthcare and retirement needs. Meridian provides a competitive benefits package, including:
- A dynamic and inclusive work environment with flexible work schedules and locations for proven high performers
- Professional development opportunities
- Comprehensive medical and dental insurance
- A variety of voluntary insurances for employees, their families, and their pets
- Generous vacation and sick time, plus 12 paid holidays
- A robust Employee Assistance Program
- DC Office Employees may expense Metro commutes for work
- Remote employees receive a home office internet allowance
- Meridian partner benefits such as discounts and wellbeing opportunities
About the Position:
The Regen10 Program Director is highly skilled in designing and managing collaborative processes to address complex and controversial issues. This position leads and manages the Regen10 project in a manner that builds understanding and drives action through collaboration. The Regen10 Program Director will work with funders and partners to mobilize resources for currently unfunded activities, developing budget proposals and recommendations for future work phases. The Regen10 Program Director is expected to undertake international travel in support of their duties.
Initial areas of responsibility include:
- Lead the Regen10 Secretariat
- Maintain strong relationships with Regen10 funders and grow the funding base
- Develop Regen10 as a global, multi-stakeholder collaboration platform
- Manage Regen10’s broader governance framework
- Represent Regen10 externally
- Develop and implement communications strategies and campaigns
- Nurture a strong learning community
- Build alignment around a longer-term vision and strategy for Regen10
- Leadership in sustainability and/or regenerative agriculture with a proven track record in managing large, complex programs involving diverse partners.
- 15+ years of experience building partnerships on food, sustainable/regenerative agriculture, and related issues.
- A relevant advanced college degree or equivalent professional experience (e.g., agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, climate science, politics, or sustainable development); minimum of a bachelor’s degree required.
- Demonstrated expertise in managing complex projects – from inception and resource coordination to final project delivery and close out – including budgets and contracts.
- Has a well-developed network of clients, partners, and other relationships beneficial to Regen10 and the ability to build and maintain trusted relationships with clients and other stakeholders.
- Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds with humility, ease, and enthusiasm.
- Demonstrated management and interpersonal skills for supporting junior staff and fostering their professional growth; self-identification as a consummate team player.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective communication across an array of audiences, accurate and efficient information synthesis, strong attention to detail, and the ability to ask skillful questions that guide project work.
The full job description can be found here.
How to Apply:
Please submit the following application materials using our online submission form:
- Cover Letter – 1 page
Drawing from your personal and professional experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian in this role.
- Resume – 1-2 pages
Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.
- Three Professional References
Application reviews will begin on May 1, 2023 and continue with a rolling review until a diverse and qualified candidate pool has been identified.
Please note: All applications will be reviewed by our team, which we expect to complete by May 14. We thank all applicants for their interest and will be in contact only with those chosen for the interview. Due to capacity constraints on our hiring team, we are unable to provide specific status updates beyond these parameters. Our ideal start date for this role is July 1, 2023.
ABOUT REGEN10 AND MERIDIAN INSTITUTE:
Regen10 is a farmer-centric, global and inclusive collaboration platform that sets out to understand what it would take over this decade to enable 50% of the world’s food to be produced in a way that delivers positive outcomes for people, nature, and climate, providing affordable, nutritious food for 10 billion people. This is critical and urgent. Deep changes to production and consumption are needed to ensure food systems contribute to efforts to keep global warming below a 1.5° C, protect and restore nature, and meet the sustainable development goals.
Regen10 aims to:
- establish – through a consultative process – a Regenerative Outcomes Framework- with shared language around the principles, metrics and framework needed for building truly inclusive regenerative food systems;
- draw on existing landscape-level food and farming initiatives to gather data and evidence to learn how best to integrate and scale regenerative approaches;
- support a global, inclusive, collaborative platform to develop shared engagement, advocacy and communication strategies to make the case for change.
Meridian Institute is the host of the Regen10 Secretariat. Meridian Institute is a mission-driven, nonprofit consultancy that has helped clients and partners develop and implement solutions to complicated, often controversial problems—big and small, global and local—for over two decades.
Our work spans industries and sectors and includes projects focused on agriculture and food systems, climate change, forests, oceans and coasts, resilience, and science and technology, among others. Across these areas, we build and support partnerships that address our world’s complex challenges.
Effective collaborative decision-making involves bringing together participants with diverse backgrounds and differing viewpoints. As an organization, we seek staff that reflects and values that same diversity; successful Meridian team members are experienced working in multicultural settings and welcome new opportunities to widen their own perspectives. We bring integrity, inclusiveness, and respect for differences to every project we undertake. We are working to ensure that Meridian possesses the expertise needed to partner with—and build trust among—marginalized and disenfranchised communities, while advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within our organization and our work.
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