The U.S. dairy industry is on the mission of a lifetime: to be an environmental solution. We’ve had a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, and today, the dairy industry accounts for less than 2% of the country’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We’ve made progress, but we’re not stopping there. The dairy community is committed to conserving natural resources and making further progress. Our 2050 goals address the areas where U.S. dairy collectively can have the greatest impact. Specifically, the goals are: Become carbon neutral or better by 2050; optimize water use while maximizing recycling; and improve water quality by optimizing utilization of manure and nutrients.
The Environmental Stewardship Project Manager will be part of the Net Zero Initiative (NZI), an industry-wide effort, to make technology and best practices more accessible and affordable to farms of all size through research, on-farm pilots and generation of new revenue opportunities for farmers. Responsibilities include developing supply chain projects designed to demonstrate and accelerate adoption of environmentally and economically viable practices and technologies on dairy farms; managing and reporting collaborative project progress Join us and contribute to U.S. dairy’s role in building a sustainable future.
Manage design, implementation and evaluation of demonstration projects; develop process for identifying and assessing potential projects.
Create and implement long- and short-term project plans, including setting targets for milestones and adhering to deadlines and budgets.
Develop and implement evaluation strategies to assess project progress and impact; regularly report progress and challenges to project stakeholders.
Update project plans, schedule meetings, maintain project files and create spreadsheets and leverage/create databases as needed.
Identify and manage potential risks and liabilities of multiple projects.
Perform quality control on projects to maintain standards and meet expectations.
Motivate people involved in projects to complete tasks on time.
Build, maintain, and grow meaningful relationships with internal and external partners.
Understand priorities of key stakeholders/partners, how they are motivated and the business challenges they face.
Ensure state and regional partners are informed as needed on projects in their region.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s Degree required
5-10 years of project management experience with a proven ability to deliver on-time and on-budget
Strong business acumen coupled with demonstrated leadership skills
Agriculture, environmental, and/or dairy industry experience a plus
Proven success in:
Developing a project plan for tracking/reporting results to demonstrate progress toward goals
Creating, maintaining, organizing project management documents and databases
Producing industry-leading reports and presenting findings to peers and senior management
Working effectively with cross functional teams, including external resources, to achieve business results
Prioritizing and delivering work/projects with minimal supervision/oversight
Ongoing relationship and account management with valued partners/stakeholders
Skills & Abilities
Versatile and highly skilled project manager able to work independently and as a project team leader.
Able to handle conflicting priorities in a multi-task environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in addition to presentation skills
Able to speak effectively to wide variety of audiences, from farmers and processors to NGOs and Fortune 500 organizations.
Excellent negotiation skills
Demonstrated strong judgment and time management skills
Demonstrated problem-solving skills
Detail-oriented; strong notetaking and follow-up will be required
Strong work ethic and integrity; a good representative of farmer values
Promote clarity and alignment across projects
Enable fact-based decisions
Comfortable navigating in an entrepreneurial/ambiguous environment
Understanding of project budgeting, costing and performance metrics reporting
Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) is funded by America’s 34,000-plus dairy farmers, as well as dairy importers. Created to help increase sales and demand for dairy products, DMI and its related organizations work to increase demand for dairy through research, education and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses. DMI manages National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association, and founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. DMI works with state and regional promotion organizations to implement these programs across the country.