Program Specialist

Land O'Lakes Venture37

About the organization

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets. Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in crop inputs, agricultural insights, dairy and animal nutrition from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress.

Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth. By unlocking the potential of agriculture for nearly 40 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries.


The Program Management Specialist will support Land O'Lakes' Venture37 international development projects in agriculture and agriculture-related enterprise development. This position will provide a wide range of support including operational, administrative, financial, and programmatic implementation that is tailored to project needs and spans project start up through closeout. This position may also support new business initiatives by serving in proposal coordination, research and writing roles. The position works as part of a support team and also collaborates closely with other key staff on assigned projects. Up to 25% international travel is required.

Visit Land O'Lakes' website for the detailed job description.


Required Experience/Knowledge:
Bachelors degree in International Development, Agriculture, Business, Finance, Economics or a related field; Minimum two years relevant work experience; Strong written communication skills; Demonstrated interest in international development issues; Ability to work independently; Experience with MS Office Products with the ability to learn additional software packages; Superb communication skills (written and verbal), fluent in English, active listener, customer focused, and unquestionable ethics and values; Must have strong collaboration and facilitation skills as well as demonstrated ability to exercise judgment and discretion in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with all levels of employees in multi-country and multi-cultural settings; Project management experience and ability to coordinate multiple activities in support of several projects at the same time; Must have excellent organizational skills with an emphasis on attention to detail and accurate record keeping.

Preferred Experience/Knowledge:
Master’s degree in a relevant field; Direct experience working on a USAID, USDA or other large donor funded project; Prior volunteer recruitment and mobilization experience; Experience using recruitment databases and systems and LinkedIn; Fluency in a second language; French, Spanish or Arabic strongly desired.

Application instructions

Alternative job location: Arden Hills, Minnesota

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