VP of Property Management - Nebraska reports to the President-Midwest. This position oversees the purchase, sale and leasing of all land and water resources for Oak River Farms (ORF) in the described territory. This position works closely with various stakeholders, vendors and agencies to maintain current farm properties including closely managing all tenant relationships and capital projects on land under her or his supervision.
Operates as a key member of the team, working closely with company leadership to plan and budget for all future needs in land purchase/development, or long-term leasing needs. Will plan and implement land maintenance and capital projects in terms of one to three-year plans. Works with finance team to review and comment on financial performance of land company portfolio.
Maintains knowledge of local and regional farmland market, including potential buyers, sellers and lessees. Builds relationships with regional land brokers. Takes the lead in negotiation of leasing company owned property to third party tenants. Works with management to contract third-party appraisers to value land and update internal valuation models. Works with finance and land investment company team to create quarterly financial reports for submittal to a national land management organization.
Apply for all land development and environmental impact permits, oversee land surveys, conducts soil and water testing and acts as the company representative for all local, state and federal agencies, in-order to maintain compliance. Acts as the lead for the protection of water and natural resources projects and compliance, including planning for and implementation of advanced best management practices. Additionally, ensures that requisite property taxes are accessed and paid. With regards to leased land, sets proper lease rates and manages lease renewal and payment processes.
Maintains relationships with governmental and non-governmental organizations. Attends meetings with; board of county commissioners, regional water management/water council boards, and state legislative events. Builds and maintains relationships with local and regional environmental groups in support of ORF long-term strategic goals. Participates in industry group committees which are focused around land-use, water, environment, regulatory or property rights with the purpose of obtaining ORF goals.
Management of capital projects to maximize long-term investment returns, including the management of third-party vendors and coordination with neighboring land owners when applicable.
Works closely with the president and land company investment team on annual budgets and capital expenditures for land/irrigation development and maintenance. Example would be; rental, purchase, replacement and/or repair of irrigation piping/pumps, irrigation equipment, farm buildings and grain storage. Ensures proper tracking and record keeping for all equipment and parts usage.
Ensures a safe work environment for all ORF employees, third-party vendors and tenants.
Works with ORF management to maintain all electronic mapping files for ORF lands. Updates files upon all land use and infrastructure changes. Provides access of files, photos, maps, crop progress reports, yield data and other as needed. Ensures security of data files internally and externally when provided to third-parties. Use mapping system to keep historical records in a spatial format.
This position should have a deep understanding of large scale land purchase/lease and development for farming operations. Strategic farm skills required, must have the ability to operate at a high level of understanding in order to make land purchases/leases that will offer a good return on investment.
Ability to assess and develop optimal plans for irrigation needs, knowledge of water and utility availability, ability to investigate for environmental contaminants and quality.
Ability to be flexible, organized and work independently. Skilled at problem resolution. Able to remain calm and highly professional at all times.
Able to think at a strategic level and present opportunities for balanced overall land use by making recommendations to the leadership team for purchase, selling or swapping of company owned land, and short or long-term leasing of property that would best position ORF to meet goals and objectives. Working knowledge of agriculture best management practices.
Must be able to drive a four-wheel drive pick-up truck to view potential land purchases and oversee ORF farm properties. Also, must have working knowledge of all irrigation equipment and technologies.
Demonstrated software/hardware knowledge. This to include mobile devices, GPS handheld, and GIS software to enter and track data captured for ORF agriculture data collection and planning software.
Demonstrated leadership ability. Strong organizational skills, work ethic and results driven. Demonstrated communication skills and able to interact with any level of person both inside and outside of the company. Able to handle stress and multi-task.
Maintain ORF confidential/proprietary information. Always operate with the highest ethics/integrity.
Required travel up to 25-35% of the time.
Physical demands consist of driving to, walking of large land parcels, mostly cleared but some raw land with a heavy tree/brush environment. Subject to bending, stooping, climbing, walking, prolong standing. Often exposure to rain, sun/heat/humidity, cold and/or freezing weather. Subject to dust, pollen, dirt, mud, vines, rocks, heavy vegetation, holes, creeks, etc., that would be present on raw land. Exposure to bug bites/stings and environments that may have snakes and other wildlife.