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In eight years, NYFC has become a leading voice in the sustainable agriculture movement. With 40 chapters and thousands of farmers and consumers as members, we enter our next phase of growth with excitement and confidence. But the challenge before us is great: we must expand rapidly and achieve much more if we are to have the level of impact necessary to halt and then reverse the decline of family farming in the United States. We are actively expanding our capacity and growing our team.

 


 

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

The National Young Farmers Coalition unites young farmers, ranchers and consumers in building a sustainable future for American agriculture. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming.

NYFC seeks a Communications Director to lead external communications from our Hudson, NY office. The Communications Director will be the point person on organizational and campaign-driven communications to the media, our members, elected officials, and the public. The Communications Director will be charged with creating engaging, smart, and focused messaging to elevate the organization’s profile and move the young farmer agenda.

The National Young Farmers Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

Core characteristics:

  • Strong commitment to NYFC’s mission, farmer membership, and campaign success;
  • Willingness to work quickly, and outside of work hours within the news cycle;
  • Articulate speaker, strong storyteller, excellent writer, and copyeditor;
  • Attention to detail in all aspects of work;
  • Task manager with ability to prioritize quickly;
  • Flexible and empathetic, able to work with people where they are and provide positive encouragement to move forward.

Responsibilities:

Strategy and Branding

  • Collaborate with staff on the development of a multi-year communications strategy;
  • Elevate NYFC’s national visibility through brand development and marketing;
  • Create marketing materials and merchandise to support NYFC’s message and brand;
  • Support the process of writing and editing the annual report;
  • Identify and work with freelance designers on print and online materials;
  • Maintain and evolve NYFC’s brand to build a national audience.

Social Media

  • Build NYFC’s social media presence with timely and regular posting, strong messaging, and compelling imagery for millennial and gen Z audiences;
  • Manage multiple platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Youngfarmers.org

  • Edit and curate all content and postings at youngfarmers.org;
  • Integrate data and advocacy services into youngfarmers.org.

Email Marketing

  • Author and edit emails to national list;
  • Support all email communication to our network including fundraising appeals and action alerts.

Reports

  • Collaborate with NYFC staff to edit report copy;
  • Manage design process for all reports.

Press

  • Elevate NYFC’s national visibility through regular press releases, story pitches and responses to press inquiries.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must:

  • Strongly identify with NYFC’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles;
  • Be an excellent writer and editor;
  • Have experience in press communications;
  • Have experience in project management;
  • Have experience with branding and design;
  • Have experience with campaigns, policy and organizing;
  • Be self directed and able to work independently;
  • Be highly organized;
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule and in a fast-paced environment.

Hours and Compensation:

  • Full-time position, $50-60k salary (commensurate with experience).
  • Health care, dental, vision benefits.
  • Family and medical leave.
  • Vacation accrual, personal days, and farm volunteer opportunities.
  • NYFC offices are closed for seven holidays, the day after Thanksgiving, and December 24-31st.

How to apply:

Send cover letter and resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR” in the subject line. Writing sample and references on request. No calls, please.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.