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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. 

 



REGIONAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

Location: Denver, CO

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. 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 an entrepreneurial candidate who is excited to lead and grow our strategic policy initiatives in key Western states as Regional Campaign Director for Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. This position reports to the Western Program Director.

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic development and implementation of grassroots state policy campaigns in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.
  • Represent NYFC in state legislatures and executive agencies;
  • Lead NYFC members in advocacy, including facilitating farmer advocacy trainings, advocacy days and in-district meetings with farmers and elected officials;
  • Conduct member outreach to cultivate farmers and ranchers for advocacy actions;
  • Represent NYFC on key coalitions, councils, and committees in Western states;
  • Research critical agriculture and water policy, and create and update state whitepapers as needed;
  • Work closely with NYFC team members, primarily policy and organizing staff;
  • Provide support for NYFC’s federal priorities in the West as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Strongly identify with NYFC’s Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles;
  • Be entrepreneurial and ready to help lead NYFC’s growth and development;
  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in policy and/or campaign organizing with a nuanced understanding of the legislative process;
  • Have experience with policy analysis and research;
  • Have experience crafting and implementing legislative campaigns and an excitement to do so through grassroots movement building;
  • Be an excellent and creative communicator, both in writing and in front of groups;
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills that build trust and rapport with farmers, partners, and legislators;
  • Be self-directed and able to work independently – but also be a strong team player;
  • Have demonstrated commitment to equity and experience working with diverse communities;
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule with regular travel;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines;
  • Be based in Denver, CO.

The ideal candidate may also:

  • Have experience working on a farm or ranch;
  • Have experience working with diverse coalitions and legislative staff to advance policy in Colorado, New Mexico, or Arizona;
  • Hold a relevant graduate degree in law, economics or policy.

Hours and compensation:

  • Full-time, $55,000 – $59,000 (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.
  • This position requires periodic travel across Western states. All relevant travel expenses will be covered by NYFC.

How to apply:

  • Send a one-page cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Place “Regional Campaign Director -Western Program” in the subject line. No calls, please.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: May 11, 2018. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis.