Over the past decade, the National Young Farmers Coalition has become a leading voice for change in U.S. agriculture.
With 40+ chapters and over 200,000 farmers and supporters in our network, we enter the next decade with excitement and commitment to building a bright and just future for agriculture in the U.S. Agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges: consolidation, aging of the industry, racial inequities, and the climate crisis. We are actively expanding our capacity to solve these challenges and hope you’ll join our growing team.
The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a dynamic, part-time Colorado Organizer to support young farmer chapters and members across the state and help drive forward farmer-led change in the Colorado General Assembly. The Organizer will collaborate with the five Young Farmers chapters in Colorado, at-large members, and the Western Campaigns Director to: organize farmers and ranchers around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, inclusive, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities; support chapter advocacy planning efforts, plan grassroots actions, and conduct outreach to increase member participation and support chapter growth. The Organizer will report to our Western Campaigns Director (based in Denver) and be supported by our state policy and organizing teams and by our National Chapter Manager. The Organizer will be remotely based in a farming and/or ranching region within Colorado, ideally on the Western Slope, with regular travel throughout the state.
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.
Organizing and Advocacy (60%)
- Organize chapters and members around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, inclusive, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities, including development of a Colorado policy advisory group.
- Plan grassroots advocacy actions such as legislative farm tours, roundtables, and lobby days.
- Support chapter advocacy planning efforts such as listening sessions, advocacy trainings, and policy meetings.
- Support development and implementation of a Young Farmer water fellowship program and support producers’ participation on water policy bodies.
- Represent Young Farmers policy priorities to policy officials and partners.
- Support existing CO and AZ chapters and explore opportunities to develop chapters in new states.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach (40%)
- Build and maintain collaborative relationships with farmer chapters, members, partners, and policy officials.
- Represent Young Farmers at key meetings, events, and conferences related to CO campaign efforts.
- Conduct outreach to engage farmer/rancher chapters, members, and new communities in advocacy.
- Provide outreach & membership recruitment support for existing CO chapters
- Strong Communicator: Excellent writing and proofreading skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking and compelling language in support of policy and advocacy work; ability to engage in clear and timely communications with farmers, partners, and policy makers over the phone, via email, and in-person; and willingness to be bold, meet new people, and make introductions to farmers and policy officials.
- Experience organizing and/or advocating for change: At least one year of organizing experience, professionally or otherwise.
- Purpose-Driven & Equity Oriented: Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization. A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace and in policy and advocacy work.
- Organized and detail-driven: Strong time management skills, experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives, and ability to work independently.
- Collaborative: Experience working collaboratively with a team. Willingness to work collaboratively with remote colleagues.
- Willingness and ability to work on a flexible schedule and attend events during the day and/or evening, particularly during legislative session.
- Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to travel regularly throughout the State with occasional overnight travel.
The ideal candidate may also have:
- Connections with Colorado farming communities and Young Farmer partner organizations.
- Experience with and curiosity for technology and social media in the context of organizing and advocacy.
- The Organizer can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $21per hour. Weekly hours may increase during periods of travel or around particularly time-intensive events. Potential for reduced hours during the summer growing season for farmer applicants.
- Young Farmers offers benefits for part-time staff including paid sick days, personal days, paid family leave, and retirement matching.
Send a one-page cover letter and a resume to email@example.com with “Colorado Organizer” in the subject line. No calls, please. Deadline to apply is April 17, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.