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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.

Current Openings:

Development Manager

Organizing and Advocacy Director (Full-time)

 


Development Manager

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a full-time Development Manager to assist with the organization’s fundraising activities. The Development Manager will report to our Development Director and will help grow our organization by assisting in all aspects of our fundraising activities: foundation and government grant management, individual giving efforts, and special event and annual campaigns. The position will ideally be based at our headquarters in Hudson, NY. 

Young Farmers 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. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Young Farmers strongly encourages all interested persons to apply. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

Primary Responsibilities

Individual Giving and Special Events Support (40%)

  • Support individual giving campaigns through prospect research, donor communications, and coordinating meetings with donors 
  • Develop and manage a series of fundraising events in communities across the country;  conceive and execute income-generating strategies for events; manage relationships with hosts, curate and manage invitee list, lead on event logistics and management of outside vendors; manage pre-event and post event communications.
  • Assist Development Director in planning and execution of our annual gala.
  • Support individual donor relations through tracking donations, writing appeals and acknowledgment letters and ensuring donor fulfillment is complete.

Grants Management (25%)

  • Work with program teams to draft compelling grant reports according to grantor guidelines and respond to ongoing requests for supplemental information and data from funders.
  • Assist program teams and Development Director with other grant-writing, reporting, and prospecting functions.

Data Management (25%)

  • Input and management of development data in the Young Farmer’s customer relationship management database (Salesforce). Responsibilities include tracking donations and grants, documenting engagements, updating donor records, and processing acknowledgements.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to enhance fundraising performance, cultivate new growth opportunities and optimize fundraising activities through strong data management;
  • Ensure accuracy of data and perform routine data pulls and queries as needed for reports, analysis, events, and mailings;

Development Team Support (10%)

  • Support senior leadership and development staff in relationship management including: prospect research, outreach, scheduling, and follow up.
  • Drafting and reviewing communications for funders that highlight the compelling story of Young Farmers.
  • Support staff, chapters, and farmers by providing fundraising training and support.

Qualifications

  • Strong Communication: Excellent writing and proofreading skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking and compelling proposals and reports and for varying audiences; timely and clear in communications and comfort with engaging over the phone, via email, and in-person.
  • Data Management Skills: Experience using a customer relationship management platform (Salesforce preferred); Experience with collecting and analyzing engagement metrics.
  • Collaborative: Experience working collaboratively, both in-person and with remote colleagues, and serving as a resource and team-mate for staff with varying degrees of familiarity and responsibilities on development. Experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack, Google Docs, and DropBox.
  • Organized and Detail-Driven: Strong time management skills and experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives.
  • Purpose-Driven & Equity Oriented: Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization. A demonstrated commitment to racial equity.

 

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience planning fundraising campaigns and coordinating large-scale events
  • Experience monitoring a portfolio of grant reporting including federal, state, and foundation grants. 
  • Experience with a national nonprofit organization, ideally in development
  • Corporate partnership experience
  • Experience working on a farm or in food systems organizing 

Compensation

  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance as well as retirement plan.
  • Salary range $53,500 – $58,000 based on experience and location;

To apply

Send a one-page cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Development Manager” in the subject line by February 26, 2020. No calls, please.

 


 

ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY DIRECTOR (Full-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks an experienced grassroots organizer and movement builder to help shape the future of agriculture in the U.S. Since 2010 our organization has mobilized young farmer leaders and chapters, supporters, and partners to elevate young farmer issues to national importance, winning historic policy change to address key barriers of land access, student debt, credit and capital, training, and racial inequity. We are seeking an Organizing and Advocacy Director who can deliver on the ambitions of the next generation of farmers and ranchers to change policy for a bright and just future of agriculture. This person will report directly to our Co-Executive Directors to plan and implement winning campaigns, build long-term power, and advance our organization’s vision for bold transformation.

Responsibilities

Program Management  (30%)

  • Lead the development and implementation of an organization-wide grassroots organizing strategy–working in close collaboration with our federal policy team, national chapter manager, and regional staff. 
  • Direct grassroots strategy for advancing our federal priorities, including in-districts, fly-ins, and Phone2Action campaigns. 
  • Collaborate closely with our communications team to build integrated campaigns, effectively utilize digital strategies and tools in all our organizing work.

Stakeholder Engagement (40%)

  • Build and strengthen the Coalition’s base, by increasing the organizing and advocacy capacity of our network of 1,600 members, 25,000 email subscribers, 200k+ followers, and 45 Chapters across the country, using data and data tools to track progress.
  • Expand our online and offline strategies across all channels to engage members, chapter leaders, and the public more effectively. 
  • Develop and nurture a national network of farmer leaders, who build transformative power grounded in equity and justice.
  • Develop and enhance partnerships with organizations, especially POC-led organizations including in food justice, environmental justice, climate justice, and immigration justice, and other organizations who align with our values.

Staff Management (20%)

  • Oversee National Chapter Manager in managing national chapter program, including hosting a successful National Leadership Convergence to engage and inspire the grassroots.
  • Manage the Grassroots Coordinator to execute on digital advocacy, support Convergence planning, and manage the grassroots advocate database.
  • Create a culture of organizing and implement a system for learning and training at the organizing for staff and constituents.

Development (10%)

  • Contribute to the organization’s fundraising and development efforts to grow advocacy capacity through membership growth, donor cultivation, and grant writing.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer: 

  • 4+ years of experience in community or union organizing, movement politics, or other related mission-oriented, grassroots powered advocacy work
  • Experience and familiarity with the federal policy process 
  • Experience centering racial equity and justice in their work and building multi-racial coalitions
  • Record of developing strong, lasting interpersonal relationships and multi-sector partnerships and alliances, and working in coalition
  • Excellent writing skills, including strong proofreading and editing skills, with popular audiences in mind; experience writing compelling email actions
  • Experience with CRM, SMS, online advocacy tools, and bulk email and texting systems
  • Experience developing and executing digital engagement strategies across various platforms and experience using various social media aggregator and reporting tools
  • Ability to work self-directed, but also be a strong team player
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule with occasional travel

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience working on a farm or in food systems organizing 
  • Working fluency in Spanish  
  • Experience in non-profit fundraising

Compensation

  • $60,500-$75,500 based on experience and location;
  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance as well as retirement plan.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume with any salary requirement to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please put  “ORGANIZING & ADVOCACY DIRECTOR” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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