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Over the past decade, the National Young Farmers Coalition has become a leading voice for change in U.S. agriculture.

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) shifts power and changes policy to equitably resource a new generation of working farmers. We envision a just future where farming is free of racial violence, accessible to communities, oriented towards environmental well-being, and concerned with health over profit. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown our grassroots network to over 200,000 farmers and supporters and have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, farmland conservation, and accessible COVID relief.

We are actively expanding our team to help us achieve our bold vision for transformation in our agricultural system.

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 applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities. Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. At this time, U.S.-based candidates are preferred for employment at Young Farmers to accommodate our core working hours.

 

Current Openings:

Land Organizing Director

Pennsylvania Organizer

 


Land Organizing Director

The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an experienced organizer and legislative campaigner to join us in the newly-created role of Land Organizing Director. The Land Organizing Director will lead grassroots strategy for our One Million Acres Campaign, harnessing the power of our farmer leaders to deliver historic wins for equitable land transition in the next farm bill. The Land Organizing Director is a remote position and will be a central part of our national land campaign team, reporting to the Land Campaign Director, and managing the Land Campaign Organizer.

Responsibilities

Project & Program Strategy

  • Collaborate closely with the land team, as well as the Field Director, to ensure that our field organizers, Land Campaign Fellows, and farmers throughout our network are fluent in, and are engaged with, our land campaign goals, strategies, and actions.
  • Develop strategy for Campaign advocacy actions, such as in-districts, days of action, and letter writing campaigns.
  • Direct the strategy and implementation of a 100-person Land Campaign Fellowship, including curriculum design and delivery and fellow experience in collaboration with the Land Campaign Organizer. 
  • Work with our communications team to train farmers as spokespeople and support op-ed writing and earned media.  
  • Collaborate with federal policy and organizing teams to direct the largest-ever young farmer fly-in to D.C. in March 2023.

Staff Management

  • Manage the Land Campaign Organizer.
  • Serve as a member of the Young Farmers Management Team, practicing and serving as a model for our values and guiding principles in alignment with our strategic plan.
  • Collaborate with the policy and field teams to ensure alignment and shared understanding of the Land Campaign across the organization.

Development

  • Collaborate with the Land Campaign Director and the Development Team to meet development needs for the Land Campaign Team.
  • Participate in funder calls and contribute to proposals and reporting to share strategy and updates on the Land Campaign. 

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Collaborate with the Land Campaign Director in engaging with coalition partners, in alignment with our strategic plan and with the Land Campaign goals. 
  • Grow the coalition of partner organizations signed on to our campaign, recruiting hundreds of local and regional organizations to join us. 

Budget Management

  • Manage budget for the grassroots side of our land campaign, including the 100-person farmer fellowship and D.C. Fly-in, including compensation to farmer fellows, paying speakers, and other related costs.  

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience;
  • Experience navigating between policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing spaces;
  • Deep organizing and advocacy experience including: 
    • Recruiting organizational sign-ons for a coalition advocacy effort.
    • Leveraging organizing tools and strategies, including digital organizing platforms and grassroots leadership development.
    • Preparing participants for advocacy actions, such as in-districts and fly-ins.
    • Developing a grassroots organizing strategy based on political analysis. 
  • Long-running, demonstrated commitment to racial equity and deep understanding of the history of racial violence in land policy. 
  • A record of service to making structural change and challenging accepted practices and norms;
  • Relational leadership and communication skills—a good listener who is empathetic and balances inclusivity and empowerment with pragmatism and purpose;
  • Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals;

Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Hold lived experience as a farmer.
  • Have experience organizing direct actions, such as rallies.  
  • Speak an additional language to English.

Compensation and Schedule

  • The salary for the Land Organizing Director is $72,500 based on our 2022 Compensation Guidelines.      
  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, and paid family leave.
  • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Flex time, or 1-to-1 paid time off, is available to staff when work requires more than 40 hours in any given week.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF using the form below. You can also send an email to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Land Organizing Director” in the subject line and which includes a PDF of your cover letter and resume. The priority deadline for applying is June 10th, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will be considered incomplete.

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 applications from people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities. Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!

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    Pennsylvania Organizer

    The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an experienced campaigner and base-builder to join us in the role of Pennsylvania Organizer. The Pennsylvania Organizer is remote (based in Pennsylvania, preferably Western Pennsylvania), part-time and will work in collaboration with and report to the Northern Appalachia Organizing Manager.

    The Pennsylvania Organizer is the on-the-ground connection for our Pennsylvania network to the National Young Farmers Coalition. The Organizer will work to expand our reach across the state and support Pennsylvania farmers to engage in federal campaigns, including land access, climate action, water, access to USDA programs, immigration, and student loans. The Organizer will also work closely with Pennsylvania chapters, members, and organizational partners to develop farmer leadership and advocacy expertise to build and shift power for structural change in the 2023 Farm Bill and win policy change for an equitable and sustainable farm future.

    Responsibilities

    Membership and Base Building

    • Build membership within Pennsylvania, with a focus on Western PA, and identify opportunities to support membership with the resources available at Young Farmers and through our wider network.
    • Build and foster partnerships with frontline organizations across PA to bring the young farmer voice in federal, state, and local policy opportunities.
    • Support our 2 current and any future Pennsylvania chapters’ participation in coalition and partner organizations’ land and climate advocacy.
    • Support our growing PA network to build a brighter farm future and to organize their local communities of young farmers.

    Campaigns Support

    • Develop and support grassroots champions for each Young Farmers campaign (land, water, student loans, immigration, USDA accessibility & accountability). Create and carry out place-based advocacy strategies such as op-eds, in-district meetings, fly-ins, regional advocate gatherings and digital advocacy

    Qualifications

    • 1+ years of relevant professional experience
    • Experience working with farmers and/or ranchers
    • Connection to the Pennsylvania agricultural community
    • Ability to engage producers in federal policy campaigns and advocacy opportunities
    • Demonstrated commitment to shifting power through changes in public policy
    • Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals
    • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, a passion for our mission, and a record of accountability to marginalized communities
    • Ability to work in a remote environment with a high degree of autonomy and self-motivation
    • Reside in the State of Pennsylvania

    Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

    • Hold lived experience as a farmer
    • Speak an additional language to English
    • Experience with digital organizing tools
    • Experience planning in-district meetings with federal policy makers
    • Understanding of farm bill programs and able to communicate complex policy ideas to a Young Farmer audience

    Compensation and Schedule

    • Young Farmers’ salaries are determined by annually revised salary guidelines. The salary for this role is $25.96/hour, and is at the Associate level of Young Farmers’ 2022 Salary Guidelines
    • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, and paid family leave.
    • Part-time schedule, typically 25 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Will require some work during the evening and weekends. 

    Application Process

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF using the form below. The priority deadline for applying is May 20th, but applications accepted until position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will be considered incomplete.

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