Jobs and Internships

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:

Food Safety Coordinator

Campaigns Managing Director


Food Safety Coordinator (Part-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a part-time Food Safety Coordinator to support young farmers. The Coordinator will have a demonstrated interest in on-farm produce safety practices and implementation and will collaborate with the Young Farmers Business Services team on various food safety projects, including creating resources for urban farmers, training urban growers in food safety, and researching and uploading resources to the Young Farmers Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Online Resource Library. Though the Food Safety Coordinator will work with a wide range of farmers and service providers nationwide, working with Black farmers, Indigenous farmers, and farmers of color will be of particular importance to this project.

The Coordinator will report to the Food Safety Manager (based in New Orleans) and will be supported by the Business Services team. The Food Safety Coordinator will be remotely based, with the possibility of travel once we can safely do so.

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.

Responsibilities

Food Safety Resource Development and Collation (50%)

  • Research food safety topics and collate resources to post in our Online Food Safety Resource Library.
  • Research and write content for Young Farmers produce safety resources.
  • Engage farmers and partners to create and vet resources.
  • Manage content of the Young Farmers FSMA Online Resource Library.

Food Safety Education for Beginning Farmers (30%)

  • Train young farmers on produce safety for their farms.
  • Research topics for Young Farmers’ produce safety educational opportunities.
  • Sort produce safety pictures and examples for PSA Grower Trainings, shorter workshops, and panels.
  • Manage partner and farmer invoices, stipends, and W9s.

Professional Development, Reporting, and Communications (20%)

  • Participate food safety training opportunities.
  • Collect program evaluation information as requested.
  • Stay abreast of produce safety issues.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Young Farmers at meetings and events.
  • Engage and inform current and prospective funders on program.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer:

  • Strong familiarity with produce safety;
  • Experience working on a produce farm, or as a farmer educator;
  • Experience building relationships in agricultural communities and organizations, with an emphasis on communities of color;
  • Strong listening skills, ability to approach new communities with humility and accountability, and ability to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in agriculture;
  • Compelling writing and/or design skills;
  • Ability to work self-directed, and also to be a strong team player; and
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule with occasional travel.

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish.

Compensation

  • The Food Safety Coordinator can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $21.59 or $23.75 per hour, depending on experience. Weekly hours may increase during particularly time-intensive events or travel. Potential for reduced hours during the growing season for farmer applicants.
  • Young Farmers offers benefits for part-time staff including insurance, paid sick days, personal days and floating holidays, paid family leave, and retirement matching.

To apply

Send a one-page cover letter and a resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Food Safety Coordinator” in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications will be accepted until January 20, 2021, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

 


Campaigns Managing Director

The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks a campaigner with proven experience in legislative advocacy and movement-building, deep and informed perspectives on agricultural policy, and demonstrated commitment to racial equity to join our executive team as the Campaigns Managing Director.

The Campaigns Managing Director will lead strategic direction and implementation of our policy, campaigns and organizing work to build long-term power and advance our organization’s vision for a bold and equitable transformation in agriculture. As a member of the executive team, they will participate in setting organizational strategy, shaping our organizational business model, and delivering on fundraising strategy that will resource our advocacy efforts. They will manage a team of senior-level staff responsible for state and federal policy as well as issue-specific campaigns. The Campaigns Managing Director will ideally be based in Washington, DC, although remote work is possible for an exceptional candidate.

As a policy advocacy organization, the Coalition is primarily focused on designing, implementing, and cultivating young farmer leadership to win legislative campaigns—pairing grassroots action with grasstops government relations; working in Coalition with partners; and training young farmers to be leaders in this movement. Our work is rooted in racial equity, and this role necessitates a sophisticated racial equity analysis and proven track record of centering those most marginalized from policy processes in defining and achieving solutions. Our campaign goals for the next three years include winning bold reform in the next farm bill, making farmland access equitable, demanding climate action, holding USDA accountable to serving all farmers, showing up for immigration justice, and removing the barrier of student loan debt.

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown our grassroots network to over 200,000 individuals and partner organizations. We give young farmers tools to become leaders in their communities, building an effective political voice at the local, state, and federal level. Together, we tackle the most critical structural and economic barriers that prevent motivated young people from starting and growing successful farm businesses—including access to affordable farmland, student debt, climate change, healthcare, racial inequities, and more. We have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, farmland conservation, and accessible COVID relief.

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 accomplish the job, we want to hear from you!

Responsibilities

Project & Program Strategy (30%)

  • Oversee the development and implementation of campaign strategies to advance young farmer priorities at the state and federal level.
  • Ensure state and federal legislative campaigns are well integrated, accounting for the unique goals and contexts of each, to achieve maximum organizational impact.
  • Provide strategic direction to our organizing and chapter work, harnessing the power of our 47 chapters in 28 states, affinity groups, and at-large members to achieve our policy goals.
  • Facilitate coordination between campaign teams and the other Young Farmers programs including Communications, Development, and Business Services.
  • Serve as a member of the Executive Team, setting organization-wide strategy and goals, and driving organizational commitments to data-based and accountable decision-making.
  • Serve as a model and mentor to others on integrating racial equity into our work.

Staff Management (30%)

  • Supervise Federal Policy Director, State Policy Campaigns Director, Organizing & Advocacy Director, and Land Campaign Director to fully build out their strategies, their teams, their fundraising, and to execute their campaign plans to the fullest.
  • Deliver high-level project management in collaboration with Program Directors, while instituting ongoing campaign goal-setting, tracking, and evaluation systems to continually measure and improve our impact.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and learning, leading the development of resources and trainings for policy and organizing staff to increase their effectiveness.
  • Contribute to organizational discussions about how to recruit, retain, support, and nurture our talented staff.

Stakeholder Engagement (15%)

  • Serve as an organizational spokesperson to the press and lawmakers
  • Build and participate in multi-racial coalitions to move forward shared policy priorities
  • Develop deep and collaborative partnerships with BIPOC-led organizations and demonstrate commitment to resource-sharing.
  • Create opportunities for farmer leadership and visibility across the Coalition.

Development (20%)

  • Grow our campaigns team by executing on development plans and generating new ideas for increasing resources to support our advocacy goals.
  • Steward major donors and foundation contacts to deliver multi-program revenues of +$500k annually.

Budget Management (5%)

  • Develop annual budget for policy, campaigns, and organizing; hold responsibility for changes to budget, make informed long-term decisions for their programs.
  • Drive adoption of organizational financial processes across their team.

Attributes

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Creative and strategic thinker: They act with imagination and purpose in service of a brighter and more just future for agriculture. They can communicate complex ideas simply and can use communications powerfully; they are able to plan long-term strategies and know how to improvise when a moment demands adaptation.
  • Curious and attuned: They are curious and constantly seeking out new ideas and perspectives to inform their work. They keep conversations active with farming communities and also draw in new approaches from other movements.
  • Operating with a sophisticated racial equity analysis: They are committed to building power for those most marginalized from policy processes. They are at minimum culturally sensitive and ideally actively engaged in conversations and actions that further racial equity and liberation. They establish processes to ensure accountability to the communities they serve and represent.
  • Team Leader: Competent in managing for equity & inclusion; builds a team of high-performing staff members; structures jobs so that staff members are best supported to leverage their talents and succeed; develops and motivates staff members to excel in new leadership opportunities; creates opportunities for staff to learn and support each other; and acts from the perspective of an organizational leader.
  • Strong project manager: Is able to oversee and structure complex projects and ensure that a quality end product is delivered on or ahead of schedule.
  • Entrepreneur: Is excited and able to steward existing donors and seek out new sources of revenue in service to growing our Coalition and its capacity.
  • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail.

Preferred Experience:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience directing legislative campaigns
  • Experience managing diverse teams to achieve results
  • Experience with federal policy in Washington, DC (agricultural policy preferred)
  • Familiarity with digital campaigning and online tools
  • Experience building relationships of trust with communities of color

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience with state legislative campaigns
  • Experience with electoral politics
  • Experience working on a farm or ranch and/or be rooted in the agricultural community

Schedule and Compensation

  • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
  • $84,000 – $96,000, in accordance with our organization’s Compensation Guidelines.
  • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and sabbatical policy.

To apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by February 15, 2021. Please put “Managing Director of Campaigns” in the subject line. No calls, please.

 

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