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 structural change, advocating for policies with a strong racial equity approach. 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, 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 the Western Campaigns Director (based in Denver) and be supported by the state policy and organizing teams and the 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.
Grassroots Organizing and Advocacy (60%)
- Organize chapters and members around statewide advocacy efforts in support of producer-led, creative, and equitable Young Farmers policy priorities, including development of a Colorado policy advisory group.
- Prioritize organizing and support for farmers of color; understand structural barriers preventing equitable access to resources, technical assistance, and supportive policy; and mobilize farmers and partners to strategically address those barriers
- Plan grassroots advocacy actions such as legislative farm tours, roundtables, lobby days, and digital advocacy.
- 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 chapters and explore opportunities to develop chapters in new regions of the state.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach (40%)
- Build and maintain trusting relationships with farmers, ranchers, Young Farmer chapters and members, partners, and policy officials.
- Build trusting relationships and identify collaborative opportunities with organizations, groups, or individuals serving agricultural producers, particularly equity-focused organizations.
- 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.
- Compelling writing and/or speaking skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking, equity-oriented 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 take risks, meet new people, and make introductions to farmers and policy officials.
- Strong listener who approaches new communities with humility and accountability, and is able to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders
- Demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing, professionally or otherwise, including experience organizing with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and ranchers.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity in organizing and advocacy work and demonstrated experience building relationships with BIPOC communities. Must have an understanding of structural racism and how it impacts agriculture and the food system.
- Strong time management skills, experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives, and ability to work independently.
- Experience working collaboratively with a team and ability to work collaboratively with remote colleagues.
- Willingness and ability to work on a flexible schedule and attend events during the day, weekend, 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:
- Experience farming or ranching in Colorado.
- 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.
- Bilingual Spanish/English skills.
- The Organizer can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $21-23 per hour depending on location and experience. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Colorado Organizer” in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications will be accepted until August 20, 2020 and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. Since our founding in 2010, we have launched 45 farmer-led chapters in 26 states and 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 national 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 loan debt, climate change, healthcare, racial inequities, and more. We have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, and farmland conservation.
Young Farmers seeks a Communications Associate to support our national communications, social media strategy, website management, and outreach efforts. We are looking for an organized and creative candidate to help us share the stories of young farmers, particularly farmers of color, with the general public, policy makers, funders, and consumers, and to translate complex policy news into useful outreach to our farmer members. Our ideal candidate will be organized, comfortable managing several workstreams, a strong writer, fluent in social media posting and engagement, and full of ideas and enthusiasm to help build Young Farmers’ online identity and impact. This position is full-time and temporary through December 31, 2020, with the possibility of becoming a permanent position.
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.
Social Media Management (50%)
- Work with Communications Director and Grassroots team to plan strategic, engaging social media campaigns to support Young Farmers mission and to meet 2020 and 2021 strategic and internal equity goals
- Maintain internal social media calendar and scheduling for social media posting
- Manage comments across all Young Farmers social media platforms
- Research and implement creative, strategic social media partnerships
Website Management (25%)
- Work with Communications Director to build new webpages, post blogs, and make other updates and edits to youngfarmers.org
- Coordinate with program staff to keep youngfarmers.org equity page and program pages up-to-date
- Work with grassroots team to maintain active actions on youngfarmers.org
- Assist in management of Young Farmers merchandise and e-commerce site
Farmer and Partner Outreach (15%)
- Work with Communications Director and Grassroots team to interview farmers and ranchers, particularly farmers of color, indigenous farmers, and farm workers, to gather input on specific topics, challenges, and farm operation data as needed
- Assist with drafting and editing Campaign Monitor content and managing subscriber lists
- Write farmer stories and case studies to share on youngfarmers.org and social media
- Develop relationships with partner organizations, particularly BIPOC-led organizations, amplify their resources and campaigns on social media and on youngfarmers.org
Press Management (5%)
- Research and maintain Salesforce press contact database
- Assist in outreach and pitching farmer stories to local, state, and national press outlets
- Assist in identifying farmer spokespeople for media features, with emphasis on sharing the stories of BIPOC farmers and the work of BIPOC-led orgs
- Update Monthly Metrics Dashboard with press hits and social media statistics
The successful candidate will offer:
- Strong writing and editing skills
- A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace
- Ability to work in a self-directed manner
- Highly organized, comfortable managing several workstreams
- Willingness to learn about new subjects and take initiative on leading new projects
- Demonstrated ability to be a team player
Ideal candidate may also have:
- Public relations or press experience
- Proficiency with WordPress and Salesforce platforms
- Knowledge of agricultural issues, programs, and policies at the state or federal level
- Experience working on immigration/labor issues
- Graphic design, illustration, or other creative skills or experience
- Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in communications, marketing, public policy, food or agriculture policy, environmental science or policy, or other relevant subject
- Farming or ranching experience
$46,000- $50,000 based on location and experience (position currently funded through December 31, 2020); Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, sabbatical policy, and flex-time policy.
How to apply
Send a cover letter and a one-page resume to email@example.com by August 20th at 5PM ET. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please put “COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE” in the subject line. No calls, please.