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:

California Manager (Full-time)

Federal Policy Associate (Full-time)

New York Campaign Organizer (Part-time)

Organizing and Advocacy Director (Full-time)


 

CALIFORNIA MANAGER (Full-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a California Manager to support our California program. We are looking for a candidate who is dedicated to strengthening young farmer leadership using a racial and gender equity lens and who can garner multi-stakeholder, multi-sector support for young farmer success. Our ideal candidate feels equally comfortable building close relationships with a diversity of farmers, developing advocacy curriculum, engaging partners and agricultural organizations, and briefing funders. 

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

Project and Program Management  (40%)

  • Work with California Director to design and conduct California Young Farmer Report 2020 publicity and fundraising campaign
  • Assist California Director in managing Farmer Fellowship program
  • Support California Policy Associate in developing, writing, and presenting California Young Farmer Policy Platform and conducting policy and advocacy trainings

Network & Coalition Building (25%)

  • Build, manage, and participate in coalitions comprised of public, private, and non-governmental stakeholders in support of Young Farmers, particularly focusing on partnerships with organizations led by and serving farmers of color
  • Connect farmer members to opportunities to influence California policy, programs, research, and food systems
  • Support development of Young Farmers Chapters in California

Research & Communications (30%)

  • Assist in conducting listening sessions and California Young Farmer Report updates
  • Support California Policy Associate to produce Young Farmers policy communications including position statements and reports as well as policy briefs, one-pagers, bill summaries and presentations
  • Stay abreast of current California farming issues and integrate them into the California program
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization at events

Funder Management (5%)

  • Engage and inform current and prospective funders on California program
  • Assist California Director in cultivating new funders interested in supporting California program

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer: 

  • Knowledge of California agricultural issues, programs, and policies; attained at least four years of experience in an agricultural service, research, or leadership position; 
  • At least two years non-profit experience supervising staff and managing programs;
  • Experience crafting and implementing programs with accountability and social justice means; 
  • Expertise in conducting primary and secondary research through a social justice and inclusive lens;
  • Record of developing strong, lasting interpersonal relationships and multi-sector partnerships and alliances, and working in coalition;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace and in advocacy work; 
  • Compelling skills as a speaker and writer; 
  • Ability to work self-directed, but also be a strong team player; 
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule with frequent travel; 

The ideal candidate may also:

  • Be located in San Diego or the San Joaquin Valley
  • Have experience working on a farm;
  • Have experience in non-profit fundraising; 
  • Hold a relevant graduate degree or commensurate experience in law, community development, or policy.

Compensation

  • $58,000-73,000 based on experience and location;
  • Young Farmers offers a benefits package, including health and dental insurance.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume with any salary requirement to jobs@youngfarmers.org by January 27. Please put  “CALIFORNIA MANAGER” in the subject line. No calls, please.


 

FEDERAL POLICY ASSOCIATE (Full-time)

Young Farmers seeks a Federal Policy Associate based in Washington, D.C. to support our federal policy advocacy and outreach. We are looking for an organized and dedicated candidate to work as part of the federal policy team, leading the implementation of the newly-adopted Young Farmers federal policy setting process and independently managing several policy portfolios. Our ideal candidate will thoughtfully manage and organize complex events and processes; build relationships with Young Farmer members and with partner organizations in DC; and clearly represent Young Farmer interests as part of our advocacy work–all with a racial equity lens.

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.

Primary Responsibilities

Project and Program Management  (55%)

  • Oversee the federal policy setting process in order to develop an ambitious federal policy agenda with support from the Federal Policy Director, Co-Executive Directors, and Board.
  • Support development and execution of federal policy strategy to advance Young Farmers priorities, including assistance with rulemaking, program implementation, and appropriations requests.
  • Assist Federal Policy Director with the development of Young Farmers’ policy communications including press releases, blog posts, one-pagers, policy briefs, and presentations.
  • Prioritize the needs of young farmers of color by proactively identifying gaps in new and existing Young Farmers federal policy priorities as well as federal legislation related to young farmers that negatively impacts and further marginalizes farmers of color.
  • Plan for and engage farmer members in Young Farmers events and other opportunities to influence federal policy including fly-ins, congressional hearings, press conferences, convergence, and in-district meetings.

Stakeholder Engagement (40%)

  • Establish and maintain relationships with legislative and executive branch staff and other governmental stakeholders.
  • Maintain Young Farmer presence at Congressional hearings and external partner meetings
  • Engage new partner organizations and coalitions, particularly POC-led, to support and advance their federal policy reform efforts and campaigns.
  • Maintain internal tracking systems for political engagement and external partnerships as well as Young Farmers bill proposals, championships and partnerships.

Development (5%)

  •   Assist Federal Policy Director and Development Director in maintaining current funder relationships, cultivating new funders interested in supporting federal policy work, and grant-writing/reporting on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer: 

  • Knowledge of agricultural issues, programs, and policies at the federal level
  • Compelling skills as a speaker and writer, particularly with regards to making complex policy issues understandable for a general audience
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity in the workplace and in advocacy work
  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner
  • A strategic and systematic approach 
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Willingness to learn about new subjects and take initiative on leading new projects
  • Outgoing demeanor and aptitude for working as part of a team 

The ideal candidate may also:

  • Have experience working on a farm
  • Have experience working in a federal agency or legislator’s office
  • Have experience working in the immigration/labor sphere 
  • Hold a relevant bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in public policy, food or agriculture policy, agronomy, environmental science or policy, or other relevant subject

Compensation

  • $58,000-62,500 based on experience and location;
  • Young Farmers offers a benefits package, including health and dental insurance.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume with any salary requirement to jobs@youngfarmers.org by February 7, 2020 at 5PM ET. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Please put “FEDERAL POLICY ASSOCIATE” in the subject line. No calls, please.


 

NEW YORK CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER (Part-time)

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a dynamic, part-time New York Campaign Organizer to drive forward farmer-led change in the New York legislature. The Organizer will collaborate with our New York chapters to: engage in direct lobbying in support of New York policy priorities, support chapter advocacy planning efforts, support development of farmer-led, creative, inclusive, and equitable policy proposals, plan grassroots actions, and conduct outreach to increase member participation and support chapter growth. The Organizer will report to our State Policy Campaigns Director and be supported by our state policy and organizing teams and by our National Chapter Manager. The Organizer will ideally be remotely based within regular travel distance of Albany, NY or be based in Hudson, NY at Young Farmers headquarters. 

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.

Primary Responsibilities

Policy and Advocacy (60%)

  • Engage in direct lobbying to support reintroduction of legislation to amend the New Farmers Grant Fund program, reintroduction of legislation to amend the Young Farmers Loan Forgiveness Incentive program, and advancing proposals on other key New York policy priorities. 
  • Plan grassroots advocacy actions such as legislative farm tours and roundtables, and lobby days. 
  • Support chapter advocacy planning efforts such as listening sessions, advocacy trainings, and policy meetings. 
  • Support development of farmer-led, creative, inclusive, and equitable policy proposals to address young farmer challenges in New York. 

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach (40%)

  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with farmer chapters, partners, and policy officials. 
  • Represent Young Farmers at key meetings, events, and conferences related to NY campaign efforts.
  • Conduct outreach to engage farmer chapters and members in advocacy.
  • Support existing NY chapters and help develop new chapters in the state. 

Qualifications

  • 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. (no professional policy/advocacy experience required)
  • 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 to Albany and occasionally throughout the State. 

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Connections with New York farming communities, partner organizations, or policy officials.
  • Experience with and curiosity for technology and social media in the context of organizing and advocacy. 

Compensation

  • The Organizer can expect an average of 20 hours per week at an hourly compensation rate of $20 per 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. 

To apply

Send a one-page cover letter and a resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “NEW YORK CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER” in the subject line. No calls, please. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


 

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 by January 31. Please put  “ORGANIZING & ADVOCACY DIRECTOR” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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