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:

Colorado Organizer (Part-time)

California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship

Grants and Budgeting Coordinator (Full-time)

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Manager (Full-time)


Colorado Organizer (Part-Time) 

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.

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Compensation

  • 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.

To apply

Send a one-page cover letter and a resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Colorado Organizer” in the subject line. No calls, please. First round interviews will begin September 1, 2020. We will accept applications until the role is filled.

 


Grants and Budgeting Coordinator (Full-time)

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 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 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. Our advocacy for a USDA Farm Service Agency microloan resulted in a loan program in every county that has served more than 30,000 farmers.

The Grants and Budgeting Coordinator will be primarily focused on government grant management by providing contract management, grant proposal support, and compliance reporting. The position will work closely with program staff implementing government and major restricted grant programs to facilitate their understanding of financial implications of programmatic decisions and assists in the smooth operation of the contracts. Additionally, the Coordinator will support our Accounting and Budget Manager with the preparation of annual budgets, audits, and forecasts for assigned grants as well as basic bookkeeping responsibilities.

The Grants & Budgeting Coordinator will report directly to our Accounting and Budget Manager. Preference will be given to candidates who can periodically commute to Hudson, NY to manage administrative in-office tasks.

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

Budget Management  (75%)

  • Manages a portfolio of government contracts and grants;
  • Supports budgets and budget modifications related to contracts and grants;
  • Communicate with subaward recipients and contractors, as well as internal program managers/directors to facilitate appropriate contract spending, billing accuracy and timely payment;
  • Ensure accuracy of financial data required for claim submissions related to government agency and privately funded contracts and grants;
  • Submit reimbursement claims from grantors as required;
  • Prepare regular reconciliations of accounts receivable balance sheet accounts as well as revenue schedules, reconciliations, etc., connected to grant and contract spending;
  • Interface with compliance auditors on all aspects of audits and support Accounting & Budget Manager on delivering clean audit;
  • Assist Accounting & Budget Manager with processing of payables and receivables;
  • Ensure proper documentation and digital storage of financial files.

Project Management and Stakeholder Engagement  (15%)

  • Support Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Program Manager with project implementation;
  • Provides timely follow-up on internal/external requests for information;
  • Liaising with subaward contractors and partner organizations on financial and reporting matters;
  • Assists Development Director in creating resources and tools to provide support to partner organizations for government grant submissions.

Development  (10%)

  • Supports grant reporting for portfolio of government contracts and grants;
  • Maintains accounts for all government funding portals and manages submission process for government contracts through grants.gov;
  • Ensures proper entry and processing of grant award letters and acknowledgement letters in SalesForce.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will offer:

  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting;
  • Ability to interpret federal and state government laws and regulations regarding grant administration
  • Proficient in the use of financial management software to include Quickbooks, Salesforce and spreadsheets
  • Able to effectively communicate contracting and financial management processes to staff, partner organizations, and stakeholders
  • Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial equity and an approach that prioritizes financial transparency, collaborative decision-making, and resource sharing
  • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills, experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives
  • Ability to work self-directed, and also to be a strong team player

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience with federal grants, grant coordination and oversight, and application processes
  • Experience with database management, ideally Salesforce
  • 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.
  • $41,500-45,000 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, and paid family leave.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by September 27, 2020. Please put “GRANTS AND BUDGETING COORDINATOR” in the subject line. No calls, please.


Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Manager (Full-time)

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 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 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. Our advocacy for a USDA Farm Service Agency microloan resulted in a loan program in every county that has served more than 30,000 farmers.

Over the past year, Young Farmers has partnered with 30+ farm and service provider organizations in the Northeast to launch the the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network in the Northeast (FRSAN-NE). The Network began the work of convening, collecting resources, developing new materials and trainings, and planning for a long-term program to help Northeast farming communities thrive and succeed. Together we envision a future where diverse farming and ranching communities in the Northeast are connected to a robust and inclusive network of service providers that offer accessible, culturally-competent, timely, and effective behavioral health care and stress assistance programs that support the well-being and livelihoods of agricultural producers, workers, and their families. 

The FRSAN Manager will play an important role in facilitating this program for the next three years. The FRSAN Manager will work in partnership with the FRSAN-NE Advisory Team, Network members, and its soon-to-be-launched Farmer Advisory Board. They will play an integral role in project management to ensure the broad network of members, participants, and stakeholders align on this regional effort. We are seeking an experienced project manager who can facilitate a broad coalition and prioritize the needs of farming communities in this effort. They will be responsible for coordinating Advisory Team activities, supporting the Farmer Advisory Board, and leading on all grant administration for this project. They will represent Young Farmers in this Network effort and will work to make this network inclusive of all the region’s farming communities with a specific focus on BIPOC farmers and farmworkers. 

The FRSAN Manager will be supported by a Grants & Budgeting Coordinator who will manage financial grant management and the broader Development and Operations teams at Young Farmers. The FRSAN Program Manager will report to a Co-Executive Director. Eligible candidates will work remotely and will be based in the Northeast Region as defined by the FRSAN Program (ME, NH, VT, MA, NY, CT, RI, NJ, PA, MD, WV, DC).

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 & Program Management (70%)

  • Lead FRSAN effort by facilitating the Advisory Team, managing the Farmer Advisory Board, and stewarding the effective and impactful delivery of FRSAN project goals.
  • Serve as lead project manager for FRSAN project and lead on evaluation processes, network communication, conflict resolution among network members, and ensure project remains on budget and meets deliverables.
  • Uphold the strategic aims, vision, and objectives of FRSAN-NE and serve as representative of Young Farmers, particularly by exemplifying commitment to racial equity, intentional design, and amplification of leadership within farming communities.

Stakeholder Engagement (20%)

  • Build and strengthen network of service providers, farmer and advocacy organizations, and farming communities towards improving the wellness of farming communities in the Northeast.
  • Engage creatively and authentically with new audiences and partners and position the empowered participation of BIPOC-led organizations and BIPOC farmers in FRSAN efforts and narrative of farm stress assistance efforts
  • Partner with Co-EDs and Communications team to engage media and advance communications and narrative-building goals relating to the FRSAN project and farm community health.
  • Foster trusting relationships with FRSAN network members and members of the broader agricultural community.

Development (5%)

  • Lead grant management, including grant-reporting and evaluation, on FRSAN grant with support from Gov’t Grants & Budgeting Coordinator and Development Director.
  • Manage relationship with NIFA program leads with support from Co-Executive Director.
  • Participate in additional funding efforts related to farm stress and behavioral health, including grant-writing, funder calls, grant-reporting.

Budget Management (5%)

  • Provide oversight of FRSAN budgeting, sub-award contracts, and overall financial management of FRSAN grant.
  • Present budget updates to FRSAN Advisory Team and Network and Co-EDs
  • Support Grants & Budgeting Coordinator to implement financial processes required for administration of FRSAN funding and helps serve as liaison with Network members

Qualifications

  • Strong project management skills, including ability to develop and communicate clear goals and objectives, as well as program monitoring and evaluation experience;
  • Skilled communicator able to connect with diverse audiences, write with clarity, and facilitate effective dialogues; 
  • Experienced coalition-builder skilled with facilitation and conflict resolution;
  • Competent listener who approaches new communities with humility and accountability, and is able to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience working within farming communities, professionally or otherwise, including experience organizing with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and farmworkers;
  • Comfortable with complexity and multi-stakeholder collaborations;
  • 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;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively within coalition and among diverse stakeholders, and with the ability to work effectively with remote colleagues and partners.

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience providing behavioral health services and/or an advanced degree relating to public health or social work;
  • Working farm experience; 
  • Experience managing large, multi-year projects and developing organizational systems designed for inclusion and authentic partnership;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English skills.

Salary information

  • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
  • $53,500 – 58,000 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, and paid family leave.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and a one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by September 24, 2020. Please put “FRSAN Manager” in the subject line. No calls, please.

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