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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!

Current Openings:

Development Associate

Field Director

Water Organizer

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Development Associate

 

Young Farmers seeks a full-time Development Associate to support our fundraising efforts, providing essential support to our development team as we collectively raise over $8 million in 2022. The Development Associate will play an important role on our development team, managing the Coalition’s development data and tracking our revenue across the organization, acknowledging our donors, and supporting with donor engagement and prospecting. They will bring strong organizational skills to manage a complex database of funders, grants, donations, and prospects. They will be a team player and support all of our development functions, with a focus on donor prospecting, events, and fundraising campaigns. The Development Associate is a remote position and will report to the Development Director.

 

Responsibilities   

 

Development Support (40%)

  • Regularly coordinate with the finance team to track fundraising progress in coordination with organizational budget, ensuring that all donation revenue is tracked in our database and donors are acknowledged.
  • Support development team and staff in relationship management including: outreach, scheduling, and follow up.
  • Identify and research new donors, including corporate and foundation funding partners, individuals, and major gift prospects.
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of Development including scheduling meetings, helping prepare for meetings (including meeting briefing documents), updating interactions in the database, drafting correspondence, and preparing documents.
  • Support chapters, organizational partners, and farmers by providing fundraising support as needed.

Data Management (30%)

  • Input and update information into the donor database and gift pipeline, ensuring accuracy and completeness.
  • Coordinate tasks (e.g., schedule meetings, send donation receipts) for all donation opportunities.
  • Ensure accuracy of data and perform routine data assessments and queries for reports, analysis, events, and mailings.

Individual Giving Support (15%)

  • Support individual donor relations through tracking donations, writing appeals and acknowledgment letters and ensuring donor fulfillment is complete.
  • Support individual giving campaigns through prospect research, donor communications, and donor engagement.
  • Assist Development Director in planning and execution of fundraising events.

Grants Management (15%)

  • Inputs grants and funder data using our database including grant information, reporting, and funder engagement.
  • Supports Grants Manager and Development Director in creating templates and initial drafts for grant proposals and reporting, and compiles data from campaigns teams.

 

Qualifications

  • Data Management Skills: Experience using a development and fundraising database (Salesforce preferred).
  • Strong Communication: Excellent writing and proofreading skills with an ability to draft thought-provoking communications for varying audiences; timely and clear in communications and comfort with engaging over the phone, via email, and in person.
  • Collaborative: Experience working collaboratively with remote colleagues, and serving as a resource for staff with varying degrees of familiarity and responsibilities on development. Experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack, Google Docs, and DropBox.
  • Organized and Detail-Driven: Strong time management skills and experience meeting multiple project deadlines and objectives.
  • Purpose-Driven & Equity Oriented: Familiarity and alignment with the mission of our organization. A demonstrated commitment to racial equity.

 

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience with collecting and analyzing fundraising metrics.
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization, ideally in development
  • Experience planning fundraising campaigns and coordinating events (virtual or in-person).
  • Experience working on a farm or in food systems organizing.

 

Compensation and Schedule

  • The annual salary for this role is $54,000 according to 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.

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume as one PDF using the form below by Monday January 31, 2022.

 

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    Field Director

    The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an exceptional organizer and manager to join us in the newly-created role of Field Director. The Field Director role will be a keystone in the structure of our grassroots organizing and campaigns teams, providing focused coaching and support to a talented and diverse team of place-based organizing staff across the country, and actively facilitating the flow of information and feedback to and from the field. The Field Director will have a deep understanding of campaigns and base-building strategies, supporting organizers to act on and inform these strategies. The Field Director will guide organizers in balancing base-building and campaigns work; recruiting, resourcing, and organizing farmers as well as mobilizing farmers to take action and step into leadership roles in our campaigns to win policy change. The Field Director is a remote role, and will report to the Organizing & Advocacy Director and manage eight direct reports.

    As a member of the Young Farmers Management Team, the Field Director will practice and serve as a model for our values and guiding principles, in alignment with our strategic plan, to equitably resource a new generation of working farmers. They will draw on their deep organizing and management experience, collaborating closely with the Organizing Director and the Management Team to ensure that place-based staff feel resourced, heard, valued, and closely connected to national campaigns and other cross-organizational communication and activities. In particular, they will help ensure that place-based staff are fluent in campaign and base-building goals, strategies, and actions. They will hold a long running, demonstrated commitment to racial equity, a passion for our mission, and a record of service to making structural change and challenging accepted practices and norms. They may have experience farming or otherwise working in food and agricultural systems. The Field Director is a remote position however, the person who takes on this role will need to travel on occasion, COVID-19 permitting.

     

    Responsibilities

    Project & Program Strategy

    • Hold a deep understanding of campaign and base-building strategies.
    • Actively facilitate the flow of information and feedback to and from the field.
    • Successfully implement campaign and base-building strategies in states and regions that have place-based organizers.

    Staff Management

    • Lead the design and implementation of a place-based organizing staff team that equips and empowers organizers to succeed in their roles through team-building and professional development.
    • Work with each state or regional team/organizer to ensure that the translation of national organizing and advocacy efforts to their local, practical form is consistent, regionally adaptive, and strong.
    • Manage place-based organizers’ strategy-setting, work plan, and performance evaluations in line with our culture and with a special eye towards the fact that organizing is our strongest entry point for farmers to explore organizing as a career.
    • Provide support to each organizer in their day-to-day organizing work, as needed in whatever way will provide the most support to organizers. For example, this could include joining in on a particularly difficult or important meeting, or supporting an organizer in preparing their appearance on a panel.
    • Practice and model organizational values and guiding principles, serving as an example and organizational compass on collective alignment with the strategic plan.

    Development

    • Support development efforts for team-specific fundraising.

    Stakeholder Engagement

    • None

    Budget

    • None

     

    Qualifications & Competencies

    • 5+ years of relevant professional experience;
    • Experience managing at least 3 reports at one time
    • Excellent relational leadership and communication skills – a good listener who is empathetic and balances inclusivity and empowerment with pragmatism and purpose;
    • Experience navigating between policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing spaces;
    • Long running, demonstrated commitment to racial equity, a passion for our mission, and a record of service to making structural change and challenging accepted practices and norms;
    • Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals;
    • Deep understanding of racial equity as a socio-political priority and as a lens for policy and advocacy.

    Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

    • Hold lived experience as a farmer.
    • Speak an additional language to English.

    Compensation and Schedule

    • The salary for this role is $72,500 according to 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.

     

    Please upload a cover letter, resume below by January 31, 2022:

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      Water Organizer

      The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an experienced organizer to join us in the newly-created role of Water Organizer. The Water Organizer is a remote, part-time position and will be a central part of our national water campaign team, reporting to the Water Director.

       

      Our national water campaign is a new campaign for Young Farmers, and an evolution of our water advocacy within the Colorado River Basin. As an emerging campaign, we will focus on building water leadership within our network, supporting our members to engage in water policy, and advocating for Farm Bill changes to support young farmers’ on-farm water use. The Water Organizer will collaborate closely with the water campaign team and the Field Director to ensure that our staff and farmers throughout our network are fluent in our water campaign goals, trained in our campaign strategies, and inspired to participate in and lead campaign advocacy actions. The Water Organizer will lead on planning, logistics, and materials support for water campaign advocacy actions and an educational advocacy training series. The Organizer will also work with the water team to build strong relationships with potential coalition partners, prioritizing partnerships with organizations engaged in water policy from an environmental justice perspective.

       

      Responsibilities

      Project & Program Strategy

      • Develop and lead the organizing strategy for the water campaign.
      • Collaborate closely with the water team, as well the Field Director, to ensure that organizers and producers throughout our network are fluent in water campaign goals, strategies, and actions.
      • Lead on planning, logistics, and materials support for water campaign advocacy actions including in-districts, days of action, letter writing campaigns, etc.
      • Design, plan, and coordinate rollout of a water educational series to inform producers in our network of the campaign and educate them on federal water policy issues, with an emphasis on the Colorado River Basin.
      • Work with our members to identify water policy needs and provide individual support for members advocating for water policy change.

       Development

      • Collaborate with the Water Director and the Development Team to meet development needs for the water campaign team.

      Stakeholder Engagement

      • Collaborate with the Water Director in engaging with partners, in alignment with our strategic plan and with the Water Campaign goals.

       Budget Management

      • Responsible for the educational advocacy series budget.

       

      Qualifications & Competencies

      • 2+ years of professional organizing experience
      • Experience leading advocacy and grassroots organizing spaces
      • Long running, demonstrated commitment to racial equity, a passion for our mission, and a record of service to making structural change and challenging accepted practices and norms
      • Ability to communicate policies and advocacy concepts to a young farmer audience;
      • Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals
      • Understanding of racial equity as a socio-political priority and as a lens for policy and advocacy

       

      Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

      • Hold lived experience as a farmer
      • Speak an additional language to English
      • Experience with digital organizing strategies and/or tools
      • Experience organizing as part of a Farm Bill or other federal policy campaign
      • Live in the Western U.S.

       

      Compensation and Schedule

      • Young Farmers’ salaries are determined by annually revised salary guidelines. The salary for this role is $31.01/hour, and is a Manager level position according to our 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 20-30 hours per week with a flexible schedule.

       

      Apply by January 31st using the form below:

      Water Organizer

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