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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:

Chief of Staff

People and Operations Manager 

Policy Campaigns Director

 


 

 

Chief of Staff

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The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks an experienced leader to join us in the newly-created role of Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff is an Executive Team member who will collaborate with our Co-Executive Directors to implement our new strategic plan and navigate complexities of a growing organization. The Chief of Staff will advance our strategic priorities by acting in strong alignment with our strategic plan, guiding principles, and values; executing on an operational agenda to make decision-making more transparent, more effective, and in service of our mission to shift power and change policy to equitably resource a new generation of working farmers. They will facilitate management processes across the organization and enhance internal communications to establish a shared understanding, increase staff engagement, and raise staff performance.

Their broad and deep experience in management and relational leadership, will enable them to serve as a collaborator with Co-Executive Directors and Leadership and Management Teams, and to derive lucid, considered solutions to the complexities that arise from an evolving organization navigating times of political uncertainty. As a member of the Executive Team they will steward our organizational vision through the implementation of practices, processes, and standards that uphold our organizational values and deliver on bold change in our food system. They will be ready to serve as an organizational representative and support fundraising activities to bring general operating support to the organization. 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 working in agricultural policy and organizing.

In this role, the Chief of Staff will facilitate our internal management and leadership teams and will directly manage senior leaders responsible for operations, accountability, and development at the organization. As we are navigating work in the context of COVID-19, we anticipate this role to be remote in the near-term and would have a preference for candidates who would be willing to be based in Washington, DC at some point in 2022.

Responsibilities:

Project & Program Strategy

  • Collaborate closely with the Co-Executive Directors on core Executive Team functions, including setting organizational standards for performance and evaluation, ensuring compliance, managing issues escalated from staff, and making decisions that impact strategic direction of the organization. 
  • Serve as organizer of the Executive Team by helping to define near-term priorities, coordinating team meetings, and leading on internal communications.
  • Collaborate with operations staff to ensure consistency of systems and processes that streamline operations across the organization.
  • Project manage key Executive Team initiatives that may require significant coordination across the organization.
  • Facilitate and collaborate with the Leadership Team to uphold organizational values by providing critical feedback on and ensuring alignment and following through on high-level strategy and organizational decisions.

Staff Management

  • Facilitate the Management Team by helping to equip and empower managers to succeed in their roles, serving as a sounding board as needed and keeping in mind organization-wide goals, values, and management philosophy.
  • Establish staff performance evaluation standards and work with management teams and operations teams to design and implement evaluation efforts.
  • Manage senior directors who comprise the core operations functions of the organization.
  • Set internal communications practices in collaboration with the Leadership Team to provide more transparency to all staff, reserve Executive Team time, and foster better decision-making processes across the organization.
  • 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 strategy with the Development Team including serving as an Executive Level spokesperson and holding select relationships among general operating support funders.
  • Monitor performance on business plan goals and propose interventions and recommendations to ensure organization is resourced to achieve its mission.
  • Work with the Development Director to establish and implement organizational standards for staff efforts on fundraising and resourcing their campaigns and projects.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Serve as a liaison for the Board of Directors on communications to staff and, conversely, preparing reports to the Board of Directors on programs and staff updates.
  • Work with Executive Team and Communications to craft messaging and statements on key issues and facilitate processes for staff input on major statements
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization.

Budget Management

  • Support Co-Executive Directors and Finance team by establishing organizational standards for budget management among the Management Team.
  • Work across the organization to support the implementation of the organizational business plan by increasing communications among finance, development, and operations functions.

Qualifications & Competencies:

  • 10+ years of professional experience, preferably within multiple non-profit, government, political campaigns, or corporate entities;
  • Broad and deep experience managing teams and serving in a senior advisory role to organizational leadership and/or Boards;
  • Exceptional relational leadership and communication skills – a good listener who is empathetic and balances inclusivity and empowerment with pragmatism and purpose;
  • Practiced in ways of keeping an organization open to new ideas with ability to model curiosity and willingness to experiment;
  • Familiarity with tools for problem analysis, process development, and change management;
  • Highly organized with strong time management skills and ability to prioritize based on organizational mission and goals;
  • Strong network among and understanding of organizations and funders in the landscapes of advocacy, food and farming, racial equity, and climate justice;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and steward relationships with major funders and build organizational capacity on development;
  • Deep understanding of racial equity as a socio-political priority and as a lens for organizational design.

Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Hold lived experience as a farmer, or at least hold expertise in agricultural policy or food/farming campaign organizing.
  • Speak an additional language to English.

Schedule and Compensation

  • Our salaries are determined by our annually revised compensation guidelines. The salary range for this role is currently estimated at least $90K and up to $105K, and will be confirmed by our soon to be completed 2022 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.

Apply by November 8th using the form below to be considered in the first wave of interviews. After November 8th, applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

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    People and Operations Manager

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    Young Farmers seeks a People and Operations Manager to streamline our human resources efforts and serve as an integral member of the Operations and Accountability team. You will help steward our people operations, primarily providing support and gathering feedback regularly from those involved in our hiring, benefits enrollment and review, and performance evaluation processes. Additionally, you’ll work with organization leadership on ensuring multi-state and federal compliance f or the organization, supporting professional development opportunities to increase our organizational capacity, and contribute to the second annual Young Farmers Accountability Report. 

    In alignment with our commitment to racial equity, the right candidate for this role will be excited at the challenge of creating equitable human resources and operations policies, and developing an accountable culture of feedback at Young Farmers in close collaboration with the Culture and Operations Manager. The People and Operations Manager position is a full-time, remote position with a preference for candidates residing in New York State.

    Responsibilities

    Human Resources

    • Provide an effective HR advisory service to employees and the leadership team.
    • Steward employee benefits and insurance enrollment, renewal, and review processes
    • Oversee and support hiring processes in close collaboration with hiring managers and in alignment
    • Support new employee onboarding process and manage HR records retention
    • Oversee payroll, state tax registration and updates, and PTO tracking within Paychex (payroll and time tracking software) in collaboration with Culture and Operations Manager and Bookkeeping consultant.
    • Implement staff feedback opportunities and informed recommendations for employee retention recommendations to leadership. 
    • Maintain compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
    • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.

    Operations

    • Support on operational efficiency projects, including annual assessment of operations procedures, improving staff performance across the organization, and bettering organization culture to retain and recruit talented staff.
    • Support on updating organizational policies and handbooks.
    • Support on staff retreat and internship program planning.
    • Support on software and technology troubleshooting and training.

    Qualifications & Competencies:

    This could be the right position for you, if you:

    Are committed to social justice and are eager to apply your racial equity analysis and intersectional approach to creating impactful internal policy.

    • Bring experience providing human resources services and support to a growing organization. 
    • Enjoy working with staff to ensure their satisfaction with organizational benefits; walking them through policies, and supporting claims and renewal processes. 
    • Are comfortable supporting the hiring processes for a growing staff, and working to ensure a universally accountable staff experience at Young Farmers. 
    • Have experience with non-profit insurance enrollment and compliance, including familiarity with state tax registration, and employment and health/sick time regulation. 
    • Are meticulous about remembering all the details, being organized, and working collaboratively across teams.
    • Embody proactive problem-solving, decision-making, and project management skills that incorporate marginalized perspectives. 

     The ideal candidate may also have:

    • PHR or SHRM Certification.
    • Experience working in a fully remote environment.
    • Experience supporting HR regulations and compliance across multiple states.
    • Experience troubleshooting ad hoc operations and technology related obstacles. 
    • Experience supporting internal auditing and organizational reporting efforts. 
    • Experience working at nonprofit organizations.
    • Experience working on a farm or ranch and/or rooted in the agricultural community.

     Schedule and Compensation

    • Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
    • The current salary range for this role is $53,500-$58,000, in accordance with our organization’s Compensation Guidelines for 2021 but will be updated based on our soon to be completed 2022 guidelines.
    • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, and paid family leave.  

    Apply by November 8th using the form below to be considered in the first wave of interviews. After November 8th, applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled. 

    Please include in your cover letter: 

    1. What interests you about this position, and Young Farmers?
    2. Do you have experience working in human resources (insurance enrollment, benefits administration, hiring, performance recognition, etc.)?
    3. Anything else you think we should know during the materials review process (like you’re a state tax registration and employment guru, for instance)?

     

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      Policy Campaigns Director

      Washington, DC

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      The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks a highly skilled and experienced legislative campaigner to join our leadership team as Policy Campaigns Director. This new position will lead the strategic direction and implementation of our policy campaigns for a bold and equitable transformation in agriculture.

      As a member of the leadership team, the Policy Campaigns Director will participate in organization-wide decision making – advising on solutions to the complexities that arise from an evolving organization navigating times of political uncertainty – and helping to operationalize those decisions. They will manage a team of director-level staff responsible for delivering results on our Federal Policy Platform and corresponding campaigns: land, climate, immigration, USDA access & accountability, and student loans. Our campaign goals for the next three years include winning a historic investment in equitable farmland transition in the next farm bill; demanding climate solutions that are accessible to and honor the leadership of young and BIPOC farmers; holding USDA accountable to serving all farmers; showing up for immigration justice; and removing the barrier of student loan debt. The Policy Campaigns Director must hold proven experience in federal legislative advocacy and coalition building, deep and informed perspectives on agricultural policy, a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, and a record of service to challenging accepted practices and norms.

      The Policy Campaigns Director will work three or more days a week from our Washington, DC office: 110 Maryland Ave, NE although remote work is possible until in-person meetings resume on Capitol Hill. Young Farmers has flexible work arrangement policies including flex time, or 1-to-1 paid time off, that is available to staff when work requires more than 40 hours in any given week.

      Primary Responsibilities

      Project & Program Strategy

      • Lead the strategy and implementation of Young Farmers’ policy campaigns, and provide high-level direction to campaign directors to ensure we are pursuing bold change that is grounded in up-to-date policy analysis.
      • Work closely with our Organizing & Advocacy Director, advising on our grassroots strategy to harness the power of our 50 chapters, affinity groups, and at-large members to achieve our policy goals.
      •  Serve as a member of the organization’s leadership team, participating in organization-wide strategy and decision-making, helping to operationalize those decisions, and driving organizational commitments to data-based and accountable decision-making.

      Staff Management

      • Manage the policy campaign teams to deliver results on our strategic plan’s goals for policy change.
      • Provide mentorship to policy staff and create professional development opportunities according to each staff’s identified career goals and interests.
      • Practice and model organizational values and guiding principles in alignment with the strategic plan
      • With guidance from the Chief of Staff, lead policy campaign goal-setting, tracking, and evaluation to continually measure and improve our impact.
      • In collaboration with the management team, support our full staff’s understanding and comfortability with federal policy: how to engage in federal policy work and why it matters.

      Stakeholder Engagement

      • Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with representatives from all branches of the Federal government, advocating for our campaign goals and cultivating our strategic vision.
      • Serve as an organizational spokesperson to the press and collaborate with the Communications Director to develop communications strategies for campaigns.
      • 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.

      Development

      • Collaborate with the Development team to inform and steward donors who support or may support the Coalition’s federal policy work.

      Budget Management

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

      Attributes

      The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:

      • Skilled advocate: They are a highly skilled and experienced advocate with deep and informed perspectives on agricultural policy and a proven track record of winning champions and delivering federal policy victories.
      • 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, drawing on new approaches from other movements. They are attuned to political and societal movements and power structures, and have a solid understanding of power dynamics in D.C.
      • Operating with a sophisticated racial equity analysis: They are committed to building power for those most marginalized from policy processes. They are 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.
      • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail.

      Preferred Experience:

      • 5-10+ years of relevant experience
      • Deep knowledge of and experience advocating within federal agricultural policy
      • Experience directing multiple legislative campaigns
      • Experience managing diverse teams to achieve results
      • Experience participating and or leading coalition work, particularly in building relationships of trust with BIPOC-led partner organizations

      The ideal candidate may also have:

      • Direct experience with Farm Bill drafting, negotiations and / or implementation
      • Experience working for a Member of Congress or a Congressional committee
      • Experience writing legislation and managing legislative processes, with knowledge of parliamentary procedures
      • Experience working with or for the USDA
      • Experience working on a farm or ranch and/or be rooted in an agricultural community
      • Experience with grassroots organizing and/or digital campaigning

      Schedule and Compensation

      • 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.
      • Our salaries are determined by our annually revised compensation guidelines. The salary range for this role is currently estimated at least $90,000 and up to $110,000, and will be confirmed by our soon to be completed 2022 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.

      Apply by November 15th using the form below to be considered in the first wave of interviews. After November 15th, applications will be reviewed as they are received until the position is filled.

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        If you have difficulty with the form, please send the information above along with your cover letter and resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org. Please put “Policy Campaigns Director” in the subject line. No calls, please.


         

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