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California Organizer at National Young Farmers Coalition - 10402

Job Title: 
California Organizer
National Young Farmers Coalition
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

About the California Program
Young Farmers’ California Program is designed to build political fluency, capacity, and leadership among California’s young farmers, particularly farmers of color. By listening to, resourcing, and supporting young farmers while retaining consistent relationships, we envision these farmers will have the confidence and tools to shape the future of agriculture in the state.

Young Farmers seeks a California Organizer to work directly with young farmers, primarily young farmers of color, to organize and advocate for a brighter, more equitable future for agriculture in the state. We are looking for a candidate who has some experience as an agricultural producer and is driven to build power among communities that have been excluded from policy making and formal structures of power. Our ideal candidate is bilingual in Spanish/English and is located in the Central Valley or Southern California. This is a full-time position but we can be flexible if an active farmer is interested in part-time work.

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.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities
Project Management (10%)

Implement, assess, and adapt projects to ensure successful farmer participation, resourcing, and engagement
Participate in the Coalition’s National Organizing Team to design and implement innovative strategies in organizing, outreach, and engagement
Grassroots organizing & advocacy (45%)

Establish and uphold relationships of accountability with farmers and connect them with resources and opportunities
Help design and implement the California Young Farmer Platform by organizing and hosting farmer listening sessions, strategy workshops, legislative farm tours and roundtables, working closely with the California Campaigns Director
Mobilize farmers to attend fly-ins, advocacy days, and workshops
Focus on organizing with farmers of color and in historically underrepresented communities; this includes understanding structural barriers preventing equitable access to resources, technical assistance, and supportive policy, and mobilizing farmers and partners to strategically address those barriers
Foster chapter development and farmer networking with support from National Chapter Manager
Identify and build out interpretation and translation services
Identify collaborative opportunities with organizations, groups, or individuals serving agricultural producers, particularly BIPOC-led organizations
Represent the Coalition at events and conferences
Farmer leadership development (45%)

Support the California Farmer Political Leadership Fellowship through curriculum development, coordination of an in-person retreat and trainings, and by providing one-on-one support to fellows during and following the fellowship
Prepare farmers and fellows for lobby days, in-district meetings, and other engagement with legislative and agency officials and their staff
Build strong, trusting relationships with community organizations and leaders who can mentor young farmers
Create culturally-relevant, farmer-centered educational materials to increase farmer political fluency
Development (5%)

Collaborate with Young Farmers staff on grant-writing and reporting
Engage and inform current funders on our work
Qualifications
Strong familiarity with California’s agricultural communities and organizations, with an emphasis on communities of color
Demonstrated experience in grassroots organizing, advocacy or a related field
Strong listener who approaches new communities with humility and accountability, and is able to build trust over time with diverse stakeholders
Takes initiative to identify and carry out the work that needs to be done
Able to work both independently and as part of a team
Bilingual English/ Spanish
Able to travel frequently, including occasional evenings and weekends (as possible)
Be located in the Central Valley or Southern California
An ideal candidate will also:

Have experience in education or farmer training
Have farming or ranching experience
Compensation
$46,000 – $56,250 based on location and experience;
Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, sabbatical policy, and flex-time policy

Application Instructions: 

Send a cover letter and one-page resume to jobs@youngfarmers.org by July 10, 2020. Please put “California Organizer” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No calls, please.

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