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EcoFarm Program Director Job Announcement

About the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm):

The Ecological Farming Association has been a leading force for organic agriculture and just food systems since the 1980s. Its annual EcoFarm Conference, now in its 43rd year, is the largest sustainable agriculture gathering west of the Mississippi, and a flagship event for the food movement. This conference and our programming are at the cutting edge of the intersection between on-the-ground ecology-minded solutions and big-picture visioning of the directions needed to address our multiple and intersecting challenges. EcoFarm is at the fulcrum of a  pivotal moment in providing practical solutions for farmers to address and mitigate the climate crisis while addressing the injustices that have led us to this place. Our programs bring together a diversity of stakeholders in California food production to promote grassroots leadership and regional solutions to decrease the negative impacts of industrial agriculture on environmental and community health. Through EcoFarm’s consistent quality of programs, we have developed a far-reaching network of people, farms, ranches, NGOs, government workers, and businesses committed to sustainable agriculture. EcoFarm’s education programs have reached more than 65,000 participants over 42 years. To learn more about the mission and programs of EcoFarm visit our website at

Job Description

EcoFarm is seeking a Program Director to lead its annual conference and develop new programming. This is a unique opportunity to shape one of the most influential events and beloved organizations in the food and farm movement from the inside while working closely with key leaders in the field in California. Your expertise, relationships, and insights can be key to leading us down the path in this time of transition.
In practical terms, this position will be primarily responsible for the annual EcoFarm Conference programming, management of advisory committees, and support the event implementation and logistical arrangements. The Program Director supervises one to two staff and interns. The Program Director is also responsible for designing and implementing additional programming, including in-person and virtual events. The ideal candidate will have experience in event management, project management and design, as well as knowledge of ecological agriculture/ agroecology and food justice or food sovereignty. 


Annual EcoFarm Conference

- Oversee EcoFarm in-person and/or virtual conference programming, including all workshops, keynotes, awards, pre-conference events, and special events 
- Facilitate conference planning committee and subcommittees to identify and implement program content
- Lead the design of the conference structure
- Develop conference budget and pricing
- Communicate with all speakers and moderators
- Support conference website and printed program design and content development
- Coordinate contractors including audiovisual and translation professionals
- Collaborate with the executive director and committees to ensure their priorities are included
- Assist with grant writing and other fundraising activities 
- Supervise interns, fellows, and Spanish Program Coordinator
- Lead conference evaluation activities, including annual conference report
- Coordinate with other EcoFarm staff in successful implementation of events

Other Programming

- Ideate, develop, help fundraise, and implement year-round programming, such as field days, webinars, and virtual content
- Coordinate virtual content with Communications Director


- Represent EcoFarm at conferences, meetings and trainings
- Support Executive Director with information needed to make decisions on programming
- Contribute to organizational planning and process improvement tasks
- Other activities as needed


- Minimum of five years of experience in event planning and program management
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent group facilitation skills
- Supervisory experience
- Well organized and skilled multi-tasker
- Proficient in Google Suite (primarily Google Sheets and Docs), MS Office, and a CRM database, such as CiviCRM
- High personal standards for the quality and timeliness of work, proactive problem solver, and collaborative team player.
- Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression work
- Commitment and sophisticated understanding of sustainable food systems and agriculture, especially in California. 
- Preferred but not required fluency in Spanish


Must reside in California, with a preference for Santa Cruz area. Some travel and overnight trips and attendance at EcoFarm events in California are required for this position. If the successful candidate is in the Santa Cruz area, a hybrid remote and in-office work location is desired. This position requires attendance and onsite support at the annual EcoFarm Conference, typically held the third week of January.

Start Date

July 2022 

Compensation & Hours

$60,000 - $70,000 per year. Full time. EcoFarm offers 100% of health and dental insurance, participation in a retirement plan, paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time. 

To apply

Please submit a résumé and cover letter to with the subject line:
“Program Director Application.” Priority will be given to applications submitted by June 5, 2022. 
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is an equal opportunity employer. We make hiring decisions based on capability and performance — regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion or physical ability. We believe that social justice and racial equity are core elements of the food system and agriculture we promote. As such, we are looking for candidates who have meaningful experiences and contributions in these areas, especially as they relate to food and farming.