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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:

Economic Justice Campaigns Manager

Immigration Campaigns Manager

Policy Campaigns Director

 


Economic Justice Campaigns Manager

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Young Farmers is seeking an Economic Justice Campaigns Manager to lead our campaign for student debt cancellation and expand our student debt portfolio to include affordable college and other issues related to economic justice. This new role will help determine the future of our economic justice work and identify opportunities for policy change that create economic opportunities for young farmers. This new position builds on a candidate’s skills and experience in economic justice, government relations, and grassroots engagement to win policy changes that reflect young farmers’ needs and priorities and create economic opportunities for a new generation of working farmers. The Economic Justice Campaigns Manager will work in close collaboration with the Young Farmers policy and grassroots staff, coalition members, and the Young Farmers Policy Committee.

Young Farmers has focused on student loan programs, student loans cancelation, and affordable college access in more recent years and the Economic Justice Campaign Manager will continue leading those portfolios. At the same time, we hope that the Economic Justice Campaign Manager informs and shapes a more broad and nascent economic justice policy portfolio that is evolving and could include any policy area that intersects with inequitable economic impacts of traditional power structures and systems. The Economic Justice Campaigns Manager will focus on research to help define what economic justice looks like for young farmers in a federal policy context. Traditionally, the Coalition has focused on the burden of student loans and access to credit for young farmers and BIPOC farmers. Nevertheless, we are open and welcome applicants with a background in consumer protection, economic development, fair markets, reparations, and/or economic mobility.

This is a full-time, exempt position is part of our federal policy team. All staff are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our Capitol Hill office at 110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC when public health and safety guidelines allow for office reopening.

 

Position Responsibilities

Policy and Government Relations– 50%

  • Identify and develop an economic justice federal policy portfolio with our farmer members and the Federal Policy Committee
  • Support development and execution of federal policy strategy around economic justice to advance Young Farmers’ needs including assistance with rulemaking, program implementation, and appropriations requests.
  • Develop Young Farmers’ policy communications including press releases, blog posts, one-pagers, policy briefs, op-eds, and presentations related to economic justice.
  • Plan for and engage farmer members in Young Farmers events and other opportunities to influence federal economic justice policy including fly-ins, congressional hearings, press conferences, convergence, in-district meetings, serving in federal, state, and local committees.
  • Collaborate with and support Young Farmer’s grassroots and communications teams, and other programs on work related to federal policy and organization efficiency.

Campaigns Management– 40%

  • Track and analyze federal legislation related to economic mobility, student loans, affordable higher education, reparations, and other legislation as determined.
  • Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies on a regular basis and become a trusted voice for the young farmer perspective on economic justice. Assemble and support the drafting of policy materials, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, rulemaking comment letters, and program analysis reports.
  • Represent Young Farmers at relevant agencies and coalition meetings, as well as Congressional hearings and briefings.
  • Write related policy blog posts and story bank farmer experiences with student loans, economic access, and economic mobility.

Cross-Organization Support – 10%

  • Contribute to the organization’s annual priority setting, fundraising, and coalition meetings.
  • Attend and present at farmer conferences, webinars, and roundtables as needed.

Salary and Benefits

  • 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.
  • $57,000 to $62,000 based on experience and according to our 2021 Compensation Guidelines (Note this position may see a compensation increase in our 2022 compensation 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.

Job Requirements

Qualification

  • The ideal candidate is 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.
  • An understanding of and passion for fair opportunities in agriculture, racial equity, and systematic economic barriers for young farmers and farmers of color.
  • Understanding of sustainable agriculture and food systems, the intersection between agricultural and lending institutions, and/or its impacts for young farmers and BIPOC farmers and communities.
  • Significant knowledge of the federal policy-making process and a strong grasp of federal policies channels of engagement.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity and economic justice intersects with agriculture and food systems and an ability to apply an equity lens to policy decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills and ability to translate complex federal regulations and policies for a lay audience.
  • Exceptional initiative and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution.
  • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work on legislative timelines.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Ability to work effectively with, value differences of, and incorporate the experiences and policy impacts on, diverse groups of individuals, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.
  • Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects.

Additional Experience

The following skills are desired but not required::

  • Experience working in a Congressional office, congressional committee, or federal agency related to economic development, credit access, or financial assistance.
  • Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns (e.g. field organizing, lobby days, etc).
  • Experience leading participatory processes, community engagement, and/or outreach activities.
  • Experience with multi-organization grassroots coalitions, facilitation, and consensus-building.
  • Excellent research skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Bilingual fluency in a language other than English.

 

Please upload your cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample related to grassroots and/or economic justice advocacy (example 1, example 2) by Dec 13.

 

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    Immigration Campaigns Manager

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    Young Farmers is seeking an Immigration Campaigns Manager to lead our federal immigration and labor advocacy to create an agricultural system that is more humane and just.  The Immigration Campaigns Manager will lead on the immigration and labor justice pillar of our federal policy platform, working in close collaboration with farmworker-led partner organizations, Young Farmers policy and organizing staff, coalition members, and the Young Farmers Policy Committee. This role will build on a candidate’s skills and experience in immigration policy, legislative advocacy, sustainable agriculture, labor organizing, and grassroots engagement to advocate for labor and immigrant rights for farmworkers, undocumented farmers, and many more on behalf of young farmers.

    This is a full-time, exempt position and is part of our federal policy team. All staff are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our Capitol Hill office at 110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington, DC when public health and safety guidelines allow for office reopening.

     

    Position Responsibilities:

    Policy and Government Relations – 50%

    • Oversee our federal immigration and labor policy portfolio and corresponding immigration campaign to advance Young Farmers’ priorities through legislation, implementation, administrative change, and annual appropriations.
    • Prioritize the needs of farmworkers, food systems workers, and young farmers of color by proactively identifying gaps in new and existing Young Farmers federal policy priorities.
    • Track and analyze federal legislation related to immigration and labor justice.
    • Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies on a regular basis and become a trusted voice for the young farmer perspective on immigration and labor justice.
    • Represent Young Farmers at relevant agencies and coalition meetings, as well as Congressional hearings and briefings.

    Campaigns Management – 40%

    • Plan for and engage farmer members in Young Farmers campaign events, actions, and other opportunities to influence federal immigration and labor policy including fly-ins, congressional hearings, press conferences, convergence, in-district meetings, serving in federal, state, and local committees.
    • Develop Young Farmers’ policy communications on labor and immigration including press releases, blog posts, one-pagers, policy briefs, op-eds, and presentations. related to immigration and labor justice.
    • Collaborate with and support Young Farmer’s grassroots and communications teams to mobilize our base to engage in immigration and labor justice
    • Write related policy blog posts and story bank farmer experiences with immigration, labor, farmworkers, food systems workers, and immigrant farmers.

    Cross-Organization Support – 10%

    • Contribute to the organization’s annual priority setting, budgeting, and weekly staff calls.
    • Collaborate with the Development team to inform and steward donors who support or may support the Coalition’s immigration and labor justice policy work.
    • Attend and present at farmer conferences, webinars, and roundtables as needed.

    Salary and Benefits

    • 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.
    • $57,000 to $62,000 based on experience and according to our 2021 Compensation Guidelines (Note this position may see a compensation increase in our 2022 compensation guidelines.)
    • Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and sabbatical poli

     

    Job Requirements

    Qualification

    • The ideal candidate is 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.
    • An understanding of and passion for immigration and labor justice.
    • Understanding of sustainable agriculture and food systems, the intersection between food and immigration, and/or its impacts for young farmers and BIPOC farmers and communities.
    • Significant knowledge of the federal policy-making process and a strong grasp of federal policies channels of engagement.
    • Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity and immigrant and labor justice intersects with agriculture and food systems and an ability to apply an equity lens to policy decisions.
    • Committed to building power for those most marginalized from policy processes.
    • Establish processes to ensure accountability to the communities they serve and represent
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills and ability to translate complex federal regulations and policies for a lay audience.
    • Exceptional initiative and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution.
    • Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work on legislative timelines.
    • Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision-makers.
    • Ability to work effectively with, value differences of, and incorporate the experiences and policy impacts on, diverse groups of individuals, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.

    Additional Experience

    The following skills are desired but not required::

    • Experience working in a Congressional office, congressional committee or federal agency.
    • Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns (e.g. field organizing, lobby days, etc).
    • Experience leading participatory processes, community engagement, and/or outreach activities.
    • Experience with multi-organization grassroots coalitions, facilitation, and consensus-building.
    • Excellent research skills with strong attention to detail.
    • Bilingual fluency in a language other than English.

     

    Please upload a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample related to grassroots and/or immigration advocacy (example) by Dec 13.

     

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      Policy Campaigns Director

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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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