Jobs and Internships

In eight years, NYFC has become a leading voice in the sustainable agriculture movement.

With 40+ chapters and thousands of farmers and consumers as members, we enter our next phase of growth with excitement and confidence. But the challenge before us is great: we must expand rapidly and achieve much more if we are to have the level of impact necessary to halt and then reverse the decline of family farming in the United States. We are actively expanding our capacity and growing our team.


Current Openings:

Executive Director (Hudson, NY)

Office Manager (Hudson, NY)

Development Director (Hudson, NY)

Western Program Director

Podcast Intern (remote)



Office Manager (Hudson, NY)

Job Description – Jan 2019

The Role: 

The National Young Farmers Coalition (“Young Farmers”) seeks a full-time Office Manager to provide a range of administrative functions to support the day-to-day operations of our organization. The Office Manager will be based in our headquarters in Hudson, NY.

NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. NYFC strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, military veterans, and people of color to apply. 

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the basic administrative needs of our Hudson office including inventory management of office equipment and liaising with building manager;
  • Provide general administrative support to program and administrative staff, including scanning, organizing, and filing, inputting and maintaining web-based and paper files, scheduling and providing support for meetings, workshops, tours, and events;
  • Manage organizational tech and software inventory;
  • Support financial management processes, including preparing documents for our bookkeeper and implementing systems for accurate expense and revenue tracking;
  • Assist with human resources including onboarding of new employees and annual review process;
  • Other duties as assigned at the discretion of Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • Strongly identify with NYFC’s core mission, platform, and guiding principles
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and experience working with diverse communities
  • Works well independently, with a team, and in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, including strong Microsoft Office and Google Suite skills
  • Experience with database management, preferably with Salesforce
  • Solution-oriented and able to be the first to notice problems and implement their solutions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience working on a farm or ranch and/or be rooted in the agricultural community;
  • Experience with bookkeeping or finance

Compensation:

  • Full-time, $40-$45K commensurate with experience.
  • NYFC offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance as well as retirement benefits

To Apply: 

Please send an email with subject line “Office Manager,” and attach a PDF of your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to jobs@youngfarmers.org.


 

Development Director (Hudson, NY)

 

Position Summary:

The National Young Farmers Coalition (“Young Farmers”) seeks a full-time Director of Development to lead the organization’s fundraising activities. The Director will manage and grow the development team, and oversee foundation and government grants, events, and individual giving campaigns. The position will be ideally be based at our headquarters in Hudson, NY.

Young Farmers represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Young Farmers strongly encourages all interested persons to apply. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Oversee and organize development functions for Young Farmers, including solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, fundraising events, and corporate and foundation support;
  • Build a major gifts program through identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors;
  • Conduct prospect research on current members and donors to build a pipeline of future donors;
  • Grow institutional funding through cultivation and submission of grant proposals;
  • Oversee, in partnership with our Operations Director, the implementation of Salesforce, migration of data, and adoption of new policies and procedures for database usage;
  • Liaise with the Board Development Committee on all fundraising topics including the campaign, board giving, prospecting within board networks, and quarterly board meeting updates;
  • Build capacity for development across the organization through trainings for Program Directors and support for program-specific grants;
  • Manage current development staff and develop organizational strategy for evolution of the Young Farmers development team.

Qualifications:

  • Strongly identifies with our Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice;
  • Works well independently, with a team, and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong leadership, strategic, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills required;
  • Highly organized and skilled task-manager;
  • Proven track-record of building and managing a fundraising portfolio of high-potential major donors with a focus on $50,000+ donors;
  • Three to five years of experience in the fundraising field, and demonstrated success;
  • Experience playing a central role in at least one previous capital or comprehensive fundraising campaign;
  • Proficiency with Salesforce, prospect research tools, ticketing and fundraising platforms, as well as MS Office and Google Suite;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and familiarity with PR, marketing and external relations;
  • Skill in motivating others, including volunteers, prospective donors, Board members and development leadership.  

     The ideal candidate may also have:

  • Experience working with organizations with a focus on food, environment, and advocacy;
  • Experience applying for and receiving government grants.

Compensation:
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including health and dental insurance and retirement benefits.

Applications:

Send a one-page cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Development Director” in the subject line. No calls, please.

Deadline:

February 1, 2019; interviews conducted on a rolling basis.


 

Western Program Director

 

Position Summary

The National Young Farmers Coalition (“Young Farmers”) seeks a full-time Western Program Director to join the organization in March 2019. The primary responsibilities of this position are to oversee all activities of the Western Program, lead in the strategic development and financial sustainability of the program, manage staff, and provide issue-area expertise on Western-specific issues.  

The Western Program Director will work closely with Western Program staff as well as the Young Farmers team across the country. The current policy work of the Western Program focuses on the seven-state region of the Colorado River Basin (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, WY). The ideal candidate will be based out of an existing Western Program office (i.e. Denver, Durango, or Albuquerque).

Young Farmers represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Young Farmers strongly encourages all interested persons to apply. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Primary Responsibilities

Management and Development

  • Oversee strategic development of Western Program and provide support and supervision to Western staff (currently six staff);
  • Lead in the financial development and sustainability of the Western Program, including managing grant deliverables, reporting and deadlines; building and maintaining funder relationships; and supporting Young Farmers’ development team in funder outreach and events;
  • Partner with Young Farmers policy and organizing teams to help set strategic direction of Western state and federal policy priorities;
  • Manage Western Program budget and support Western team in implementing organizational systems and structures;
  • Act as a senior-level program director at Young Farmers, and fully engage with headquarters and regional staff nationwide.

Partnerships and Campaigns

  • Build cross-sector coalitions and partnerships to advance Young Farmer’s platform;
  • Collaborate with Western and organizing teams to develop creative grassroots engagement strategies that engage new audiences and act on an understanding of how racial inequality impacts American agriculture;
  • Guide and approve strategic direction of Western policy campaigns alongside regional policy leads, currently including Farm Bill implementation, Colorado River Basin water policy, and state campaigns in Colorado, New Mexico, and California;
  • Partner with Young Farmers team to engage media, advance communications goals, and provide interviews, opinion pieces, and other verbal and written content pertinent to the work of the Western Program;

 

Qualifications

  • Strongly identifies with our Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles;
  • Strategic visionary with a deep commitment to agriculture in the West;
  • Be an excellent communicator, both in writing and in front of groups;
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills that build trust and rapport with farmers, partners, and legislators;
  • Be self-directed and able to work independently – but also be a strong team player;
  • Have demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice, and experience working with diverse communities;
  • Be willing and able to work on a flexible schedule with regular travel;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks, projects and deadlines.

Compensation:

  • We offer a competitive salary ($72,000 – $75,000) and benefits package, including health and dental insurance and retirement benefits.

How to apply: Send a one-page cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@youngfarmers.org with “Western Program Director” in the subject line. No calls, please.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 1, 2019; interviews conducted on a rolling basis.



Podcast Intern (remote)

Position Summary:

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) seeks a part-time podcast intern to provide a range of administrative functions to support and promote the Young Farmers Podcast. This position is remote and will require approximately 5-10 hours of work per week, and will run from January 2019-June 2019.

Young Farmers represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained, and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. In order to achieve this vision, we are building a coalition of farmers, ranchers, and supportive consumers of all racial, ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Young Farmers strongly encourages women, LGBTQ individuals, military veterans, and people of color to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Edit weekly show transcript for the Young Farmers website using Temi software
  • Post podcast to the Young Farmers website, find appropriate images and content links
  • Coordinate with Communications Director to research and secure guests for future podcast episodes and to schedule recording time at Radio Kingston
  • Maintain the podcast recording schedule
  • Follow up with podcast guests on episode promotion

Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office
  • Enthusiasm for digital media, podcasting, social media
  • Interest and familiarity with agriculture and food systems news and policy
  • Experience with WordPress, Simplecast, and transcripton software is a plus
  • Highly organized and focused with superior follow-through and attention to detail

To Apply:

Please send an email to jessica@youngfarmers.org with the subject line “Podcast Intern,” and include a PDF attachment of your cover letter and resume. This position is unpaid. Please let us know if you are interested in pursuing a college credit exchange.

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