National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Washington, DC, USA
Mar 06, 2020Full time
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking an experienced, strategic and collaborative grassroots leader to support and empower our 130+ member grassroots coalition. The successful candidate will be deeply committed to serving the sustainable agriculture movement and its federal policy work, skilled in grassroots campaign strategies and collaborative long-term power building approaches, an exemplary manager, and have demonstrated experience centering equity and justice in their work. THE ORGANIZATION NSAC is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. For over 30 years, we have organized and advocated together for federal policies that foster a better food & farm system. Whether that looks like creating new federal programs that invest in critical research and infrastructure or reforming policies that have inequitable impacts, we do the long-term work to identify issues, develop solutions, and campaign to win. By bringing grassroots perspectives to DC tables normally dominated by big business, NSAC gives voice to sustainable and organic farmers and community change makers, building the power and success of the broader movement. Racial justice – an understanding and acknowledgment of historical and ongoing racial inequities and a commitment to actions challenging those inequities – is a tenet we seek to embed in our structure, analysis, policy development, and advocacy. POSITION SUMMARY The Grassroots Director plans and implements winning campaigns to: build grassroots power, achieve NSAC’s policy goals, and advance racial equity in agriculture and food systems. They also support capacity building efforts for coalition members, collaborate on communications and messaging, staff the Grassroots Council, and manage the grassroots team. The Grassroots Director shares in the leadership of the organization with the Coalition Director, to whom the Grassroots Director reports, along with the Policy Director. The Grassroots Director is a full-time, salaried position based in our Washington, DC office. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Grassroots Strategy, Campaigns, and Communications Develop and direct grassroots campaigns and strategy to advance federal policy goals and build grassroots power in close collaboration with policy and grassroots staff along with coalition membership Collaborate with the grassroots team and coalition membership to identify and implement effective grassroots campaign tactics and actions, including fly-ins, action alerts, story banking, digital campaigns, field organizing, and more Implement campaign planning, execution, and evaluation processes using shared decision-making and distributed campaign management approaches Lead development of effective, inclusive message framing for grassroots materials and campaigns in collaboration with policy staff and communications staff Develop and distribute relevant, accessible grassroots campaign materials, resources, and tools to coalition members Coalition Building Help build NSAC members’ knowledge of and confidence in the legislative process, grassroots strategy and advocacy, and bringing a racial equity lens to sustainable agriculture policy goals and campaigns Foster and build accountable partnerships with peer organizations and partners at the national and local level, including prospective members Staff Management and Organizational Development Supervise, manage, evaluate and support grassroots team staff, including maintaining a climate that fosters ongoing learning Assist with fundraising with respect to grassroots advocacy and communications work and joint fundraising with member organizations SALARY AND BENEFITS NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience, $75,000+. This is a full time exempt position that offers excellent benefits (as per the employee handbook), including generous vacation and other time off policy, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance, contributions after two years in a retirement plan, and financial support for professional and personal development. APPLICATION PROCESS Applications will be accepted through April 3, 2020. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a resume, a recent writing sample, a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, and up to 3 references (whom we will not contact until after a final interview). If you match 75% percent of the listed qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please use this form to complete and submit application materials. If you are unable to utilize the Google Form linked above to apply or have any technical difficulties, please contact email@example.com for assistance. NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity . NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. More information about NSAC can be accessed by visiting our website at http://sustainableagriculture.net .