Job description: The Challenging Corporate Power (CCP) Project Coordinator will build relationships with farmers and other food system stakeholders impacted by corporate consolidation and power abuse in the food system, as well as those working to build more resilient and democratized alternative food systems. In collaboration with these stakeholders and organizational partners, they will engage in federal policy advocacy focused on legislative and regulatory issues relating to meat production and supply chains, animal feed crop production and seed IP issues, food wholesale and retail sector concentration, and government food procurement reform. This position will also develop and execute communications campaigns with the goal of achieving narrative change regarding the power of corporations in the current food system. The Project Coordinator is responsible for managing the CCP project’s operations and evaluation, while contributing to budget management and strategic planning for the program in consultation with the Policy Co-Directors. This position requires a significant amount of travel.
Please note: RAFI’s vision of a sustainable and equitable food system affirmatively includes climate-resilient and democratized animal agriculture economies. Candidates applying for this position should be comfortable advocating for sustainable animal agriculture as part of RAFI’s overall goals.
Primary position responsibilities:
- Drives grassroots power building for Challenging Corporate Power Project: Builds mutually beneficial, long-term working relationships with livestock and poultry producers (particularly contract producers, small-scale producers and producers of color) as well as independent meat processing, food supply chain and food retail stakeholders with the goal of collaboratively impacting legislative and regulatory policy that promotes resilient and democratized food systems free from corporate control and power abuse. Represents RAFI to external partner organizations and within coalition spaces in the context of collaborative work on project priorities. (50%)
- Serves as Antitrust, Market Fairness and Procurement “issue lead:” tracks and analyzes issue and bill development relevant to food system market fairness antitrust policy and food procurement reform policy. Engages in issue area-focused research and stakeholder engagement, keeps RAFI policy team informed, and ensures RAFI’s policy positions are rooted in farmer/stakeholder experiences and needs. Collaborates with Policy Co-Directors in setting RAFI policy positions within issue area, and contributes to policy advocacy and comment-writing projects. Serve as a member of RAFI’s Policy Team. (20%)
- Develops and executes narrative change communications campaigns: Collaborates in the development and execution of narrative change messaging strategies in support of Challenging Corporate Power project goals. Relying on strong written, verbal, and media communication skills, works with RAFI communications staff and Policy Co-Directors to develop content for social media, the RAFI blog, and RAFI’s Living Roots magazine to disseminate to RAFI constituencies, local, state and national partners, the media, and the general public. Works with Policy Co-directors to develop content to disseminate to policy makers or to represent RAFI’s policy positions on relevant Challenging Corporate Power issues. (20%)
- Supports Challenging Corporate Power project administration and evaluation: Ensures project activities are consistent with established program plans. Develops and maintains up-to-date work plans that ensure grant objectives, deliverables, and outcomes are met and are aligned with the proposed timeline and budget. Regularly enters data into RAFI’s Salesforce, and implements project evaluation plans for CCP program work and goals, in consultation with Policy Co-Directors. (10%)
Required skills, knowledge, and abilities:
- Policy advocacy experience in agriculture or antitrust issue areas OR community organizing experience. Familiarity with the Farm Bill process and an understanding of current and historic issues related to corporate power and animal agriculture in the U.S. agricultural system.
- Demonstrated excellence in relationship building, communication & interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships through both verbal and written communication. Active learner & self-starter; ability to seek information independently, self-educate, and take initiative on projects and work plans. Willingness to ask questions, learn in front of others, and acknowledge when additional learning and new information is required to function optimally in this position.
- Ability to listen, to both provide and receive critical feedback, and to build trust while navigating differences of opinion or priority. Ability to navigate conflict with self-awareness and clear communication.
- Applicants must demonstrate a proven track record of cultural competency and have a sound equity analysis and understanding of the history and challenges of farmers of color.
Desired skills, knowledge, and abilities:
- Hmong language and cultural competency and/or conversational Spanish
- Knowledge of and experience with the livestock industry and rural development issues that affect contract producers, small-scale farmers and ranchers and producers of color; knowledge of how government policies and programs impact these constituencies.
- Strong written communications skills and an ability to translate complex or obscure policy information in a simple and understandable way for a general audience.
- Technological fluency and record of success with digital advocacy. Past experience crafting social media campaign content or social media video content.
- Experience with any of the following: Salesforce (or other CRM), MailChimp, Phone2Action (or other action alert platform) or Simple Texting
Full-time, exempt position. Annual salary of $53,561 – $57,394 based on 40 hours/week. Salary levels are based on degree of responsibility, with higher levels incorporating more management, initiative, policy creation, and strategic decision-making in the job description. RAFI will offer a salary level, title, and job description corresponding with candidate experience and qualifications.
Generous benefits package includes paid time off, 401k, medical, dental, life insurance, and long/short term disability insurance plans.
RAFI intends for this to be a long-term position, contingent on grant funding, and currently has funding secured for two years.
Location: Pittsboro, NC. Remote work from within the U.S. is an option, with a preference for the Southeast.
How to Apply: Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and professional references. We will accept applications until the position is filled. In your cover letter, please state why you are interested in working for RAFI and share any skills or experiences you have that make you an ideal candidate for this position, especially policy advocacy experience, community organizing experience, or experience that demonstrates your relationship-building skills. Please no calls; we cannot guarantee a response to emails.
About RAFI: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities. We envision a thriving, sustainable, and equitable food system where farmers and farmworkers have dignity and agency; where they are supported by just agricultural policies; and where corporations and institutions are accountable to their community.
COVID-19 Policy: RAFI-USA’s workplace policies require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless medical or religious exemptions are present.
EEOC Policy: RAFI-USA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.
Equitable and Inclusive Workplace Statement: RAFI-USA values an equitable and inclusive workplace. We are deeply committed to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds. Research shows that often women and people from underrepresented groups only apply to jobs for which they meet 100% of the qualifications. RAFI-USA is interested in attracting a diverse pool of candidates who want to contribute as a part of a dedicated, hard-working, collaborative team, driven by equity. You need not check every box. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.