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Farmers of Color Network Communications Coordinator

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Position Summary: RAFI is seeking a part-time Farmers of Color Network (FOCN) Communications Coordinator who will work closely with the Farmers of Color Network team and Director of Communications to increase FOCN’s overall visibility and facilitate a strategic flow of relevant, actionable information to its stakeholders. The primary focus includes coordinating, designing, and publishing digital and print communications materials; social media posting and monitoring; and communications to membership. This position will be supervised by the Director of Communications.

Primary Position Responsibilities:

Outreach and Events

  • Work with FOCN team to plan, publicize, and execute events, gatherings, webinars, and trainings, including managing event registrations and creating web pages

FOCN Communications

  • Develop and maintain FOCN materials: welcome packets, brochures, flyers, web presence, etc.
  • Manage social media channels including the FOCN Instagram and FOCN Facebook group 
  • Develop and create regular FOCN E-newsletter 
  • Co-manage with Comms Coordinator website calendar of RAFI and partner organizations’ events, hosted on RAFI’s website
  • Coordinate and execute the publication of FOCN grantees on RAFI’s website
  • Contribute towards farmer storytelling through the writing of blogs, Living Roots articles, etc

General

  • Participate in the following RAFI team meetings: FOCN, Communications, and weekly staff. Attends staff meetings, retreats, and events as needed
  • Responsible for completing administrative duties and adherence to organizational policies and procedures

Required skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Interest and passion for being a part of a team of committed individuals contributing to a just and equitable food system
  • Organized, detail-focused, forward-thinking individual who brings solutions, creativity, empathy, and a sense of humor to a dynamic team environment
  • Experience with communications apps and programs including Google Workspace, WordPress, Mailchimp, Salesforce, and others; Eagerness to learn programs is valued in cases where there is no prior experience
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and communications skills. Ability to write quickly, within deadlines, and able to condense information to convey it clearly and concisely
  • Experience effectively using various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 
  • Success in working collaboratively with staff and community stakeholders
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities and timelines

Desired skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Graphic design experience with programs such as Canva and Adobe Creative Suite and the ability to quickly turn graphics around
  • Photography and videography experience
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Basic knowledge of agricultural practices and small-scale farming 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and mobilize hard-to-reach populations 

Compensation and Status: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week. The ideal candidate will be able to work approximately 4 hours 5 days a week.  Hourly rate of $33.48. Part-time employees are able to participate in RAFI’s 401(k) program and paid holidays.

Location: Preference for Triangle region of North Carolina.  Employees are expected to spend 1-2 days in our Pittsboro office weekly. Remote employees based in NC (outside of the Triangle) will be considered. 

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. Please no calls; we cannot guarantee a response to emails.

About RAFI: Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) 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 Statement: RAFI’s workplace policies require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless medical or religious exemptions are present.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: RAFI 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.

Diverse Applicants Statement: RAFI 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 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.

RAFI’s Salary Rates: RAFI’s salary policy is implemented based on the goals of fair, clear and transparent criteria for salary rates with clear standards that minimize the effect of negotiation skills or preference. RAFI’s salary policy sets salary rates for positions based on the responsibility level that the position holds. Given this, RAFI does not negotiate salary rates.

Work Authorization: RAFI does not sponsor work visas; this position requires authorization to work in the United States.

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