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Job Opening: Program Director, Farmers of Color Network

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) was founded in 1990 to challenge the deep inequities in our food system, where rural communities – their land, animals and people – are exploited to benefit corporate power structures. We combine on-the-ground services and policy advocacy to ensure small and mid-size farmers have fair access to the tools they need to make the right choices for their farms and families, their communities and the environment.

RAFI-USA founded the Farmers of Color Network (FOCN) in 2017 to support farmers of color and grow their numbers. We ground our work in relationships because individual farm needs are inextricably tied to the health of the broader farm ecosystem. Through deep cultural work, we foster a reweaving of agrarian relationships as a means of rural organizing. We utilize a mix of infrastructure grants, technical assistance, building collective power, and policy change to support farmers’ production goals, gain new markets, and revitalize their farms.  

RAFI-USA seeks a values-driven, entrepreneurial manager to lead the day-to-day activities of the Farmers of Color Network program and help shape the program’s future strategic direction. Working directly with the Executive Director, the Director’s primary emphasis will be on strategy development and implementation, program oversight and evaluation, and fundraising and partner development. 

Job Responsibilities:

Program Management and Leadership 

  • Works with the Executive Director and FOCN team to determine annual program priorities and goals. 
  • Manages the overall program including direct service and technical assistance to farmers, grants program, events, and connections to policy and advocacy work. 
  • Develops and maintains an up-to-date program work plan that meets the FOCN program vision.
  • Ensures adherence to assigned grant deliverables, timeline and requirements. Tracks grant deliverables for program area, documents learnings, makes recommendations for shifts in strategies as needed.
  • Responsible for reporting of FOCN program activities and impacts. Prepares and submits informative board reports and grant reports. Ensures outcomes tracking is up-to-date. 
  • Supervises FOCN staff. Organizes FOCN team planning meetings and leads weekly FOCN staff check-ins. 
  • Responsible for annual program and project evaluations.

Budget & Financial 

  • Works with the Executive Director to develop the annual program budget and project budgets as needed. 
  • Responsible for monitoring and managing finances for the FOCN program, ensuring adherence to budget at all times. Works to ensure accurate allocation of expenditures.
  • Identifies budget shortfalls or needs quickly and adjusts accordingly. 
  • Responsible for timely submission of invoices or reimbursement requests for all project work in coordination with finance staff to ensure accurate recording of information in financial records. 
  • Responsible for regularly reviewing financial records to ensure expenses and income for the program have been accurately recorded.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate preparation and submission of financial reports. 
  • Ultimately responsible for ensuring FOCN staff adhere to organizational financial policies and procedures.

Relationship Management & External Relations

  • Engages in regional and national farmer of color networks to stay abreast on current issues and to collaborate when appropriate. 
  • Manages collaborations with organizations that support BIPOC farmers. 
  • Develops and maintains relationships with farmers and partners, gaining expertise, identifying best practices and areas for collaborations that will enhance our work.
  • Responsible for management of cross-program collaborations, including the new Farm and Faith Partnerships Project
  • Manages and develops relationships with government agency staff.
  • Serves as a point of contact for funders assigned. Responds to media inquiries.
  • Presents on behalf of RAFI-USA at conferences, convenings and panels as appropriate.
  • Ultimately responsible for ensuring all information on the website regarding the program is up to date. 

Technical Assistance, Farmer Outreach & Support 

  • Develops farmer outreach strategy and works with FOCN staff to implement. 
  • Stays apprised of BIPOC farmer needs to inform program services provision & inform policy priorities.
  • Responsible for designing and maintaining a technical assistance practice that effectively meets the needs of farmers. 
  • Responsible for annual structure and implementation of infrastructure grants programming. 
  • Works with FOCN staff to coordinate annual FOCN tours and gatherings, which are focused on farm production and connecting farmers to markets. 
  • Plans and conducts additional workshops as needed or assigned.

General 

  • Attends staff meetings, retreats, and events, as requested.
  • Participates in the RAFI-USA Direct Services team and Policy team. Engages in and provides assistance to related RAFI projects and teams as needed.
  • Supports communications efforts by engaging collaboratively to help develop and distribute program content, publications and other materials. Collaborates with the communications team to create press releases, web content, flyers and other outreach materials as needed.
  • Actively engages in FOCN program fundraising activities and works with development staff and leadership to identify fundraising priorities and establish fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and collaborative leader and will have: 

  • A passion for, and experience working with farmers. Farming experience strongly preferred.
  • Deep knowledge and experience with racial equity and intersectional frameworks and approaches
  • Excellent management skills and attention to detail, with demonstrated experience prioritizing competing projects
  • A solutions-oriented approach to the work that creates cohesion in teams
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate a vision confidently in a way that motivates others; ability to quickly synthesize information and communicate it back out to multiple audiences
  • Ability to quickly map out project plans, including timelines, key performance indicators, and ownership of responsibilities
  • A background in effectively problem-solving in a nonprofit environment
  • Authentic commitment to the mission of RAFI-USA: to challenge the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities
  • Experience working with BIPOC communities and/or organizations

Compensation: Full-time position. Annual salary of $67,225 based on 40 hours/week. Generous benefits package includes paid time off, 401k, medical, dental, life, and long/short term disability insurance plans.

Location: Candidates local to the Triangle area of NC strongly preferred.


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We will be accepting applications until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

RAFI-USA values an equitable and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer with a deep commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds. People from these and other historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 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.