Willamette Valley Organizer and Program Manager

Friends of Family Farmers seeks a passionate and dedicated Organizer to join us as we promote and advocate for socially responsible family farmers and ranchers throughout Oregon, with particular attention to underrepresented voices. The two primary roles for our Willamette Valley Organizer are 1) building our base by organizing events and outreach throughout the southern Willamette Valley, and 2) managing the Oregon Pasture Network. We all work from home, so the ideal candidate must be organized, self-motivated, and able to create a reliable working space.

Description and Responsibilities

The Organizer will promote and expand FoFF’s presence with farmers, rural residents and members of the Good Food movement and, as Program Manager for the Oregon Pasture Network, work to maintain, grow, and promote the network, its website, and funding. This job requires a significant amount of time working on the computer and phone communicating with FoFF supporters, as well as regular travel (approx. 10%, and more at times) to meet with farmers, ranchers and partners. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Build and sustain relationships with an assortment of individuals and groups such as socially responsible farmers and ranchers, agencies who serve farmers/ranchers such as Extension service, SWCDs and irrigation districts, and regional and local partner organizations, local schools, businesses and other relevant community groups to advance FoFF and/or OPN goals
  • Organize community ‘InFARMations’, assist with our statewide Listening Sessions and Day of Action at the Capitol, and participate in coalition work to oppose the expansion of factory farms
  • Create and participate in events to expand our reach, meet potential new individual and business supporters
  • Develop and implement an outreach plan that includes tabling, public events, publicity and media
  • Help carry out fundraising activities that includes individual memberships and business sponsorships
  • Meet all data, event planning and media deadlines
  • Attend staff phone meetings as necessary, and occasional in-person staff meetings

Qualifications

  • Education: College degree or equivalent experience required
  • Experience: At least two years prior experience in community organizing as an approach to social change; including organizing public meetings and events; and familiarity working or living in a rural community
  • Knowledge of: Oregon’s agricultural community, regenerative farming issues; rural life; working with coalitions of diverse individuals and groups to address a community need; working with the media, online activism and email lists
  • Character: Demonstrated commitment to service, humility, integrity, and transparency; hold a high level of trust and respect for self and others
  • Skills: Strong written, interpersonal and public communication skills; excellent organizational skills, competency in group facilitation a plus
  • Capabilities: Ability to think creatively; leadership capacity; collaborative; positive attitude and commitment to public interest work; work well under occasional pressure; adaptable to changing situations; and a high level of independent judgment
  • Conditions: Commitment to promoting socially responsible agriculture and the mission of Friends of Family Farmers; ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including weekends, evenings and travel; access to consistent, reliable telephone and internet
  • Must have and maintain a current Oregon drivers’ license, a clean driving record and auto insurance
  • Location: Based in the Willamette Valley, between Salem and Eugene

Position Closes: December 12, 2019
Compensation: $33,000 – $38,000, DOE, with a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance and retirement
How to apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to shari@friendsoffamilyfarmers.org

** Friends of Family Farmers is an equal opportunity employer **

** We encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply **