Midwest Regional Coordinator
- Job posted by Third Sector New England
Details: $36000 - $33000 / Yearly Salary
Real Food Challenge, a fiscally sponsored program of TSNE MissionWorks, leverages the power of youth and universities to create a fair and sustainable food system. After winning dozens of campaigns nationally that have resulted in $80 million committed to Real Food annually, we have proven that student organizing can drive substantial change in the food chain in every region of the country, at a wide variety of colleges. We believe that with a shift in strategy, we can have a radically greater impact! That’s why just this year RFC launched two initiatives: the Real Meals campaign, to change the food service management industry in coalition with farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and environmentalists; and a new movement called Uprooted and Rising, which will end college and university support for Big Food and racism in the food system, while directing the energy of our generation toward food sovereignty.
We’re looking for a dynamic coordinator/organizer to help build this powerful movement for food justice in the Midwest. The Midwest has some of the biggest land-grant agricultural institutions, conventional agriculture research programs, and industrial-scale farming in the country -- as well as incredible people fighting for a new model in the region. The Midwest has a critical role to play in ending higher education’s support for Big Food corporations and racism in the food system.
The Regional Coordinator (Coordinator) will play a key role in catalyzing and coaching campus initiatives throughout the region to ensure the success of the new Uprooted & Rising movement. In addition to supporting base-building and action, they will establish and maintain partnerships with organizations and foundations that work on food justice and broader social movements, and will manage related administrative work. Additionally, the Coordinator will co-lead strategy for RFC's national food justice movement, building national teams of students and community members to lead Uprooted & Rising.
Our team is looking for someone with a fierce hunger for justice in the food system and who believes in people power. The Coordinator should be able to organize effective campaigns, lead direct action, develop the leadership of students and young people, organize communities, and communicate to a broad range of audiences.
Essential Job Functions
- Develop and support 5-10 local groups in the Midwest;
- Recruit for and help organize related trainings;
- Lead regional leadership trainings and campus visits;
- Train people in organizing skills, corporate concentration, anti-oppression, racism in our food system, movement building, storytelling, and other related training modules;
- Advise campus groups on their campaigns;
- Develop and manage relationships with regional business and other partners;
- Monitor grant deliverables and deadlines and ensure effective and timely completion;
- Develop and manage the budget for the region.
Potential Responsibilities include supporting on at least one RFC programmatic area, including:
- Real Meals Campaign: Providing coalition organizing, strategy and/or administrative support;
- Trainings: Supporting the development of new trainers and core projects to systematize the new training program;
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
- A commitment to economic justice, fighting racism, fighting the patriarchy, student power and youth power;
- A passion for food justice and a clear personal stake in transforming the food system and higher education’s role in the food system;
- 3-5 years’ experience organizing and winning campaigns and building momentum;
- Experience building social movements through community organizing;
- 2+ years’ experience leading nonviolent direct actions;
- 2+ years’ experience developing and leveraging coalitions for campaigns;
- 2+ years’ experience developing the leadership of others (including supervisory and/or mentorship experience);
- In-depth understanding of college and university power structures and decision-making processes, on-campus student activism and student group dynamics along with experience working with, college-based student activists;
- Experience leading and/or training diverse groups of students or other youth;
- Strong writing and public speaking skills;
- Excellent ability to build strong and new working relationships through networking;
- Strong self-motivation, a “hunger” for campaign success and an eagerness to be challenged;
- Experience with Momentum-based movement-building is a plus (Cosecha, IfNotNow, Black Lives Matter, AllOfUs, Sunrise);
- Ability to drive and with a valid driver’s license;
- Must be able and willing to work some nights and weekends and to periodically travel nationally.
This job requires occasional weekend and evening work, including travel for national retreats, events and conferences every 1-2 months. Orientation will take place in our office in Cambridge, MA in a building that is partially wheelchair accessible with no on-site accessible bathroom, and our offices are on the third floor up stairs; alternative meeting locations can be arranged for better accessibility.
TSNE MissionWorks/Real Food Challenge envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Real Food Challenge will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.
Minimum Education Required