Program and Administrative Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Details: Can perhaps start part time and later full time Potential for growth and higher management responsibility



Application Deadline



New York
United States


A great opportunity for a person with solid skills who is committed to social justice and has experience with low-income rural communities in the U.S.



The Rural Development Leadership Network (RDLN) seeks a Program and Administrative Officer to be based in the organization’s New York office in Manhattan. This person will contribute to the day-today operations and organizational and program development of this vital evolving social justice organization. 


Background of the Organization

For over 35 years RDLN has been dedicated to bottom-up development of poor rural communities and emerging leaders in these places. The organization has a strong multicultural participant base and values the perspectives and knowledge from the diverse historically oppressed communities that it serves. To date, RDLN has worked in 23 states across the US, Puerto Rico, Mariana Islands and with community leaders from Vietnam and Belize, on projects from farming and food system development, to land acquisition, housing, farmworker women, credit unions, women’s craft development, for example. RDLN’s activities include advocacy for rural issues at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meetings, and representation of rural people and concerns at other international gatherings.



The Program and Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director to assist her in carrying out the following key responsibilities

- Fundraising, communications, finances, record keeping, reporting and documentation

- Organizational planning and review

- Recruiting and selecting participants for RDLN educational programs and gatherings

- Coordinating RDLN’s Rural Development Institute, a month-long program at the University of California at Davis

- Planning and coordinating gatherings, such as RDLN Assemblies in rural areas 

- Identifying and providing resources for participating rural community leaders

- Creating and overseeing special projects, such as our past Women’s Product Development & Marketing Venture,

Mississippi Food & Health project, and webinar presentations.

-Potential for growth and higher management responsibility


The position is ideal for a candidate who is passionate about making a direct impact in rural communities in the US. and has the following characteristics:

-Ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously

-Relevant background, educational experience, and/or work experience in rural community development and low-income communities in the US is a plus. 

-Highly organized, strong communication and technical skills, MAC experience, computer proficiency, including

Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks website updating code; webinar management, and database management,

Fundraising research, grant application and reporting experience helpful.

NOTE: The person can perhaps start part time and later work full time

NOTE: Potential for growth and higher management responsibility



Level of Language Proficiency

English - fluent

Spanish - helpful

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to