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Economic Justice Campaigns Manager

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Young Farmers is seeking an Economic Justice Campaigns Manager to lead our campaign for student debt cancellation and expand our student debt portfolio to include affordable college and other issues related to economic justice. This new role will help determine the future of our economic justice work and identify opportunities for policy change that create economic opportunities for young farmers. This new position builds on a candidate’s skills and experience in economic justice, government relations, and grassroots engagement to win policy changes that reflect young farmers’ needs and priorities and create economic opportunities for a new generation of working farmers. The Economic Justice Campaigns Manager will work in close collaboration with the Young Farmers policy and grassroots staff, coalition members, and the Young Farmers Policy Committee.

Young Farmers has focused on student loan programs, student loans cancelation, and affordable college access in more recent years and the Economic Justice Campaign Manager will continue leading those portfolios. At the same time, we hope that the Economic Justice Campaign Manager informs and shapes a more broad and nascent economic justice policy portfolio that is evolving and could include any policy area that intersects with inequitable economic impacts of traditional power structures and systems. The Economic Justice Campaigns Manager will focus on research to help define what economic justice looks like for young farmers in a federal policy context. Traditionally, the Coalition has focused on the burden of student loans and access to credit for young farmers and BIPOC farmers. Nevertheless, we are open and welcome applicants with a background in consumer protection, economic development, fair markets, reparations, and/or economic mobility. 

This is a full-time, exempt position is part of our federal policy team. All staff are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic; we strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our Capitol Hill office when public health and safety guidelines allow for office reopening.


Position Responsibilities

Policy and Government Relations– 50%

● Identify and develop an economic justice federal policy portfolio with our farmer members and the Federal Policy Committee

● Support development and execution of federal policy strategy around economic justice to advance Young Farmers’ needs including assistance with rulemaking, program implementation, and appropriations requests.

● Develop Young Farmers’ policy communications including press releases, blog posts, one-pagers, policy briefs, op-eds, and presentations related to economic justice.

● Plan for and engage farmer members in Young Farmers events and other opportunities to influence federal economic justice policy including fly-ins, congressional hearings, press conferences, convergence, in-district meetings, serving in federal, state, and local committees. 

● Collaborate with and support Young Farmer’s grassroots and communications teams, and other programs on work related to federal policy and organization efficiency.

Campaigns Management– 40%

● Track and analyze federal legislation related to economic mobility, student loans, affordable higher education, reparations, and other legislation as determined.

● Advocate on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies on a regular basis and become a trusted voice for the young farmer perspective on economic justice. Assemble and support the drafting of policy materials, including policy papers, testimony, legislation, rulemaking comment letters, and program analysis reports.

● Represent Young Farmers at relevant agencies and coalition meetings, as well as Congressional hearings and briefings.

● Write related policy blog posts and story bank farmer experiences with student loans, economic access, and economic mobility. 

Cross-Organization Support – 10%

● Contribute to the organization’s annual priority setting, fundraising, and coalition meetings.

● Attend and present at farmer conferences, webinars, and roundtables as needed.

Salary and Benefits

● Full-time schedule, typically 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Flex time, or 1-to-1 paid time off, is available to staff when work requires more than 40 hours in any given week.

● $57,000 to $62,000 based on experience and according to our 2021 Compensation Guidelines (Note this position may see a compensation increase in our 2022 compensation guidelines.)

● Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and sabbatical policy. 


Qualifications

● The ideal candidate is committed to building power for those most marginalized from policy processes. They are actively engaged in conversations and actions that further racial equity and liberation. They establish processes to ensure accountability to the communities they serve and represent.

● An understanding of and passion for fair opportunities in agriculture, racial equity, and systematic economic barriers for young farmers and farmers of color. 

● Understanding of sustainable agriculture and food systems, the intersection between agricultural and lending institutions, and/or its impacts for young farmers and BIPOC farmers and communities.

● Significant knowledge of the federal policy-making process and a strong grasp of federal policies channels of engagement. 

● Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity and economic justice intersects with agriculture and food systems and an ability to apply an equity lens to policy decisions.

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills and ability to translate complex federal regulations and policies for a lay audience.

● Exceptional initiative and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution.

● Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work on legislative timelines.

● Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision-makers.

● Ability to work effectively with, value differences of, and incorporate the experiences and policy impacts on, diverse groups of individuals, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances.

● Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects.


Additional Experience

The following skills are desired but not required::

● Experience working in a Congressional office, congressional committee, or federal agency related to economic development, credit access, or financial assistance. 

● Background with grassroots advocacy campaigns (e.g. field organizing, lobby days, etc).

● Experience leading participatory processes, community engagement, and/or outreach activities. 

● Experience with multi-organization grassroots coalitions, facilitation, and consensus-building.

● Excellent research skills with strong attention to detail.

● Bilingual fluency in a language other than English.


Young Farmers is seeking an Economic Justice Campaigns Manager to lead our campaign for student debt cancellation and expand our student debt portfolio to include affordable college and other issues related to economic justice. This…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    November 28, 2021
Salary
USD $57,000 - USD $62,000
/ year

Benefits

Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and sabbatical policy. 

Young Farmers offers a competitive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement matching, generous paid time off, paid family leave, and sabbatical policy. 

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Visit our website to apply, be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample related to grassroots and/or economic justice advocacy (example 1, example 2

Visit our website to apply, be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample related to grassroots and/or economic justice advocacy (example 1, example 2

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