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Organic Policy Coordinator
The Organic Policy Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) that may be based in CFSA’s Pittsboro, NC office or at a remote location within the Carolinas. The Organic Policy Coordinator works as part of the CFSA Policy Team to advocate for the interests of family-scale organic farmers with federal and state policymakers.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.
The Organic Policy Coordinator position is a full-time, salaried position. In collaboration with the Policy Director, the Organic Policy Coordinator will research and analyze legislative and regulatory proposals that support organic integrity. The Coordinator will develop policy proposals that promote the interests of family-scale organic farmers and advocate for their passage and implementation with national and state policymakers. The Organic Policy Coordinator will identify and implement strategies and tactics to prevent dilution of the organic standards and ensure that consumers’ expectations of the standards—environmental stewardship, family-scale farming, fair labor practices, high animal welfare standards, zero tolerance for GMOs, freedom from chemical residues, and wholesomeness—are met.
- Conduct research and draft comments on National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) issues.
- Research and draft legislative and regulatory proposals to address the impact of federal and state law on organic agriculture in the Carolinas.
- Research and draft educational materials to help organic farms and food businesses understand laws and regulations.
- Meet with CFSA member organic farmers and food businesses to solicit their input and understand the impact of agricultural policies on their operations.
- Attend and represent the interests of CFSA at meetings of the NOSB, the National Organic Coalition (NOC), and other agencies.
- Assist the Policy Team to develop and implement state- and federal-level advocacy campaigns on issues impacting the integrity of the USDA Organic label, including support for environmental stewardship, family-scale farming, fair labor practices, high animal welfare standards, zero tolerance for GMOs, and freedom from chemical residues.
- Assist the Policy Team in the development and implementation of state- and federal-level advocacy campaigns related to the impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on the environment, crop seed supplies, farmers, and public health.
- Develop relationships with NOSB members, NOP staff, and other USDA officials responsible for organics.
- Serve as an ombudsman to organic certification agencies for CFSA member farms and businesses.
- Lead the effort to establish organic stakeholder advisory committees to the state departments of agriculture in NC and SC.
- Represent the interests of organic agriculture before state regulatory bodies.
- Advocate for research needs of the organic sector with land grant universities in NC and SC.
- Undertake other advocacy activities related to organic agriculture, as necessary.
Communications and Administrative Support (5%)
- Seek opportunities to raise the visibility of CFSA and organic agriculture policy efforts (e.g. tabling, speaking engagements, or collaborative programming with other organizations).
- Contribute to the Policy Team’s effort to expand CFSA’s membership and diversify financial support for its work.
- A JD or Master’s Degree in Public Policy or other relevant field of study, or a BA or BS degree in a relevant field of study and 10 years of relevant work experience.
- Familiarity with the National Organic Program and agriculture in general.
- Experience with the development of public policy at the state or federal level.
- Strong analytic skills, including ability to identify systemic problems and develop innovative solutions.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Exceptional organizational skills and time management ability, with proven ability to multitask, and consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals.
- Proven ability to work well within a team, and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
- Must be self-directed, particularly if seeking to work remotely.
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate with, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- A multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment; ability to concurrently work on strategic issues and operational details.
- Personal qualities of integrity, accountability, credibility, and dedication to sustainable agriculture and the mission of CFSA
Salary is competitive with other non-profits of similar scale, and includes generous vacation and sick leave, a retirement plan with an employer match, and a monthly fringe benefit. CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.
To apply, submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to email@example.com with “Organic Policy Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.
Applications are due by March 6, 2017.
CFSA Lomax Farm Coordinator
The Lomax Farm Coordinator is a full-time (40 hrs. /week) salaried position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The Lomax Farm Coordinator is based at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, NC and is responsible for operational management of programs at the farm.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.
The Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm was created in 2009 for the purpose of training new farmers to ensure the continuation of the agricultural tradition and heritage of Cabarrus County and to help meet the growing demand of the burgeoning local food economy.
The Lomax Farm Coordinator is responsible for supporting farming operations at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm including production and non-production areas and will be responsible for the physical assets of the facility. The Lomax Farm Coordinator reports to CFSA’s Lomax Manager and may supervise volunteers.
ADMINSTRATION & OUTREACH (5%):
- Assist with programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, and work plan and budget adherence.
- Lead tours of Lomax to visitors including students and community members.
FARM OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (75%)
- Support farming operations including production and non-production areas and maintain the physical assets of the facility.
- Maintain all equipment, land, and buildings including: mowing, weed trimming, field preparation, cultivation of cover crops, small engine repair, and winterization of equipment and irrigation.
- Help train farmers-in-training on the safe and proper use of farm equipment and infrastructure.
- Respond to needs of farmers-in-training and other authorized users of the Lomax Farm.
- Ensure farm and land management and maintenance activities related to farming operations are completed in a timely manner.
- Ensure implementation of and compliance with Lomax Farm Organic System Plan, consistent with maintenance of Lomax Farm’s certified organic status.
- Ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures developed for Lomax Farm equipment and facilities and prevent unauthorized use of or access to farm equipment and facilities.
- Assist in drafting, communicating, and enforcing new policies and procedures as needed to address farm management and safety issues.
- Coordinate volunteer activities on the farm.
- Assist organizations with a presence at Lomax Farm with land management and production-based needs.
- Assist the Organic Research Coordinator with implementing and maintain research projects and data collection.
TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (20%)
- Ensure farmers-in-training apply principles of good hygiene and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in the production, harvest and handling of crops, and apply GAP principles to overall management of Lomax Farm, including availability of restroom facilities and potable water for drinking and post-harvest handling.
- Assist with on-farm, production-based learning opportunities.
- B.S. in a horticultural or agronomic science field AND 3 years of relevant work experience in organic/sustainable agriculture, or 7 years relevant work experience in organic/sustainable agriculture.
- Experience with greenhouse and high tunnel production and operating and maintaining tractors, irrigation systems and other farm tools and equipment.
- Strong familiarity with the National Organic Program regulations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and to work comfortably in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
- Ability to work well within a team and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
Salary starts at $36,000 with generous vacation, retirement benefits, as well as a monthly fringe benefit of $360. CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.
TO APPLY: Submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to firstname.lastname@example.org, include “Lomax Farm Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.
Farm Tour Communications Contractor
About CFSA: The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support farming and food that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.
Contract Summary: The Farm Tour Communications Contractor will work with CFSA’s Education and Communications Teams on the 22nd Annual Piedmont Farm Tour. This event is hosted by 35+ local, sustainable farms in the triangle region and attracts over 2,000 visitors annually. This is an Independent Contractor agreement and not an employment position with CFSA.
- Write Blog posts
- Manage farm tour social media campaign
- Write press releases
- Media Outreach
-Draft outreach emails
-Additional marketing support as needed
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Motivated and able to work well independently
- Experience writing press releases, blogging, and managing social media marketing campaigns
- Proficient in Facebook Ads Manager (familiarity with additional platforms a plus)
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive (experience with basecamp a plus)
- Interest in sustainable agriculture and local food systems a plus
Compensation: The contract is for $1600.00: 80 hours of work at $20 per hour.
Duration: Contract begins as soon as possible, preferably by March 10th and runs through May 1st. CFSA is seeking applicants who will be available to replicate this contract for our Eastern Triangle Farm Tour from July – September, 2017.
To Apply please email Leah Joyner at Leah@carolinafarmstewards.org a copy of your resume, a brief letter of interest, two professional references, and 1-2 writing samples (including press releases or blog posts).
Applications due by March 1st (early applicants may receive priority).