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Friends of Family Farmers has an opening for a passionate and dedicated Grassroots Organizer to join our team in advocating for socially responsible family farmers/ranchers throughout Oregon. This will primarily focus on making connections, organizing events, and doing outreach throughout the state other than the Willamette Valley. Work will be primarily from home, so the ideal candidate must be organized and able to work independently.
Description and Responsibilities
The Grassroots Organizer reports to the Executive Director and will promote and expand FoFF’s presence with farmers and rural residents throughout Oregon. This full-time position involves a significant amount of time working on the computer and phone communicating with FoFF supporters, and will also involve travel throughout much of the state. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Build and sustain relationships with socially responsible farmers, ranchers and related networks.
Build and sustain relationships with agencies who serve farmers/ranchers such as Extension service, NRCS, SWCDs, irrigation districts, etc.
Develop and sustain relationships with regional and local partner organizations, local schools, businesses and other relevant community groups to advance FoFF goals
Assist with all aspects of our statewide biennial community Listening Sessions
Strengthen the capacity of farmers/ranchers to strategize, launch and lead campaigns
Create and participate in opportunities to expand our reach, meet new potential supporters and generate new contacts to our base
Develop and implement an outreach plan that includes tabling, public events, publicity and media outreachMeet all data and field reporting deadlines
Attend weekly phone meetings (or more), and quarterly in-person staff meetings
Knowledge of and passion for food system sustainability and issues particular to family farmers
Strong familiarity with rural Oregon life and communities, including farming/ranching issues
Ability to engage and maintain repertoire with a range of producers
Minimum 2 years of experience organizing or working with volunteers
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
Excellent communication skills & strong computer know-how
Skilled at planning & facilitating group meetings
Comfortable with public speaking
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including weekends, evenings and at times, long and irregular hours
Commitment to growing socially responsible agriculture through various measures including outreach and leadership development
Access to consistent, reliable telephone and high speed internet
Due to the need for travel, a personal vehicle, a valid Oregon driver’s license, and auto insurance in accordance with agency liability standards is required