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15. Communications Director – Organic Farming
Research Foundation. Santa Cruz, CA
The Organic Farming Research Foundation
(OFRF), based in Santa Cruz, CA, is recruiting a Communications Director.
OFRF’s mission is the improvement and widespread adoption of organic
farming systems. OFRF’s staff and farmer-led board value the social and
environmental benefits to society that organic farming contributes, thus OFRF
works to secure and sustain the livelihood of organic farm families and
individuals. To achieve this mission, OFRF sponsors and conducts research,
education, outreach, and analysis on organic farming systems, and promotes
federal- and state-level policies that support organic farming.
The Communications Director is a newly created professional position reporting
to the Executive Director. The Communications Director will supervise
OFRF’s Communications Project Manager and work closely and
collaboratively with the Deputy Executive Director and with other OFRF
program staff and Board committee members. The Communications Director will
also provide organizational and technical leadership for OFRF to achieve
OFRF’s strategic communications objectives, as follows:
- Meet the growing demand for organic farming systems research and practical
- Create a better-informed public and policy community on organic farming
- Provide information to other organizations who work on organic farming
- Raise awareness about OFRF’s programs among strategic audiences.
The Communication Director will bring high-quality writing and
editing skills to OFRF, the highest priority for this position. Working in
partnership with program staff, and coordinating a portfolio of external
consultants, the Communications Director will manage OFRF’s
communications processes and products. This means that the Communications
Director will perform the following principal duties:
- Develop, implement, and manage a comprehensive communication plan that
includes public relations strategies and tactics for the various program
activities of OFRF.
- Direct OFRF’s Communications Program including the supervision of other
staff whose primary role is the production of specialized information products
related to OFRF-supported research.
- Develop and implement an on-going assessment of OFRF’s information
products and processes.
- Design, edit, and contribute to the writing of OFRF’s information
products using basic content input from program staff.
- Craft, write, and edit media messages to reach OFRF’s various
- Identify op-ed placement opportunities and write or edit the pieces
- Develop and manage OFRF’s capability to respond quickly to breaking
news items and stories
- Provide creative and technical guidance for OFRF’s web and email
messaging and including changes to OFRF’s intranet and external
websites’ form and content.
- Maintain relationships with media professionals, arranging interviews when
such opportunities arise
- Oversee and manage OFRF’s media and image archives
- Ensure that OFRF uses professionally-recognized communications standards and
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Excellent writing, editing, proofreading listening, and leadership
skills as demonstrated by professional experiences and achievements. The
writing and editing skills are a top priority and these will be specifically
evaluated during the hiring process at the interview stage.
- Knowledge of the broad field of communications gained from at least five
years of professional experience and responsibility for the design,
implementation, and management of communications strategies in the non-profit
or for-profit world
- Proven capability to effectively communicate with culturally and economically
diverse audiences particularly those involved in farming and public policy.
- Demonstrated capability and understanding of new communications technologies,
strategies, and tactics that respond to the internal and external needs of a
- Proven experience and skills in time management, budgeting, and program
- Demonstrated ability to generate and deliver persuasive and clear verbal and
written communications in a variety of media forms and channels.
- Ability to communicate effectively with farmers and farming advocates.
- Experience working with graphic designers, printers, and website developers.
- Ability to meet deadlines, problem-solve, and work well with management and
- Ability to work in a high-energy environment and manage multiple tasks and
- University degree or recognized professional training in a field related to
communications, marketing, or a related field of expertise and study.
- Experience in the professional world of communications related to organic
- Experience working with or for non-profit environmental or agricultural
- Knowledge of environmental or agricultural issues and affiliated public
- Experience working collaboratively in a team environment with success.
- Demonstrated superior supervisory skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work and produce creative quality material
- Advanced proficiency with a range of computer software.
- Ability and will to work some weekends, evening, and occasionally travel on
- Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality.
- Superior attention to detail.
- U.S. citizen or legal right to work in the U.S.
- Fluency in Spanish as a second language
Compensation and Benefits
Health and retirement benefits and compensation commensurate with
experience. The posted salary for this position is $55,000. This is a
full-time, exempt position located in Santa Cruz, CA.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter,
resume, and writing and/or graphics design samples via email to:
Jonathon Landeck, Deputy Executive Director, [log in to unmask] by May 1, 2008.
For related inquiries, call Jonathon Landeck @ 831-426-6606.
OFRF is committed to providing equal opportunity employment opportunities to
candidates and employees without regard to race, religion, creed, age, sex, or
national origin citizenship. OFRF encourages women and minorities to apply for
employment opportunities with our organization.
Research Intern – Arlington, VA
Effective with the
release of this position announcement, Winrock International will be recruiting
applicants for an internship with the Wallace Center. The responsibilities,
duties and qualifications are described in the attached position description.
Winrock International is
a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around
the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and
sustain natural resources. Winrock
matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management,
clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its
partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and
technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and
responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the
The Wallace Center at
Winrock International has been a key organization in fostering a more
sustainable food and agricultural system in the U.S. since 1983. During this
time it has employed research, policy analysis and education in order to drive
change that benefits farmers, urban and rural communities, our natural
resources and the health of our citizens. Today, the Center continues to
provide leadership to further the development of sustainable and equitable
agriculture and food systems through national and regional program design and
implementation, policy analysis, research and technical assistance. Current
focus is on developing market-based solutions that link a larger number people
and communities to healthy and sustainably produced food that supports a viable
farm community, development of capacity among non-profits to facilitate
enterprise development, building capacity for community-based food systems and
expanding marketing channels to link urban and rural communities. In support of
this work, the Center hosts national conferences and convenes regional working
groups and networks.
SALARY: Winrock is
able to offer a stipend to cover living expenses.
should send current resume and cover letter (maximum of 2 pages total)
referencing HRM/Wallace-Intern by May 2, 2008 to: [log in to unmask]
Location: Arlington, VA
TO: Director, Wallace Center
The Wallace Center
currently leads a collaborative effort of nearly 20 farmers’ market
leaders and practitioners from around the country. This geographically and
organizationally diverse group is actively engaged in the development of
resources that benefit direct-marketing farmers and farmers’ market
managers. In 2007 this consensus effort produced a pair of handbooks that use
plain language and abundant photography to help farmers and market managers
succeed and an ongoing series of regional farmers’ market conferences for
market managers and direct-marketing farmers.
The Wallace Center will
continue its collaborative development of resources with a Risk Mitigation
Tool-Kit for direct-marketing farmers that will include information on
liability insurance, food safety, marketing and crop insurance. The Wallace
Center is also researching case studies on successful direct-marketing
entrepreneurs who have used farmers’ markets to scale up their
The intern would assist
with research and collecting of materials for the Risk Mitigation Tool-Kit and
the case study series. This would include constructing a document library of
currently available materials developed by farmers’ markets at a local,
state and regional level across the country for review and evaluation. This
will involve contacting and networking with state organizations, regional
market networks and local market managers. In addition to building the
document library, the intern will assist with the research for the case study
interviews and writing. Finally the intern would assist with some data entry
for a 2007 farmers’ market survey that was conducted by the Wallace
Center as part of the first year of the project.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Fast and accurate
research skills. Research will include Internet, phone calls, in-person
interviews and possibly library and on-line database sources.
skills, including ability to distill large amounts of information into concise
including ability to catalogue and store large numbers of files accurately.
farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture/environment issues, and/or
community development demonstrated by undergraduate or graduate study.
Must not require sponsorship to work in the
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
Michigan State University
C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48824
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agriculture production please visit:
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