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Fight for the family farm and rural America!

Hi All,
Here's an interesting job posting that I wanted to share with ACGA members.
Although many, if not most, of us are urbanites, this fight affects all of
us...because we all eat and our current food system is sorely in need of
repair if we are going to continue to be able to eat healthy, affordable
Good luck and best wishes to whoever does get this job.

PS Please note that I am not the one posting this position and please do not
reply to me. The correct contact info is in the middle of the post.

From: Organic Farming Research Foundation <research@ofrf.org>

Position Available


Fight for the family farm and rural America!

We need a Campaign Organizer to help direct a dynamic national organizing
initiative to change food and agricultural policy in the United States.
Some of the most active grassroots organizations in the country are
fighting for quality food and the viability of the family farm system of
agriculture. The Campaign Organizer will help design and implement
organizing strategies on several fronts, including but not limited to
legislative, corporate, electoral, and message. Under the direction of the
campaign's Steering Committee, the Campaign Organizer will work closely
with member organizations to build and to carry out a long term, effective

Job Description

The Beyond 2002 Farm Bill Campaign seeks a National Campaign Organizer with
a strong interest in family farm agriculture and rural democracy, and
demonstrated success in mobilizing grass root constituencies to change
public policy and opinion. You should have extensive experience building
and working with a national coalition of progressive organizations on a
common organizing agenda, and ability to travel to meet with and engage
local and national constituencies in the campaign. You should have
experience in campaign development, coalition building, public education
and outreach, and message development and media strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizing: Work with member organizations to motivate and mobilize family
farmers in the effort to fight corporate domination of the food and
agriculture industry. Help member organizations increase their capacity to
engage in political action and direct action.
Campaign Planning, Coordination and Recruitment: Coordinate and facilitate
the development of the national campaign with steering committee and
campaign subcommittees; work with local, state and regional organizations
to develop and carry out strategies and tactics consistent with campaign
objectives; recruit strategic allies to assist with overall campaign
development; coordinate with consultants and regional staff; coordinate
with legislative advocates working with the Campaign.
Coalition Building: Develop organizing and outreach strategies to farmer,
consumer, environmental, faith-based and labor organizations whose
interests intersect with campaign goals and enlist them to support campaign
and engage in campaign activities.
Media and Public Relations: Work with steering committee and consultants to
develop national media strategy; coordinate and maintain relationships with
national media outlets, write and circulate press releases, prepare
testimony for hearings and conferences, and act as national spokesperson
for campaign.
Public Education - Help Steering Committee and consultants to develop
public message and outreach strategies; cultivate leaders from campaign
members to become spokespeople for campaign.
Fundraising: Work with and support the Steering Committee in efforts to
raise the necessary funds to run the campaign. Write grants and solicit
funding from foundations, institutions, and individual donors.


Excellent organizing, writing and interpersonal skills, self directed and
strong commitment to family farm and sustainable agriculture, ability to
build consensus among diverse organizations toward a common agenda,
extensive organizing and campaign development experience.

Salary Range and Location: Salary range is commensurate with experience.
This position will preferably be based in Washington DC, and will require
extensive travel.
Deadline: April 1, 2001

Send a resume and cover letter to:

Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications
1510 J Street, Suite 210,
Sacramento, CA 95814.

For more than a year committed advocates for reinvigorating the family farm
movement have been working to develop a national campaign to help unite
farmers, consumers, and those concerned about food issues in an effort to
change the nature and the direction of agricultural policy in the United
States. A dozen local and national organizations have formed a campaign
steering committee and have united their efforts to launch a national
campaign around the upcoming farm bill in addition to accomplishing the
following long-term goals:
 Strengthening and sustaining the participating groups in their local,
regional, and national efforts,
 Framing the national debate over farm and food policy in a way that helps
sustain a family farm system while benefiting consumers, the environment,
and rural communities,
 Building a direct action component to involve farmers and the public in a
corporate campaign that fights consolidation in the industry, and
 Setting the stage for further long-term campaigns to influence national
and local agricultural policy in a way that helps family farmers while
improving the quality of food and assuring the survival or rural

Organic Farming Research Foundation
P.O. Box 440, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
ph: (831) 426-6606 fax: (831) 426-6670

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