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COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR AGROECOLOGY (CAFA) COORDINATOR

The Community Alliance for Agroecology works alongside the most impacted communities of the San Joaquin Valley to address the environmental injustices perpetuated by the food and farming system and to create solutions that foster ecological balance, public health, and economic equality in the region. The core Alliance members are Californians for Pesticide Reform, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, Community Water Center, Cultiva La Salud, El Quinto Sol de América, and Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability.

Center for Race Poverty and the Environment (CRPE) will house the Alliance Coordinator. CRPE is a non-profit environmental justice organization with offices in Oakland and Delano (Kern County, California). Our mission is to achieve environmental justice and healthy sustainable communities through collective action and the law. We provide legal and technical assistance to the grassroots movement for environmental justice. We combine community organizing, legal representation, policy advocacy and coalition building to help build health sustainable communities in low income communities and communities of color. CRPE strongly believes in the maxims that communities should speak for themselves, and that advocates for environmental justice should be on tap, not on top. Our staff shares a deep commitment to social and racial justice.

Job Title: CAFA Coordinator

Position Summary: The Coordinator is responsible for the Alliance’s consistent achievement of its mission and grant objectives. The Coordinator reports to the CAFA Funded Partners (Partners). The Coordinator’s principal responsibilities are to lead, cultivate, and facilitate the Alliance, providing leadership to best meet the needs of the members and positioning the Alliance as a leader in the movement for agroecology. Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize, and organize diversified workload.

The ideal candidate lives in the San Joaquin Valley, has knowledge of sustainable agriculture and has experience in community organizing, conducting trainings, working with community members, organizing and facilitating meetings, and is comfortable interacting with officials from government agencies.

With funding secured for the first year, the ideal candidate will have, or be willing to acquire, foundation fundraising experience and will be responsible for fundraising for the position for future years.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Administration & Management
• Assure that CAFA has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. • Provide leadership in developing and implementing organizational and financial plans with the Steering Committee and staff. Promote active and broad participation by members in all areas of CAFA’s work.
• Fulfill administrative requirements of the Alliance including: assuring that the agreements of the Collaborative are adhered to; actively participating in Alliance meetings as a non-voting member; establishing all administrative policies and procedures.
• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with fiscal agent agreement, which include federal state and local regulations.
• Lead grant writing and reporting.
• Support as needed the recruitment of all personnel; paid and volunteer.
• Support as needed the supervision of consultants and contracted services.

Finances & Fundraising
• Support the development of sound financial practices for CAFA
• Work with Partners in preparing an annual budget; allocate Alliance resources based on goals set by Partners.
• With Partners and Fiscal Agent, conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Alliance such as invoicing to fiscal agent or funders.
• Ensure that Partners are kept fully informed on the condition of the Alliance’s finances and all factors influencing it.

Campaigns
• Actively participate in campaigns and committees. Provide leadership in strategy formation, Alliance development, and policy advocacy in order to maintain the Alliance’s leadership within the broader movement as a leading voice for ecological agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.
• Work effectively with key leadership of major allied organizations and community groups; assist key leaders in forging and implementing a common agenda and action plan.
• Actively engage in efforts to achieve maximum impact and ensure attainment of goals.
• Maintain advanced knowledge of sustainable agriculture/ecological agriculture/agroecology and opportunities to create change within relevant decision making bodies, laws, regulations, policies and the political climate in the San Joaquin Valley.
• Plan coordinate, and/or participate in coalition meetings as appropriate; foster strong internal communication and accountability among coalition members.

Communications & Public Relations
• Advance strategies for using communication tools to engage members, inform the broader community, and build power and influence to create change. Coordinate with staff to effectively leverage media, website, and other communication tools to promote campaigns and activities.
• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with impacted community residents, coalition members and staff, key elected officials and administrative staff, opinion leaders, and other stakeholders. Represent the Alliance to relevant agencies, organizations, funders and the general public.

Skills & Knowledge Requirements
Successful candidates will have experience that will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate programs. Successful experience in general management, financial management, coalition building, and policy advocacy required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. PC literacy, Word, Excel, Access, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Fluency in Spanish (reading, speaking, and writing) is highly preferred.

Qualifications
An undergraduate degree is required, and the attainment of an advanced degree is preferred. The ideal candidate demonstrates the following attributes:
• Strong Initiative
• Dynamic
• Competent
• Committed
• Detail Orientated
• Efficient
• Conscientious
• Well Organized
• Responsible
• Highly Accountable
• Healthy Sense of Humor

Position Details
This is an at will, full time, exempt position that includes long, varied, and irregular hours. CRPE offers a generous benefits package, including medical insurance. This position has no direct administrative support. The salary is $50,000 – $55,000/year depending on experience. The primary place of business is Delano, CA with frequent travel and reliable transportation required.

Physical Environment & Demands
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Employees in this position will required to work indoors in a standard office environment; travel by motor vehicle outdoors in varying degrees of temperatures; work in indoor and outdoor environments that are outside of the office setting; and come in direct contact with community representatives, partners, and the public. A valid Driver’s License is necessary.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 page writing sample reflective of work relevant to this position by Monday September 25 to Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, at cfarrell@crpe-ej.org, or fax to 661-720-9483. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CRPE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTIQ, and intersectional candidates to apply.

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