|Title: Database and Relationship Manager||Supervise: Interns and contract staff, as needed|
|Start Date: August 15, 2019||Type of Contract: Full 1 year to 2 year term|
|Organization: Agrarian Trust||Compensation: $25.00 per hour, flexible schedule, remote work|
Communications, Agrarian Commons, Regenerative Stewardship
|Hours: 5 hours per week+ 100 hours per year, additional hours as needed on projects|
|Report to: Director of Agrarian Trust||Location: Remote with preference given to locations that align with Agrarian Trust work|
Local Agrarian Commons
Agrarian Trust is creating a local Agrarian Commons (through establishing 501c2 land-holding entities) in regions across the United States. These Agrarian Commons will hold land to support: land access and tenure for the next generation of farmers, community equity and self-determination, shared stewardship of soils and ecological diversity, and opportunities for deep relationships to the land, each other, and community.
About Agrarian Trust
Agrarian Trust is an agrarian land access advocacy organization and community land trust. Founded in 2014 as a partnership between Schumacher Center for New Economics and Greenhorns, Agrarian Trust is a 501c3 organization, with legal support from Sustainable Economies Law Center. Agrarian Trust operates with a national scope through local engagement. Agrarian Trust’s mission is to support land access and succession while ensuring fair, affordable tenure for those entering and an equitable legacy for those exiting the sustainable, regional, agrarian economy.
Rationale for Our Work
Agrarian Trust was founded through a unique multi-stakeholder approach guided by principles of holacracy and horizontality, beginning from shared principles that reflect a “new economics.” Land and property are at the center of capitalism. Historically and to this day, land ownership and land tenure can be highly charged subjects. Structural power and shared trauma related to the coercion, expropriation, forced labor, and ‘cheap food’ policies in the United States have undervalued natural resources and human labor, to the detriment of agroecosystems and food sovereignty. Conventional land conservation and conservation finance have arisen through and been structured as a top-down, hierarchical enterprise to benefit the landholding elite. It is explicit in the vision of Agrarian Trust to contradict these patterns in favor of a more commons-based, community-benefit approach. This is reflected in the job structures, decision-making practices, our role as a public educator and advocate for best practices, our collaboration with other organizations and individuals, and in our legal code, referral practices, and trust model.
The basis for this work in commons-based land management practices comes from the many case studies and their functional principles documented by Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom in her pivotal work Governing the Commons. Her work catalogs the many land-based economies which successfully tempered ‘individualistic exploitation’ via cultural patterns of commoning. Agrarian Trust seeks to foster accountable and ultimately more ecologically based and socially embedded land relations. This land ethic has been elaborated on by land-reform advocates such as Leo Tolstoy, Ghandi, Upton Sinclair, and Henry George, and has been practiced by thousands of people across all kinds of geographies and many very fragile and fluctuating ecosystems. Particularly in a changing climate, adaptive, resilient and responsive social structures may prove key in ensuring truly sustainable agriculture, culture and economy on the land.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Safeguard confidentiality by exercising discretion in communicating information and handling of all requests.
- Assist in planning for development processes and procedures in areas of data entry practices, gift processing, database integrity, reporting, data analysis, event tracking, system improvements, prospect tracking, and similar tasks.
- Organize and maintain event and direct mail distribution lists. Update demographic information, and take action on each piece of returned mail.
- Work collaboratively with appropriate team members to maximize efficient use of database to effectively address the needs of specific areas including but not limited to our major initiatives, collaborations, and general organizational fundraising, community awareness and development, and our initiatives: Agrarian Commons, FaithLands, Agrarian Legal Support, and OurLand Symposium, Greenhorns, Regenerative Stewardship, and the Agrarian Fund.
- Generate reports, queries, and exports regarding donors and supporters. Analyze our data to inform our donor and supporter engagement strategies. Report to director and teams noted.
- Maintain data integrity, clean up inconsistent data.
- Perform gift entry and acknowledgements as needed. Receive and enter all gifts into database with appropriate coding; manage check, credit card, stock, online donation and other gift processes.
- Ensure compliance with IRS regulations.
- Manage our hard copy and electronic donation files in accordance with our record retention policy.
- Participate in the creation of a written action plan that documents annual goals and objectives.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Someone with strong self-motivation, skills and proficiency in human relations, communications, and network management.
- Ability to be a manager with full responsibilities of data and contact input, management, and use. A skilled communicator, able to implement new ideas, flexibility to adapt to changing needs, can-do attitude, land-based connection, a stewardship ethic, and deep respect for the land.
- Knowledge of gift processing and stewardship policies including IRS regulations governing contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations, regulatory compliance, and database administration.
- Experience with MailChimp, iATS Payments, CiviCRM, and ActionNetwork preferred.
- Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years of work experience.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. The cover letter should not exceed one page, and it should include an introduction of the candidate, a brief description of the candidate’s background in the field, topical literacy, qualifications, aptitudes and personal motivations.
Email application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Agrarian Trust is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.