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Are you a faith leader with experience in conservation? Are you active in your local rural, farming community? Do you long to bring your expertise in divinity and land protection together? If you answered “yes” to all or some of these questions we at Agrarian Trust welcome you to apply for the role of National FaithLands Coordinator. This is a remote part-time contract position that consist of 60 hours compensated at $1,500 per month for a 2 year agreement. 

The National Coordinator will manage a part-time State Coordinator who currently manages our pilot project in Eastern North Carolina. The National Coordinator will oversee and support a current project producing a FaithLands Toolkit. The National Coordinator will be a collaborative, engaged, and participatory part of the Agrarian Trust team. The National Coordinator will lead, support, engage, collaborate, and facilitate the FaithLands network and its stakeholders.

Over the past year and a half the FaithLands initiative has built an active network of faith partners. The Eastern North Carolina pilot project is developing model procedures and processes to identify faith-owned lands and faith groups that are willing to make those lands available to historically-underserved farmers (including African-American, Native American, Hispanic, women, military veterans and other farmers). Reducing the barriers to land access, increase economic opportunities, and advance social justice. According to demographic information, Eastern North Carolina consist of a large Black farming population with some counties being high in poverty. Blacks lose 30,000 acres in land ownership per year and the NC communities that we have been working in this year resemble many rural communities across the country. The need for infrastructure, land access and economic opportunities are prevalent. Access to land, capital, and markets are the primary barriers faced by farmers of color and beginning farmers in North Carolina and across the country. FaithLands looks to bring land access to disenfranchised rural farmers and communities who have lost so much.

FaithLands has generated press, interest, and engagement and has communication structures in place. FaithLands has a Project Editor, who also produces the New Farmer’s Almanac, leading the FaithLands Toolkit production and engagement. FaithLands also has support from organizational capacities of Agrarian Trust and sister organization Greenhorns, The Conservation Fund, FARMS, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, and many others involved in the network.

The National Coordinator to initiate, organize, and coordinate the FaithLands work in the US. The mission of FaithLands is to support faith communities in making lands available for sustainable, agroecological farming, especially to those in society marginalized by virtue of class, race, gender, economic status, and other factors. This FaithLands initiative is being led by a coalition of groups including F.A.R.M.S., The Conservation Fund, Agrarian Trust, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and others within the FaithLands network.

Agrarian Trust is a national nonprofit land trust with a mission, outlined below, that manifests through the Initiatives and aligns with the Principals

  • Build the issue (of land access) and reframe the solution through public symposia, collaborative advocacy campaigns, and stakeholder meetings.
  • Support the network of stakeholders and service providers through collection and documentation of innovative models for land access. Create a comprehensive resource portal to pool the useful tools already developed.
  • Build the Agrarian Land Trust local agrarian commons to hold farmland to ensure its sustainable and productive stewardship for generations to come.

Qualifications

A qualified candidate will have multiple years of experience in one of more of these fields: community organizing, project management, farming, land inventories, land trusts, agrarian theology, public education and mobilization, and other relatable experience. Other desired characteristics/experience include work in cross-cultural settings, racial justice work, faith-based initiatives, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including a commitment to communicate by phone and face-to-face when email is not the best modality. The candidate should have experience with Microsoft Office Suite programs, Google Drive, and the most commonly used social media and outreach platforms. Candidate should be able to manage a project budget and basic event budgets. Able to work effectively with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will be able to work remotely, commit to travel on occasion, be equipped to communicate via phone, video conference, and through email and project management platforms, must possess a strong commitment to their faith and land access issues, and must hold a vision of, connection to, and passion for the intersections of ecology, culture, agriculture, and spirituality. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Jillian Hishaw at info@30000acres.org by December 20, 2019. The position will be held open until the right candidate is selected. 

Candidates will be contacted in January for interviews and decisions will then be made to meet a planned start date of February 1, 2020.

Role

The National FaithLands Coordinator will manage the national initiative and contract staff related to our eastern NC pilot project and the Toolkit development. Duties will also include outreach, education, workshop facilitation and in-person meetings with faith communities to help them make their land available to under-served farmers for local food production. The Coordinator will report to and work closely with Agrarian Trust Director and the multi-faith leadership of the FaithLands Network.

  • Strategic and financial planning and help coordinating land, partner organization, and farmer data;
  • Support, management, and assistance with the NC pilot project;
  • Fundraising, grant writing, grant management, completing reports; 
  • Network and program development and member outreach;
  • Promote “FaithLands” via social media, draft press releases, write articles related to the topic and secure media interviews and coverage of program projects; 
  • Conduct outreach to potential faith partners who own land not active in production or use; 
  • Must have a proven record of productive relationship building skills; 
  • Experience with organizing and/or movement-building;
  • Must be knowledgeable about social justice, sustainable agriculture, food, or trade;
  • Facilitate internal communication and the work of network leadership team, the network, committees, partners, and collaborators;
  • Coordinate leadership team, committees, and network conference calls and online meetings;
  • Formalize and grow the FaithLands network;
  • Raise awareness, engage, educate, and introduce FaithLands to diverse faith based communities across US
  • Prioritize developing and creating land commitments from faith based entities to provide land, support, and land access to disenfranchised farmers. 

FaithLands is leading the movement for a collaborative approach to building a sustainable land access network for disenfranchised farmers. FaithLands is looking for a dynamic, passionate, and visionary National Coordinator to lead this initiative and movement. The Coordinator is responsible for the daily operations, strategic planning, fundraising, internal and external communications, and project implementation for the initiative. 

Agrarian Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer that fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

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