Farmworker Advocacy Network Coordinator (Bilingual – Spanish/English)
DEADLINE: July 16, 2021
HOURS OF WORK: 40 hours/week, mostly M-F
SALARY & BENEFITS: $45,000 – $50,000 plus benefits including PTO, sick leave, and health insurance stipend
LOCATION: Triangle Area, North Carolina
START DATE: September, 2021
MISSION: FAN (http://ncfan.org) is a statewide network of organizations that works to improve living and working conditions of farmworkers and poultry workers in North Carolina. Since 2003, our full members have brought workers’ voices to the legislative process. In the past, we have identified and led campaigns to improve housing conditions, pesticide safety, and wages. FAN’s members work together to:
-Share time, energy, and resources in order to coordinate direct service delivery and advocacy work through farmworker organizations in North Carolina;
-Push for better workplace laws through education to the public, advocacy and research;
-Monitor government agencies whose activities impact workers’ rights, health and wellbeing.
FAN currently has twenty member organizations, ranging from grassroots groups to statewide organizations with a variety of focus areas. A leadership team supports the work of the FAN coordinator. The network makes decisions by consensus and includes different membership levels based on organizations’ abilities to participate in advocacy work. During the pandemic, FAN’s budget has increased significantly; in 2021, the coalition has a budget of $240,000.
We are hiring a staff person to coordinate the work of the coalition. This position will be an employee of NC Farmworkers’ Project, the fiscal agent and coordinating organization for FAN, through the end of 2021. At that point, this position will become an employee of an external fiscal sponsor selected by the coalition. This position will report to the FAN leadership team. This is a one-year, grant-funded position with possibility of extension dependent on the availability of funds.
FAN is currently in a state of transition and hopes to begin working with a consultant this summer on a strategic planning process, which will continue through the fall. It expects that this new position will be an active participant in managing these changes and shaping the next era of the coalition. We anticipate that our teams, budget, membership, and other structures may change significantly within the next year.
-Organize regular FAN calls; promote and support existing FAN member organization actions and campaigns; manage coalition listserv; check in with existing members about coalition involvement and ongoing training; support new member onboarding;
-Provide support to FAN’s teams, such as its FLAN database team, worker engagement planning team, and ad hoc teams, including organizing and facilitating some meetings and assisting with team projects;
-Organize the coalition during collaborative grant coordination; draft coalition grants; work closely with FAN’s fiscal sponsor to monitor the coalition’s budget, manage expenses, and produce financial reports for the coalition; coordinate collection of membership dues; leadFAN’s fundraising efforts as needed;
-Assist the coalition with strategic planning by working closely with a consultant to lead sessions in order to gain member feedback and generate a plan to implement coalition changes once the consultancy has ended; work with leadership team to facilitate long range visioning and planning for the coalition;
-Manage training and outreach for FAN’s farm labor camp database; participate in the data team to ensure that information is added and updated; support database development and design by providing ongoing feedback;
-Supervise interns or other staff (if hired in the future).
-Meet with potential new members and provide them with information about FAN;
-Support FAN’s worker engagement initiatives, including helping to arrange meetings and gaining coalition input on the process;
-Support the coalition and its partners in their advocacy work, from drafting letters to state officials, to organizing press conferences or public events, to raising awareness through campaigns;
-Lead FAN’s public communications, including updating its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, along with its website; explore other creative ways to inform and engage the public in our work;
-Speak with the press about farmworker issues or campaigns as needed; connect members of the press with FAN members so that they can share their expertise.
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
§ At least two years’ experience working with coalitions or committees led by farmworkers/immigrants
§ Organizing background or training preferred
§ Experience with social media and spreadsheets
§ Experience with grant writing and grant management; experience with creating and managing budgets
§ Comfortable facilitating online and in-person meetings
§ Excellent written and oral communication skills in Spanish & English; bicultural and comfortable communicating with people from many different kinds of organizations; experience working with the press
§ Passionate about and committed to farmworker justice § Comfortable working independently
To apply, please send resume/CV plus a short cover letter (can be in an email) describing your interest in the position to email@example.com. Please include 3 references in your resume.
Farmworker Advocacy Network Consultant: Request for Proposals
First-round deadline to submit proposals: Friday, July 7th
Location: Remote, with potential for occasional travel to the Triangle region of North Carolina
The North Carolina Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) is a coalition of grassroots and statewide groups from a variety of fields that seek to improve the living and working conditions of farmworkers and poultry processing workers. Although FAN began in 2003, its rapid response to COVID-19 has led to the emergence of new questions and challenges. Since the start of the pandemic, FAN has met weekly instead of quarterly, has needed to target some of its own members within its advocacy work, and has observed the disadvantages of a consensus-based decision-making model under circumstances that demand rapid action. FAN now seeks a consultant to assist the coalition in answering some pressing strategic planning questions around its mission, structure, and processes, with hopes of strengthening our bonds as a team and gaining clarity on our mission going forward.
Through individual and group sessions with representatives of FAN member organizations over a six-month period, the consultant will develop and present recommendations around:
-Membership: What are the criteria for becoming a FAN member organization? Can current member organizations remain FAN members when potential conflicts of interest with advocacy exist? What does active participation in FAN look like?
-Status: Is it time for FAN to incorporate?
-Mission: What does FAN’s current mission mean to its members? Does it capture what brings us together and where we want to focus our collective energy moving forward? What mission changes or clarifications are needed in order to unite us as a team and move forward with strategic planning? What does “advocacy” mean to FAN within its mission?
-Processes: How often should FAN meet and who should be included in those meetings? How can the coalition center, value, and support farmworkers and their ideas within this work?
-Additional desired outcomes:
-Through conversations with farmworkers and organizations that work closely with them, a consultant will assist FAN in making explicit our values around farmworker leadership and lived experience in the coalition, and helping FAN created a structure to support the direct participation and leadership of farmworkers in the coalition.
-The consultant will facilitate a power analysis for coalition members to guide its advocacy work.
FAN seeks proposals from candidates who:
-Are bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural
-Have previous coalition experience with similar communities
-Examine structural challenges through an equity-based / anti-oppression lens
To submit a proposal or receive additional information, please contact Lucy Thames at firstname.lastname@example.org .