Bilingual (Spanish-Fluent) Health & Justice Organizer

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Description

Episcopal Farmworker Ministry and Toxic Free NC are
Seeking a Bilingual (Spanish-Fluent) Health & Justice Organizer
The Health and Justice Organizer provides education and outreach to protect communities from harmful pesticides and chemicals, especially farmworkers and their families on the frontlines of agriculture. Through training, organizing, and communications, the Health and Justice Organizer is responsible for sharing information about the health impacts of pesticides and other environmental health, supporting efforts to strengthen protections, and building community participation in advocacy for reform.

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About Episcopal Farmworker Ministry
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry responds to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families, and actively supports opportunities for them to become self-directive. We seek to minister to farmworkers in three principal ways: through direct services; through development and support of programs that work towards the empowerment of farmworkers; and by encouraging leadership development, advocacy, and education aimed toward a systemic change of agricultural policy at local and state levels.

About Toxic Free NC
Toxic Free NC has been fighting pesticide pollution since 1986. We advance environmental health and justice in North Carolina by advocating for safe alternatives to harmful pesticides and toxic chemicals used in agriculture and consumer products. Through policy advocacy, engagement, and programs, our focus is to serve communities across the state, especially farmworkers, children, and those most impacted by pesticide pollution.

Responsibilities

  • Community Training, Outreach, and Organizing
  • Build statewide participation in health and justice campaigns, with a focus on farmworkers and impacted communities.
  • Seasonally provide education and resources on pesticide safety and workplace rights to farmworkers and families, advocates, and growers.
  • Give presentations and organize workshops and events about pesticide impacts, environmental health and justice, and healthy solutions.
  • Build community leadership, skills, and confidence for advocacy.
  • Strengthen relationships with NC agencies that serve farmworker communities and explore opportunities for collaboration.
  • Serve as a resource on the health impacts of pesticide and environmental health exposures and stay up-to-date on the latest research and news.

Communications

  • Strengthen communications and messaging, and develop digital and print resources (factsheets, social media, newsletters, and web) on NC environmental health issues and campaigns, amplify voices of impacted communities, and engage decision-makers and statewide constituents to build power for change.
  • Increase Spanish-language environmental health materials and test strategies to expand reach in NC Latinx communities
  • Manage media relations with NC Spanish-language press; write press releases, and ensure that information reaches target audiences.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate speaks Spanish with native fluency, loves working with people, brings strong organizing and communication skills, has relationships with pesticide-impacted communities, and is passionate about environmental justice and building power to address systemic disparities impacting communities of color. We’re looking for:

  • Demonstrated experience in community organizing or outreach
  • Spanish and English fluency (written and verbal) required
  • Knowledge of agriculture, farmworker issues, and environmental health. A background in science or public health is very helpful.
  • Experience in training, facilitation, adult education, or popular education.
  • An ability to learn and explain simple principles of agriculture and science.
  • Some digital and print communications skills, with proficiency in office software and social media.
  • Experience independently managing projects with successful and measurable results
  • A deep understanding of systemic health disparities and a commitment to addressing the intersectional injustices of agrochemical pollution.

Salary/Benefits

Collaborate with other members of staff on programs, advocacy, and organizational initiatives to advance the mission of the organization.
This is a full time (40 hours/week) position with paid vacation, holidays, and health and dental benefits. This is a shared position split between the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in Dunn, NC, and Toxic Free NC in downtown Durham. The position will be based three days per week in Dunn, NC, supporting farmworker outreach efforts with the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, as a means to increase farmworker participation in health and justice campaigns and initiatives. The starting salary range, commensurate with experience and other factors, is between $42,000 and $48,000. A flexible schedule is required, including some weekend and evening hours, especially during the agricultural season (March – October). The job requires access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Mileage for travel outside regular commute will be reimbursed.

We want you!
We are committed to creating an inclusive and anti-racist working environment. Women, people of color, and especially those with personal connections to communities impacted by pesticides are strongly encouraged to apply. If you feel that you are a good fit but don’t meet all the above-mentioned requirements, we encourage you to apply by including a statement of how you would contribute to the role.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, three professional references, and a writing sample to healthandjusticeorganizer@gmail.com with the subject line “Health and Justice Organizer” Applications will be reviewed starting January 25. No phone calls, please. Applicants will be required to conduct a brief language screening prior to interview.

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