- Location: Durham, NC
- Close Date: 04/21/2020
- Hiring Organization: Toxic Free NC
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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
(“Just and Sustainable Agriculture” and “Toxic-Free Kids”) our focus is to serve communities across the state, especially farmworkers, children, and those most impacted by pesticide pollution. Come join our small and mighty team!
The Community Organizer’s goal is to engage and support North Carolina community members in collective action to build the movement for just and sustainable agriculture. The organizer is a skilled facilitator, talented communicator, strong project manager, and relationship builder who leads outreach, communications, and education to support local advocates and connect leaders across the state taking action to protect their communities from harmful pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Spanish language fluency, connections with pesticide-impacted communities, and knowledge of environmental and health issues related to pesticides are strongly preferred.
• Organize and strengthen a statewide network of community leaders taking action on pesticides, building skills and confidence for environmental health activism
• Support communities in promoting local solutions, organic agriculture, biodiversity protection, and just food systems.
Outreach and Education
• Facilitate resource sharing and learning between community members, scientists, decisionmakers, and advocates.
• Organize online and in-person events, popular education workshops, and campaigns in coordination with partners.
• Innovate and learn from engagement strategies, including arts and culture, which build inclusive participation and strengthen impact.
• Build relationships with communities and organizations throughout North Carolina and seek partnerships and collaborative efforts focused on improving environmental health and safety.
Farmworker Health and Justice
• Farmworker and environmental justice awareness building across NC, ensuring that outreach campaigns are inclusive of farmworkers and other impacted communities
• Provide education and resources on pesticide safety and workplace rights to farmworker advocates, growers, and workers and their families.
Communications and Media
• Produce and distribute factsheets, social media content, resources, and other multimedia communications materials to educate, build awareness, and activate affected populations, consumers, and decision-makers to support our programs and campaigns.
• Lead Spanish language communications specifically targeted to farmworkers and Latinx communities in NC affected by pesticides.
• Manage relations with NC media (including Spanish-language press) by serving as primary contact with media outlets and maintaining our press contact list. Write press releases, make calls to journalists, and ensure that information about our work is reaching target audiences via English and Spanish-language radio stations, newspapers, and TV stations.
Additionally: support Toxic Free NC projects, including fundraising, grant-writing, outreach, and special events, and offer ideas for continuous improvement of programs, initiatives, and campaigns. Collaborate with and support members of Toxic Free NC staff on programs, advocacy, engagement, and organizational initiatives to increase the breadth of impact and advance the mission of the organization.
The ideal candidate brings leadership skills, initiative, and a passion for building a just and sustainable food system through intersectional collaboration. Grant-writing experience, Spanish language fluency, and knowledge of pesticide impacts are strongly preferred.
● Talent and experience in community organizing with demonstrated prior success and existing positive relationships within the NC community.
● Knowledge of environmental justice, agriculture, farmworker issues, pollinator health, and/or environmental health issues related to pesticides.
● Must be a strong written and verbal communicator with technical savvy to explain principles of agriculture and environmental science.
● Grantwriting experience a big plus!
● Teaching, training, or facilitation experience, with knowledge of popular education and participatory facilitation and decision-making methods, preferred.
● Bilingual strongly preferred (Spanish/English).
● Embodies Toxic Free NC’s mission and values, including a commitment to racial justice and addressing systemic inequity.
● Experience independently managing projects with successful and measurable results
● Proficiency in office software and social media. Digital presentation and media skills a plus.
● Strategic, dynamic, and solutions-oriented thinker.
● A flexible schedule is required, including some weekend and evening hours.
This is a full-time position with paid vacation, holidays, and health benefits, based at our office in downtown Durham. The salary range, commensurate with education and experience, is $40,000- $45,000 annually. The job requires access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license for frequent travel around the Triangle and occasional travel around the state.
We want you!
Toxic Free North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, and/or those with personal connections to communities impacted by pesticides are strongly encouraged to apply.
Tell us about your experience building power for change to advance a just food system. Please submit a cover letter, résumé, three professional references, and a writing sample to email@example.com with the subject line “Community Organizer Application.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 6. Word docs or PDFs only. No phone calls, please.