For more than 20 years, Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP) has served as a mobilizing force to help communities protect themselves from the damages caused by industrial livestock operations and advocate for a food system built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy, and resilience. Our team includes technical experts, independent family farmers, and rural residents who have faced the threats of factory farms in their communities. When asked for help, SRAP offers free support, providing communities with the knowledge and skills to protect their right to clean water, air, and soil and to a healthy, just, and vibrant future. The organization is seeking to fill a Field Operations Regional Representative position.
Department: The incumbent will report to the Field Operations Director.
The self-motivated, outgoing Regional Representative works directly with communities impacted by industrial livestock operations to help residents protect themselves from the harmful effects of these facilities. The Regional Representative helps residents navigate regulatory processes, engage policymakers, earn media coverage, develop public education campaigns, and build grassroots political power to advocate for policies that safeguard communities and promote socially responsible agriculture.
The ideal candidate will embody the values of SRAP and use their experience as an organizer in rural communities or as an advocate in the food and agriculture system to provide outreach, base building, training, education, and leadership development opportunities in communities throughout the United States.
Specifically, the Regional Representative will be responsible for:
- Responding to incoming help requests from impacted communities by sharing tools and resources and developing action plans in conjunction with the Field Operations Director;
- Facilitating meetings with community groups to identify advocacy and organizing opportunities based on community needs and existing regulatory and political conditions;
- Assisting with the creation of educational materials, webinars, and panel discussions on issues related to industrial agriculture’s impact on communities;
- Implementing campaigns, hosting community listening sessions, providing outreach to community members, and conducting issue- and regulation-based research to refine campaign context and direction;
- Networking and collaborating with other groups that are organizing in the community and states impacted by factory farms;
- Communicating opportunities for media exposure, coalition building, and networking with impacted communities and state and national organizations;
- Identifying and developing community member leaders by building one-on-one relationships and serving in mentor capacities;
- Actively participating in weekly team meetings and reporting meetings with supervisor.
Desired Skills, Abilities & Qualifications:
- Experience organizing communities, groups, or coalitions. Experience organizing around food and agriculture issues and/or working directly within the food and agriculture system, preferred.
- Outgoing personality and ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage diverse projects simultaneously in a remote setting.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and self-motivation.
- Positive, proactive, and personable team player.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
- Comfort with social media and digital communication.
- Special interest in building power among low-income communities and communities of color to fight for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.
Computer Skills: The incumbent must work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, database, and spreadsheet software; in particular have proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workplace suites.
Location: Position is remote, with evening and weekend hours and travel expected.
Compensation: Salary of $45,000 to $55,000, dependent upon experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental and life insurance as well as a 403b retirement plan and generous paid time off.
To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and three professional references to be considered to the attention of Katie Engelman, Operations & HR Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the position title of Regional Representative in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please.
SRAP is an equal opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.
SRAP stands by the core organizational value of accepting all members of the communities it works in regardless of race, creed, national origin, religious affiliation, disability, citizenship standing, or immigration status. SRAP also supports the rights of all residents to live in a safe and healthy environment and work in an equitable and humane workplace. In the spirit of fairness and equity for all, SRAP maintains the right to suspend or withdraw its support for any community group or partner organization based on demonstrated public bias, racial discrimination and statements or actions expressing a lack of inclusivity, respect, and basic social justice. All employees and contract workers representing SRAP in any capacity are charged to support this effort and to respond promptly and appropriately to any concerns that may be contrary to the above listed statement.