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Farm Workers Association of Florida, Inc.

Communications Coordinator

Title: Communications Coordinator
Location: Apopka, Florida (remote during COVID restrictions) and 35% travel to office locations throughout the state.
Duration: Full Time for 2 years (extension dependent on funding)
Reporting to: General Coordinator – Farmworker Association of Florida

Are you passionate about climate change and climate justice? Do you have Communications skills and experience and a commitment to a just transition for people of color and rural farmworker communities? The Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc. is seeking a strategic and experienced Communications Coordinator to lead our communications work, to amplify the voices of our community members, and to drive a transformative narrative and communications efforts for climate justice.

Who We Are
The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) was established in 1983 and is a statewide, grassroots, community-based, non-profit, social justice organization with over 10,000 Ethnically diverse members statewide and five offices in agricultural communities in South and Central Florida.

We work in communities composed of low-income, Latinx and other ethnic-minority, migrant, and seasonal farmworkers, many of whom are documented or undocumented immigrants, with little or no formal education, and who speak little if any English. The membership is 94% Latinx (predominately Mexican and Central American), 3% Haitian, and 3% African American. Approximately 60% are undocumented and approximately 40% are women.

Our core work encompasses leadership development, capacity building, and organizing for immigrants’ rights, health and safety related to pesticide and heat exposure, worker justice, civic engagement, agroecology and food sovereignty, and community-based research. You can learn more about our history, mission, and programs at www.floridafarmworkers.org.

Communications Coordinator Job Description
Climate change is an existential crisis affecting the planet, and farmworkers in the U.S. are among the most vulnerable population to climate change impacts in our country. Agriculture and our food system play a major role in contributing to the greenhouse gases responsible for climate change, while also exploiting the health and safety and lives of farmworker families. Climate Justice is a major focus of the Farmworker Association of Florida, and over the next two years, we aim to build a powerful communications strategy effort to drive short-term results and shift the larger narrative landscape for climate justice. A key role of the

Communications Coordinator is to build a robust communications platform through messaging and communications strategies, by telling farmworkers’ stories and engaging in creative communications collaborations that help to build long-term communications infrastructure to achieve the greatest impact. Working as part of the team and creating a collaborative environment to reach internal and external communications goals is paramount.

The Communications Coordinator must be a strong writer and strategic thinker with some organizing experience with frontline, grassroots communities and social justice movements. The candidate must have experience balancing urgent needs with long-term goals, keeping multiple projects moving, and collaborating with partners both inside and outside the organization. Additional qualities of the

Communications Coordinator include someone who is highly collaborative, creative, consistent, well-organized, and with good planning, and implementation skills. As part of the Communicating our Power Fellowship the position offers an important mentorship/ development program in collaboration with other strategic partners.

The Communications Coordinator must have a deep understanding and commitment to the farmworker movement, and become a part of our team to helps us achieve mission impact, grow our influence and funding, and advance movement narratives for a just transition to a regenerative economy. This position has dedicated funding for two-years, with a commitment to identifying long-term, continuing funding.

Responsibilities
Organizational and Programmatic Communications
● With support through the Communicating Our Power fellowship program and in partnership with the FWAF General Coordinator, develop a comprehensive communications plan that raises the profile and visibility of the organization, and amplifies the organization’s stories and campaigns in earned and creative media that expands our reach with key audiences.
● Organization-wide coordination and oversight of all communications platforms.
● Build relationships, and maintain current contacts with key reporters, bloggers, artists and allies; pitch stories, provide original op-eds, presentations and proposals for optimum advocacy and rapid response across all platforms, including digital and earned media, publications, and events.
● Manage the communications for FWAF’s 40th year anniversary (2023), including the comms budgeting, staff support for all 5 offices, developing the annual report, incorporating photography and collateral materials.
● Coordinate our social media presence across platforms in collaboration with area organizers.
● Collaborate and manage up-to-date messaging on our website
● Manage and increase our email lists – maintaining database in our CRM and support for each office and across audiences so that communications are directed to appropriate viewers.
● Draft and disseminate press releases in response to current events related to the work of the Farmworker Association of Florida
● Draft and send out action alerts as needed when events or calls to action are required.
● Develop and maintain an organization-wide editorial calendar to support consistent content and aligned narratives across campaigns, channels, and communications
● Ensure all communications help grow FWAF’s brand with cohesive visuals, audio and storylines.
● Assist in development of an annual report and its distribution
● In collaboration with the Communications Committee and the General Coordinator, support and facilitate fundraising activities, events and or campaigns.
● Oversee one full or part time employee and possible Americorps or other volunteers as the needs & opportunities arise.
● Maintain and develop a photo library.
● Manage appropriate vendors (printers, creative, facilitators etc.)
● Craft a narrative documenting and uplifting the stories of our farmworker communities in how they are affected by climate change.
● Participate in evening and weekend activities, as needed and appropriate. Qualifications
● Preferred BA or higher in related field or equivalent work experience in communications, advocacy and social justice organizing.
● 5-7 years or more experience in organizational or campaign communications, PR, production, and editorial writing.
● Working knowledge of English and Spanish is required. Working knowledge of Haitian Creole is a plus.
● Commitment and demonstrated practice to racial, gender, economic and climate justice
● Creative thinker. Experience managing creative employee/community/partner engagement programs.
● Confident and mature communicator. Strong written, oral communication, and presentation skills.
● Excellent writer and strong storyteller with the ability to create compelling, clear, and concise narratives in support of our mission and our movement.
● Exceptional attention to detail and ability to effectively multi-task in a deadline driven environment; flexible in meeting deadlines and urgent requests; clear about capacity needs and boundaries.
● Excellent project management skills; able to prioritize between numerous high-stakes projects and responsibilities.
● A thorough understanding of the work being advanced in the climate justice arena, including Just Transition and regenerative economy movements.
● The ability to self-start in a high performing, creative environment and engage collaboratively as a member of a diverse team; proven ability to work independently, as well as in close coordination with a dynamic team.
● Preferred experience using data and metrics to measure impact, actively learn, and determine improvements
● Skilled in Google suite, Microsoft Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office 365
● Experience with data base software, and CRM systems a plus
● Experience with video, photography, and videos for social media a plus

Compensation:
This is a full-time, exempt position. We are an in-person team located in Florida. This position will be expected to travel (with COVID-care) approximately 35% of the time. The salary range for this position is commiserative with experience: $50-70,000 per year plus benefits, including insurance, paid vacation after one-year, comp time accrual flexible schedule. FWAF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages members of our community, indigenous leaders, leaders of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQI to apply.

Application Procedure:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents, clearly stating Communications Coordinator in the Subject Line to:
[email protected] floridafarmworkers.org
before 9am on 4 March 2022.

Applications should include:
– Up-to-date CV
– Sample work (as links or file attachment) writing samples, press releases and/or social media portfolio pages or other examples or past work
– At least 2 contacts for reference purposes

Click here for a PDF of the job description:
FWAF Communications coordinator Job Description

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Farm Workers Association of Florida, Inc.

Climate Justice Organizer


SUMMARY OF POSITION
: Do you want to be an agent for positive change in farmworker and rural communities in Florida? Fight for climate and environmental justice for those who have least contributed to but are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change? To address the underlying systemic issues in agriculture that harm both farmworkers, food consumers (i.e. all of us), and our climate? The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) is looking for a responsible, committed, motivated, experienced and passionate leader for the position of Climate Justice Organizer.

The Farmworker Association of Florida is seeking applicants for a Climate Justice Organizer position to help support the strategic vision and implementation of our Climate, and Environmental Justice Campaign in Central Florida. Candidates who are committed to climate and environmental justice, agroecology and food sovereignty, and a Just Transition centering frontline farmworker communities to build a movement for a more just and sustainable economy are encouraged to apply. The Climate Justice Organizer will help move this platform forward into implementation through outreach, education, campaign development and oversight, leadership development, and youth and community organizing. We are looking for a candidate who demonstrates excellent organizing, strategic, leadership, advocacy and collaborative skills, including public relations, team building, and community outreach.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Coordinate information, communication, relationships, and processes to advance the Climate and Environmental Justice Campaign 
  • Develop relationships among community members and among ally and partner organizations 
  • Conduct outreach, education and community member and youth organizing 
  • Train leaders on climate and environmental justice within the practice of agroecology and the vision of the food sovereignty movement 
  • Build capacity of community members’ and youth leadership to advocate and give testimony on their own behalf 
  • Support the development and implementation of political education curricula 
  • Support the development of narrative strategies and sharing of communications related to the Climate and Environmental Justice Campaign. 
  • Advance the efforts to support and advocate for policies for a Just Transition Qualifications: 
  • Experience in grassroots or labor organizing around climate, racial, and/or economic justice 
  • Demonstrated understanding of climate, environmental justice, farmworker, immigrant, labor, other social change issues Climate Justice Organizer 
  • Well-developed critical thinking, time management, and leadership skills 
  • Organized, self-starter, highly motivated, ready to take initiative to grow 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and lead community meetings 
  • Bilingual English/Spanish; excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills in English and Spanish 
  • Ability to develop positive working relations with diverse ethnic and cultural communities 
  • A deep commitment to supporting, amplifying and following frontline leadership • Willing to work flexible hours, and to work nights and weekends when needed 
  • Personal transportation and good driving record; flexibility to travel in Central Florida and occasionally to other areas of the state 
  • Technological skills, including familiarity and expertise in working with Microsoft 365: Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, as well as Zoom, Social Media, Texting, WhatsApp, and other relevant tools. 
  • Significant skills in using digital organizing platforms. 


We encourage women, people of color, and/or candidates with farm work experience or from a farmworker family to apply. We will provide training support to the person hired for this position. 

About the Farmworker Association of Florida 

FWAF is a 38-year-old, grassroots, non-profit, statewide, membership organization with offices in Central and South Florida. The mission of the organization is to build power among farmworkers and low-income rural communities to respond to and gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health and environmental justice issues that impact their lives. Over the decades, our work for and with farmworkers and rural immigrant and people of color communities has established our reputation as a force for lifting up the voices of the marginalized people to speak truth to power. We work in collaboration with others through coalitions, alliances, networks and cooperation to strive for deep structural and institutional change and for justice. 

Website: http://www.floridafarmworkers.org/ 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecutli at [email protected] NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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Climate Justice Organizer – JOB DESCRIPTON

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