American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
We believe diversity drives innovation. We are inclusive. We embrace differences. We recognize and respect the fundamental value and dignity of all our employees. We celebrate the unique traditions, heritages, and experiences our employees bring to the workplace. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes and values diversity, and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, expression or identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Farmland Trust complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we have facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
The Midwest Communications Coordinator supports communications and program outreach to implement the mission and vision of American Farmland Trust.
As an integral member of the Midwest region programs team, the Communications Coordinator designs and carries out communications strategies that build AFT’s visibility throughout the Midwest region by engaging diverse audiences including partner organizations, farmers, landowners, legislators, and funders and supports multiple initiatives in the Midwest region and ensures that Midwest communications efforts are consistent and integrated with AFT’s national communications strategies. The Coordinator will report to the Midwest Deputy Director.
What You’ll Be Working On
- Develop and implement communication strategies for a variety of Midwest regional programs, including farmland protection, conservation cropping systems, watershed-based projects, policy initiatives, smart solar, and other regional projects as required.
- Create engaging content for digital, print, and social media that amplifies AFT’s mission and reach in the Midwest.
- Design, create, distribute, and maintain a variety of outreach materials, including press releases, policy action alerts, event flyers, program information sheets, videos, graphics, and online and digital content.
- Comply with internal review and approval processes.
- Establish and manage relationships with media and coordinate press events.
- Attend AFT events to gather content: photo, video, and personal interviews.
- Represent AFT at outreach related events as needed
- Track and report outcomes of communications activities monthly to measure impact and to inform decision-making.
- Collaborate with other AFT initiatives, including national communications, regional programs, national initiatives, development, and policy to grow AFT’s base of support and to foster meaningful engagement with key audiences.
- Assist in developing annual work plan and budget for communication projects.
- Assist with storytelling efforts by conducting interviews and providing editorial feedback in collaboration with program staff.
The Midwest Communications Coordinator must be entrepreneurial and a self-starter, outgoing and energetic, organized, and capable of working well independently as well as part of a team, and possesses:
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to translate technical content for distribution to non-technical audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
- The ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
- Proficiency with email marketing software, social media, photography, videography, and website tools.
- Experience developing and implementing strategies for working with mainstream media.??
- Experience with graphic design or Adobe Suite products preferred – primarily Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
- Experience managing multiple projects and tasks while adhering to deadlines.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to accuracy and detail.
- An understanding of Midwest Agriculture is preferred.
- Willingness and ability to travel within the Midwest Region.
Education & Experience
- A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience in the human dimensions of natural resources, communications, education, and outreach.
American Farmland Trust pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size, and offers meaningful vacation, medical, retirement and other benefits. Salary range is from $45,000 to $50,000. Salary is negotiable based upon experience.
Why you should apply
- Be a part of a purpose-driven, committed, knowledgeable, high-performing, experienced and fun team
- A diverse and inclusive work environment
- A cause and mission you can be proud of
- Competitive compensation & Benefits
- Remote work opportunities
- Flexible scheduling
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