Education and Outreach Director
Quivira Coalition
Remote
Job description

The Quivira Coalition is seeking an Education and Outreach Director. This position will oversee two programs at the organization: Education and Outreach and the New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands. These programs are two sides of the same coin, with one focused on developing a community of practice among farmers and ranchers and the other focused on developing a community of practice among organizations and agencies that support agriculture and land stewardship.

Quivira Coalition’s Education and Outreach Program cultivates a community of practice around land stewardship that celebrates diversity and intergenerational knowledge exchange, and integrates ecological, economic, and social health. New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL) is a network of groups and individuals whose purpose is to support and enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of New Mexico working lands that support agriculture and the environment. The focus is to increase soil health, biodiversity, and hydrologic function through more effective collaboration.

The Education and Outreach Director will direct the organization’s education and outreach programming including peer to peer land steward workshops, the organization’s annual REGENERATE conference, and the organization's efforts to increase capacity and diversity of land stewards, and the New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (www.nmcewl.org). This person will also work closely with the Development and Communications Director on educational resources such as technical field guides, podcasts, and other educational materials.

Who we’re looking for

The Education and Outreach Director is a people-oriented facilitator, communications ninja, and team leader who has experience designing, managing, and fundraising for land based educational programs, conferences, and media. This person has worked with farmers and ranchers and understands how to design and implement experiential education programming that reflects the needs and desires of diverse agricultural producers while building community among other stakeholders invested in land stewardship. They are passionate about collaboratively facilitating meaningful, inclusive educational experiences on the land, organizing a large annual conference, and creating communication tools and strategies which help others do the same. This person understands how to design mechanisms for community and stakeholder feedback to ensure the education programming we create is truly meeting the needs of the folks we’re serving. Finally, this person understands how to build and support a network of diverse farmers and ranchers, interested individuals, and agencies interested in equitable, collaborative, and regenerative land stewardship.

The Education and Outreach Director must be able to lead a collaborative team remotely; is self-directed, organized, and computer literate; and has a flexible schedule that accommodates workshops and conferences occurring beyond normal business hours. This person will have program management, event management, people management and fundraising experience. Working closely with the Education and Outreach Team, the Director is responsible for ensuring that all necessary tasks required to effectively run, manage and expand the program are completed and that program goals and deliverables are met. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events. About 75% of this position is computer/office based, and 25% of this position will be spent at or traveling to workshops or the conference, meeting with funders, or presenting on the work of the program.

Specific duties and responsibilities

Program Management

  • Coordinate Education and Outreach team,NMCEWL team, and contractors to achieve the strategic goals of the Education and Outreach Program (which includes the REGENERATE conference), and NMCEWL Program, respectively
  • Ensure the Education and Outreach and NMCEWL teams have the direction, support, and information needed to execute the work of the programs
  • Help design and develop new and creative ways to advance program goals (e.g. local outreach, new forms of media, etc.)
  • Oversee program evaluation and evolution based on feedback from program stakeholders to ensure that the program is meeting its goals and aligning with the needs and desires of our community. Update evaluation process regularly
  • Work closely with the executive director, Education and Outreach team, and NMCEWL team to hone the program missions and visions, and develop aligned work plans
  • In concert with the executive director and operations director, create and manage the program budget to ensure financial sustainability and longevity
  • Develop strategies, toolkits and templates that support educational efforts in all programs by providing consistency, efficiency and clarity
  • In partnership with the American Grassfed Alliance and Holistic Management International, oversee the annual REGENERATE Conference
  • In partnership with its steering committee, oversee the New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands

Fundraising

  • Identify new sources and administer existing sources of funding that align with the program goals and objectives, including grant writing and management
  • In cooperation with the communications and development director, expand the reach of the Education and Outreach Program and NMCEWL through workshops, conferences, podcasts, publications, and more
  • In cooperation with the leadership team, build rapport with existing and potential major donors for the Education and Outreach Program and NMCEWL. Strive to secure multi-year funding
  • Facilitate program growth while maintaining high quality standards for the education, inclusivity and relationship building that is crucial to the current programming

Partnerships and outreach

  • Build relationships with partners throughout the region and world to expand and diversify the network of producers, agencies, programs, and other individuals and organizations
  • Collaborate with partners on workshops and conference, sometimes serving as lead man/lead womanager, other times providing logistical support for partners’ leadership
  • In collaboration with the entire Education and Outreach staff, NMCEWL staff, and communications team, coordinate communications for the program including newsletters, social media, press opportunities, and documentation
  • Support or lead development of publications to build out the existing library, and with communications team, publicize these resources
  • Represent Quivira, Quivira’s Education and Outreach Program, and NMCEWL at relevant events in the community and by actively seeking opportunities to present to relevant conferences
  • Regularly travel to and from workshop sites throughout New Mexico and Colorado

Required Qualifications

  • Passion for developing and supporting a land based education program and for building meaningful relationships with diversities of people
  • Sense of humor, flexibility, willingness to do what needs to get done
  • Experience fundraising for nonprofit programs and managing budgets
  • Substantive experience in educational programming direction in a nonprofit setting
  • Ability to work independently and remotely, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent and professional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Capacity and competency for cross-cultural communication
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate a diverse and busy staff
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience managing a team
  • Experience in meeting facilitation
  • Experience in developing tools for stakeholder feedback and analysing data to inform program direction
  • An understanding of how conservation and agriculture have historically and currently impacted Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
  • Work well with people from institutional and governmental organizations
  • Passionate about working with ranchers, farmers, and other land stewards, and about the work they do
  • Excitement to communicate about agriculture, natural resource management, experiential/ participatory education, and land stewardship.
  • Capacity to work in a team environment with minimal supervision, and with a primarily remote staff.
  • Multi-lingual in Spanish or Native languages.

Terms of Employment

  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ages, colors, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, or veteran statuses.
  • Reports directly to the executive director.
  • Compensation $ annually depending on experience, paid bi-weekly.
  • 40 hours a week, salaried.
  • This position is primarily based out of Quivira’s Santa Fe offices; Flexible work from home is possible but the candidates must live within a reasonable driving distance of the office. Due to the pandemic, all employees are currently working from home with access to the office on an as-needed basis.
  • No relocation compensation - the ideal candidate is already based in or near Santa Fe.
  • After 3 months, benefits include health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid-time-off, short and long term life insurance and disability policy.

Application Instructions

Please include a current two page resume with the application. The application questions here will be in place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process.

Please send questions to Sarah Wentzel-Fisher sarah@quiviracoalition with the subject line “Education and Outreach Director Application.”

Deadline for applications is November 20, 2021 with the intention of a start date in December 2021 or January 2022.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across differences at the radical center. In the last year, we have become increasingly aware of the work that we must do to ensure that individuals and communities of all backgrounds are truly included and welcomed into our work. Quivira Coalition is taking its first steps toward becoming an antiracist organization, and reevaluating what diversity, equity and inclusion means for the organization. This is difficult, often messy, ongoing work, and we are committed to working through the challenges to join the movement for racially just regenerative agriculture. We hope new hires and the perspectives they bring will continue to help us navigate this path. We invite candidates to ask questions about where we are in this journey, and to join us in moving the organization and the regenerative agriculture movement towards becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $48,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekend availability

COVID-19 considerations:
Our organization maintains and routinely updates a COVID protocol for employees and field activities to align with state and federal regulations and CDC recommendations.

Application Question(s):

  • Describe your experience with nonprofit program management, development, and fundraising.
  • What is a challenge you see in land based educational programming, and what is a creative solution or response you have developed to address that challenge?
  • What is a challenge you see in collaborative land stewardship, and what is a creative solution or response you have developed to address that challenge?
  • What is your experience in organizational development as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism? And how do you bring these values to your work?
  • What makes you a good fit for this position?
  • Why are you inspired to do this work?
  • What else would you like us to know about you?
  • Can you lift 50 lbs?
  • Can you work long hours bending and walking outdoors?
  • Do you have a reliable home internet connection?

License/Certification:

  • Driver's License (Required)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Required)

Work Location: Remote

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