Work With Us
Education and Outreach Program Director
The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.
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 wizard, 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, events, 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. Alongside external partners, the Director will help to set programmatic goals and strategic plan for NMCEWL, and oversee its implementation. 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
- 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
- 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 manager, 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
- 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
- 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
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 $47.5k-$64.5k 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 and Application
Please include a current two page resume with the application. The application will take the 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.”
The deadline for applications is December 15 or until position is filled, with the intention of a start date in January 2022.
Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across differences at the radical center, though we have not always accomplished this and continue to strive for improvement. 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, and of the ongoing legacies of racism in agriculture and land stewardship. Quivira Coalition is taking its 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 have made mistakes, committed harm, and are committed to growth. 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.