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Education and Outreach Project Manager

 

Quivira Coalition is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. We aim to shift current agricultural and land stewardship practices in ways that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We conduct this work through agricultural apprenticeships, land and water restoration, and farmer- and rancher-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira is committed to racial equity and inclusion, and we aspire to build and support a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among conservation and agriculture.

Quivira’s Education and Outreach program fosters a community of working lands stewardship that centers relationships, collaboration, education, equity, and care for community and ecology. Our vision is thriving land-based communities that have culturally-relevant tools and resources needed to practice regenerative land stewardship and collaboration in a just, equitable, and sustainable manner. The Education and Outreach program exists in the overlapping space between grassroots community organizing and the engagement with many diverse groups that is required to steward broader cultural change.

Who we’re looking for:

The education and outreach manager is dedicated to supporting the ongoing and diverse efforts of farmers, ranchers, other land and natural resource managers, organizations, and agencies engaged in efforts to improve working lands in the Intermountain West, particularly in New Mexico and Colorado. We’re looking for a personable human who enjoys and has strengths in bringing people together through thoughtful event planning, one-on-one relationship building, and facilitating regional network building. The ideal candidate will bring a high degree of professionalism, leadership, and empathy to working with diverse groups of people. 

The education and outreach manager should have experience with and enthusiasm for: computer-based work; event planning; social media, digital, written, and verbal communications; working in a support role to farmers, ranchers, and natural resource management professionals; navigating the challenges, opportunities, and social dynamics in agricultural and natural resource collaborations; communicating complex land management issues in clear, constructive, and non-polarizing ways; and facilitating a community of practice around working lands collaboration. This person will be supervised by the education and outreach director and will work closely with one other education and outreach manager to manage these groups and other program activities, including land-based workshops and aspects of the annual REGENERATE Conference.

 

Description of the position:

This position will work primarily with the education and outreach team (the director and another manager), as well as with other Quivira staff people working in other program areas. This manager will lead: efforts to shape the New Mexico and Colorado Coalitions to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL / COCEWL) through managing the networks’ listserv, websites, social media, annual summits, and monthly gatherings; several land-based workshops in New Mexico, eastern Arizona, and southern Colorado; and efforts to organize roundtables and workshops at the annual REGENERATE Conference. They will generally contribute to the overall scope of work within the education and outreach program. Based on available funding, this position may also help lead and coordinate an NMCEWL fellowship program, a program to create a diverse network of working lands leadership in the state.

 

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Event management and coordination
    • Design, organize and execute in-person and online events and workshops
    • Pre- and post-communication with hosts and attendees
    • Travel for outreach and meeting or workshop participation, 7-9 times per year
    • Capture and synthesize event data for documentation and evaluation
    • Coordinate all aspects of events including venues, supplies, food, and attendees
    • Outreach and promotion in COCEWL and NMCEWL networks and beyond
    • Handle expenses associated with events according to Quivira procedures
    • Provide support to other staff for workshops where the manager is not the lead
    • Provide support and leadership in coordinating the annual REGENERATE Conference
    • Communications
    • Maintain COCEWL and NMCEWL websites, ensuring relevant and current information
    • Write and send regular updates to the listservs on COCEWL and NMCEWL activities, as well as partner activities and opportunities
    • Stay informed of and share current events that impact the network
    • Collaborate with the communications team to write and post regular social media posts for both groups and for the education and outreach program more generally
    • Collaboratively develop educational materials for the NMCEWL and COCEWL toolkits (resource guides for better collaborative land stewardship)
    • Program administration
    • Collaborate with the communications team to manage technology accounts for both NMCEWL and COCEWL including the Google Groups (listserv), websites, and social media accounts
    • Collaborate with the operations team on statements of work, contractual agreements, tax forms and direct deposit for contractors as needed
    • Serve as general point of contact for COCEWL and NMCEWL
    • Provide logistical and communication support to past fellowship cohorts
    • Support grant research, writing, and reporting to help direct programming choices for COCEWL and NMCEWL
    • Contribute to management and reporting on project budgets
    • Collaborate with other staff members and engage with other Quivira program areas as needed
    • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, and strategic planning meetings
    • Report regularly to the program director

     

    Qualifications/experience:

    We recognize and value the many ways to learn, grow, and succeed professionally, and acknowledge that individuals acquire skills, knowledge, and perspectives through diverse educational, professional, personal, and volunteer experiences. We take all relevant experiences into account when reviewing applications and ask that you share with us the unique strengths and experiences that you will bring to Quivira and to your work as the education and outreach manager.

     

    Required qualifications:

    • Understanding and experience with supporting inclusivity and building equity in land-based work and capacity for cross-cultural communication with diverse groups of people
    • Communications and outreach experience, particularly with social media
    • Event planning and coordination experience
    • Excellent professional written and verbal English communication skills
    • Superior organizational skills, particularly relating to juggling competing priorities
    • Empathy and a sense of humor
    • Currently living in New Mexico or southern Colorado
    • Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend and remote work
    • Ability to travel to remote locations where camping may be required
    • Ability to lift 25 lbs and work long hours bending and walking outdoors
    • Valid U.S. driver’s license
    • Reliable access to high-speed internet

     

    Desired qualifications:

    • Experience community organizing in Colorado and/or New Mexico
    • Experience in organizing community-of-practice activities
    • Experience working in and communicating about agriculture, natural resource management (or both), with a higher preference for experience in producer roles
    • Experience writing grants and engaging in other types of nonprofit fundraising
    • Experience in experiential/participatory education and outreach
    • Experience with G Suite
    • Spanish or Native language proficiency

     

    Terms of employment:

    Quivira is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ethnicities, national origins, races, colors, socio-economic statuses, ages, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, family or marital statuses, disability status, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, religions, or veteran statuses.

    • Reports to the education and outreach director
    • Full-time, 40 hours a week, salaried
    • Salary range for manager level positions: $47,496 – $64,260 depending on experience, paid bi-weekly. Quivira uses a wage scale to determine pay rates and ranges for all positions within the organization.
    • This position is primarily remote, but based in NM/CO. All employees currently work from home with access to the office on an as-needed basis. Candidates must be able to drive to the Santa Fe office for event supplies and preparation.
    • No relocation compensation.
    • After two months, benefits include health, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid time off, short- and long-term life insurance, disability insurance, and continuing education benefit..

     

    Application instructions:

    Please apply using the form below. Please include a current resume (no more than two pages) with the application. The application 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 the Education and Outreach Team via CJ Ames, cj.ames@quiviracoalition.org with the subject line “EDU Manager Application.”

    Hiring Timeline

    Deadline for applications is open until filled with the intention of a start date in early April 2024. We will invite applicants to interview soon after their applications are received based on meeting position qualifications. Please do not hesitate to submit your application materials early.

    Since its establishment in 1997, Quivira 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 the ongoing legacies of racism. Quivira 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 toward becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.

 

This application has closed and staff will be interviewing candidates in the next few weeks.