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Quivira is hiring for the New Agrarian Program Southwest Coordinator

Applications closed January 17th, 2021.

The Quivira Coalition 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. At the foundation of all our work is the concept that well managed working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change.

 

The Southwest Coordinator, a full-time position, will provide coordination support to three programs at Quivira. The New Agrarian Program (NAP) offers eight-month immersive apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in partnership with mentor ranchers and farmers throughout the West (50% of time); The Carbon Ranch Initiative (CRI) increases the capacity for resilience to climate change and explores the potential for climate mitigation on working lands (25% of time); The NM 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, and to promote healthy dialogue and partnership within communities and across organizations (25% of time). The Southwest Coordinator will work closely with the leadership of each of these programs to coordinate specific activities such as facilitation of the Southwest NAP cohort, support for land and soil health workshops, and support for the NMCEWL Fellowship Program. 

 

The Southwest Coordinator is a people-oriented facilitator who has previously worked with ranchers and farmers, in experiential education, and/or in working lands conservation. The coordinator works well collaboratively, understands the complex connections between social, economic, and ecological dimensions of agriculture, and is passionate about solving current food production and land stewardship challenges. This position is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with flexibility around exact location as long as the candidate is within reasonable driving distance of our current New Mexico mentor sites. Travel to ranches and farms in New Mexico and Southern Colorado is required, as well as the capacity to engage with the Quivira team remotely. The position also requires travel to conferences, presentations, and other work events (15-20 percent of work time is non-computer based). 

 

Primary responsibilities:

New Agrarian Program coordination (50% of time)

The coordinator works collaboratively with the NAP team to support current mentors and apprentices and expansion of the program in the Southwest, and is the main point of contact for Southwest mentors and apprentices. This person is responsible for building supportive relationships with mentors and apprentices, supporting mentor operations to help guide them through the apprentice application and hiring processes, and facilitating communication and providing guidance for both apprentices and mentors throughout their year together. The coordinator works with the NAP team to deliver mentor training, apprentice supplemental education, and community building events. Working closely with the program director, this person will also identify organizational partners, support fundraising efforts, and recruit mentors and apprentices in southern Colorado and New Mexico. 

 

Carbon Ranch Initiative (25% of time)

The coordinator works collaboratively with the CRI team to support educational workshops, demonstration and research projects, and technical service provision such as soil surveys or planning. This person is responsible for supporting workshops (eg. registration, communications and logistics); for helping to develop and foster relationships with farmers and ranchers interested in a deeper understanding of soil health; and organizing data collection from these efforts. 

 

NM Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (25% of time)

The coordinator works collaboratively with the NMCEWL team to support the NMCEWL Fellowship — a 12-month program that brings together emerging working lands champions from rural communities in New Mexico to build capacity at the grassroots for collaborative land stewardship. The coordinator will attend partner meetings and events to build relationships with NMCEWL’s diverse stakeholders, will help to identify project areas for organizational and community partnerships, and will support other NM CEWL programming as needed. 

 

Additional Tasks 

In addition to the program specific tasks mentioned above, the Southwest Coordinator may be asked to represent Quivira at relevant conferences, workshops, and meetings, and support fundraising efforts for the organization. The Southwest Coordinator will also attend and actively participate in the annual Quivira Conference, participate in staff meetings, retreats, strategic planning meetings, and actively engage in Quivira’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Antiracism efforts.

 

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 your unique strengths that you will bring to Quivira and to your work with the New Agrarian Program.  

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working in rural communities, specifically with ranching or farming communities.
  • A passion for addressing issues in food production (with a focus on large-landscape, regenerative livestock/ranching operations) or land management in the arid and semi-arid West
  • An interest in regenerative agriculture
  • Experience with, and an interest in education – teaching, mentoring, or in some other capacity
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including mentors, apprentices, coworkers and New Mexico’s ranchers and farmers, through in-person meetings, phone, and written communication
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Access to reliable internet
  • Comfortable working a computer-based job, with flexibility to travel to current and potential mentor sites, conferences, and workshops

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Established connections to New Mexico’s agricultural communities (ideally, large landscape or regenerative livestock/ranching)
  • Experience with regenerative ranching and farming
  • Experience working as an educator (preferably experiential/hands on learning)
  • Experience with community organizing and networking
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Experience working with people in diverse environments and with people from different backgrounds 

 

Terms of Employment: 

  • Reports to the NAP director
  • Works collaboratively with the Quivira staff from NAP team, the CRI team, and NM CEWL
  • Required availability to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate ranching/farming schedules. 
  • Full Time, salaried, with flexible work schedule. 
  • Full Benefits after three months include medical, vision, dental, retirement contribution, and flexible paid time off.
  • Salary range for coordinator level positions: $37,128 – $50,232 depending on experience. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine hourly wage and salary ranges for all positions within the organization.

 

Hiring Timeline: 

  • Application deadline January 17, 2021
  • Two rounds of interviews will take place in late January. We are hoping to make a job offer by early February.
  • Our ideal start date is in mid February. Our goal is to have someone in place before the start of the 2021 apprenticeship season in early March.

 

Application Instructions: 

  • Please apply online using the form below. Please include a current resume with the application. The application takes the place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references.
  • Send questions to Leah Ricci, New Agrarian Program Director at leah@quiviracoaltion.org with the subject line “Southwest Coordinator”
  • The Quivira Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, the Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented in this work. Please email leah@quiviracoaltion.org if you would like to request special accommodations during the application or interview process.

 

Since its establishment in 1997, the Quivira Coalition has prided itself on its history of working across difference 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’re at in this journey, and to join us in moving the organization towards becoming more just, equitable, and inclusive.