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Job Detail: Grassroots Director


The Grassroots Director plans and implements winning campaigns to: build grassroots power, achieve NSAC’s policy goals, and advance racial equity in agriculture and food systems. They also support capacity building efforts for coalition members, collaborate on communications and messaging, staff the Grassroots Council, and manage the grassroots team. The Grassroots Director shares in the leadership of the organization with the Coalition Director, to whom the Grassroots Director reports, along with the Policy Director. The Grassroots Director is a full-time, salaried position based in our Washington, DC office.

Position Responsibilities: 

Grassroots Strategy, Campaigns, and Communications 

  • Develop and direct grassroots campaigns and strategy to advance federal policy goals and build grassroots power in close collaboration with policy and grassroots staff along with coalition membership 
  • Collaborate with the grassroots team and coalition membership to identify and implement effective grassroots campaign tactics and actions, including fly-ins, action alerts, story banking, digital campaigns, field organizing, and more 
  • Implement campaign planning, execution, and evaluation processes using shared decision-making and distributed campaign management approaches 
  • Lead development of effective, inclusive message framing for grassroots materials and campaigns in collaboration with policy staff and communications staff 
  • Develop and distribute relevant, accessible grassroots campaign materials, resources, and tools to coalition members

Coalition Building 

  • Help build NSAC members’ knowledge of and confidence in the legislative process, grassroots strategy and advocacy, and bringing a racial equity lens to sustainable agriculture policy goals and campaigns 
  • Foster and build accountable partnerships with peer organizations and partners at the national and local level, including prospective members

Staff Management and Organizational Development 

  • Supervise, manage, evaluate and support grassroots team staff, including maintaining a climate that fosters ongoing learning 
  • Assist with fundraising with respect to grassroots advocacy and communications work and joint fundraising with member organizations

Position Qualifications: 

  • An understanding of sustainable food and agriculture issues and passion for NSAC’s mission 
  • 5+ years of grassroots organizing experience, preferably leading federal policy advocacy campaigns or commensurate experience at the state, regional, or community level 
  • An understanding of and demonstrated deep commitment to grassroots movement-building principles and working in multi-racial coalition spaces 
  • Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity intersects with agriculture and food systems and experience designing and implementing grassroots strategies informed by these intersections • Experience developing strategies to both push for incremental change and advance visionary long-term goals 
  • Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision makers 
  • Strong project management skills, capable of planning, prioritizing, troubleshooting, and evaluating efforts in an ongoing manner 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and public speaking skills, including distilling complex material for lay audiences 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution 
  • A strong team player and leader oriented toward collaboration, shared success, accountability, and learning, preferably including experience in a supervisory role 
  • Willingness to work within a demanding congressional schedule and meet fast-paced deadlines 
  • Willingness to travel domestically several times per year

Salary and Benefits: 

NSAC offers competitive non-profit salary and benefits. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience, $75,000+. This is a full time exempt position that offers excellent benefits (as per the employee handbook), including generous vacation and other time off policy, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance, contributions after two years in a retirement plan, and financial support for professional and personal development. 

Application Process: 

Applications will be accepted through April 3, 2020. All persons interested in being considered for the position must submit a resume, a recent writing sample, a cover letter highlighting their experience and skills relevant to the listed qualifications, and up to 3 references (whom we will not contact until after a final interview). If you match 75% percent of the listed qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please use this form to complete and submit application materials. NSAC is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from groups that have been historically under-represented, including but not limited to women and people of color. Please also see NSAC’s Statement on Racial Equity. NSAC makes hiring decisions without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. More information about NSAC can be accessed by visiting our website at

About the job

Location Washington, D.C.
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 05 March 2020

About the company

Company name National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (202) 547-5754


Street Marlyand Ave. NE
City Washington D.C
Street number (1) 110
Zip 20002
Country United States