Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Policy Coordinator

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Posted On: Friday, 25th January 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: Pittsboro, North Carolina
287 East St. Suite 421 Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Carolina Farm Stewardship Association:

CFSA is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. CFSA’s mission is to help people grow and eat local, organic food. We do this by advocating for fair farm and food policies, training farmers on sustainable practices, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.


Position Summary:

The South Carolina policy coordinator is a full-time, grant-funded position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The South Carolina policy coordinator will report to the policy director and work closely with other CFSA staff, CFSA members, and aligned organizations to advocate for policy change at the federal and state levels for the benefit of local and organic food and agriculture in South Carolina.

This position is remote and will be based within reasonable commuting distance to Columbia, SC. Some travel within SC and to NC is required.


Position Responsibilities:

Policy Advocacy (90%)

  • Work with Policy Director to create and implement advocacy campaigns to strengthen local, organic food and farming policies at the state and federal levels, including government relations work with elected and appointed officials.
  • Engage CFSA members and stakeholder communities in conversation and advocacy work across South Carolina virtually and in person.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with policy-makers, agency staff, and key partners critical to the achievement of CFSA’s mission.
  • Monitor state-level legislative and regulatory proposals and organize CFSA’s response to issues relevant to CFSA’s policy priorities and overall mission.
  • Coordinate CFSA’s grassroots and grasstops response to federal policy issues among South Carolina members and allies.

Admin (10%)

  • Identify and pursue, with assistance from other CFSA staff, funding opportunities to support policy initiatives.
  • Participate in work planning with the policy team, provide input on grant and board reports, policy team check-ins, and staff meetings.
  • Manage and comply with all certification and recordkeeping requirements placed on lobbyists by the state of South Carolina.


Position Qualifications:

  • Five years of government relations experience (paid or unpaid), or four years of government relations experience (paid or unpaid) and a BA, or two years of government relations experience (paid or unpaid) and an advanced degree (for example, a J.D. or a master’s degree in public policy).
  • Knowledge of the political and legislative environment in South Carolina.
  • Volunteer or professional experience in legislative advocacy.
  • Demonstrated success working on policy campaigns focused on legislative or administrative policymakers.
  • Self-directed, organized, and capable of successful work outside of a traditional office structure.
  • Proven ability to work well within a team, and with individuals, both internal and external, with diverse viewpoints.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Passion for CFSA’s mission and vision.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with food and/or agricultural policy at the state or federal levels; specific knowledge of the Carolinas’ food system preferred.
  • Ability to analyze legislation and regulations in terms of their impact on CFSA’s members, including the ability to identify systemic problems and develop innovative solutions.
  • Strong existing networks of farmers, policymakers, and/or agriculture leaders in South Carolina.


Compensation and Benefits:

CFSA offers a competitive non-profit salary, with compensation for this position ranging from $40,000 to $45,000, depending on experience, with generous vacation, health insurance, and retirement benefits. For Columbia-based staff, CFSA will provide some reimbursement for the maintenance of a home office and for most costs related to employment-related travel.


To Apply:

  • Your resume;
  • Names and contact information for three professional references accompanied by a brief explanation of the professional relationship you and your reference share; and
  • A cover letter that includes responses to the three questions below. We will enjoy reading fewer words than the limits allow.
    • How has your education or work (paid or unpaid) prepared you to walk into the State House and advocate for CFSA’s members? (150-word max.)
    • How did you acquire a working understanding of the legislative and political environment in South Carolina? (150-word max.)
    • Describe an advocacy campaign you worked on, including your role in the work, the outcome, and how you believe your experience will inform your work at CFSA if you are hired. (250-word max.)

Applications must be submitted as a single .pdf saved as your first and last name. Send the document to with “SC Policy Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.

Applications for the SC Policy Coordinator Job are due by February 15, 2019. The anticipated start date is April 1, 2019.


CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color and women.

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