West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Development and Community Stewardship Coordinator

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Posted On: Sunday, 23rd July 2017
Category: Administrative
Location: Charleston, West Virginia
3820 MacCorkle Ave. Charleston, WV 25304
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:


About Us

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is building the local food and agriculture system in West Virginia in a way that provides viable incomes for farmers and local foods businesses and ensures all residents have access to local food. Farmers and local food and agriculture businesses are at the heart and soul of the local food movement; the Coalition seeks to first hear their voices and serve those who are fundamental to building resilient and robust food systems. Special efforts are made to understand their needs and vision for their businesses and communities in order to represent them in our work


About You

This position is an opportunity for someone who enjoys working behind the scenes and fitting puzzle pieces together. You have interest in grassroots coalition development and have a knack for digging deep to understand nuances. You are good at taking in ideas, feedback, research, and evidence and producing cohesive work. You’ve had extensive experience in writing and reporting on state, federal, and foundation grants. You want to be part of a close-knit team that travels together and makes decisions as a team. Even if you’re not familiar with local food and agriculture, you’re interested in the movement and are willing to fall in love with the work of farmers and business owners that make this movement happen. You can understand that the Food & Farm Coalition is a small organization with a big mission and may sometimes need you to pitch in outside of your area of expertise to keep it all moving forward and can do so in order to support your team with a spirit of excellence. You are willing to work from our office in Charleston, WV.


About the Position

This is an exciting time in the local food movement, and this position is an opportunity to develop that story, involve others in the movement, and elevate farmers and food businesses that drive this movement while creating viable livelihoods for themselves and their families.

This position has two essential functions. The first function is helping develop and expand an inclusive membership program that will provide the farmers and related business owner that we serve with new opportunities while fostering an agricultural community throughout the state. This is much more than a fundraising effort; this is an opportunity to provide some essential services to farmers and business owners and create a platform for hearing their voices about the issues that affect them. You will need to integrate yourself within the community of producers.  They need to feel as though they are truly represented by our organization.  A large part of that will be rooted in your ability to forge those relationships.  Once the membership programming is off the ground, it will be this position’s responsibility to manage and maintain the logistics. This position will work with the Coalition’s Media Producer to communicate regularly with our members to better understand what the organization can best do to meet their needs. 

 The second function of the position is to coordinate development efforts, including fundraising through grant writing , corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Though the staff will always work together to develop proposals and reporting, it is this positions responsibility to manage a development calendar that coordinates all ongoing efforts, do the research, and work closely with staff members and community partners to pursue all funding opportunities and present a cohesive vision of the organization’s mission to potential funders.


Position Responsibilities

·      Work with the Coalition team to research, create, develop, and manage a comprehensive membership program
·      Coordinate grant proposal research and development among staff
·      Coordinate grant reporting among staff
·      Coordinate fundraising endeavors
·      Track grants calendar and deliverables



·      Possess at least bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., Communications, Public Relations, Professional Writing, Business). Master’s degree preferred.

·      Excellent writing skills

·      Excellents copy editing skills

·      Team player and demonstrate a positive attitude towards the work and organization

·      Extremely organized

·      Pays extreme attention to detail


Selection Schedule

·      Interviews will be conducted via teleconference and begin July 10th.

·      Position start date may be flexible, but likely to begin in early August.



·      Compensation will be in the range of $35,000 - $40,000 depending on the applicant’s level of experience. The position’s salary will be evaluated annually and may be adjusted if additional funding is available.

·      Health insurance is available.

·      Two weeks of vacation during the first year, three weeks during the second, sick time, floating holidays.


How to Apply

 Applications with the following contents should be sent to Spencer Moss at Apply@WVFoodandFarm.org :

·      Resume

·      Cover letter explaining how the applicant is a good fit for the position and the organization, with an emphasis on how the candidate plans to help grow the organization and local food and agriculture movement

·      Three nonfiction writing samples that demonstrate the candidates ability to write in a clear, organized and cohesive style. This may include examples of narrative grant applications

·      Pertinent portfolio items

·      Contact information for three references:  previous employer/supervisor, colleague, community reference. Please note whether the reference is a previous employer/supervisor, colleague, or community reference

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