The Toxic Taters Coalition is seeking a coordinator for their campaign to decrease pesticide drift in the potato-producing region of Minnesota. The Coordinator is responsible for organizational development and management, campaign coordination and collaborative grant writing. Self-direction, flexibility, the ability to juggle and meet various deadlines, and effective interpersonal communications; as well as commitment to public relations, organization development and community organizing are critical to being effective in this position.
The position is geographically flexible, but must be located close to North-Central Minnesota (near Park Rapids, Detroit Lakes, etc.) The Coordinator is accountable to priorities of the Toxic Taters Coalition and reports to the Advisory Board. They will be supported by Pesticide Action Network's Midwest Organizer.
The position offers a competitive salary for a full-time position and an extensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, and flexible scheduling.
Toxic Taters is a coalition in the potato-growing areas of central and north central Minnesota. We came together starting in 2005. We have experienced health effects from pesticide drift. We have watched nitrate levels in our groundwater go up. We are concerned about the health of the environment as well as the people who live in it. More detailed description of the work of Toxic Taters can be found at www.toxictaters.org
Successful candidates will show 2-5 years of community involvement, preferably in campaign organizing. Candidates must have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, and be comfortable using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media. Grant writing experience is necessary. Familiarity with the issues of agriculture, pesticides, and environmental justice is preferred.
Toxic Taters proactively seeks candidates with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We embrace diversity and are actively committed to increasing diversity among our staff, board and volunteers. We are seeking individuals from a wide variety of ethnic, racial and social backgrounds for this position. We strongly encourage people of color or with roots in other countries or cultures to apply. Toxic Taters does not discriminate against applicants or employees for reasons of race, color, disability, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, prior conviction or incarceration, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.
A More Detailed Job Description Follows:
Toxic Taters Coordinator
Outreach and Public Relations
- Tell the story of the Toxic Taters
- Raise awareness of the need for community organizing on TTC's issues
- Engage community members on issues of concern to Toxic Taters
- Develop sustainable systems to continue promoting and engaging community members in the work of Toxic Taters and set future staff up for success
- Support TTC efforts to raise sufficient funding for the Coalition's work and manage the finances of TTC.
Campaigns and Events
- Work with Advisory Board and volunteers to coordinate consistent outreach and promotion as part of Toxic Taters campaigns
- Promote the campaign publicly and reach out to reporters
Fundraising and Development
- Work with other staff and volunteers to coordinate campaigns and events toward the success of the mission and goals of Toxic Taters
- Support organizational fundraising and development
- Coordinate leadership and organizational development opportunities for volunteers
SUPERVISION AND OFFICE RELATIONSHIPS
- Maintain accurate records
- Propose and manage the annual budget and ensure appropriate bookkeeping is maintained
- Supervise volunteers
- Other duties as needed
The Coordinator is supported by the PAN liaison and reports to the Toxic Taters Advisory Board. As part of the general staff of TTC, the Coordinator provides support to all projects and programs. They will work closely with other staff and volunteers, and must be able to work both collaboratively with diverse groups and independently, as needed. The PAN Liaison and the Advisory Board conduct the Coordinator's evaluation at the end of the first three months of employment, and at least annually thereafter, on the anniversary of employment, reporting to the TTC Advisory Board and PAN management.
DAILY SCHEDULE, ROUTINE DUTIES, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION
The Coordinator’s work schedule may be flexible as long as essential deadlines and outcomes are achieved, since the coordinator needs to be available to take action on breaking events and other priorities, while keeping in mind that weekly hours must meet the nonexempt employee requirement. Travel, night and weekend work will be required from time to time. Reliable transportation is necessary; reimbursement will be made for work-related travel beyond commuting to and from the office.
Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and preferred salary range to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. With the COVID virus, our hiring process is on a flexible start time, inquire for details as we learn more and recommendations come from our Minnesota Governor.