Hiring: NESAWG Communications Manager

Communications Manager

NESAWG’s purpose is to harness the power that exists in our multi-sector regional network and catalyze meaningful change toward a sustainable and just food system. We do this through peer-learning, network convening, collaborative partnerships, policy advocacy, research, information sharing, and our annual conference, It Takes a Region. Our network spans 12 Northeastern states, from Maine to Maryland and Washington, D.C., and convenes over 500 organizations and thousands of individuals, including farmers, policy advocates, farm service providers, food justice activists, food hub managers, government agencies, students, researchers, nutritionists, regional planners, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and more. This year marks NESAWG’s 25th Anniversary.

We are seeking a dynamic and creative individual committed to a sustainable food system to oversee our communications work. This person will work closely with our Executive Director to develop and implement a communications strategy that engages our network participants, provides timely information about important food systems issues and opportunities, and promotes NESAWG’s programs. This is a part-time, exempt position at 24 hours/week with potential for growth into full-time.

Essential Responsibilities
• Develop and implement NESAWG’s communication strategy to promote NESAWG’s
work and engage, inform and connect our partners and network participants
• Create and curate timely, informative, and useful content for web, social media and enewsletter
• Manage our Drupal-based website, social media channels, email list, and discussion
listserv to keep them relevant and integrated
• Oversee outreach and promotion for NESAWG’s annual conference
• Oversee production of NESAWG print and written materials, such as fact sheets,
business cards, brochures, and e-newsletters
• Manage NESAWG database

Other Responsibilities
• Oversee communications trainings and programming at NESAWG annual conference
• Provide quick-response feedback on reports and proposals
• Identify new tools to streamline and increase efficiency of NESAWG’s internal and external
• Participate in implementing NESAWG’s Knowledge and Learning Exchange, an initiative to
catalog and centralize sustainable food systems knowledge, information, and participants
through web-based tools
• Represent NESAWG at meetings and conferences as needed
• Participate in strategic visioning and planning

Essential Qualifications and Requirements
• A minimum of 3+ years relevant work experience
• Extremely strong writing skills and a proven ability to craft compelling communication
• Excellent interpersonal and outreach skills, including the ability to work with and
communicate to individuals and organizations from diverse sectors, cultures, and
• Experience successfully managing and building up social media channels
• Ability to develop and implement project and program workplans
• Experience successfully promoting events and initiatives through online platforms and by
word of mouth
• Highly organized, detail oriented self-starter with strong time management skills, and a demonstrated ability to work independently and manage and prioritize multiple tasks
• Knowledge of and proficiency with MS Office and Adobe Suite software, onlinecollaboration and project management tools (including Google Drive and Hangouts), Mailchimp, CRM tools such as Insightly, and a general comfort and ease with similar
technologies and cloud-based tools
• Must have reliable and strong internet and phone connection and provide own computer
and phone
• A passion for sustainable farm and food systems work and a sense of humor
Desired Qualifications
• A background or bachelor’s degree in journalism, grassroots organizing, marketing, or public
• Experience and skills in graphic design

Reports to Executive Director Compensation
Salary is based on 0.6 FTE and is commensurate with experience. Part-time benefits and paid
time off are included.

This is a remote position. Candidates can reside anywhere in our region, which includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Candidates must have a reliable and strong Internet and phone connection and provide their own computer and

To Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter and 3 writing samples of varying lengths, include very short as well as longer (3 pages) pieces, where the candidate was the sole or clear lead in developing, to with “Communications Manager Application” in the subject line. Mailed applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. Please submit your application by April 25, 2017. NESAWG, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. We are actively seeking applications from people historically underrepresented in this work, including but not limited to women, people of color, disabled people, veterans, and LGBTQ individuals.

Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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