EcoAgriculture Partners (“EcoAgriculture”) is an international non-profit organization that works to advance the science and practice of ecoagriculture—an approach to managing rural landscapes to support sustainable food production, rural livelihoods, and ecosystem conservation. We do so by providing training, research, policy solutions, and support to farmers, communities, and diverse partner organizations at the local, national and international levels.
EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a full-time Senior Manager for Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy (“Senior Manager”) to join our committed team in our Washington, D.C., headquarters as soon as possible. The Senior Manager’s principal responsibility (approx. 70% time) during 2011 and 2012 will be to coordinate the planning and implementation of the International Ecoagriculture Conference and Knowledge Exchange, to be held in Kenya in early 2012, and follow-up publications and policy engagement. In addition, the Senior Manager will work with other staff to develop and implement EcoAgriculture’s communications and policy advocacy strategies.
The Senior Manager will:
- Coordinate the planning and implementation of the International Ecoagriculture Conference and Knowledge Exchange, including:
- Work with EcoAgriculture Program Directors to design the Conference program;
- Interface with external advisory groups and partners regarding Conference design, inputs, and outputs;
- Supervise and coordinate work with Conference consultants and support staff, including facilitators and meeting organizers, in the United States and Kenya;
- Develop and implement a broad and effective communications and media strategy for the Conference;
- Develop and implement a political strategy to position Conference outputs and action agendas to influence key actors and policy processes;
- Write proposals and approach prospective partners and donors to raise funds for Conference and Knowledge Exchange activities;
- Advise and support EcoAgriculture Partners’ Policy Program on communications and advocacy strategies related to the organization’s work on agriculture and climate change, food security, ecosystem services, market innovations, and other themes;
- Review and improve EcoAgriculture Partners’ communication and outreach strategy, in consultation with EcoAgriculture Program Directors; and
- Manage EcoAgriculture’s core communication and outreach functions, including the organization’s website, newsletter, multi-media resources, publication series, and donor communications.
Required skills and experience:
- Master’s degree in communications, public policy, or a similar field with knowledge of agriculture, rural development, or environmental management; OR master’s degree in agriculture, environmental management, or a related field with additional training in communications, advocacy, or public policy;
- At least six years of professional experience in developing and implementing communications and/or advocacy strategies related to sustainable agriculture, rural development, or environmental conservation;
- Superior English writing and editing skills;
- Excellent verbal communication, presentation, and inter-personal skills;
- Highly organized, with attention to detail;
- Experience and competence working in diverse teams;
- Proactive, flexible and creative;
- Legal resident of the United States;
- Willingness to travel periodically to U.S. and international destinations, approximately 15% time.
- Fluency in Spanish;
- Proficiency in other foreign languages;
- Knowledge of or experience working in tropical developing countries.
Salary and benefits:
- $65,000-85,000/year, depending upon experience;
- Health insurance;
- Retirement benefits;
- Twenty-nine (29) holiday and vacation days per year;
- Opportunities for continuing training and professional development.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae; a cover letter describing your background, experience, and interest in this position; one writing sample (maximum of five pages); one other work sample (e.g., a press release, policy brief, webpage, brochure, or other communication piece); and names and contact information for three references in an e-mail message with subject line “Senior Manager – [your name]” to Courtney Wallace, firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will commence on January 18, 2011 and continue until this position is filled