Position Title: Communications/Administrative Coordinator

FLSA Status: Half time non-exempt ( 20 hours per week)
Reports to: Executive Director 

The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is a national network of Indigenous leaders dedicated to restoring food systems that support tribal self-determination and community wellness. NAFSA  supports ethical economic development by promoting expanded local food production that renews natural resources and enhances traditional cultural activities. NAFSA brings together proven strategies with innovative thinking as we mentor a new generation of Native food sovereignty activists, farmers and practitioners.

NAFSA is seeking a Communications/Administrative Coordinator to join our team. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual who is deeply passionate about the Indigenous food sovereignty movement with excellent virtual and online communication skills. The Communications Coordinator will guide rural NAFSA’s external communications and social media to deliver clear and dynamic messages to our growing membership and supporter base.

This is a remote position, but the individual must have the ability to travel for quarterly staff retreats.

Primary Role: 

The Communications Coordinator is a highly interactive, relationship-driven role that will promote and catalyze communication and collaboration across our Indigenous food sovereignty networks. We seek a creative and capable practitioner with the experience and understanding to increase the visibility of NAFSA’s work among a variety of stakeholders including members, partnering organizations, Tribal communities and Nations and our growing network of supporters. The Communication Coordinator engages our social networks ( Facebook, Instagram, etc) and manages our email newsletter and website interface. The Communications Coordinator will have their finger on the pulse of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement, and has natural skills in both written and verbal communication and relationship building. The Communication Coordinator will assist with internal communications within the organization including staff and the Leadership Council. The ideal candidate is comfortable working with creative autonomy and is used to forging paths of your own based on shared team goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage online engagement tools such as regular email newsletter, social media, and website
  • Develop and implement communications strategies that are aligned with the organization’s principles of collaboration and our shared strategic goals developed in cooperation with our Indigenous Leadership Council.
  • Assists program staff in creation and execution of NAFSA organizational messaging
  • Assist with logistics for program trainings, workshops and gatherings
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication platforms for NAFSA’s programs (setting up webinars, zoom calls, online training platforms)
  • Manage Membership communication and database
  • Facilitate monthly Executive Committee and Leadership Council calls and participate in board and NAFSA project/program calls as needed
  • Assist NAFSA’s programs with regular communications and engagement
  • Assist in growing our visibility as an emerging nonprofit organization with messaging, communications and networking
  • Amplify members’ voices and support a shared sense of NAFSA’s collaborative work and collective identity.

Qualities and Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles and priorities of the NAFSA. Strong preference for candidates with connections to Native communities who demonstrate cultural competence needed to work with our diverse Native American membership and stakeholders.
  • At least two years of experience working in media, communications, or public relations
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills in English
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and capable of meeting short term deadlines while advancing multiple projects with long term goals
  • Background and familiarity with agriculture, Indigenous food sovereignty, and rural and diverse land-based tribal communities is strongly preferred.
  • Creative, demonstrably committed and enthusiastic about equity and justice in Indigenous food sovereignty
  • Knowledge of website content management, social media, and media tracking analytics tools
  • Proficiency in Google Suite, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and high level of comfort with other digital tools and databases (e.g., Zoom, Mailchimp, and WordPress)
  • Fluency in technologies and communication mechanisms that support remote teams, including file sharing, web-based meetings, conference calls, and emerging technologies
  • High level of professionalism and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member as well as the ability to work independently in a team environment
  • Experience conducting outreach and promotion to media outlets
  • Willingness to travel periodically to quarterly staff retreats and occasional program events in tribal communities

NAFSA is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. NAFSA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.

Deadline to apply: TBD
Please send your resume to Diane Wilson, diane@nativefoodalliance.org
cc: Rowen White rowen@nativefoodalliance.org