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Subject: Job Announcement: California SAWG Coordinator
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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: CALIFORNIA SAWG COORDINATOR
PLEASE POST OR CIRCULATE - DEADLINE MAY 7
The California Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG)
is seeking a full-time Coordinator to lead a variety of policy
advocacy, movement-building, and educational activities, in
collaboration with the SAWG Steering Committee and member
Founded in January 1994,
California SAWG is an umbrella organization dedicated to
promoting a sustainable and socially just food system. The 28
member groups include family farm, sustainable agriculture,
environmental, consumer, and farmworker organizations.
California SAWG has successfully promoted collaboration
between diverse organizations and shaped public policy. Recent
accomplishments include publishing an action guide for local
food policy advocates; organizing a "Sustainable Agriculture
Leadership Summit; " and helping mobilize a massive
grassroots response to draft national organic standards.
SAWG's 1999 work plan focuses on promoting strong organic
standards; increasing resources for sustainable agriculture
research and education; addressing farmworker issues as a
component of sustainable agriculture; and stimulating local
food policy advocacy.
* Assume primary responsibility for planning and
coordinating SAWG's programs and activities.
* Monitor relevant state and national policy developments
and coordinate policy advocacy efforts.
* Encourage broad participation in SAWG activities; build
* Facilitate information sharing and collaboration among
* Work with the Steering Committee to determine policies
and programs; organize Steering Committee and other
* Produce action alerts, member updates, and other
* Coordinate California's participation in the National
Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture.
* Hire and supervise part-time staff.
* Raise funds.
* Develop budgets and manage funds, in cooperation with
SAWG's fiscal sponsor.
* Commitment to promoting a sustainable and socially just
* Proven organizational and project management skills;
ability to plan and coordinate a variety of activities.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills; strong
* Policy advocacy experience (preferably in California and on
related issues); good political instincts.
* Ability to recruit, motivate, and coordinate members and
activists, and to build and work effectively in a diverse
* Knowledge of California organizations working on food and
agricultural issues, especially sustainable agriculture.
Understanding of sustainable agriculture issues in
* Meeting organization and facilitation skills.
* Grantwriting and other fundraising experience; budgeting
* Proficiency with word processing, e-mail communications,
and database management.
* Ability to travel, within California and occasionally out-
Location: The position is currently located in Santa Cruz. The
location is negotiable.
Start Date: mid- or late June, 1999 (can start less than full
Compensation: starting salary $30,000-$35,000 (DOE);
benefits package includes three weeks' paid vacation per
year, personal leave, holidays, health insurance, and flexible
The Coordinator will be an employee of the Community
Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), which is
SAWG's fiscal sponsor. CAFF's policy is that all persons are
entitled to equal employment opportunity regardless of race,
color, religion, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resum=E9, writing samples, and
references to: California SAWG, P.O. Box 1599, Santa
Cruz, CA 95061 (phone 831-457-2815; fax 457-1003; e-mail
Application Deadline: postmarked by May 7.
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