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Administrative Assistant – HEAL Food Alliance

Administrative Assistant – HEAL Food Alliance 

Apply to join us in uplifting the power of a healthy, green, fair and affordable food system.

ABOUT the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance: HEAL is a national alliance bringing together various sectors of food and agriculture – farmers, laborers, food service and production workers, with agricultural policy experts, community organizers and activists. HEAL seeks to build a people-powered movement for effective policy change in our national food system, from the corner store to Capitol Hill.

The HEAL Food Alliance’s anchor team includes the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Movement Strategy Center, Real Food Generation, and Union of Concerned Scientists.

Our vision:
For all People and all communities to have the right and the means to produce, procure, prepare, share, and eat food that’s nutritionally and culturally appropriate, free from exploitation of themselves and any other people, and to be in their full power in harmony with the rest of the natural world.

Our work:
Our work is values-driven, based in authentic relationships, and we are dedicated to building and amplifying the power of frontline communities who are simultaneously most negatively impacted by our current food system, and are at the forefront of changing it.

About the Administrative Assistant: Working with the HEAL Food Alliance anchor team and under the direction of the Director, provides administrative, budget, communications and outreach support to the work of the alliance. Assists and supports the Director. Schedules and organizes meetings and events, processes financial reimbursements and provides budget tracking support. Assists in communications and outreach to partners regarding HEAL strategies. Provides support for special projects as requested.

HEAL Food Alliance is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center. This a full-time, exempt, salaried position, based in Oakland, CA and reporting to the Director. Some work will be remote.


The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in, but not limited to the items listed below.


  • Assures that HEAL objectives, deliverables and commitments are fulfilled in a timely manner and to high professional standards.
  • Oversees and organizes the daily and long-term priorities of the Director.
  • Assists the anchor team with preparations for meetings, conferences, and speaking engagements.
  • Responds to requests for information relating to HEAL Food Alliance activity.
  • Provides on-going support to HEAL Food Alliance participants and workgroups.
  • Organizes and maintains files and databases of members, media citations and event participants.
  • Takes notes at meetings, identifies and tracks conclusions and deliverables.


  • Schedules and organizes webinars/phone conferences for workgroup meetings and related events, under instruction of the Director, and advisement from the anchor team.
  • Supports travel arrangements for HEAL anchor team and participants, including booking flights, accommodations, and airport shuttles.
  • Providing logistical support for in-person meetings, including arranging location, confirming room set-up and equipment needs, ordering food and beverages, and providing information to meeting attendees.


  • Supports the Director by tracking of the HEAL budget and expenditures, provides monthly updates to the anchor team.
  • Communicates with fiscal sponsor regarding contracts and reimbursements.
  • Drafts contracts for independent consultants (based on standard templates)
  • Prepares and submits fully coded check request forms and requests for reimbursement from HEAL anchor team and participants.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The HEAL Food Alliance is a start-up advocacy initiative. We seek motivated, self-starting creative thinkers who are inspired by and committed to our mission, and who are able to adapt as the organization grows and shifts. As a broad and complex coalition, we seek individuals who are highly organized systems thinkers and adept in interpersonal relationships. For all positions, HEAL seeks individuals with a demonstrated understanding of the intersections of racial, economic, and ecological justice, and committed to transformative change.



  • Organized: The Administrative Assistant must have the ability to organize materials, set priorities and be detail oriented in managing materials and administrative work.
  • Self-directed: The Administrative Assistant must be independent and have demonstrated initiative.
  • Communicative: This person must have excellent English language skills in all areas of personal, verbal, and written communications.
  • Collaborative: The Administrative Assistant must be a good team player and listener with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experienced: The Administrative Assistant must be comfortable working with constituencies with a range of professional experience and literacy levels.
  • Tech Savvy: The Administrative Assistant must be able to utilize common office software and be competent with basic social media.


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. Pay is $20-22 hourly, depending on experience. Some travel may be required.


We strongly encourage those with personal experience confronting the negative impacts of our current food system to apply.


HEAL Food Alliance is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, please send:

–  Cover letter

–  Resume or CV

Materials can be emailed to with the subject line HEAL Administrative Assistant. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


We will accept applications until Monday February 29, 2016.


Communications and Donor Development Director

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 65 to 80k commensurate with experience
The Communications and Donor Development Director will be responsible for planning,
developing, and implementing FarmLink’s external communications, including media and
stakeholder outreach, and implementing a major gifts program. The Director will work across all
of FarmLink’s programs and activities to maintain and raise client, media and public awareness of
FarmLink’s work. The Director will collaborate closely with FarmLink’s development and program
teams to lead donor development events and activities, create FarmLink’s annual report, and
coordinate updates to the website, promotional and informational materials and social media.
This new position will forge an exciting strategic direction for the organization to engage and
cultivate major donors, implement fundraising campaigns and develop a planned giving program.
❖ Work with all FarmLink departments to create a strong organizational identity through
consistent communications that are aligned with FarmLink’s values and vision
➢ Serve on the Management Team to collaboratively advance FarmLink’s
fundraising, development and communications work
➢ Coordinate and implement marketing, public relations and communications
strategies to support fundraising efforts and program activities
➢ Coordinate and produce a professional quarterly electronic newsletter, and
annual report, and develop new multimedia channels to craft compelling stories
that inform, engage and inspire audiences to action
➢ Develop and maintain a communications calendar with deadlines, benchmarks
and timelines for FarmLink’s newsletter and annual report, and dissemination of
farmer stories on website and other channels
➢ Develop social media priorities and guidelines and work with Communications
Team to implement a consistent and clear organizational presence on Twitter,
Facebook and regional blogs
➢ Review, refine and update FarmLink’s Communications Handbook and engage
staff to understand and implement Handbook guidelines
➢ Work with Communications Team and Program Manager to define and
implement key communications and donor development priorities including longterm
strategic goals and annual goals
❖ Build relationships with clients, media, donors and community leaders to strengthen
FarmLink brand, awareness of FarmLink activities, and spur investment
➢ Define and create optimal communications channels, core messages and stories
to engage clients, media, donors and community leaders
➢ Advance public, private and investor commitment to farm land and capital access
issues by leveraging personal connections through narrative and creation of
intimate communication platforms
➢ Communicate advocacy opportunities and develop clear and compelling policy
reform narratives
➢ Add visibility and continuity to our numerous collaborative initiatives, external
partner relationships, and networks
303 Potrero Street, Suite 29-201, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ● 831.425.0303
❖ Work with communications and development teams to create and implement an outreach
and fundraising strategy for donors
➢ Develop, implement and manage a major gifts and planned giving strategy in
collaboration with executive director and chief financial officer
➢ Work closely with FarmLink’s development team to inform overall fundraising
strategy and approach including foundation and government grants
➢ Design overall strategy and execution for long-range planning, donor relations
and data management using Salesforce and Excel, and supervision of
administrative/support staff
➢ Identify, cultivate, steward and retain qualified prospects and donors, including
custom cultivation strategies for major donors
➢ Establish a strategic and systematic focus on closing multi-year commitments
from high net-worth individuals. Meet or exceed budget goals
➢ Strategically engage board members, executive leadership, staff and current
donors in peer-prospect identification, visits and closings
➢ Network with corporate executives and high net worth individuals for the purpose
of creating personal relationships and developing personal giving
➢ Demonstrate a keen sense of curiosity for donors – seeking to “crack the code”
of what compels each donor to give substantially by asking the right questions
and meeting donor needs
➢ Develop direct mail, special events, press releases, article placement,
collaborations for promotion and giving campaigns
➢ Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, non-profit management or
related field; masters degree preferred
➢ 10+ years paid non-profit experience in communications and fundraising
➢ Experience cultivating and managing a portfolio of major individual donors
➢ Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills for diverse audiences
with the ability to make dynamic group presentations
➢ Strong planning skills, including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, meet
deadlines and function smoothly under shifting priorities
➢ High-level computer literacy skills. Experience with donor data management,
ideally using Salesforce CRM, email marketing, web-based content management
systems, social media platforms
➢ Strong team player who also works well independently
➢ Capacity to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with
donors, volunteers, Board of Directors, and staff
➢ Local knowledge of the philanthropic community
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days,
retirement, and vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal
opportunity employer.
To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this position to No phone calls please.
Who We Are
California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and
ranchers with the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info:

Accounting and Admin Manager: Farmlink

Status: Full time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervisory: Not Applicable
Primary Office: Santa Cruz
Salary: 45 to 60k commensurate with experience
Functional Time Allocation: 80% Accounting and Bookkeeping
20% Administrative Management
Manage organizational and program functions, including hands-on accounting and bookkeeping, accounts
receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting and audit preparation. Manage liability / risk insurance policies.
Manage human resources administration including payroll, employee benefit programs and legal compliance.
• Non profit bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and financial reporting
• Audit preparation–serve as principal contact supporting annual and other periodic audits; prepare and file
federal and state non-profit tax returns
• Maintain all corporate records and files
• Manage human resource responsibilities, including payroll and employee records
• Manage employee benefits, health care and retirement plan vendors
• Manage liability and property insurance policies and operational practices
• Provide financial management support and invoicing for grants and contracts
• Continually assess organizational resources, processes, systems and services to increase operational
efficiency / effectiveness
• Attend staff meetings on a regular basis
• Record activities and client assistance in appropriate systems to support reporting needs of programs
• 5-10 years of direct hands-on nonprofit bookkeeping experience
• Ability to write and edit effectively
• Ability to communicate the written and spoken work with tact, diplomacy, and/or authority when necessary
• Good organizational skills, well disciplined, and able to meet deadlines, self starter
• Ability to work under pressure of many priorities and deadlines; effective problem solver
• Excellent financial system management experience including QuickBooks and Excel
• Minimum BS in accounting, business administration, finance or other related field
• At least five years of non-profit financial management
• Familiarity with loan fund and CDFI accounting, grants management and budgeting a plus
California FarmLink offers a generous benefit plan, including health insurance after 60 days, retirement, and
vacation. California FarmLink maintains a drug-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.
How To Apply
Please email a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and organization with resume to: No phone calls please.
Who We Are
California FarmLink is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to link independent farmers and ranchers with the
land and financing they need for a sustainable future. For more info visit:


(BASTROP, TX — 20 miles from Austin)
Responsibilities: Farm Manager for 35-acre certified-organic farm. Create and maintain field plans and
organic certification records for 200-member CSA; manage wholesale and retail sales; direct pasture
rotations for livestock; manage and lead work teams; oversee planting, harvesting, and weeding in field and
hoop houses.
Other farm work may include: Daily feed/care of livestock; assist with installation/repair of
irrigation/fencing; building barn/outbuildings; install/maintain orchard. Report to farm founders.
Commitment: 40 hours per week. Start ASAP.
Skills required:
• Experienced organic farmer with record of increasing responsibility
• Self-directed, well-organized, reliable
• Outgoing, good sense of humor
• Ability to work hard in all-weather, easily lift 50 lbs.
• Know your way around tools, handy
• Passionate about organic, sustainable systems
• Work with minimal supervision
• Clean driving record
• No drugs, prison time; this is a family farm
• Commensurate with experience
• Free certified organic vegetables and pastured meats
• Easy drive to town (Bastrop, 8 miles east; Austin, 20 miles west)
• Access to river for fishing, canoeing, swimming
• Beautiful, restful place to live and work
Note: Rent-free on-farm living available if you have your own RV/tiny house. Site is on beautiful
ridge above Colorado River with shade, deck, water, and metered electricity provided.
How To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, three work references, and questions to No
phone calls please. Note: Due to time constraints, we will only respond to applicants with farming

See to learn more about the farm.

11 Steps to Launching Your Green Career

How will you find your green dream job? With so many buzz words like Environmental, Conservation, Energy, Renewable, Sustainability, Eco, Green, and Clean, where does one begin? Green internships and jobs can be found in almost every industry, so the first task is for you to identify the industry in which you are most interested or the one which best fits your skill set.

The basics for launching your green career

  • If you are truly interested in a green career, you might consider exploring the industries in which you are interested.
  • Next, get involved with on- campus organizations like Wildlife Club, Outing Club, Conservation Law Enforcement Club, or the many other clubs and organizations Unity College has to offer.
  • A  green summer internship can provide you with the experience you need to land your first job after Unity. It’s important to “test drive” the industry of your choice so that you know whether or not it’s right for you. 2-3 sold internships on your resume will make you a valuable candidate upon graduation.
  • Network! It’s key for finding work in any profession. Be sure to build your green network before you need it. Also, be sure to talk with your professors who may serve as great resources in the process.
  • Consider working for the U.S. government. Many exciting policy jobs and scientific careers may be found in the government.
  • Be prepared with a strong resume, cover letter, and well- developed interviewing skills.

Planning your career path for green jobs

  • Green jobs follow many different timelines. Do you plan to work in business? For the U.S. government? As a scientist? As an advocate? For a non-profit organization? Its important to learn the timeline for the industry in which your interests fall.
  • First identify 1-3 fields you might want to explore. Meet with a career advisor to discuss your approach to the search and identify resources that might be helpful.
  • During the fall semester, begin researching organizations or companies at which you are interested in working. This applies to summer internship searches as well as the entry- level job search.
  • Over the winter and early spring semester, prepare your job application materials. Many opportunities will have deadlines of December- March.
  • The job and internship search will frequently continue into the spring, with new postings coming in regularly. Establish a good relationship with your career advisor so he/ she will think to invite you to events or send you job postings as opportunities arise.