Jobs + Internships
Thank you for your interest in working with Slow Food USA! The national team is a fully remote and close-knit unit. We collaborate closely with the Slow Food mothership in Italy and other Slow Food communities around the world. While the work is fast-paced and intense, we have a lot of fun and always look for ways to live the Slow values that we champion.
Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. See more about EIJ at Slow Food USA.
Farm Bill Community Organizer
Type: Contract / remote / specialist
Reports to: Director of Communications
Wage: $30-50 per hour (up to $1,500 per month)
Preferred start date: Monday, Dec. 5
Applications will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 27. Interviews will be conducted the week of Monday, Nov. 28.
Slow Food USA pursues good, clean and fair food for all through grassroots network engagement, educational opportunities, advocacy, and nurturing cultural and biological diversity. The 2023 Farm Bill is a key opportunity to improve foodways and advance food justice in the US. In order to best advocate for needed components in the Farm Bill, we are recruiting a part-time community organizer from December 2022 through March 2023.
We are inspired by Marshall Ganz’s definition of “community organizing” and seek a relationship-building organizer who will root their efforts in these tenets: “Organizers identify, recruit and develop leadership, build community around leadership, and build power out of community. Organizers challenge people to act on behalf of shared values and interests. They develop the relationships, understanding, and action that enable people to gain new understanding of their interests, new resources, and new capacity to use these resources on behalf of their interests. Organizers work through ‘dialogues’ in relationships, interpretation, and action carried out as campaigns.”
The Slow Food USA network consists of 80+ chapters and community action teams across the United States, mostly led by volunteers. These local groups are well positioned to be strong advocates during the Farm Bill reauthorization process, but aren’t necessarily equipped with the knowledge or tools to do this effectively. This role will build our network leadership capacity to be strong political advocates at the local and national levels, and create strong ties between allied organizations and the Slow Food network.
- Serve as a liaison between the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and other advocacy partners and Slow Food USA staff
- Lead community organizing efforts to engage 4-6 Slow Food USA chapters, community action teams, and/or Slow Food Turtle Island Association (a Native-led group) around the 2023 Farm Bill
- Lead, coordinate and schedule listening sessions and follow-up internal and external communications
- Be available to support SFUSA at regularly scheduled shifts
- Lead or support special initiatives, campaigns and other efforts as needed
- Attend weekly staff meeting, weekly project check-in meeting, and other meetings as needed
Experience and qualifications
- Working understanding of food policy, particularly as it relates to the Farm Bill’s history, structure and timeline
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with people of varied lived experiences
- Experience facilitating virtual listening sessions, community dialogues, and other multi-stakeholder experiences
- Ability to translate high-level policy and legislative elements into understandable information for diverse audiences
- Familiarity and comfort working remotely with a fully distributed team and volunteer network
- Familiarity with Slack, Zoom, and Google Workplace applications
- 1-2 years experience with grassroots community organizing at a local, regional or national level
- Experience developing and executing an advocacy or political campaign at the local, regional or national level
- Experience advocating to elected officials and/or training constituents to advocate and connect with their elected officials
- Ability to write and/or speak in languages other than English to extend our connections with communities
- Familiarity with Slow Food and the movement for good, clean and fair food for all
Slow Food USA embraces diversity and strives toward creating and sustaining an inclusive and welcoming environment where all can thrive and succeed. Slow Food USA believes that all individuals must be valued, respected, supported and honored in meaningful and substantive ways. Our unwavering commitment is reflected in how we develop, implement and evaluate programs, services, policies and procedures, which enables our organizational success as measured through our mission, vision and strategic priorities.