Grassroots Co-Director

Grassroots Co-Director

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Website
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time

The Grassroots Co-Director role includes both shared and individually held responsibilities. As currently structured, the role of our current Grassroots Co-Director is focused on Grassroots Strategy, Campaigns, and Communications work and the open Co-Director role has more emphasis on Coalition Building and Member Support. There is room for flexibility to best suit an incoming Co-Director.

Shared Responsibilities Between Co-Directors

Grassroots Strategy, Campaigns, and Communications

Develop and implement grassroots campaigns and strategies to advance federal policy goals and build grassroots power in close collaboration with policy and grassroots staff along with coalition membership

Identify and implement effective grassroots campaign tactics and actions, including fly-ins, action alerts, story banking, digital campaigns, petitions, field organizing, and more

Contribute to the development and distribution of relevant, accessible grassroots campaign materials, resources, and tools to coalition members

Coalition Building

Help build NSAC members’ knowledge of and confidence in the legislative process, grassroots strategy and advocacy, and bringing a racial equity lens to sustainable agriculture policy goals and campaigns

Represent NSAC in the field and virtually at key conferences and organizing events

Staff Management and Organizational Development

Supervise, manage, evaluate, support, and assist in hiring and onboarding grassroots team staff, including maintaining a climate that fosters ongoing learning and professional development

Assist with fundraising with respect to grassroots advocacy and communications work and joint fundraising with member organizations

Potentially support racial affinity caucus coordination/facilitation

Assist with organizing and facilitating NSAC meetings, including regular team and staff spaces and strategic planning, along with helping plan our biannual coalition meetings

Individually Held: these responsibilities will be held primarily by one Co-Director

Grassroots Strategy, Campaigns, and Communications

Take a lead role in the development of effective, inclusive message framing for grassroots materials and campaigns in collaboration with the grassroots team

Lead grassroots campaign coordination and information-sharing efforts through planning, execution, and evaluation phases with NSAC staff and coalition membership, including using shared decision-making and distributed campaign management approach with coalition Issue Committees and Councils

Track, review, and provide sign-off on team-developed campaign materials

Coalition Building

Support the staff team in building accountable partnerships with peer organizations and partners at the national and local level

Lead NSAC new member inquiry, application, and orientation process

Work with the Coalition Director to strategically seek new NSAC members

Facilitate the NSAC Grassroots Council as a space for members to share strategies through peer learning

Facilitate the NSAC Racial Justice Committee as a space for members to advance racial equity efforts at NSAC

Staff Management and Organizational Development

Supervision of Grassroots Advocacy Coordinators

Supervision of Grassroots Fellows

Job Requirements
We encourage interested candidates to apply if they meet at least 75% of the qualifications. We also strongly encourage applications from people of color, people from working-class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ people, or those who are members of other marginalized communities.


An understanding of sustainable food and agriculture issues and passion for NSAC’s mission

8+ years of grassroots organizing experience, preferably leading federal policy advocacy campaigns or commensurate experience at the state, regional, or community level

An understanding of and commitment to grassroots movement-building principles and experience developing short- and long-term grassroots strategies and creating opportunities to achieve small and large goals

Demonstrated understanding of how racial equity intersects with agriculture and food systems and experience designing and implementing grassroots strategies informed by these intersections

A strong team player and leader oriented toward collaboration, shared success, and accountability, including experience in a supervisory role

Enthusiasm for and experience in cultivating lasting relationships and accountable partnerships with a diverse body of stakeholders and decision-makers

Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen well, build trust, model healthy conflict resolution, and work effectively with and value differences of diverse groups of individuals

Strong project management skills, capable of planning, prioritizing, troubleshooting, and evaluating efforts in an ongoing manner

Excellent written and verbal communication and public speaking skills, including distilling complex material for lay audiences

Ability to consider policy implications on diverse groups of individuals including people of varied race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance

Self-motivated, organized, and able to stay on task when managing multiple projects

Ability to work within a dynamic Congressional schedule and meet fast-paced deadlines

Willing to travel domestically several times a year


Experience with large, multi-organization, multi-racial grassroots coalitions or networks with a diverse membership

Experience cultivating donor and foundation relationships and crafting development language for grassroots capacity-building efforts and campaigns

Experience and training as a facilitator to develop consensus among diverse stakeholders

Experience with long-term strategic planning as well as project planning and priority setting

Experience with online advocacy tools and CRMs (EveryAction, etc)

Cross-cultural communication skills, including but not limited to fluency in a language other than English


NSAC offers a competitive non-profit salary dependent on qualifications and experience, $95,000-$115,000+.

This position offers excellent benefits (as per the employee handbook), including generous vacation and other time-off policies, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance, contributions after two years in a retirement plan, and financial support for professional and personal development.

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