Community Organizing Associate

The Center for Rural Affairs is hiring a Community Organizing Associate for the Farm & Community Program. The Center is seeking an English-Spanish bilingual applicant whose role will involve both community organizing and project coordination. The Community Organizing Associate will report to the Director of the Farm & Community Program and work with rural communities with rapidly growing immigrant populations to provide training, activities, and protocols to build a more inclusive community. 


Position Details

This is a full-time non-exempt position located in Lyons, Norfolk, or Schuyler, Nebraska. The ideal candidate would have easy access to the communities of Columbus, Lyons, Norfolk, Schuyler, Wayne, and West Point, and others in northeast Nebraska. For the right candidate, some work from home may also be possible. This position may require day trips by car and some occasional overnight travel.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and a competitive benefits package will be provided.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Fluent speaking and writing in both English and Spanish, and willingness to interpret materials or provide translation as appropriate.
  • Work both independently and with the team to develop activities, training, and protocols that will help build a more inclusive community.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, collaborators, and community members.
  • Work with community leaders to identify needs and possible solutions to strengthen the community.
  • Assess and develop specifically assigned work supporting inclusion within communities.
  • Administer training programs, both independently and with the team, to individuals within the community or community leadership to help build local capacity for inclusion.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Farm & Community Program and the Brand Marketing and Communications Manager for all media needs related to the community development activities.
  • Report on program activities, performance, and goals to the Director of the Farm & Community Program.
  • Collaborate with and support Farm & Community staff on projects related to the program’s mission.
  • Write and monitor grant, and fellowship opportunities, complete grant reporting, and update grant partners on the status of projects.
  • Travel to key communities to meet with clients and visit new communities on a regular basis, and outside of Nebraska on occasion.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge or experience working in rural communities; knowledge of Latino and immigrant cultures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Can work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and social-economic circumstances.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills; excellent attention to detail.
  • Works well both independently and on a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including public speaking.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to travel to various sites across the state of Nebraska on a regular basis.
  • Curriculum development or adult education delivery is a plus.

Position Classification: Non-Exempt

Application Instructions

Interested individuals can apply by sending their resume, cover letter (indicating where you saw the job ad), and three professional references to The Center for Rural Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.

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