Communications Coordinator

NOFA/RI is seeking a part-time coordinator to support event promotions and outreach to constituents. 

Our mission is helping sustainable growers do what they do best: build soil, share knowledge, and feed our communities. We coordinate farmer-to-farmer mentorship, host an annual Winter Conference and slate of on-farm workshops, and connect growers to resources and funding opportunities. 

This position helps make these connections possible. Our ideal candidate is organized, able to manage several work streams, and motivated to share stories and build relationships. This is a mostly remote job, with the a few in-person meetings and events a year.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Update website with information and events as needed
  • Update membership lists and manage e-news audiences
  • Maintain copies of event evaluations, procedures, and other relevant documents in Google drive
  • Maintain online accounts and subscriptions
  • Support event logistics as needed

Communications Responsibilities:

  • Compile, draft, and send e-news (typically twice a month)
  • Write and send press releases (occasional)
  • Monitor primary NOFA email account
  • Create images and flyers for digital and print promotions
  • Post events on relevant platforms and social media; collaborate with NOFA staff to promote events and receive feedback
  • Coordinate event documentation (photos, stories, surveys)
  • Maintain relationships with NOFA constituents and partner organizations
  • Identify and reach other engaged Rhode Island audiences

Qualifications:

  • Organized and timely communicator
  • Strong writing and editing skills; consideration of context and target audience
  • Experience working in communications or outreach
  • Familiarity with organic farming and the Rhode Island food & agriculture community
  • Familiarity with Zoom, Outlook, Mailchimp, WordPress, and event hosting platforms
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, accessibility, and relationship-building
  • Experience with graphic design a plus; ability to work with print and digital specs

Hours and compensation: Part time, starting at $25/hr. The position typically involves a a regular schedule of 4-5 half days per week.

To apply: Email nofari@live.com with your resume and qualifications.

Farm Workshop Coordinator

NOFA/RI is seeking a part-time workshop coordinator to organize this season’s educational workshop series.

Our mission is helping sustainable growers do what they do best: build soil, share knowledge, and feed our communities. We coordinate farmer-to-farmer mentorship, host an annual Winter Conference and slate of on-farm workshops, and connect growers to resources and funding opportunities. 

This position focuses on providing a platform for current and aspiring growers to meet and learn from one another. We aim for a range of topics that are relevant to sustainable farmers in Rhode Island: Compact growing, season extension, transitioning to no- and low-till, best practices for specific crops in our climate.

For interested and qualified candidates, there is the option to continue through the next year as Winter Conference coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate a series of 8 workshops, to be held between June and December
  • Seek and confirm host farms and schedule workshops
  • Communicate event details to administrator for promotion and outreach
  • Attend and facilitate each workshop, bringing necessary sign-in and evaluation forms
  • Write post-workshop summaries to share with the board

Qualifications:

  • Organized and timely communicator
  • Familiarity with Zoom, Google Drive, and Eventbrite platforms
  • Experience coordinating events and outreach
  • Familiarity with organic farming and Rhode Island food & agriculture community
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, accessibility, and relationship-building
  • Access to personal transportation

Hours and compensation: Part time, with most work taking place between May and November. Starting at $25/hr.

To apply: Email nofari@live.com with your resume and qualifications.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for both the Workshop Coordinator and Conference Coordinator positions. Estimated hours for the two positions are 10-15 hours a week during the peak months. Most of the workshop planning takes place in summer and fall, while the conference position is busiest in fall to winter with some preparatory work during the summer.

Winter Conference Coordinator

NOFA/RI’s Winter Conference is a one-day conference, usually held in early March, that provides training and community building for Rhode Island’s farmers, gardeners, and organic advocates. The Conference program typically includes a keynote and 6-8 presenters.

The Conference Coordinator is responsible for making arrangements for the Winter Conference under the direction of the NOFA/RI Board. Work can be done remotely, but may include occasional in-person meetings.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop schedule and secure presenters
    • Solicit input on speakers and workshop topics. Some topics will be predetermined based on grants.
    • Develop a draft workshop schedule for Board review
  • Secure workshop presenters and coordinate presenter logistics
    • Serve as contact person for workshop presenters.
    • Coordinate billing and invoices
  • Support conference promotion
    • Share workshops and event information with relevant staff for upload to website and e-news
    • Coordinate with administrator on ticketing and Zoom
    • Attend NOFA/RI events to represent and promote the Winter Conference when requested
  • Coordinate and execute event logistics
    • Secure a venue in alignment with conference needs.
    • Develop and coordinate a checklist of action items

Qualifications:

  • Organized and timely communicator
  • Experience coordinating virtual and in-person events
  • Familiarity with organic farming and Rhode Island food & agriculture community
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, accessibility, and relationship-building
  • Experience supporting grant programs a plus

Start date: As soon as possible.

Hours and compensation: Part time, with most work taking place between September and the following March. Compensation based on experience, starting at $25/hr.

To apply: Email nofari@live.com with your resume and qualifications.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for both the Workshop Coordinator and Conference Coordinator positions. Estimated hours for the two positions are 10-15 hours a week during the peak months. Most of the workshop planning takes place in summer and fall, while the conference position is busiest in fall to winter with some preparatory work during the summer.