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FarmSTAND is the only legal project in the country dedicated solely to taking on industrial animal agriculture. We’re focused on dismantling the structures that enable the consolidation of corporate power and extractive practices in our food system and we support a vision of animal agriculture that is regenerative, humane, and owned by independent farmers. We believe we cannot make change alone, and that we must align ourselves with allies across movement sectors. In these partnerships, we combine litigation with base building and storytelling to create meaningful change.

FarmSTAND is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and progressive workplace. People of color, LGBTQ applicants, people with disabilities, and veterans are all strongly encouraged to apply. 

Open Positions

Senior Organizer, Labor and Environment

Staff Attorney

Senior Organizer, Labor and Environment

About the position

The Senior Organizer, Labor and Environment is responsible for developing and deepening relationships with organizations and organizers that represent workers and other communities directly impacted by industrial animal agriculture. Through developing long term relationships with community-based organizations, the Senior Organizer will build trust and help identify and develop collaborative opportunities, legal or otherwise, that advance our vision for a fair food system, as well as create pathways for accountability to directly impacted communities.  

The Senior Organizer will be uniquely positioned to work with groups across movement sectors and create connections where there are overlapping opportunities to address systemic harms (for example, a project that addresses worker and environmental concerns), and when legal advocacy may be an avenue for an organization to investigate. They will report to the Managing Director of Outreach and Organizing. 

Because FarmSTAND works with groups across the country, the position will entail some travel. 

What are we looking for?

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced organizer who is familiar with worker health and safety issues and organizing, and has a strong understanding of how communities make decisions. This person must be a strong and clear communicator, with the ability to understand organizing strategies, as well as how to plan and implement different kinds of projects and campaigns. This position requires an understanding of intersectional organizing, sophisticated relationship management, the ability to manage and collaborate with internal and external partners on projects, and strong facilitation skills, particularly to support connections between community organizers and attorneys.  

A skilled communicator and facilitator who’s interested in the intersectionality of our work would excel in this position, as we seek to build power across communitied impacted by industrial animal agriculture and tell new stories that challenge the dominant narratives about food, farming, farm and factory work and workers, and the environment. You should be interested in how legal advocacy can work with base building and storytelling to create meaningful change, and be able to communicate those possibilities with allied organizations. Familiarity with campaigns integrating legal advocacy is important for this position. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute outreach and engagement strategies to support the goals of FarmSTAND 
  • Attend and actively participate in relevant coalition spaces, both digital and in-person, to build and deepen relationships with allied organizations 
  • Serve as a liaison between allied organizations and FarmSTAND to determine potential opportunities for collaboration, whether through legal advocacy or capacity-building projects  
  • With the FarmSTAND team, execute capacity-building and relationship-building projects with and for allied organizations 
  • Maintain competency in worker justice and food/ag-related issue areas, and knowledge of litigation as a tool for organizing 

Desired skills

  • Experience in coalition organizing, particularly in labor organizing spaces, and knowledge of campaign strategies 
  • Strong strategic facilitation skills, and experience facilitating meetings with diverse stakeholders 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience navigating and collaborating with multiple internal and external partners on projects or campaigns 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and analytical communication 
  • Organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Team-oriented with the ability to work well independently and remotely 

Work structure: This is a full-time, fully remote, exempt position, with a salary range of $65,000 to $80,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience.

Benefits: We provide a flexible work schedule, 17 days of paid vacation, 8 days of sick leave, all federal holidays, additional FarmSTAND holidays, employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a:  

  • Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to FarmSTAND’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives.  
  • Resume. 
  • Writing sample. Writing samples may contain any documents that demonstrate your ability to plan (a key meeting, an action, a campaign, an outreach effort, etc.) and to clearly communicate, including but not limited to emails, toolkits, or planning documents created for past work. 

Send your application materials to jobs@farmSTAND.org with “Senior Organizer” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. FarmSTAND is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and progressive workplace. People of color, LGBTQ applicants, people with disabilities, and veterans are all strongly encouraged to apply. 

Staff Attorney

About the position

The FarmSTAND Staff Attorney will work to support the litigation and advocacy developed by FarmSTAND Senior Attorneys and the Managing Director of Litigation, and, depending on experience, will also lead development and litigation of precedent-setting and/or socially significant public interest cases that are aligned with our theory of change and strategic plan. The Staff Attorney will work with clients, allies, and impacted community organizations to implement FarmSTAND’s movement-oriented litigation through multi-tactical campaigns and through coalitions and collaborative networks. FarmSTAND Staff Attorneys also engage in public speaking and outreach, including related to the FarmSTAND Attorney Network and Law School Pipeline Project. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support Senior Attorneys and the Managing Director of Litigation throughout the initial investigation, strategic development, and litigation of potentially complex cases that further the organization’s strategic plan and annual goals. 
  • As appropriate based on experience, serve as lead counsel or co-counsel engaging in the full range of litigation tasks, including case investigations, research and development, discovery, briefing, oral argument, appeals, and/or amicus briefs.  
  • Support the implementation of integrated advocacy initiatives, campaigns, and strategies that combine litigation with other tools. 
  • Actively engage in outreach and participate in coalitions, collaborative networks, conferences, seminars, law school events and the like to build relationships and support allies and movement-building activities. 
  • Support or engage in legislative and regulatory activities to defend victories, oppose offensive legislation, or advance positive policy change connected with FarmSTAND’s litigation activities. 
  • Review, respond to, and track intakes and requests for information on cases, amicus briefs, special projects, and other topics. 
  • Draft and assist in production of and updates to materials and publications on litigation, advocacy, and educational information for impacted communities and attorneys. 
  • Support organizing and communications team to obtain publicity on assigned cases, advocacy, and other projects, including press releases, press conferences, and other news vehicles. 
  • Oversee fellows, law clerks, and paralegals on assigned tasks, and engage in recruitment efforts as necessary and appropriate. 
  • Other advocacy work to further FarmSTAND’s priorities. 

Qualifications

  • Admission to a State Bar and willingness and ability to be admitted to the DC bar.  
  • Preference given to applicants with at least two years of litigation experience. For the purposes of determining litigation experience, we will include clerkships and fellowships. 
  • Excellent analytical, legal research, and writing skills. 
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills. 
  • Self-motivation and proven ability to work as part of a team. 
  • Strong work ethic, initiative, and sound, yet creative judgment. 
  • Willingness to travel extensively, meaning as much as once to twice a month for more than half of the year. 
  • Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of and the ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. 
  • A strong desire to build a movement to achieve a more just food system. 
  • Willingness to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work community that encourages collaboration. 

Work structure: This is a full-time, fully remote, exempt position, with a salary range starting at $81,000. Salary offer will be dependent on years of experience.

Benefits: We provide 17 days of paid vacation, 8 days of sick leave, all federal holidays, additional FarmSTAND holidays, employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a:  

  • Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to FarmSTAND’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives. 
  • Resume.  
  • Law school transcript (official or unofficial).  
  • Contact information for three references.  
  • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that is either unedited or only lightly edited by someone other than you. Please include a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else. 

Your application should consist of two electronic files: (1) your cover letter, resume, transcript, and references in a single .pdf file; and (2) a writing sample in another .pdf file. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by January 16, 2024, at which point applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit both files to jobs@farmSTAND.org with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. FarmSTAND is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse and progressive workplace. People of color, LGBTQ applicants, people with disabilities, and veterans are all strongly encouraged to apply. 

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