JOB: Nature For Justice

Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator

Position:                Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator

Reports to:           Regional Resource Hub Manager

Duration:               2 Years            

Location:               Central North Carolina, USA

Compensation:     $40,000-$50,000

Last update:          August 2022

Nature For Justice (N4J) is a non-profit organization established to use nature to address the social justice needs of vulnerable populations confronting the climate crisis around the world.  Our programs empower marginalized stakeholders to build climate-smart agriculture and nature-based solutions.  Nature For Justice is developing leadership teams in various areas to tackle ecological problems more holistically.  N4J Programs are steadfast in improving social inclusion, economic development, and partner capacity.  N4J is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

I.   ICRNet Program Background

N4J’s cornerstone US program is the Inclusive Climate Resource Network (ICRNet) focusing on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Farmers in the southeastern states.  ICRNet provides inclusive access to climate resources to help mitigate the potential impacts of unpredictable changes in the regional climate.  The ICRNet will work with BIPOC Farmers and local trusted partner organizations to co-create interconnected regional resource hubs that provide access to resources that they have historically been missing.  A successful creation of this hub in central North Carolina is characterized by the number of farmers that increase their climate resilience through the mechanisms of the ICRNet and its partner organizations.

This link describes the ICRNet Program and its approach further:  https://www.nature4justice.earth/initiatives/bipoc-farmers/

II.   Summary of Position

The Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator (RHOC) is responsible for growing the network and footprint of the ICRNet Regional Resource Hub in their geographic area, in this case the Central NC Hub. The RHOC will engage stakeholders by doing activities such as attending stakeholder meetings, developing outreach strategies, and community engagement. S/he will provide support to the Regional Resource Hub Manager and be presence throughout the local community of farmer organizations, universities, and other relevant stakeholders.

Purpose:

The RHOC is responsible for maintaining engagement with local trusted partners and target communities. These could be local NGOs, businesses, farmer collectives, or COGs at the state or local level. The Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for the perpetuating the mission and strategy of the ICRNet program to trusted partners and relevant stakeholders in the central NC regional hub.

The RHOC will also be responsible for growing the reach of the central NC Regional Resource Hub by creating strategies with the Regional Resource Hub Manager to develop and maintain new relationships with trusted partners, farmer collectives, government organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. The RHOC will ensure that all activities and projects of the Regional Resource Hub are consistent with Nature For Justice’s mission and values.

Engagement:

At the local level, the Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator represents Nature For Justice to relevant stakeholders. The RHOC will liaise with universities, communities, NGOs and farmers who have an interest in improving access to BIPOC farmers to climate solutions. The RHOC will actively participate in seminars, networking events, and other relevant local events to position Nature For Justice as a leader in Climate-Smart Agriculture and Social Justice programs in central North Carolina.

Delivery:

  • Alongside the Regional Resource Hub Manager, the RHOC establishes performance metrics which support sustained delivery in line with beneficiaries’ and stakeholders’ needs and broader organizational strategies and mandates; creates new process, approaches which accelerate delivery of the program’s intended services to local stakeholders.
  • Establishes quality standards that ensure substantive deliverables and outreach objectives from their respective Regional Resource Hub are consistent and uphold Nature For Justice’s reputation; turns new concepts/approaches into functional reality through creation of metrics and standards that enable program/service delivery to a wide but close-knit network. Ensure program/service delivery to local trusted partners in line with the values of Nature For Justice and the ICRNet Program’s goals.

Essential Job Functions:

  • The Regional Hub Outreach Coordinator is responsible for extending the knowledge and insights from all projects and interventions implemented by their Regional Resource Hub to local trusted partners and developing relationships with stakeholders in their geographic region. As such the RHOC is accountable for:
    • Participation in the development of innovative and evidence-based strategies to grow their Regional Resource Hub through targeted messaging and procurement of stakeholder involvement;
    • Ensure implementation of the ICRNet strategy at the local level in collaboration with the Regional Resource Hub Manager.
  • Develop productive, solution-oriented outreach projects to existing and potential key stakeholders and identify ways and methods of capturing their feedback into the program design
  • Responsible for providing input for proposals and reports at the hub level based on feedback from trusted partners and community actors before they are sent to the Regional Resource Hub Manager.
  • Assist in the production of technically sound and context specific proposals and strategies based on the information collected from local trusted partners and target stakeholders.
  • Attend regular consultation meetings between local trusted partners on proposed approaches, work plans, targets, budgets, spending plans and output trackers.
  • Facilitate and promote the smooth flow of information between local trusted partners, target stakeholders, and the Regional Resource Hub.
  • Provide a feedback mechanism about technical support provided to trusted partners and target stakeholders via technical experts.
  • Liaise with government authorities at state and local level to ensure compliance with regulatory standards;
  • Ensure Nature For Justice is appropriately represented at trade meetings in central North Carolina and coordinate strategic partnerships at the state and local level.
  • Assist in capacity analysis and provide continuous technical and organizational support and capacity building to trusted partners.

Working Conditions, Travel and Environment

  • The duties of the job require diligence at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel often, as required, to locations throughout the geographic scope of the Regional Resource Hub to support new operations and engage new stakeholders
  • All Nature For Justice employees are required to engage with and follow the performance management procedures in place

Gender Equality Commitments:

  • Fostering environment that supports values of women and men’s equal access to information.
  • Provides an environment where women and men must be promoted based on the performance objectives.
  • Respect for beneficiaries, women, men, children (boys & girls) regardless of gender, sex, disability, religion, etc.
  • Value and respect for all cultures.

Required Academic Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • Recent bachelor’s degree in Communications, Sustainable Development, Natural Resource Management, Social Service, or any other related field
  • Master’s degree in any of the above disciplines is preferred but not required

Required Skills, Competencies & Attributes:

  • A local or longtime resident of Central North Carolina who is familiar with the agricultural landscape in the area
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, mobilization and participatory methods.
  • Good communicator: verbal and written
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and able to work under pressure.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in managing integrated programs in development and social justice contexts
For more information about this job, or to submit your resume,
please send an email to jobs@nature4justice.org.