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Hudson River/Catskill Regional Coordinator

Rural & Migrant Ministry Inc.

February 2018

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Are you committed to change? There are many agricultural and food system workers throughout the Hudson River and Catksills region who are committed to change. Rural & Migrant Ministry is determined to stand with them and we need a creative, determined educator to lead us.

Utilizing Participatory Education, the Coordinator will oversee the creation of a Leadership Development Program with, and among food system workers (especially farmworkers) throughout the region that leads to systemic change. This will take place as we collaboratively develop a new Rural Worker Education Center.

Working hand in hand with the Executive Director, the position has several fundamental components:

1. Establishing a Rural Worker Education Center that will be a Center for both farmworker and farmworker ally Leadership Development.

  • A key component will be the partnership with workers in developing curriculum utilizing Popular and Participatory Education.
  • The Coordinator will also develop a steering committee of workers that will have oversight of the development and implementation of the worker education program
  • We are especially interested in leadership development pathways that will lead to worker equity.
  • The Coordinator will also help develop training programs for participation in the Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign
  • Locate and establish a new Center (in collaboration with the Executive Director,) and subsequently be in charge of the Center.

2. Outreach within the farmworking and rural worker communities

  • Engage in reaching out to, and meeting with, workers throughout the region in their homes, camps etc.
  • This will lead to support and involvement in various emerging farmworker organizing campaigns in the region
  • Collaborate with existing RMM Youth Empowerment Programs and our Worker Education Center in the Catskills.

3. Coordinate regional activities within the Hudson River region for Rural & Migrant Ministry

  • Work with others who are developing and implementing training programs for allies
  • Assist in development efforts within the Hudson Valley including presentations and grant writing.
  • Supervise staff, volunteers and interns.

The position will require collaboration with farmworkers, other RMM staff members, and allies within the faith, labor, academic and activist communities.

Requirements of the position include:

  • Experience in Popular Education and social change process
  • Experience in managing a program
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Strong experience in, and interest working with faith and labor communities
  • Able to work irregular hours
  • Work experience and a strong commitment to social change process
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, and organizing skills
  • Self-motivated with excellent speaking skills
  • Willingness to live in the mid-Hudson region
  • A driver’s license

This is a Full -time position with flexible hours and days. Compensation includes:

  • Full Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Four weeks vacation
  • Contributions to a Retirement Plan (403B)

RMM’s Global Non-discrimination Policy provides that we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, pregnancy, covered veteran status, protected genetic information and/or political affiliation.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
The Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director
Rural & Migrant Ministry
PO BOX 4757
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Youth Economic Education Coordinator

Rural & Migrant Ministry Inc.

February 2018

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Here is an opportunity to work with one of the most innovative Youth Empowerment Programs in the Country.

The Youth Economic Group (YEG) and their cooperative business, Bags for Justice are looking for a creative and experienced full-time Coordinator to help them continue to develop their program and grow the business in the midst of the Catskill region of New York State.

For the past seven years, participants of YEG have worked to create their cooperative business Bags for Justice which designs, silk screens, and sells tote bags and t-shirts, with messages that advocate social justice. We are looking for a Coordinator who has the determination and skills to help this program continue to develop as a rare opportunity for rural youth to participate in a cooperative business and a Youth Leadership Program dedicated to empowerment and social justice. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who sees her/himself as both an educator and a leader.

Here is what makes us innovative:

  • We are one of the few rural youth cooperatives in the country
  • We may be the only union affiliated youth organization in the country
  • We are committed to systemic change and justice
  • We are a part of remarkable state-wide organization that has been on the cutting edge of rural Youth Leadership Development and rural justice for over thirty-five years.

The program is a part of Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM.) Founded in 1981, RMM is a statewide organization that stands as a committed ally with those who work for justice in the rural and farmworker communities of New York State, with a primary focus on developing leadership skills and opportunity for youth.

Our Mission Statement lays out our focus clearly and succinctly:
Rural & Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State by: nurturing leadership; standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers, rural workers and their families; and changing unjust systems and structures

Working hand in hand with the Executive Director, the position has several fundamental components including:

  • Strive to build upon existing efforts to create a sustainable program and business
  • Supervise and coordinate staff, volunteers and interns within the Program
  • Appreciate the rural setting and drive great distances on a regular basis
  • Have a vision, as well as honor the vision of the members – seeing this endeavor as a partnership
  • Appreciate the challenges and possibilities of working within a small but growing organization
  • Be comfortable working with allies in the faith, labor, business, social justice and academic communities

Requirements of the Position include:

  • Experienced in youth empowerment and experiential education
  • Experience with cooperative business development
  • Committed to social and economic justice in the midst of disenfranchised communities
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Strong interest in working with faith and labor communities
  • Creative and flexible – realizing that this is more than just a ‘9 to 5’ job
  • Able to work evenings regularly and occasional weekends
  • A strategist with strong interpersonal, networking and organizing skills
  • Self-motivated with excellent speaking skills
  • Willingness to live in the Catskills
  • A driver’s license

This is a Full -time position with flexible hours and days. Compensation includes:

  • Full Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Four weeks vacation
  • Contributions to a Retirement Plan (403B)

RMM’s Global Non-discrimination Policy provides that we do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, pregnancy, covered veteran status, protected genetic information and/or political affiliation.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
The Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director
Rural & Migrant Ministry
PO BOX 4757
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

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