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Grants Specialist Working Theory Farm

  • Date Posted March 27, 2024
  • Location Hillsboro, OR
  • Category Agriculture / Nonprofit
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description At Working Theory Farm our mission is to empower youth through the shared work of farming to grow food for partner organizations who distribute this food to families in need. Through growing vegetables and raising livestock on our organic farm, we provide alternative education and avenues of employment to youth who have barriers to thriving within traditional systems while teaching personal responsibility, social responsibility, and professional skills. Job description

Job Description: We are hiring a part-time Grants Specialist to join our small team and work with our Development Manager to write compelling grants to secure funding to support our work.

Compensation: Starting wages of $24/hr with farm produce included.

Schedule and Location: Part time beginning in May 2024. This position will entail ~10-15 hours per week with flexible hours. This is a hybrid position, with a negotiable combination of remote work and time at our Hillsboro location.

About us: Working Theory Farm is an organic farm and youth development nonprofit located in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb in the Portland, OR metro area. Our mission is to empower youth through the shared work of farming to grow food for partner organizations who distribute this food to families in need. We support youth through a mixture of mentorship and employment programs and work with partners to hire youth who have been impacted by the juvenile justice system, homelessness,  housing instability,  developmental disabilities, and/or other barriers.

We are committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and to building an organization where we live these values. Our programming is focused on uplifting youth and feeding community members who are facing injustice. Both the youth we serve and the community members we feed are primarily Latino. We encourage Latino folks, Black folks, Indigenous folks, people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, women, immigrants, DACA recipients, and all candidates who have experienced injustice to apply.

We’re looking for someone passionate about this work who is interested in writing, storytelling, and collaboratively building out the collective vision of this growing organization. We practice a horizontal model of leadership and work together to make decisions around compensation on a yearly basis. It’s important to us that we staff can comfortably meet our own needs, do this work sustainably year over year, and feel fulfilled by the work that we do. We annually revisit farm finances and compensation as we work collaboratively to establish a sustainable operating model. 

Job Responsibilities:

    • Work as a writing partner with our Development Manager to collaborate on selected grants
    • Write other grants independently or with some strategic support from our Development Manager
    • Collaborate with our Development Manager to build familiarity with our organizational budget and develop grant budgets that are informed by existing resources and the capacity of our team
    • Manage and revive our long dormant Instagram presence
    • Work occasionally with our Farm Operations Team and our Youth Programming Team to develop an understanding of what all these grants are about and to cultivate a heart connection to this work. The amount of these hours is negotiable based on your interest.

Skills and Experience (what we’re looking for from all candidates):

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Reliability and ability to meet deadlines
  • Comfort working both interpersonally and independently
  • Strong resonance with our mission and program
  • Comfort with Google Docs, Google Sheets, Word, and Excel
  • Either grant-writing experience or desire to learn.

Skills and Experience Could Include: (We don’t expect you to be a unicorn and have all of these experiences. Anything on this list will catch our eye):

  • Bilingual: English/Spanish.
  • Life experience or family experience reflective of the youth and communities we serve.
  • Experience with communications or other nonprofit administrative work
  • Experience as a farmer or landworker
  • Experience as a youth mentor or educator
Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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