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Real Farming Trust
Compensation: £26,000 pro rata (2 days per week equates to £10,400 pa) plus pension
Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract Remote working
The Real Farming Trust (RFT) works to rethink food and farming from first principles; to build and support a new generation of farmers, food producers and sellers; and to establish “Enlightened Agriculture” - farming that provides good food for everyone forever, without cruelty or injustice and without adversely affecting other people and the biosphere - as the global norm. It does this through four main programmes:
RFT’s communications to date have been developed on a programme by programme basis and little has been done to promote the work of the organisation as a whole or draw our work together. In 2020 we will be developing a communications strategy that helps us to:
We are currently updating our websites to build one website for the ORFC and another one for the RFT, which will be act as a hub for all our other work. At present, our social media tends to be programme-based and we are not as active as we could be. While we want our programmes to stand alone, we would also like to develop a communications strategy which brings some cohesion to our work and works towards our mission and goals as an organisation.
As part of this strategy we need to be clearer about what we mean by ‘real farming’ and our guiding principles of agroecology, food sovereignty and economic democracy. There is a lot of activity in the field of sustainable food and farming, and many different words are used to describe it including regenerative, restorative, nature friendly, agroecological, sustainable. We want to improve the clarity of our communications to ensure that the concept of real farming is clearly understood.
We are looking for an experienced part-time communications coordinator who would be responsible for helping to develop and implement our communications strategy, including communication around the ORFC and associated events and other RFT programmes, but also the management of RFT’s wider communications, press, social media and websites.
Specific duties are as follows:
This role requires the following skills
The post holder will report to the Senior Management Team. The RFT does not have an office, so the post holder will be expected to work from home with their own computer. Regular meetings via video conferencing will be required so the successful candidate must have excellent internet connectivity. Travel to Oxford and other locations will be required throughout the year and during RFT events once it is safe and practical to do so.
All of the Real Farming Trust’s work is guided by the principles of agroecology, food sovereignty and economic democracy. Diversity and equality are fundamental to these principles. Our aim is to enable and encourage as wide a range of individuals, groups and networks as possible to be involved with our work.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.
The Real Farming Trust’s mission is to “support farming and food production projects that are economically sound, democratic, socially just, humane to animals, and promote the long-term protection of the biosphere”. In practice this means supporting projects that adopt agroecological methods of farming; seek to localise supply chains; increase employment and engagement from local communities, revive local economies, protect and enhance the environment and bring about social impact on the local communities that they serve.
We are probably best known for running the Oxford Real Farming Conference. This is a key yearly event for the alternative food sector and regularly attracts over 1,000 delegates. This year, for the first time, the conference is going global, bringing together partners and people from around the world via a mammoth video conference. We also run support and mentoring programmes for agroecological food and farming businesses through our FEA Network and were instrumental in setting up, and continue to run the secretariat for, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology which aims to introduce agroecological thinking into mainstream politics. We are currently developing plans for the College for Real Farming, intended to provide the intellectual underpinning of the much-needed Agrarian Renaissance.
Please send a CV and covering letter addressing the person specifications set out in the job description above to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 21st September 2020. Interviews will take place via video conference on one of the following dates: 23rd, 29th or 30th September 2020. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to those who are unsuccessful in getting an interview. Successful applications will be notified by 22nd September.
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About Real Farming Trust
Food and farming charity (ORFC, LEAP, APPG)