Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. We are part of a global effort to normalize Fair Trade as an institutional practice and consumer preference across 30 countries and on 6 continents. Housed at Fair Trade USA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the largest third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S., Fair Trade Campaigns is a broad movement governed by a wide representation of stakeholders from across the country.
Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows are responsible for providing direct support and guidance for Fair Trade organizers across four campaign-types: Towns, Colleges & Universities, K-12 Schools, and Congregations. This is achieved through regional networking and connecting campaigns to resources and support at the regional and national levels.
Fellows will gain significant professional development experience, learn valuable advocacy and organizing skills, and benefit from extensive training on, and exposure to, a range of systems and processes utilized in both the for and non-profit sectors.
The position is regionally based, with compensation consisting of a mix of academic credit (where applicable) and a modest stipend.
- Campaign Support: Fellows will engage directly with local organizers through regularly occurring calls and emails to monitor campaign progress and work through challenges.
- Network Building: Fellows will lead a national leadership team and work with them to build a community of support in each region, by coordinating national network calls, regional bulletins, convening monthly virtual meetings and recruiting and training a new team in the fall.
- Digital Communications: Fellows will manage digital communications on a regional level, including email marketing of programs, news, and resources via Nation Builder. Fellows will also gain experience with WordPress and contribute to the Fair Trade Campaigns blog.
- Contact Management: Fellows will receive training on the data management tool Salesforce, and will be expected to maintain updated contact records for the campaigns and organizers in their region.
- Fellowship Project: Working as a team, each Fellow will co-develop and execute a specific project that will contribute to advancing the mission of Fair Trade Campaigns. The extent, direction, and focus of the project will depend on the interest and relevant experience of each individual, and alignment with the Fair Trade Campaigns strategic plan. Support and strategic framing will be provided to aid in the project selection and development process.
The Fellowship program begins with extensive training focusing on Fair Trade principles and certification, leadership development, the history and work of Fair Trade Campaigns, upcoming national initiatives, and more. Fellows receive ongoing support from national staff as they develop and execute personal and professional goals. Regular check-ins with Fellows from other regions will create space for collaboration and support on a national level. Fellows will also have learning opportunities from the range of departments and staff leaders at Fair Trade USA.
The Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship is a 14-month commitment, beginning March 14, 2022 and ending May 19, 2023. Fellows must live in the Midwest, Eastern, or Western region (see below) and are expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week to Fellowship work. Responsibilities will be guided by regional and national needs and likely will be greater during the academic year.
- Western: Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, California, Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
- Eastern: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida
- Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia
- Current student or recent graduate with community organizing and advocacy experience
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to function at a high level in both team and independent situations
- Strong interest in social justice and sustainability
- Able to adjust in a fast-paced work environment
- Must be a self-learner and self-starter
- Proven experience as an inclusive leader
- Experience coordinating group projects
- Commitment to the values and mission of Fair Trade Campaigns and our principles of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
- Must be based in either the Midwest, Eastern, or Western region for the entirety of the Fellowship (through May 2023)
In addition to gaining valuable professional experience and building critical leadership skills, Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows are awarded a modest stipend to recognize and reward this valuable work. Additionally, those who are current students may have the opportunity to earn college credit. Reimbursement will also be provided for any costs incurred as part of the Fellowship. The stipend will be payable over three instalments through the 14-month commitment and will be awarded at a total of $5,000.
*Fair Trade Campaigns has previously worked with institutions to award credit. The acceptance of credit depends on the requirements of each institution and cannot be guaranteed.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Monday January 17, 2022.
Questions? Contact Fair Trade Campaigns & Communications Coordinator, Taryn Lemmon at firstname.lastname@example.org