Development & Communications Writer

  • Deadline: December 21, 2022
  • Location: Remote EST
  • Salary: $65,000 to $80,000
  • Position: Full-time

About the Agroecology Fund

The Agroecology Fund is a multi-donor fund supporting agroecology movements worldwide. The Fund aims to support viable food systems, promote the economic and nutritional well-being and human rights of small farmers and Indigenous Peoples and their communities, strengthen biodiversity conservation and mitigate climate change through low-input agriculture featuring sustainable soil and water use. It supports and facilitates learning exchange among organizations and movements that advance agroecological solutions locally, regionally and globally. With the guidance of international advisors deeply embedded in agroecology movements, the Fund supports some of the most effective grassroots organizations, advocates and researchers in the field of agroecology. Since 2012, the Agroecology Fund has awarded over $15 million to partner collaboratives that involve more than 80 countries. The Agroecology Fund is a small and dynamic organization with ample opportunity for leadership; we are a fast-growing network. This is an excellent opportunity to work at a global level to amplify agroecology around the world. The Agroecology Fund is fiscally sponsored by Global Greengrants Fund.

Need for the Role

For the Agroecology Fund, fundraising and communications are core to accomplishing our mission. At the center of the Agroecology Fund’s work are grants to leading actors in agroecology movements, including support to strengthen grantees’ communications capacities. To facilitate more investment in grassroots-led agroecology, we seek to strategically communicate partners’ stories and impacts – gleaned through our ongoing relationships with these organizations and networks – to the donor community and other targeted audiences. This is principally accomplished through proposals and reports. A challenge of this position is crafting powerful stories and messages for our audiences derived from the wealth of grassroots work that the Agroecology Fund supports.

About the Role

In this position, you will play an essential role in the Agroecology Fund’s mission to deepen commitments globally towards agroecology-based food systems. You will work closely with an Agroecology Fund Co-Director to produce excellent written material – primarily concept notes, proposals and reports, but also blogs, articles, website content, op-eds, etc. – to share the remarkable work of the Agroecology Fund’s grantee community and build awareness of the Agroecology Fund’s vision, values, and accomplishments among donors and other target audiences. You will work with stories generated by grantee partners, write for the Agroecology Fund ‘s website and publications as well as occasional articles and opinion pieces for external media outlets. We seek someone who can produce and amplify high-quality written products. You can expect to divide your time approximately 50/50 between grant proposals/reports and other communications products.


  •  Keep abreast of the breadth of the the Agroecology Fund’s work to be able to communicate it effectively
  • Engage with grantees’ communication materials – and carry out occasional direct interviews with them – to create varied and compelling content for the Agroecology Fund’s fundraising and communications products
  • Contribute to the Agroecology Fund’s fundraising efforts by producing proposals and reports for prospective and existing donors
  • Write original content such as newsletters, blogs, photo essays and other multimedia products
  • Produce and pitch occasional opinion pieces
  • As time allows, build relationships with media outlets and pitch story ideas to journalists
  • Manage the content calendar for Agroecology Fund communications
  • Liaise with external writers producing the Agroecology Fund’s special reports
  • Liaise with external agencies producing Agroecology Fund social media content
  • Demonstrate flexibility in taking on additional tasks as needed


  • Demonstrated success in a similar role for an organization focused on global environmental, social, or climate justice
  • Minimum five years’ previous experience writing and editing professionally for fundraising outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience targeting varied audiences, including philanthropic sector, with content about needs of frontline communities
  • Excellent copy editing skills
  • Good instincts for photo selection; a good visual/design sensibility is a must
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Previous experience managing consultants
  • Fluency in English (Spanish or French a plus)
  • Previous experience working with a small, dynamic team in a highly collaborative environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work both autonomously and within a team setting and coordinate with colleagues on Eastern Standard Time
  • Ability to embrace, support, and integrate AEF’s values, principles and commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Desire Requirements:

  • Familiarity with agroecology movements and current issues in agroecology
  • Professional experience writing and editing on food and agriculture issues for varied media
  • Previous experience working with US or European philanthropic organizations
  • Familiarity with producing multimedia products e.g., video, website content and virtual events
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French
  • Experience with WordPress, Squarespace, Mailchimp, and Canva


Terms of Employment

  • Time: Full time position, annual renewable contracts
  • Status: Employee or consultant depending on worker location
  • Compensation: Salary range is $65,000 – $80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience for employee based in the U.S., or regional-equivalent salary if outside of the US. Benefit package varies by location and by status as employee or consultant
  • Approximate start date: January 2023
  • Location: Virtual, but should be able to work on Eastern Standard Time
  • Reports to Co-Director

Equal Opportunity Employment

As a global organization, we recognize the importance of our staff reflecting the communities our work aims to benefit. We are a dynamic organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork based on mutual respect. We are an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Our intention is to fill the position by December 21, 2022. Please send a cover letter, CV and writing samples to

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