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Job Vacancy: New ASEED General Coordinator

  1. General Introduction

ASEED (Action for Sustainability, Environment, Equality and Diversity) is a Amsterdam based campaigning organisation that targets the structural causes of environmental destruction and social-agricultural injustices by involving people in direct democracy. We advocate for food sovereignty and agroecology working together with activists, small scale farmers, grassroots collectives and other groups working on social and environmental justice. Often we are involved in international actions and events extending beyond Amsterdam and the Netherlands, although we have a “Think Global, Act Local” ethos.

With a small team working together in a consensus-seeking, non-hierarchical structure, we campaign against multinational corporations and their national and international influence spheres and control tools. At the same time, we promote sustainable alternatives. Currently, ASEED runs the Fossil Free Agriculture (FFA) campaign, where the main goals are to promote food autonomy and connect environmental and social justice movements to the agroecology movement. A local alternative we promote is the Plan Biopolder, part of a campaign to save local historical agricultural land from being covered in concrete for a distribution center. 

 

  1. Vacancy description:

ASEED is looking for a coordinator to become part of our two-person coordinator team The shared coordination tasks include helping to structure and run the FFA campaign and coordinate and support our team of volunteers and collaborators. We participate in the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) program and supporting the participants from the program makes up a large part of your daily tasks!

We strive to maintain high standards of active participation and non-hierarchy within the organisation, and lean on our coordinators to guide these processes in a social and respectful manner. Of course, as a coordinator some tasks will come down to you and your co-coordinator, such as working together with the board and council as well as the financial administrator on ensuring that ASEED stays structurally funded. This includes helping to write grant and fund applications, supporting the financial administrator in keeping track of project budgets, and helping with reporting for said grants and funds. This work is done collectively, also with support from the board and council, with whom we have at least bi-annual campaign and financial meetings. 

 

  1. Requirements
  • Team coordination/campaign experience (2-4 years)
  • affinity with food autonomy/food sovereignty topics and activism in general
  • experience within the social and environmental justice movements 
  • ability to keep a broad overview
  • strong sense of responsibility
  • ability to work independently
  • strong spoken/written fluency in English, fluent Dutch is a preference
  • planning and organisational capacity building
  • solution oriented – creative problem solver
  • willingness to learn on the job
  • comfortable networking

    • bonus:
  • familiarity/experience with Linux and/or other open source software
  • experience with Co-op’s, CSA’s, or farmers
  • knowledge of the concept of intersectionality (ASEED’s Intersectionality Statement)
  • familiar with Erasmus+ and ESC program

 

  1. Terms and conditions
  • 1 year position, with a 3 month trial period, start date January 1 2022.
  • The position is part-time ( 12 hours per week as standard; some flexibility in availability can be expected during project periods)
  • Standard minimum wage and vacation as per Dutch regulations is offered for the position
  • Your work will be done primarily in the ASEED office in Amsterdam 

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace, which is why people from communities that experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity; women; differently abled people; and LGBTQI+ people are especially encouraged to apply.

 

  1. How to apply

The application deadline is 10.10.2021. If you are interested in the position send the following per email to eduard(@)aseed.net :

  • Motivation letter ( no more than 1 page). Mention of your experience as an activist (voluntary and/or professional) is useful
  • CV

*Please note that we will not be able to answer questions about the status of your application during the process. Also, keep in mind we are a grassroots collective, and keep your application concise.

 

  1. Next steps 

We expect to hold interviews the week of 18.10.2021. Please ensure that you have availability during this week.
Ideally you would begin in January. (some onboarding will take place in the month of November, but this will be discussed during the interviews)