2019-20 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship

Location: Oakland, CA
Job Term: Fellowship
Duration: Part-time


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 develop a regional leadership team and work with them to build a community of support in each region, by coordinating regional calls, bulletins, and in-person meetings.
  • Digital Communications. Fellows will manage digital communications on a regional level, including email marketing of programs, news, and resources via Constant Contact. 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 in pairs, 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 sample ideas will be provided to aid in the selection and development process.


The Fellowship program begins with an in-person training focusing on Fair Trade principles and certification, leadership development, the history and work of Fair Trade Campaigns, upcoming national initiatives, and more. Fellows will receive ongoing support from national staff as they develop and execute personal goals and work with their counterpart on a regional level. Regular check-ins with Fellows from other regions will create space for collaboration and support on a national level. Fellows will also have the benefit of exposure to, and 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 August 1, 2019 and ending October 1, 2020. Fellows must live in the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Great Lakes, or Southwest region (see below) and are expected to devote 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.

Mid Atlantic


Great Lakes




New Jersey

New York City *



Washington, DC

*only NYC & Long Island




New Hampshire

New York State +

Rhode Island


+ excluding NYC & Long Island









Southern California ^




^ south of Monterey

  • 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 pace work environment
  • Must be a self-leaner and self-starter
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Experience coordinating group projects
  • Commitment to the values and mission of Fair Trade Campaigns

Must be based in the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Great Lakes, or Southwest region for the entirety of the Fellowship (through October 2020)


In addition to gaining valuable professional experience and building critical leadership skills, fellows are provided with a modest stipend, as well as the opportunity to earn college credit.* Reimbursement will also be provided for any costs incurred (travel, mailing, printing materials, etc.) as part of the Fellowship.

* 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.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials through Fair Trade USA’s career portal:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter (please include which region you’re applying for)
  • A completed questionnaire (download here)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is May 31, 2019.

Questions? Contact us at admin@fairtradecampaigns.org.

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