Development Associate (Communications)

Posted by
Manna Food Center
Silver Spring, MD
Published 13 days ago

Job Summary

This position supports the Development Department with implementation and coordination of community volunteer opportunities.  Primary activities for this position will focus on volunteer recruitment, scheduling, coordination, and training, as well as special event planning and implementation. This position will also support data entry, grant writing and food drive initiatives. 

Our Culture

  • At Manna, our core values are service, respect and partnership. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a top priority that enables us to find excellent teammates and creates an environment where all types of people can belong and thrive.
  • Manna is participant-centered and data-driven. Our people do meaningful work in an environment where they feel a genuine sense of community and connectedness to Manna’s mission.
  • Manna relies on problem solving and solution creation from all levels.
  • Manna provides you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential.
  • Working at Manna is a dynamic experience with the opportunity to take ownership and make a difference.
  • Our work is strengthened by the voices of people with lived experience of food insecurity.

Essential Job Functions

1)      External Community Volunteer Coordination

  • Coordinate and schedule Manna Ambassadors for community initiatives, as needed;
  • Coordinate functions of event workflow by maintaining event calendar and scheduling of volunteers based on needs;   
  • Work with partners to secure event dates, manage event software (Signup Genius) for volunteer scheduling; 
  • Help facilitate training for food drives and farmers markets for volunteers;
  • Prepare food drive materials and coordinate distribution of materials; 
  • Provide support in acknowledgment and recognition post initiatives;  
  • Flexibility in supporting and working with logistics team and other departments for cross collaborative efforts; 
  • Represent Manna when needed at Special Community Events such as CFC Campaign Event;
  • Help execute tasks associated with major partner food drives;
  • Provide leadership in Manna’s role in Kids
  • Helping Kids Food Drive with Montgomery County Public Schools;
  • Provide support to individual community food drives by providing information, materials, and being available for questions to community members and staff.

2) Management Support

  • Prepare basic correspondence: proofreads, edits, revises and formats a variety of documents and materials including funding proposals, forms, reports, creating letters and invitations, and respective mailers;
  • Perform data entry of donations into Salesforce database, Ensures the confidentiality of financial information; and general ad hoc support of Database Manager;
  • Support a comprehensive action plan and timeline to attain implementation, fundraising and attendance goals related to Heroes Against Hunger Awards Reception (Spring Event) and play a role in volunteer committee coordination;
  • Manage event RSVP database, reconciling online and offline RSVP’s, preparing registration reports and event nametags;
  • Help coordinate with caterer, vendors, staff, and stakeholders;
  • Manage onsite event set-up, registration, and logistics;
  • Assist with event fundraising support, including sponsor and in-kind donor recognition, printed materials and event collateral;
  • Provide support in acknowledgment and recognition post event.

3)     Other Responsibilities

  • Maintain primary Manna email account by triage and responding to needs appropriately and timely;
  • Assist with other functions and administrative tasks as required;
  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Collaboration skills
  • Credibility/personal effectiveness
  • Flexibility and ability to receive direction and learn
  • Technical capacity
  • Demonstrated stress management/composure
  • Ability to occasionally lift objects of 50 pounds
  • Exceptional customer service

Minimum Requirements

  • 4 year college degree preferred, or years of administrative work experience in non-profit sector
  • Proficient with MS Word, MS Excel and other software
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Experience with Salesforce Database is desired 
  • Bilingual, Spanish-English, a plus

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. The employee constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer. The person in this position frequently communicates with the public, volunteers, and vendors and must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. The employee must occasionally move objects up to 50 pounds. 

Environmental Conditions

When work in the warehouse is required, the employee will be exposed to a variety of fluctuating environmental conditions within the building including heat and cold. The employee must be able to work in these conditions for up to one hour at a time. 

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Manna Food Center is committed to serving as an ally for racial justice and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are fully committed to equity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Applicants with lived experience of our service area are encouraged to apply. 


This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Manna has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment.  Manna reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations.  Manna is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Summary

This position supports the Development Department with implementation and coordination of community volunteer opportunities.  Primary activities for this position will focus on volunteer recruitment, scheduling…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


USD 39,000 - USD 44,000Salary dependent on relevant education and experience


Why Choose Manna?

It takes all types of people to make Manna great. We seek a diverse and committed group of individuals who are eager to engage in service to the community while enabling their own personal growth and professional development. One of our core priorities is to enable our employees to live a well-balanced life and career, and our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. As such, we offer a competitive suite of benefits including:

  • Competitive wages.
  • Participation in Manna’s comprehensive Health Benefits Plan.
  • Flexibility to telecommute.
  • Job-related training.
  • Eleven paid holidays + your birthday! Two weeks paid vacation which increases with tenure, 10 paid sick days to start, and 3 personal days per fiscal year.
  • Free Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Generous retirement benefits.
  • New parents leave.
  • Support for work-related transportation in accordance with Manna’s practices and procedure.

Why Choose Manna?

It takes all types of people to make Manna great. We seek a diverse and committed group of individuals who are eager to engage in service to the community while…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual: Spanish/English is desirable.

Bilingual: Spanish/English is desirable.


12301 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA
Suite 200

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