474 Boston Turnpike
Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) believes that food is a fundamental right of all people and that hunger is an issue of social justice. WCFB’s mission is to engage, educate, and lead Worcester County in creating a hunger-free community. To that end, WCFB annually collects over 6 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable donated food and distributes it through a network of 120 Partner Agencies, including food pantries and community meal programs, trains Partner Agencies in food safety, and advocates for systemic and sustainable solutions to support children, families, and senior citizens in being more food secure and healthy.
The Advocacy Coordinator is a full-time, non-exempt (hourly) position that reports to the Director of Advocacy and supports various priorities of the Advocacy Department. This role will support advocacy planning, research and monitoring and evaluation efforts, capacity-building of our Partner Agency network, lobbying efforts, and relationship management with various community partners and coalitions. The position will collaborate across departments as we grow and expand our advocacy work.
- Support the implementation of planned activities in accordance with WCFB Strategic Plan.
- Support and expand efforts to build WCFB’s internal advocacy culture and capacity.
- Represent WCFB at coalition, committee and legislative meetings/events as needed.
- Promote WCFB priority legislation through educating, lobbying and building relationships with legislators. Note: Position will not be required to be a registered lobbyist in the State of MA.
- Perform research and monitoring related to WCFB’s priority issues.
- Support the growth of volunteer engagement as it relates to advocacy.
- Help track legislative advocacy activities, and monitor and evaluate overall advocacy efforts, particularly regarding Partner Agency and client engagement.
- Support Partner Agencies’ capacity to engage in advocacy by deepening relationships, planning and implementing pilot initiatives, and supporting additional engagement and capacity-building efforts.
- Maintain consistent communication with Agency Relations team, attend site visits and events as appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned.
· Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years’ experience preferred in program coordination, or combination of equivalent education and experience.
· Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as individually. Positive attitude and the ability to engage in creative problem solving.
· Effective organizational and communication skills.
- Strong ability to take initiative, proactively plan and manage workload and work independently.
- Willingness to travel throughout Worcester County on occasion; reliable transportation and good driving record required. A WCFB vehicle for work-related business is shared by staff.
- Ability to keep good electronic work records using Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office and other applications.
- Commitment to WCFB’s mission. Background in and/or commitment to social justice and advocacy.
· Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish) a plus and not required.
· WCFB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people who have experienced poverty to apply.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Qualified applicants should drop-off or mail cover letter and resume to WCFB, 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or email cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Advocacy Coordinator” in the subject line.