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Senior Communications Coordinator – State Initiatives

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Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)


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The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) seeks an experienced professional to lead communication efforts for its state-based initiatives, D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) and Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS). These separately staffed and budgeted projects advance FRAC’s mission by working in the District of Columbia and Maryland to raise awareness of hunger, build community support for ending hunger and improving nutrition, and make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need. Reporting to FRAC’s Director of Communications, the Senior Communications Coordinator – State Initiatives will work closely with the Director of Communications, the Directors of DCHS and MDHS, and program staff. The successful candidate has experience in building relationships with reporters and developing and executing aggressive media and communications campaigns. Currently, FRAC is operating remotely, and this position will be remote as well.

Organizational Background

The Food Research & Action Center is the nation’s leading policy and advocacy organization dedicated to fighting hunger and injustice. FRAC works to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, outreach, technical assistance and training, and an array of communications strategies. In partnership with hundreds of national, state, and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations, and labor organizations, FRAC addresses hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause.

In 2002, FRAC launched DCHS (housed at FRAC’s Washington, DC headquarters) to combat hunger and improve nutrition in the District of Columbia. In 2007, FRAC launched MDHS (based in Baltimore, Maryland), which has brought these same proven advocacy, public policy, and public education strategies to the fight against hunger in Maryland. (For more information on these state initiatives, visit www.dchunger.org and www.mdhungersolutions.org.)

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  •  We are financially stable.
  •  You will be joining an effective, committed, high-performing group of colleagues who are well-regarded in the community.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Media Relations

  • Maintain and grow media database;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with reporters;
  • Create communications plans for key events, reports, and other opportunities; 
  • Proactively seek and respond to media opportunities, including news releases, statements, LTEs, op-eds; and,
  • Prepare staff for media interviews, including talking points and training.
  • General Communications
  • Attend weekly MDHS/DCHS staff meetings;
  • Coordinate website updates and emails with the Communications team;
  • Provide guidance for MDHS/DCHS social media efforts;
  • Identify ways FRAC and MDHS/DCHS can amplify and leverage each organization's respective efforts;
  • Produce monthly metrics reports on communications activities; and,
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends.

A well-qualified candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor's degree required;
  • At least three years of experience in working with the media and securing substantial media coverage in a similar capacity, preferably for a nonprofit organization, or public relations firm;
  • Editorial mindset that seeks to understand what audiences consume and how to create it;
  • Outstanding editing skills, including a keen eye for writing and reviewing copy for grammatical and factual accuracy, style consistency, and comprehension, as well as a command of the AP Style Guide;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff across the organization;
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of the review and feedback process;
  • Superior time management and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and complete projects accurately and quickly;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects effectively and, when needed, with urgency;
  • Confidence with the Microsoft Office Suite, website content management, email marketing and social media channels; and,
  • Commitment to social justice.
Salary and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent health, dental, retirement, and other benefits; generous leave; enthusiastic and supportive staff.

To Apply:

Click here to submit a résumé, brief writing sample (no more than three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience.

No phone calls please.

Opening/Closing Dates:

The vacancy will close when filled. However, FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC strongly encourages individuals who can contribute to the diversity of the organization and with a passion for social justice to apply.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, gender, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnic or national origin.

Position Available

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) seeks an experienced professional to lead communication efforts for its state-based initiatives, D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) and Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS). These…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent health, dental, retirement, and other benefits; generous leave; enthusiastic and supportive staff.

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent health, dental, retirement, and other benefits; generous leave; enthusiastic and supportive staff.

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States

How to Apply

Click here to submit a résumé, brief writing sample (no more than three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience.

No phone calls please.

Click here to submit a résumé, brief writing sample (no more than three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience.

No phone calls please.

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