1624 Franklin Street, Suite 722
About California Association of Food Banks
CAFB is a membership organization of 41 member food banks from every part of California with a mission to create a well-nourished California, and a commitment to cutting-edge leadership in the anti-hunger community. To accomplish this mission, the membership focuses on increasing the visibility of hunger and its solutions, assisting Californians in accessing food assistance and nutrition programs, distributing fresh produce through the Farm to Family program and influencing public policy at the state and federal level. For more information please visit our website at www.cafoodbanks.org.
About the Opportunity
The Advocacy Manager's role is to support the Public Policy department and CAFB member food banks in all policy and advocacy matters, including planning, implementing and monitoring anti-hunger/anti-poverty education and advocacy campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. This includes the creation, implementation, ongoing facilitation and growth of the County Advocate Program to increase CalFresh enrollment throughout the state.
This is a full-time position based in our Downtown Oakland office, which is accessible by BART and bus lines.
- Lead County Advocate Program to engage County Advocates in the Alliance to Transform CalFresh’s (ATC) work to improve CalFresh for all Californians.
- Provide leadership for CAFB and ATC’s equity initiatives.
- Monitor evolving threats to SNAP/CalFresh and other federal nutrition programs with a county level lens.
- Lead county level advocacy analysis and leverage local partnerships to inform CAFB’s federal advocacy; and, provide/create educational materials to support local advocacy efforts. .
- Web management oversight: content and design for CAFB Policy pages, Alliance to Transform CalFresh website and Basecamp platform, and California Hunger Action Coalition website.
- Represent CAFB and provide leadership with advocacy coalitions, including California Hunger Action Coalition, Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium, and Health and Human Services Network.
- Liaise with research and advocacy staff at various local and national organizations including Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center; maximize use of research findings to support policy and organizational priorities.
- Direct and facilitate CAFB’s representation at CHAC’s state-wide annual Hunger Action Day: planning and staffing of event.
- Track state legislative, budget, and research developments.
- Empower and support food banks to educate state legislators about critical public policy issues that affect low-income Californians.
- Coordinate CAFB’s annual state legislative day in Sacramento.
- Research and develop policy briefs, fact sheets and reports on various anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs and polices.
- Assist in developing and implementing CAFB’s annual legislative agenda.
- Maintain relationships with appropriate governmental agency and legislative staff.
- Develop and implement advocacy strategies with local, state and national partners.
- Assist the Development Department in grant writing, report outs and funder meetings.
- Content development and contribute to e-newsletter, social media outlets and other external communications.
- Other duties as necessary or assigned.
- A BA or BS in a related field; Master’s degree preferred;
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively with diverse membership and allied organizations;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong Interest in hunger, poverty and other social issues;
- Strong interest in and commitment to creating social equity
- Commitment to mission of CAFB;
- Spanish-language proficiency preferred;
- Three or more years of experience working on anti-hunger, anti-poverty, or related issues strongly preferred; and
- Experience with one or more California and/or federal safety net programs, particularly CalFresh, strongly preferred.
Personal Attributes and Values:
- Passion, enthusiasm, focus, and creativity around CAFB’s vision, mission and values of community, leadership, transparency, and diversity.
- Impeccable integrity and honesty.
- Strong work ethic with an orientation towards constant innovation and process improvement
- Innovative self-starter and problem solver with a bias toward action
- Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with people of diverse backgrounds/circumstances
- CAFB welcomes applicants with lived experiences of poverty and hunger
Competitive benefits package
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please fill out the web form at https://fs10.formsite.com/cafb2/form41/index.html.
Attach your cover letter and resume where indicated. Please follow submission directions carefully. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.