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Vice President of Engagement

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Project Bread
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Boston, MA
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Published 18 days ago

Project Bread connects people and communities in Massachusetts to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make food more accessible—so that no one goes hungry. To assist us in meeting our mission, Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is seeking a VP of Engagement to join our growing team.

At Project Bread, we have a deep commitment to creating positive social change and recognize that hunger and racism are inextricably linked. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Knowing its centrality to our work, Project Bread is committed to equity and inclusion. We aspire to build a diverse team, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.


Supervisor: President & CEO

Salary Range: $100,000-$125,000 annually


The Role: The Vice President of Engagement is a newly created leadership role, reporting directly to the President & CEO. The VP of Engagement will serve as a member of the senior team and will partner with other senior leaders to move the organization powerfully forward. The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of Project Bread and provide visionary leadership for the development and implementation of a plan for the organization to authentically and consistently engage individuals who currently are experiencing, or who have experienced, food insecurity, in developing and implementing our programmatic and policy priorities and strategies, as well as informing the larger anti-hunger strategy beyond our own work. 


We know that meaningful engagement of individuals with lived experience of food insecurity will result in the most impactful solutions and recognize that our organizational model, which includes both direct service work and systems change work, uniquely positions us to move this work forward.  We are committed to embedding this work across all departments within the organization; we will not outsource each team member’s engagement, equity, and inclusion efforts to this leader, but we will look to them for leadership, alignment, support, and accountability. An initial plan has been created and the VP of Engagement will be responsible for building off this starting point.


This position also oversees the Director of Community Partnerships. Project Bread’s community partnerships program was launched in 2020. We have granted unrestricted funds in 10 target communities in an effort to form meaningful, intentional partnerships with community organizations that are steeped in food access and food justice work. As the pandemic has brought to the fore the fragility of food insecurity for so many, and in particular for BIPOC communities, who are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity because of structural racism. Project Bread is listening and learning to better understand the root causes of these systemic issues. These learnings will help ensure that the policies, recommendations, programs, and services they are rendering/supporting, are responding to critical community needs and lifting up local solutions.


At Project Bread, we have a deep commitment to creating positive social change and recognize that hunger and racism are inextricably linked. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Knowing its centrality to our work, Project Bread is committed to equity and inclusion. We aspire to build a diverse team, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people who have experienced food insecurity themselves. 



Primary Responsibilities:

Strategy Development

  • Provide strategic vision to engage people with lived experience of food insecurity in all aspects of the organization.
  • Develop metrics to measure and assess outcomes and impact across the organization and within specific departments.

Management

  • Develop and oversee a budget for this program.
  • Lead, support, and influence colleagues to operationalize our engagement plan.
  • Establish open and effective communication channels between different departments and communicate progress internally.
  • Supervise Director of Community Partnerships. 

Engagement & Organizing

  • Build an engagement plan that aligns with the organizational strategy to advance our programmatic, communication, and policy work.
  • Develop and implement systems for relationship and records management.
  • Conceive, develop, and launch a Community Council for individuals with lived experience to provide strategic leadership for Project Bread and a peer-to-peer network for individuals with lived experience to informally connect with each other.

Learning & Innovating

  • Lead on internal and external learning and communication of trends, learnings, and progress of our engagement work, developing a communication system to share best practices and highlight bright spots.
  • Research, share, and innovate and pilot new approaches for engagement.
  • Contributes to helping Project Bread realize Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals and inform the strategy for ongoing progress in this area.


Qualifications:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. Project Bread recognizes this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Exceptional leadership, strategy, and management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of initiative and ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Demonstrated ability to continually conduct critical analyses of current practices with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Strong familiarity with community-driven models of policy change, program design, and communications strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain internal and external relationships. 
  • Demonstrated ability to meaningfully include diverse communities.
  • Personal commitment to solving hunger in Massachusetts.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, and positivity, in a very public facing role, with comfort interacting and supporting individuals of a variety of backgrounds.
  • Flexible, fun, and collaborative personality
  • Strong preference given to candidates with lived experience of food insecurity.
  • Being multi-lingual is not a requirement for the role but is recognized as an asset.
  • 10+ years of professional experience, with 5+ years of management experience in community engagement or organizing.


All employees are currently working remotely and will not return to the office until it is safe to do so. At that time, the VP of Engagement will need to be present in the East Boston office on a regular basis.

The Project Bread office is in East Boston. While there are various types of remote, hybrid and office-based positions, all staff are expected to occasionally be in the office. 

Benefits include Blue Cross Blue Shield health and dental, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, life and long-term disability, contributions to T passes and health club membership, and unlimited paid time off.


Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization at www.projectbread.org/careers/apply .

Review of applications will begin in the fall and continue until the position is filled.


Project Bread is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Please contact us at jobs@projectbread.org if you would like to request special accommodations during the interview process.

Project Bread connects people and communities in Massachusetts to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make food more accessible—so that no one goes hungry. To assist us in meeting our mission, Project Bread – The Walk…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
Boston, MA, USA

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