Hunger Free America (HFA) is a dynamic, growing national direct service and advocacy nonprofit organization. HFA is seeking a full-time Community Empowerment Manager to expand our pioneering Food Action Board (FAB) program in New York City and seed the beginning of new FAB projects at select pilot sites nationwide, including in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, and New Jersey.
The long-term goal of this position is to play a leadership role in building a nationwide movement to end domestic U.S. hunger, particularly by empowering people with lived experience with food insecurity and poverty in urban, suburban, and rural communities from coast to coast to speak out in their own behalf by lobbying elected officials, communicating with the news media, organizing their peers, and speaking at public events.
This is a hybrid position – with both virtual and in-person responsibilities – that will report to the HFA Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Research, with indirect reporting to the HFA CEO and HFA Chief of Staff.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The overall role of this position is to bolster Hunger Free America’s work to empower more Americans with lived experience with poverty and food insecurity to engage with the political process and government agencies at the federal, state, and locals levels to enact policies to end hunger by slashing poverty, increasing economic opportunity, decreasing the cost of living, and expanding the size, scope, and effectiveness of government safety net programs,
The Community Empowerment Manager will:
- Collaborate on the research, writing, design, and distribution of a comprehensive handbook on organizing low-income communities to help other entities nationwide pilot and manage FAB programs – the handbook would include sample training curriculum and a detailed discussion of the financial and legal issues regarding hiring/ giving stipends to/giving gift cards to FAB members.
- Recruit adults eligible with household incomes below $40,000 annually, for community organizing, media events, lobbying meetings, speaking opportunities, focus groups, and to offer policy opinions as needed.
- Train and support community organizers in helping target communities to access SNAP, WIC, and other forms of food aid, helping them obtain millions of dollars of food over time, in conjunction with HFA’s Benefits Access Department.
- Identify and develop formal partnerships with organizations fighting hunger throughout the country, with a focus on California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.
- Coordinate with the HFA Finance and Development Departments to raise funds for this initiative, develop and manage subgrant with partner organizations, and obtain invoices, documents, and programmatic reports from partners and consultants about subgrant activities as needed.
- Schedule conference and videos calls with partner organizations and precinct captains.
- Develop training and outreach materials to ensure community organizers have scripts, talking points, flyers, and PowerPoints presentations, and anything else that could help promote our work
- Manage volunteers and organizers to ensure progress on our expansions over time.
- Speak at public events and to the news media as needed
- Occasionally travel to attend meetings, conferences, and other organizational events.
- Other duties as assigned
Desired Background and Skills:
- Significant work experience or and/or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Community Organizing, Political Science, Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Education, etc.) is required.
- A basic knowledge of how public policies are created and implemented is required; specific knowledge of poverty and hunger policies is a plus.
- HFA is seeking a high-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.
- Applicants can be based in anywhere in the US (and will engage in hybrid work remotely, both from home and in person in local communities), but living in or near HFA’s national headquarters in New York City is a plus.
- This position requires proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations including booster shots within the CDC-recommended timeframe, unless the person as a verifiable medical or religious exemption.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is preferred
- Multilingual reading comprehension and writing skills are highly desirable, but not required for this position (Spanish, Bengali, Mandarin/Cantonese, Haitian-Creole, or Arabic proficiency would be particularly helpful)
- Knowledge of Salesforce and Airtable is preferred, but not required.
Salary and Benefits:
- This is a full-time, 35-hours per week position
- Starting salary will be between $55,000 – 62,000 per year depending on candidates’ education and experience.
- Hunger Free America offers significant benefits to full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan which includes fully paid employee premiums and a health reimbursement account.
- Employees receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time
- Employees are empowered working for an organization that centers equity in all forms in all our work, that frequently promotes employees from withing, that provide employees significant educational and training experiences, and makes a concrete difference in advancing our mission.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter to apply at https://jobs.lever.co/hungerfreeamerica/cafbb65c-d725-4f21-9562-2f18b0b889d5.