Who We Are:
FoodCorps believes every school should be a healthy school and every child – regardless of race, place or class – deserves to be well nourished and ready to learn. In underserved communities across the country, our AmeriCorps leaders teach students about healthy food through hands-on lessons, partner with farmers and food service workers to create nutritious and delicious school meals, and collaborate with communities to insure a long-term culture of health. Building on this foundation of direct impact, FoodCorps pursues systemic strategies that will benefit all of our nation’s 100,000 schools.
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps is seeking a strategy-minded, action-oriented Advocacy Manager to support policy engagement efforts across FoodCorps’ myriad stakeholders, including alumni, program partners, and the public. The ideal candidate will help strengthen the capacity of FoodCorps’ state-based networks across the country to engage in effective policy advocacy. The Advocacy Manager will help in planning and executing live and digital strategies that inspire participants, build awareness about our issues, and advance FoodCorps’ priorities at the state and federal levels. The Advocacy Manager will manage planning, communications, and execution of advocacy campaigns. This position will play a key role in furthering our growing state and federal policy efforts in coordination with our DC-based Policy Director, our 18 state-based program staff and partners, and our New York City-based Marketing and Communications team. Additionally, the Advocacy Manager will support advocacy partnerships with allied organizations.
This full-time position reports to FoodCorps’ Policy Director and is based in FoodCorps’ Washington, DC office. Exceptional candidates from other locations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Some travel is required (5-10%).
Who You Are:
You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission and eager to work on policy change as a means to achieve that mission. You are a self-starter, eager to build and execute new strategies. You like rolling up your sleeves and digging in to the details of the work. You are an exceptionally clear and concise communicator and can easily translate information across multiple audiences and via multiple channels. You leave no stone unturned in your work, always seeking new and creative solutions to multi-sector problems. You are comfortable juggling multiple projects and tight deadlines. You build strong, long-lasting, trusting relationships with partners, colleagues, and peers. You have a commitment to equity and a desire to work for social and racial justice.
Support strategy development and implementation for advocacy campaigns related to FoodCorps’ mission, such as farm to school investments, school garden development, and nutrition education initiatives
Assist in the implementation of strategic policy campaigns in 2-3 priority states at a time, to include:
facilitating stakeholder meetings
preparing in-state partners for legislator meetings;
organizing call-in days and letter writing campaigns
organizing capitol days
writing witness testimony
generally implementing the campaign strategy in coordination with state-based partners
Identify and build state-based partnerships that will support collective advocacy efforts
Monitor and track mission-related state and local level policies, determine engagement opportunities on those policies, and execute on any needed engagement
Support the Policy Director in developing advocacy strategies for federal-level policy goals and priorities
Manage FoodCorps’ digital advocacy platform and collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Team on digital and media strategies
Collaborate with FoodCorps’ Alumni Manager on training and deploying FoodCorps Alumni as advocates
Travel to priority states to support campaign initiatives
Skills of the Ideal Candidate:
Four to five years of related professional work experience is required
Demonstrated experience developing and managing policy advocacy campaigns
Demonstrated experience working with advocacy technology, such as Phone2Action or Salsa
Experience or familiarity with FoodCorps’ issue areas and the policies that govern them: food systems, nutrition, school food, education, public health
Experience in start-up environments or experience building new organizational initiatives
Proficiency in Google Docs, Slack, Box, PowerPoint and Salesforce preferred
Ability to plan, build, and execute new projects and work streams
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excels at working with people and on teams
Proactive and detail oriented, with strong organizational and analytical skills
Comfortable with an organizational environment that is fast-paced with an emphasis on technology and collaboration amongst geographically distributed staff and partners
Ability and willingness to travel
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter, short writing sample (5 page max), and salary requirements through our hiring site at http://foodcorps.hiringthing.com/.
FoodCorps pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and geographic location, and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) matching, professional development funds and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Manager role with a salary range of $55,000.
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. FoodCorps is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. FoodCorps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. FoodCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees as required by law.
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.