Advocacy Communications Manager
Who We Are:
FoodCorps partners with schools and communities to nourish kids’ health, education, and sense of belonging so that every child, in every school, experiences the joy and power of food. Our AmeriCorps members serve alongside educators and school nutrition leaders to provide kids with nourishing meals, food education, and culturally affirming experiences with food that celebrate and nurture the whole child. Building on this direct service, FoodCorps advocates for policy change, grows networks, and develops leaders in service of every kid’s health and wellbeing. Our goal is that by 2030, every child will have access to food education and nourishing food in school!
What We’re Looking For:
FoodCorps is seeking an Advocacy Communications Manager who will be primarily responsible for writing and developing policy-related communication materials for FoodCorps’ myriad partners and platforms, including policymakers, program partners, alumni, and the public. Reporting to the Policy Director, with close collaboration with the Marketing and Communication team, this position will lead the planning and implementing of live and digital advocacy campaign strategies that engage participants, build awareness about our issues, and advance FoodCorps’ priorities.
This is a full-time, remote position with a preference for the Washington DC Metro area, with occasional travel to attend events or visit our programs in the field.
Who You Are:
You are passionate about FoodCorps’ mission and have a dedication to food justice and racial equity. You are a self-starter, eager to build and implement new strategies. You have experience developing and managing policy and advocacy campaigns, crafting specific content targeting policymakers to achieve legislative success. You specifically understand the needs and nuances of speaking directly to policymakers, and can easily translate information across multiple audiences and via multiple channels. You like rolling up your sleeves and digging into the details of the work. You leave no stone unturned in your work, always seeking new and creative solutions. You can become comfortable with an organizational environment that is fast-paced with an emphasis on technology and collaboration among geographically distributed staff and partners. You build strong, long-lasting, positive relationships with policymakers, partners, and colleagues, with the ability to listen and learn as much as you share your wisdom and ideas across departments.
- Lead and implement advocacy and communications strategy development and implementation related to FoodCorps’ policy priorities (primary audience: policymakers, agency leaders, grassroots partners, FoodCorps networks, and general public)
- Lead the development of FoodCorps’ policy-related collateral for various external audiences such as legislative staff, donors, program partners, and general public (blog posts, fact sheets, toolkits, social media posts, advocacy toolkits)
- Serve as a primary writer for policy-specific content that is timely and relevant including press releases, action alerts, social media messages, and policy issue briefs.
- Serve as the liaison between policy and communications teams, understanding both team priorities, keeping the communication team advised of relevant policy communication opportunities, and contributing to policy-specific communications goals by participating in team meetings and updates.
- Manage the digital advocacy platform (Capitol Canary, formerly Phone2Action) and conduct regular analysis on advocacy engagement of FoodCorps networks; collaborate with the Email Marketing Manager to build advocate supporter journeys to grow our advocacy network
- Collect stories and testimonials from FoodCorps sites, alumni, and partners in service of achieving policy goals and connect them to policy and advocacy content
- Collaborate with FoodCorps’ outside PR firm related to policy-specific projects (op-ed placement, press releases, public events)
- Build relationships with counterparts at partner and coalition organizations to amplify policy communications working in concert with other organizations as appropriate
- Maintain centralized contact lists for Hill office relationships for communications and invitations opportunities
- Support the Policy Director in developing and implementing policy strategies for federal-level policy goals and priorities, including both legislative and regulatory activities
Measures of Success:
By the end of year 1, the Advocacy Communications Manager will have:
- Tested workflows between policy and communications teams; including content creation and delivery across multiple platforms (website, media, issue briefs, press releases, social media, and digital advocacy platforms)
- Created and updated FoodCorps’ policy issue collateral related to the organization’s key policy priorities and programming per state/district for Hill offices and grassroots audiences
- Contributed to the growth of FoodCorps’ policy list through action alerts, social media campaigns, and other creative efforts; collaborated with the communication team to create tailored user journeys related to policy
- Supported advocacy campaigns around Farm Bill and other policy opportunities.
- Contributed to the creation of the organizational content calendar with consistent policy content to deepening policy knowledge of FoodCorps’ general audience
- Provided communications support leading up to and during congressional visits to FoodCorps school and partner sites
Thriving with FoodCorps
In addition to generous medical benefits and an annual $3000 401(k) matching, FoodCorps provides:
Social justice work is both vital and demanding. FoodCorps recognizes this and provides ample time to recharge, including:
- half-day Fridays
- 4 weeks of accrued time off
- 12 federal holidays (AND your birthday!)
- 2 week winter break
- a sabbatical policy
As an organization that supports youth development, our family policies need to match our values. To that end, we offer:
- 16 weeks paid parental leave
- Up to $7500 in financial support towards adoption fees, surrogacy expenses, contraceptive services, and travel for abortion services
Ongoing Support and Professional Development
At FoodCorps, we want our people to work in the way that works best for them. We provide:
- $850 annual home office funds
- Internet bill reimbursement
- $500 annual professional development funds
How to Apply:
To be considered, submit your résumé & cover letter through our hiring site at http://foodcorps.hiringthing.com/.
This position is a manager-level role with a starting salary range between $62,000 - $69,000. This salary range will be $71,000-$79,000 for candidates currently based in high-cost-of-living areas.
Because we prioritize the health of communities and kids, FoodCorps requires COVID-19 vaccination for staff and service members, to the extent permitted by applicable federal, state, and local law. More information about this requirement and the exemption process to apply for a legally-required exception to the vaccination requirement will be provided during onboarding, should you receive a job offer from FoodCorps.
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 accommodation to applicants and employees as required by law.
Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations at any point in the employment process.