Advocacy and Communications Associate
New York City Coalition Against Hunger
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that represents—and is the voice for — the more than 1,100 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the nearly 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers who live in homes that cannot afford enough food. The Coalition works to meet the immediate food needs of low-income New Yorkers and enact innovative solutions to help society move “beyond the soup kitchen” to self-sufficiency. The Coalition also recently launched a nationwide pilot program, working in 16 states, to use VISTA AmeriCorps participants to increase access to the Food Stamp Program and the Summer Food Service Program for children. This position, based in New York City, would work on NYCCAH’s programming both in NYC and nationwide.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Director of Communications, Government Relations and Community Organizing:
- Assist with the expansion of the organization’s Food Action Board initiative, including conducting trainings to community members in all five boroughs of the City.
- Work with the department director to create and disseminate “Action Alerts”, using social media and other outlets, on current policy issues related to hunger and poverty.
- Monitor major policy and outreach developments in funding to government – funded programs including, but not limited to, child nutrition, SNAP (also known as the food stamp program) WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), EFSP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program).
- Participate in meetings sponsored by partner organizations and community groups, with or in place of the department director, related to the organization’s involvement in policies and programs.
- Develop, with the department director, a citywide strategy, to engage a broad range of communities in anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocacy.
- Accompany the department director and other department staff to out-of-town meetings and conferences.
- Provide bi-weekly progress reports to the executive director and prepare progress reports for funders, as needed.
- Assist with the dissemination of media advisories, press releases, event planning, document editing, maintaining media and legislative contact lists.
- Create and update sections on the NYCCAH web site, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, with current news and information on anti-poverty policies aligned with the organization’s mission.
- Facilitate working groups of principals, teachers and parents to engage the School Food system
- Provide technical assistance to SFSP sites and schools
- Train and manage volunteers engaged in child nutrition activities
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience working at a nonprofit organization, labor organization, school system, or political operation. He or she must be a self-starter with experience speaking publicly, communicating effectively orally and in writing, and possess a desire to work with underrepresented populations. Experience providing technical assistance to non-profit organizations to enable them to increase access to those programs is a plus. Excellent writing, research, and “customer service” skills are required.
A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, although people with very significant, relevant, work experience will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in Spanish.
The Coalition is seeking a self-starter with strong organization-building, communications, problem solving, organizing, management, and inter-personal skills, as well as a very positive, “can do” attitude and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and enacting progressive social change. The person should be comfortable working in diverse neighborhoods and with people of diverse backgrounds. The person should also have a track record in achieving concrete, practical results.
The Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations. NYCCAH offers significant benefits to all full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan. Employees also receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. Employees also have opportunities for training and professional development in their work for one of the nation’s most respected and innovative anti-hunger organizations.
How to Apply
To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for this specific position to:
Advocacy and Communications Associate
NYC Coalition Against Hunger
50 Broad St, Suite 1520
New York, New York, 10004
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