Neighbor & Community Organizer

04 Aug, 2022


Neighbor & Community Organizer

Capital Area Food Bank
Washington, D.C.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION It is an exciting time at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as we continue to undertake our mission. We know that creating long term solutions to food security requires more than meals. It requires education, training, and collaboration. We are seeking people with strong ideas and a passion to come together to address the complex interrelated issues of food security, poverty, and equity. We are expanding in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs, health care and education. Food has the power to transform lives and move everyone forward. Find out how on our website at Let us discuss how food is at the center of everyone’s healthy life!

The purpose of the Advocacy Department is to enact policy change, enhance operations, and empower neighbor voice to build brighter futures through community and political engagement. CAFB’s service area includes DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, and this position is responsible for synergizing the voices of neighbors, volunteers, college students, and nonprofit partner agencies to build strong, grassroots coalitions to enact policy change, and enhance the operational reach of the food bank. The Neighbor & Community Organizer will work to build the advocacy power of community stakeholders and clients across several jurisdictions to accompany grasstops level advocacy efforts. This is an exempt position and will report to the Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, and will serve as a liaison between the formalized lobbying efforts (i.e. grasstops) of the food bank, and the grassroots and community-level work that should support or inform the annual policy agenda, food bank operations, or other outlets of impact.

The Neighbor & Community Organizer will join an agile Advocacy Department to play a leadership, implementation role in the day-to-day operations of the Client Leadership Council, a nationally recognized, ten-month advocacy training program for food bank clients designed to further empower neighbor voices in policy, press, and programming. Additionally, this position will lead an effort at the food bank to launch the Advocacy Action Network, a cohort of partner and direct distribution sites, to further lift the food bank’s policy agenda. Strong candidates for this role will have a sharp understanding of community organizing models, familiarity leveraging grassroots momentum to build the power of traditional advocacy-oriented policy strategies, and experience working with neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Spanish fluency is a plus.

Essential Functions:

Client Leadership Council – 70%

Provides general support to the management of CAFB’s Client Leadership Council;
Maintains regular contact with council members to track actions, schedule meetings, and support programmatic feedback into annual operating plan;
Leads planning and logistics of skills calls, in-person convenings, and advocacy actions;
Drafts correspondence to class members regarding advocacy opportunities, upcoming CLC events, or class updates;
Identifies and prepares CLC members for testimonies, meetings, and appearances;
Supports movement and community building efforts between CLC classes and advocacy stakeholders;
Supports group policy work to further empower client voice, and build momentum for CAFB’s annual policy agenda.
Community Organizing – 30%

Helps to organize and launch the Advocacy Action Network;
Works with CAFB’s Campus Food Security team to organize first-generation college students around select policy initiatives;
Coordinates calls to actions on behalf of CAFB volunteers and other community stakeholders;
Attends community events for CAFB presence.

Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience;
1 to 3 years of community organizing and policy experience;
Detail-oriented with the ability to juggle multiple projects for different stakeholders; and
A team player with an ability to do what is needed to achieve organization/team goals.
Strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks at once
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Creative, strategic, and a self-starter with an ability to work with diverse stakeholders, clients, and organizations;
Other Skills, Abilities:

Interpersonal skills

Displays humility, patience, compassion, and respect to the Food Bank’s clients.
Maintains a customer service mindset in all circumstances.
Possesses a friendly, positive and energetic demeanor and a can-do attitude.
Self organization and management

Utilizes strong organizational skills to prioritize and manage multiple tasks through frequent interruptions and rapidly changing policy environments/timelines.
Demonstrates confidence working independently;
Exhibits strong attention to detail and organization.
Demonstrates a strong sense of pride and ownership over his/her/theys areas of responsibility.
Other skills and abilities

Understands structure and programmatic intent of various social safety net programs.
Demonstrates intermediate capability with data entry, analysis, and visualization.
Personal experience with food insecurity is a plus.
Spanish fluency is a plus.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions –

The physical demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Sitting: over 2/3 percent of the time
Keyboarding: over 2/3 percent of the time
Driving: under 1/3 percent of the time
As required by the duties and responsibilities of the position.

EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2022-08-04