Job Description: 

Hunger Free Colorado is seeking a talented, connected, and mission-driven community advocate with stellar interpersonal skills and an authentic drive for moving the needle on hunger in Colorado to lead our community engagement efforts. The Community Engagement and Child Nutrition Manager coordinates and oversees efforts on the ground in communities throughout the state and liaises with critical partners in the realm of child nutrition programs. Responsible for representing Hunger Free Colorado to a broad constituency, this role promotes our programs, maintains and develops relationships where barriers to healthy food access and hunger relief exist, and makes connections among the myriad networks of government, community, agricultural, and nonprofit partners working in this space. A major theme of this role is contributing to our overall effort in encouraging new mindsets in stakeholders and service providers, and influencing policy so that tangible, lasting change occurs.

To see the full job description, please visit https://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/about/careers/

Areas of Responsibility
  • Maintain and develop collaborative relationships at all operational levels of organizations and programs addressing hunger, including but not limited to those related to child nutrition, food policy councils, food access coalitions and work groups, college hunger, and all other relevant stakeholders in the food justice and food access space 
    • Serve as Hunger Free Colorado’s primary thought partner with the Colorado Department of Education’s School Nutrition Unit, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, and school districts, as necessary, for promotion of and enrollment in all child nutrition programs
    • Serve as Hunger Free Colorado’s representative on Workgroup 5 for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger (maximizing participation in federal child nutrition programs)
  • Take the lead role in coordinating and facilitating the forthcoming Community Council, a statewide group of individuals with lived experience with hunger.  The Community Council will gather remotely and in person to better inform Hunger Free Colorado’s policy efforts and to engage in training around advocacy development and community organizing
  • Engage and connect in communities statewide as it relates to issues of hunger, child nutrition and healthy food access 
    • Prioritize the input of lived expertise throughout all our work, lifting up the voices of those we serve to be integrated in our decisions and goals
    • Listen to and assess the hunger-related needs in the context of different communities, using relational meetings and data-driven assessment tools 
    • Connect champions for addressing hunger with the various resources available (government- and community-based) that alleviate hunger in a community, develop relationships with the gatekeepers of those resources, and connect advocates to one another where strategies to address and resolve hunger are both lacking and desired
  • Collaboratively strategize and develop systemic and policy solutions to improving participation in federal child nutrition programs
  •  Serve as spokesperson and subject matter expert 
    • Point person for presentations to the community about Hunger Free Colorado’s programs, informed and prioritized by our mission
    • Subject matter expert for relevant panels, articles, and speaking opportunities as it relates to the reality of hunger and child nutrition in various metro and rural communities 
    • Stay current on hunger related news, issues, efforts, and organizations across the metro area and across the state 
  • Other duties as assigned  
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Passionate about healthy food access and eradicating hunger in our Colorado neighborhoods and communities
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills, including listening skills, and a demonstrated ease in relating to and connecting with people of various backgrounds and cultures
  • Literate in the fundamentals of racial and health equity, demonstrating a commitment to continual progress, motivating others to learn, practice, and grow along with you
  • Warm, engaging public speaking style
  • Demonstrated experience convening successful workgroups or meetings
  • Strong and compelling writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail, both in work products and in relationship coordination/cultivation in the community; outstanding ability to follow through and follow up
  • Ability to track all activities back to the bigger strategic picture
  • Proven track record of developing relationships on behalf of a mission-driven organization or initiative
  • Talented team communicator, easily reporting back themes from the community to various team members and departments
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an integral part of a team while operating with a high level of independence, autonomy, and trust
  • Reputation for integrity and getting things accomplished
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Familiar with and connected to the many food access organizations, coalitions, and grassroots efforts in the Denver metro area and other communities across Colorado
  • 3+ years’ professional experience in community organizing or community engagement
  • Knowledge of issues and policies relevant to federal child nutrition programs, including NSLP, CACFP, SFSP and WIC
  • 2+ years’ professional experience in human services and/or direct service nonprofit setting
  • Fluent Spanish speaker strongly preferred
  • Personal experience with hunger in your own life or that of your community, or professional experience in the hunger or economic justice field
  • Familiarity with systems such as Salesforce and Emma
Compensation/Benefits

Starting salary of $50,000-$55,000 per year, depending on qualifications. Hunger Free Colorado offers an exceptional benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance coverage with a generous subsidy for health insurance premiums; life, short-term disability and ADD insurance provided at no charge; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; retirement plan; paid vacation, sick leave and personal time, as well as 8 federal holidays and two additional paid floating holidays. 

Hunger Free Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment and we strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, veterans and people of diverse national origin and religion. 

How To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter specifically demonstrating your qualifications in the areas identified under Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as one document titled “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME Community Engagement Manager" to hr@hungerfreecolorado.org by Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Applications that don’t specifically address the core required competencies above will not be considered.

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