About the Organization

Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. As the state’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organization, Hunger Free Colorado is dedicated to achieving a future in which all Coloradans have equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

The organization is committed to achieving racial, economic and food justice and seeks employees who share these values. In 2020, Hunger Free Colorado adopted a new vision for our staff experience: “Employees can exercise influence at all levels of the organization and are provided relevant and intentional opportunities to grow as professionals and people.”

 

Job Summary

Hunger Free Colorado is seeking a talented, passionate, and mission-driven community organizer to do outreach and engagement with systemically vulnerable communities in intentional and transformative ways. This position requires stellar interpersonal skills, deep knowledge and understanding on how systems of oppression intersect with the lived experiences of our community members, and a strong motivation to achieve food justice in Colorado. The community organizer works towards empowering community members to be in the driver’s seat of policy change.

Hunger Free Colorado is transitioning to become a community-led and community-driven organization. We believe that building deep, intentional and transformative relationships with community is the only way to produce the long-lasting changes our communities deserve. Our community organizers will have the responsibility to engage in meaningful ways with impacted community, and that includes to build with and in community. To do this, the community organizer will develop deep trust within the communities we are working with, show up in community from a place of humility, recognizing that to be in community is to co-create knowledge together, and will model the ways we recognize our humanity, respect, and dignity for ourselves, our families and communities.

A key role of the community organizer is to develop deep relationships with community members, partner organizations, community leaders, promotoras and navegadoras comunitarias, and other community advocates in the field to build a strong foundation that will lead us to an intentional engagement and mobilization of community for policy and systems change.
 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in the development, coordination, and implementation of movement building plans, strategies, and tactics while demonstrating a strong commitment to cross-movement work
  • Create, coordinate, implement and facilitate leadership development trainings for community members
  • Build meaningful, thoughtful, transformative relationships with impacted community members, partners, and community advocates in the field, while integrating healing justice practices within plans, strategies, and tactics in community organizing
  • Lead and manage the Hunger Free Colorado Community Council and recruit community members for joining the Council
  • Support the implementation and integration of the organizing program with internal staff development, policy, client services, and communication departments
  • Participate in local and statewide coalitions while centering community’s voice, a racial justice framework, and equity
  • Build, nurture, and grow strong partnerships with promotoras and navegadoras comunitarias to continue our work on food accessibility for different communities around the state
  • In conjunction with the Senior Data Analyst & Evaluation Specialist, identify, design and implement program evaluation and data collection processes and procedures that are culturally appropriate and center the lived experiences of the communities we work with
  • In partnership with the Community Food Systems Senior Manager, provide support to food pantries and local food coalitions in the integration of a community centered and community-led approach
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting and communications, both internally and externally
  • Cross-collaborates with other departments within Hunger Free Colorado to meet organizational goals around development, policy, advocacy, organizing and communication
  • Other related assignments as necessary
     

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness and ability to work a varied schedule beyond core office hours, including occasional evening and weekend events. Please see details in Work Environment section below.
  • Professional experience in community outreach and engagement, advocacy programs, managing community groups, and/or community development
  • Personal experience preferred with hunger in your own life or that of your community, or professional experience in the hunger, economic justice, and/or racial justice field
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity work along with a passion for continual learning and motivating others to learn, practice and grow along with you
  • Deep understanding and analysis of the impact of systems of oppressions how those intersect with systemically marginalized communities lived experiences
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills, including listening and mediation skills, transparency, humor, and intuition
  • 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
  • Strongly preferred, not required: Bilingual Spanish/English fluency

 

Work Environment

  • All positions are required to be Colorado-based during and after remote work. 
  • All positions are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before utilizing the shared office or providing services to the public in the field. Reasonable accommodation will be made for those with medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • We are a dynamic and diverse team representing varied racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds that engages in regular conversations about structural equity and historical inequities. 
  • These positions will operate in a hybrid fashion, both in-person and remotely through Microsoft office platforms.
  • These positions require reliable transportation for regular travel within Colorado in order to engage with statewide partners in the food system in person and create meaningful relationships with them.
    • Areas of travel will include Denver Metro area, Western Slope, Eastern Plains, and rural communities throughout the state).
    • These positions will be reimbursed by Hunger Free Colorado for mileage costs associated with all job-related travel.
  • These positions require schedule variations beyond core office hours, including occasional morning, evening and weekend events. When these variations are needed, employees will be encouraged to adjust their schedule and take “flex” time to ensure reasonable work balance.
     

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range for this position is $49,350 – $54,600 per year, depending on qualifications and experience.

Hunger Free Colorado offers an exceptional benefits package including an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), holidays, paid time off, retirement plans, and insurance coverages which include but are not limited to health, vision, dental, and life insurance. For staff who have worked at least 6 months FT, parental leave and professional development benefits are available. Detailed benefits documents are available to interested candidates upon request.

Hunger Free Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment and we strongly encourage you to apply if you are part of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and/or LGBTQIA community, are differently abled, a veteran, or are of diverse nationality or religion.

Hunger Free Colorado expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Hunger Free Colorado will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.

 

Application Process

Timeline

This position will stay open until we fill the two available positions. Our goal is for them to begin as soon as possible.

How to Apply

Before beginning your online application, please prepare the following documents for upload:

  • A resume detailing your experience related to the jobs above.
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in the jobs above.

To apply follow the link below. 

If you’d like to apply but need to use a different method than the online application portal, please give Jackie a call at 303.228.7947 and leave a voice message. She’ll be happy to call you back to find a solution that works for you!

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