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Manager of Communications, Development, and Digital Outreach

Background

Hunger Free America (founded in 1983 as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a dynamic and highly effective national progressive anti-hunger advocacy and direct service organization that is based in New York City but works in all 50 states.

The Nation has written that the organization has grown into “one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation.”

Our mission is to build a nonpartisan, grass-roots movement to enact the progressive public policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Our long-term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but also to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic and public policies needed to end hunger entirely. Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and civic fabric, we know that eliminating it will boost the nation both economically and spiritually. Towards that end, we’ve adopted the motto: “Ending hunger lifts us all.”

The HFA is seeking to immediately fill a new Manager of Communications, Development, and Digital Outreach position, which will be based in New York City and report directly to the organization’s CEO. This position is vital in helping Hunger Free America achieve its historic national objectives.

Responsibilities

Working closely with, and reporting directly to, HFA's high-profile CEO, this position will be responsible for: coordinating HFA’s outreach to existing and potential financial donors, facilitating interactions with the news media, ensuring a strong web and social media presence, and managing the organization’s donor and media databases.

Specific duties for this position include:

  • Working with the CEO and Board of Directors to help write and implement a comprehensive and aggressive – but realistic – development plan to increase both unrestricted and restricted donations (with an emphasis on new online and digital outreach to small and medium donors).
  • Working with the existing Manager of Institutional Giving and Evaluation in identifying, writing, and pitching foundation, corporate, and government funding proposals, and in submitting reports to funders. 
  • Facilitating interactions between the CEO and members of the Board of Directors with existing and potential funders (both institutional and individual).
  • Helping develop an expanded individual donor program, including an expanded direct mail and/or online program and an increased utilization of fundraising events. Coordinating with other staff and volunteers engaged in fundraising on behalf of Hunger Free America.
  • Maintaining database of existing and potential donors, and providing acknowledgments for all donations.
  • Helping to create and implement a comprehensive, year-round communications plan at the city, state, and national levels in order to advance our progressive policy agenda.
  • Helping to research, write, edit, proofread, design, and distribute all of the organization’s media and communications materials, including: press advisories and releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, fundraising materials, research and policy publications, annual reports, monthly electronic newsletters, brochures, flyers, action alerts, blog posts, and Facebook postings. 
  • Creating content (written, graphic, audio, and video) for our web site and social media and ensuring our web site, Twitter feed, Facebook posts, and Instagram account are updated frequently.
  • Maintaining up-to-date, comprehensive, and accurate media lists at the national, regional and local level. Sending pitch emails and direct messages, and making pitch calls.
  • Arranging media coverage for events and media interviews for the CEO, other HFA staff, as well as for low-income Americans.
  • Monitoring and compiling print, electronic media, and social media coverage of hunger, poverty, nutrition, obesity, and the politics surrounding those issues.
  • Carrying out other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Experience

This is an excellent opportunity for a hard-working, creative, ambitious, go-getter who both wants to help Hunger Free America make history and advance their career by sharpening key skills and learning directly from top leaders in the field. Hunger Free America is seeking an accomplished professional with at least two years of successful experience in journalism, fundraising, corporate communications, political communications, or fundraising work. Candidates for this position must have excellent abilities to write clearly and persuasively – as well as to carefully edit and proof-read –under tight deadlines.

Ideal candidates will also meet as many of these requirements as possible:

  • A bachelor's degree. Extra points for a relevant graduate or professional degree.
  • Comfort and skill in asking people and entities for money.
  • Willingness to roll up their sleeves to directly get the work (including nitty gritty list management work) done.
  • Experience with managing a CRM database.
  • Experience in media relations, fundraising, and/or web and social media production and placement.
  • Basic graphic design and audio and video and production skills, including general familiarity with design and production software.
  • A demonstrated commitment to, and passion about, Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger nationwide.
  • Stellar organizational multi-tasking skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines without fail.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.

Hunger Free America s an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, gender identities, 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. Hunger Free America offers significant benefits to all full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan. Employees also receive very generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. In addition, employees 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: communicationsjob@hungerfreeamerica.org


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Hunger Free New York City

Bilingual (Spanish) Benefits Specialist

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible residents to SNAP / food stamp benefits and to assist them during the application process. The receipt of SNAP for those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget.  The program has expanded significantly in the city over recent years, with over 1.7 million New Yorkers now in receipt of SNAP benefits. However, hundreds of thousands more are eligible for but not receiving SNAP.

Job Description:

The Benefits Specialist will work as a member of our United Way of NYC-funded Food Supports Connections program.  The primary responsibility will be to provide SNAP / food stamps eligibility screenings and application assistance from several community-based host locations spread throughout NYC.  The Specialist will also attend community events to perform outreach and screenings, and to conduct presentations on SNAP and other nutrition benefits. All work must be entered into a database in order to track client progress.

The Specialist will conduct follow-up to ensure that applicants receive the correct amount of monthly benefits in a timely manner, and help to resolve cases in which this has not occurred. 

HFNYC 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.

Skills:

*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (SPANISH, English) will be considered for this position. 

Experience in: anti-hunger/nutrition; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / food stamps); working in Queens low-income communities.  High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.  Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations, including a strong health insurance / benefits plan.  The employee will also have opportunities for training and professional development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hungerfreenyc.org

Be sure to include Spanish Benefits Specialist in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Or fax to: 646.358.4917 – include Spanish Benefits Specialist in subject line.


Hunger Free New York City

Bilingual (Chinese) Benefits Specialist

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC) strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible residents to SNAP / food stamp benefits and to assist them during the application process. The receipt of SNAP for those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget.  The program has expanded significantly in the city over recent years, with over 1.7 million New Yorkers now in receipt of SNAP benefits. However, hundreds of thousands more are eligible for but not receiving SNAP.

Job Description:

The Benefits Specialist will work as a member of our United Way of NYC-funded Food Supports Connections program.  The primary responsibility will be to provide SNAP / food stamps eligibility screenings and application assistance from several community-based host locations spread throughout NYC.  The Specialist will also attend community events to perform outreach and screenings, and to conduct presentations on SNAP and other nutrition benefits. All work must be entered into a database in order to track client progress.

The Specialist will conduct follow-up to ensure that applicants receive the correct amount of monthly benefits in a timely manner, and help to resolve cases in which this has not occurred. 

HFNYC 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.

Skills:

*ONLY BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (ideally both Mandarin & Cantonese, English) will be considered for this position. 

Experience in: anti-hunger/nutrition; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / food stamps); working in NYC low-income communities.  High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.  Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations, including a strong health insurance / benefits plan.  The employee will also have opportunities for training and professional development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hungerfreenyc.org

Be sure to include Chinese Benefits Specialist in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Or fax to: 646.358.4917 – include Chinese Benefits Specialist in subject line.