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Advocacy Manager

Project Bread connects people and communities in Massachusetts to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make food more accessible—so that no one goes hungry. To assist us in meeting our mission, Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is seeking a Advocacy Manager to join our growing team.

At Project Bread, we have a deep commitment to creating positive social change and recognize that hunger and racism are inextricably linked. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning, innovation, and diverse perspectives. Knowing its centrality to our work, Project Bread is committed to equity and inclusion. We aspire to build a diverse team, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

 

Supervisor:  Vice President of Public Policy

Salary Range: $65,000-$68,000

 

The Role: The Advocacy Manager is responsible for the development and maintenance of a strong network of volunteer advocates and community leaders/partners in order to engage in public policy campaigns in support of Project Bread’s state and federal policy agendas. The Manager will work closely with fellow members of the Policy Team and will collaborate regularly with other Project Bread staff, such as the communications team, Child Nutrition Outreach Program, Health Care Partnerships, and Community Partnerships.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assess grassroots, grasstops and coalition needs and roles
  • Identify, recruit, train and retain volunteer advocates and community partners, with emphasis on partnering with people with lived experience
  • Develop and implement strategic grassroots engagement campaigns in partnership with Assistant Director of State Policy and Assistant Director of Federal Policy
  • Authentically engage community members in the development and execution of all advocacy activities
  • Develop internal and external facing campaign materials (talking points, campaign timelines, updates on campaign milestones, key action steps) in collaboration with the Communications team
  • Lead strategy on social media and digital organizing to consistently update and engage the Action Team, legislators, and key partners/leaders, partnering with the communications team on execution
  • Work with the Policy Team and Events Manager on strategy for and execution of lobby days, advocacy events, and other campaign events
  • Maintain and manage contact databases; measure and report on progress
  • Keep abreast of best practices and trends in grassroots/grasstops advocacy and organizing
  • Other duties as required to achieve the goals of the Public Policy and Advocacy Program

 

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Participate in planning and evaluating the annual Walk for Hunger, including working as event staff the weekend of the Walk (first weekend in May), and attending pre-Walk events as assigned.
  • Participate in organization-wide events and meetings
  • Act to promote, sustain, and grow Project Bread’s positive, productive, and inclusive working environment.

 

Qualifications:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. Project Bread recognizes this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • Experience working with community organizing, issue-based advocacy campaigns, coalition-building
  • Working understanding of the legislative process at the state and federal levels
  • Experience with online advocacy platforms (Capitol Canary, Luminate, etc) and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) strongly desired
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and ability to present information clearly in a variety of formats and styles for different audiences
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to manage many tasks simultaneously
  • Pro-active work style and excellent follow-up and follow-through skills
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, team-based environment
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, preferably in community organizing, volunteer management, or nonprofits

All employees are currently working a hybrid remote and in-office model and are expected to spend at least one day in office per week. The Advocacy Manager will need to be present in the East Boston office on a regular basis, and available off-site at events across Massachusetts regularly throughout the year.

Benefits include Blue Cross Blue Shield health and dental, flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, life and long-term disability, contributions to T passes and health club membership, and unlimited paid time off.

Please apply here by completing our application form and uploading your resume and cover letter in MS Word or Pdf format.

Review of applications will begin November 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

 

Project Bread is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Please contact us at jobs@projectbread.org if you would like to request special accommodations during the interview process.

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