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Assistant Director of Federal Policy

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 an AD of Federal Policy 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: VP of Public Policy

Salary Range: $65,000-70,000


The Role: Project Bread's Assistant Director of Public Policy is responsible for developing, implementing and driving forward strategy to engage elected officials and the public in maintaining or enacting anti-hunger and anti-poverty policies on the federal level.


Primary Responsibilities:

Public Policy

  • Maintain professional expertise on policy issues related to food insecurity, poverty, and the root causes of hunger at the federal level.
  • Lead development of Project Bread’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Collaborate and maintain relationships with national partners and partner organizations involved in anti-hunger, anti-poverty efforts.
  • Drive content for external communications to share content, communicate policy developments and demonstrate thought leadership on key issues.
  • Draft written testimony or policy documents related to federal legislation and proposals that address hunger and its systemic root causes.
  • Draft organizational responses to legislation and administrative proposals to inform public on Project Bread’s position and demonstrate thought leadership.
  • Draft organization’s comments to proposed federal rule changes impacting federal nutrition programs.
  • Collaborate with Director of Research and Evaluation to obtain research and data needed for policy analysis and advocacy efforts on federal issues.
  • Analyze federal legislation as needed to drive strategy and inform advocacy.
  • Attend coalition meetings with like-minded organizations on timely issues.
  • Screen, recruit, train, and oversee public policy interns under the direction of the Vice President of Public Policy.


Grassroots Advocacy

  • Support content development for action alerts and other materials around pressing federal policy issues.


Secondary Responsibilities:


  • Take part in Project Bread activities related to the Walk for Hunger including working the weekend of the Walk for Hunger and supporting the fundraising event.
  • Represent Project Bread at community meetings and partner events.
  • Participate in organization-wide events and meetings and perform other program duties as assigned.



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.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience including budget management and staff supervision
  • Experience with federal nutrition programs
  • Experience with federal-level public policy and/or advocacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team
  • Excellent work ethic and impact-oriented approach
  • Local travel to communities in Massachusetts is required
  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in a related field.


All employees are currently working remotely and will not return to the office until it is safe to do so. At that time, the AD of Federal Policy will need to be present in the East Boston office on a regular basis.

The Project Bread office is in East Boston. While there are various types of remote, hybrid and office-based positions, all staff are expected to occasionally be in the office. 

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 submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization at .

Review of applications will begin in the fall 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 if you would like to request special accommodations during the interview process.

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