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  • The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, analysis, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and public education to improve public nutrition programs and broaden their reach. FRAC and its anti-hunger partners throughout the U.S. work to alert the public and policymakers to the extent of hunger and its impact, and forge workable solutions at the national, state and community levels.

Current Openings and General Internship Information


Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs

Position Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) seeks a talented and experienced anti-hunger and nutrition advocate to fill the position of Child Nutrition Policy Analyst to work on the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.  This position reports to the Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs.

Working with FRAC’s widespread network of national, state and local anti-hunger groups, its education, health, and youth development partners, and other FRAC child nutrition staff, the successful candidate will expand the use of the school nutrition programs among low-income children and seek ways to improve their nutrition quality services and accessibility. The goal is to ensure that millions more children are receiving the food they need, families obtain the support such programs provide, school nutrition policies contribute as much as possible to children’s wellness, and the nutrition programs contribute to health, development, and learning. This position offers opportunities for growth and experience as a public policy advocate, policy analyst/researcher, and coalition builder.
Organizational Background

The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause. FRAC is conducting a search for a Policy Analyst to help lead FRAC’s national, state, and locally-targeted efforts to expand and improve the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess the reach and quality of the school nutrition programs (school lunch and school breakfast) in targeted states and cities, as well as in the nation as a whole;
  • Provide appropriate information, technical assistance, training, strategic advice, and other hands-on support to national, state and community-based organizations, school districts, and activists regarding ways to improve and expand use of the school nutrition programs, including implementation of emerging strategies like Breakfast After the Bell, Community Eligibility, and improved nutrition standards;
  • Assist in the growth of effective local, state, and regional coalitions that work on school nutrition issues;
  • Work with school districts to implement innovative strategies to increase access to the school breakfast and lunch programs;
  • Work with local, state and federal government agencies to push develop expansion and policy improvements that increase access to the school nutrition programs;
  • Evaluate the effects of existing or proposed legislation, regulations, policies and practices in order  to determine ways to defend, improve and expand use of the school nutrition programs;
  • Write persuasive analytic materials, guides, outreach materials, and reports for use by advocates, government agencies, policy makers, service providers, and the media;
  • Make presentations to diverse audiences at state, regional and national conferences and meetings on expanding access and participation in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs;
  • Represent FRAC at coalition and partner meetings; and,
  • Speak to local and national media representatives about school nutrition program issues.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • An advanced degree is preferred, but not required;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in advocacy, policy analysis or organizing;
  • Experience in nonprofit, government or policy work strongly preferred;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically;
  • Knowledge of the school nutrition programs and effective expansion strategies strongly preferred;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Unquestioned integrity, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor; and,
  • A commitment to social justice.

Salary/Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous leave, health, retirement and other benefits.

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (no more than four pages) to:

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org  (Please include “Child Nutrition Policy Analyst for School Nutrition Programs” in subject line.)
Fax: 202/986-2525

No phone calls, please.

Opening/Closing Dates
The position is available immediately. It will close when filled. However, FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Desktop Publishing/Communications Intern

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is looking for a Desktop Publishing/Communications Intern to support the communications department.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

Projects may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Assist with design and formatting of FRAC publications, including reports, brochures, and other print materials.
  • Assist with the design of digital marketing materials, including presentations and web banners.
  • Assist with the development of graphs, charts, maps, and infographics to support FRAC data releases.
  • Assist with preparing orders and artwork files for print.
  • Monitor and update inventories for printed materials.
  • Organize and manage photography archives.
  • Other duties may be assigned as opportunities emerge.

Skills

  • Strong knowledge of desktop publishing and graphic design software and equipment, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator).
  • Ability to manipulate data and charts in Excel.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and familiarity designing for the web is preferred.
  • Photography skills are a plus.
  • Creative approach to projects.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in desktop publishing/graphic design and communications at a nonprofit organization.

Salary Details

This is temporary part-time position that pays $14 – $15 per hour, for up to 20 hours per week not exceeding 12 weeks.

To Apply

Email cover, resume, and examples of design work (print and online) to employment@frac.org. Include “Desktop Publishing/ Communications Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Press/Communications Intern

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is looking for a Press/Communications Intern to support the communications department.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Communications Department with media outreach.
  • Maintain and update press database, targeted press lists, media hits, and news clippings (both historic and current).
  • Research potential blogs, online listings, and local press outlets.
  • Assist with writing press releases, email alerts, fact sheets, and online materials.
  • Help monitor news stories and external events.
  • Assist with branding and formatting of Word documents, (e.g. fact sheets incorporating variable data).
  • General administrative tasks as needed.

Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Excellent research and writing abilities.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and keen attention to detail.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Knowledge of basic HTML a plus.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in communications and media outreach at a nonprofit organization.

Benefits

This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course/program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Fall interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 3 pages) to employment@frac.org. Include “Press/Communications Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Research and Statistics Spring Intern – Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs Team

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking an intern to work with FRAC’s nutrition policy and early childhood programs team in the spring of 2015. The intern will work with the team to develop a research article focused on food insecurity and/or nutrition policy.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, nutrition, public policy or other relevant area.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in food insecurity, child health, poverty, nutrition policy and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods (e.g., multivariable linear and logistic regression).
  • Experience with large secondary data sets (e.g., NHANES, NHIS, or others).
  • Working knowledge of a statistical program such as Stata or SAS.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.

Responsibilities and Potential Projects

  • Assist with analysis of national, state, or local federal nutrition program and/or food insecurity data.
  • Write an original research article on the association between food insecurity and health or well-being (or other relevant variable) that uses advanced statistical methods and a secondary data set.
  • Assist nutrition policy and early childhood program team with additional research needs.

Benefits
This internship may be done either to meet course /program requirements or as a volunteer.  If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500.

Start Date
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, but the ideal candidate will be available for a 12 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of 3 references to employment@frac.org. Include “Research and Statistics Spring Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted January 16, 2015.


School Nutrition Programs Summer Intern

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking a summer intern to work with FRAC’s child nutrition team, focusing primarily on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The intern will work with members of the child nutrition team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and education advocates, and school districts to expand participation in the school nutrition programs, and will provide research support on emerging issues effecting the programs. This position will include significant exposure to policy making processes and interaction (conference calls, meetings, etc.) with leaders in the anti-hunger and nutrition policy community.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

FRAC’s child nutrition work is part of its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which focuses on increasing children’s access to the federal nutrition programs. The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs play a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children’s health and educational achievement. This position will provide valuable experience working with key stakeholders and advocates to increase school meal participation by low-income children, with a special focus on encouraging schools to adopt in-classroom breakfast programs and universal free meal programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing and research skills; data analysis experience preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, education, poverty, social justice, and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge of the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.
  • Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.

Potential Projects

  • Assist with development and collection of data and surveys for FRAC’s reports on related to the School Breakfast Program.
  • Assist with development of technical assistance resources for state agencies and school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (the newest federal option for serving free school meals in high poverty schools).
  • Create monthly newsletter to inform key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the School Breakfast Program.
  • Track and update database of national, state, and local school nutrition program expansion efforts, including state legislation and available grant funding opportunities for schools.
  • Assist with development of in-classroom breakfast menu planning resources for schools, including creating sample menus and identifying best practices for improving nutrition quality.
  • Research emerging issues related to education reform and potential intersection with school meals programs.

Benefits

This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course / program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Summer interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “Child Nutrition Summer Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted January 23, 2015


Legislative Intern

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, analysis, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and public education to improve public nutrition programs and broaden their reach. FRAC and its anti-hunger partners throughout the U.S. work to educate the public and policymakers to the extent of hunger and its impact, and forge workable solutions at the national, state and community levels.

FRAC is looking for a Legislative Intern to support the work of the legislative department. This internship will provide key work experience in public policy development and advocacy at a nonprofit organization.

The intern’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Scheduling meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • Scheduling and assisting in the planning of FRAC’s coalition meetings.
  • Developing educational and background materials for Capitol Hill staff and field network.
  • Providing administrative support for the 2015 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (March 1-3, 2015 held in Washington, DC).
  • Monitoring Capitol Hill briefings, hearings and other events.
  • Maintaining network database and providing general administrative support.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or working towards one.
  • Interest in anti-hunger policy and advocacy.
  • Impeccable organization skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, including Excel.
  • Basic knowledge of federal public policy process.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to at least 5 months
  • 20 hours a week on a regular schedule.

Compensation: Paid

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to:

Legislative Intern Coordinator
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
E-Mail: employment@frac.org (Please include “Legislative Intern” in subject line.)
Website: www.frac.org

Opening/Closing Dates:

The position is available immediately. It will close when filled. However, FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

No phone calls, please.

Posted January 8, 2015


MDHS Press/Communications Intern

Position Available

Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is looking for a Press/Communications Intern to expand the organization’s media work, including writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, developing multimedia content for social networks, and supporting the organization’s communications strategies.

Organizational Background

Maryland Hunger Solutions is the lead research, public education, and advocacy group in Maryland dedicated to using public programs to end hunger. An initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, Maryland Hunger Solutions works with state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and its root cause, poverty.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with writing blog postings, opinion pieces, press releases, fact sheets, online content, and other written materials.
  • Research potential blogs, online listings, and local press outlets.
  • Monitor news stories and external events to identify potential press opportunities.
  • Assist with developing content for Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Produce multimedia content, including videos and photos.
  • Maintain and update press database, targeted press lists, media hits, and news clippings (both historic and current).
  • General administrative tasks as needed.

Skills

  • Strong writing skills and news judgment.
  • Excellent research abilities, and communication and organizational skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Experience with social networks, and knowledge of basic HTML.
  • Video editing skills a plus.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in communications and media outreach at a nonprofit organization.

Benefits

This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course/program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Fall interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and three to five writing samples (no more than 3 pages each) to employment@frac.org. Include “MDHS Press/Communications Intern” in subject line.

MDHS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. MDHS is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.