Jobs and Internships

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


Communications Director

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center seeks a talented and experienced communications professional for the newly created position of Communications Director. Reporting to the President and serving as part of the senior leadership team, the Communications Director will develop and lead an ambitious and comprehensive program that will advance FRAC’s communications strategy and institutional positioning. The Communications Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of FRAC’s marketing, communications, and public affairs and for communicating FRAC’s important work and institutional strengths to diverse audiences across varied platforms.

The position demands leadership, sensitivity to organizational culture, and a thorough understanding of best practices in contemporary communications. Broad experience in strategic communications planning, media and public relations, and social and digital media is a prerequisite. Leading candidates also will have demonstrated an ability to accurately grasp, articulate, and advance an institution’s mission and act effectively in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.

The individual will manage a team of experienced and talented staff and consultants.

Organizational Background

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and implement a comprehensive communications, marketing and branding strategy for FRAC that will maximize FRAC’s policy and program impact and increase FRAC’s visibility and reputation.

  • Establish and implement an annual planning process to identify key communications objectives, target audiences, tactics, and communications evaluation methods.
  • Advise and support communications to key stakeholders.
  • Develop, write, and execute messaging and media outreach strategies to support the organization’s mission.
  • Provide vision and direction for a comprehensive, consultative branding and messaging project.
  • Lead a renewal of the overall online and digital presence.
  • Oversee the design of and adherence to branding and style guides.

Implement creative strategies to leverage traditional and social media platforms to reach all audiences.

  • Supervise and participate in the writing of content and editing, and building strong and productive relationships with both print and electronic media.
  • Ensure the organization is understood by the media and the media are interested in presenting FRAC’s information to the public.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the FRAC brand using traditional and social media techniques.
  • Use traditional and social media to enhance FRAC’s reach to current constituencies and new audiences.

Provide leadership and direction to the communications staff and consultants.

  • Review and assess FRAC’s communications staffing and resource needs.
  • Mentor and empower staff and provide opportunities for professional growth.
  • Collaborate with FRAC staff to use communications to advance the organization’s policy objectives.

Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in communications.
  • Experience in non-profit, government or policy work strongly preferred.
  • A record of creative, visionary leadership and professional excellence in the development of communication, branding and marketing strategies and programs in collaboration with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.
  • Knowledge of media relations and public relations strategies.
  • Knowledge of effective branding and marketing strategies.
  • Experience with the strategic integration of social media in communications plans.
  • Proven record of success in developing relationships at all levels of an organization and across functions as well as with members of the media.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to hire, mentor and motivate staff.
  • An ability to manage budgets and to align priorities and resources.
  • A record of success with innovative uses of emerging technologies.
  • Unquestioned integrity, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor.
  • A commitment to social justice.
  • An advanced degree or commensurate senior-level professional experience is preferred.

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:

Communications Director
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org (Please include “Communications Director” 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.

Posted June 25, 2014.


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.


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.