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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


Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing

(Posted February 3, 2016)

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 Senior Manager, Media and Contact Marketing. The successful candidate has experience:  in developing and executing aggressive media campaigns and developing engaging and shareable content for a variety of audiences and formats, and writing about public policy and/or social justice issues. The Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing reports to the Director of Communications.

Organizational Background
The Food Research and Action Center 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 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 engages in research, policy analysis and advocacy, dissemination and implementation of best practices, coalition-building and an array of communications strategies. As such, FRAC’s works includes widely relied-upon reports and analyses, social media content and media tools such as news releases, op-eds and letters to the editor.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications Department is responsible for promoting FRAC’s mission, its brand and its programs through the media, publications, events, and online communications. This position will be responsible for initiating and implementing media relations strategies and creating compelling content across a range of platforms. Content could include reports, op-eds, news releases, infographics, organizational brochures, blog posts, email alerts, website content, letters to the editor, and other materials. The Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing will:

Media:

  • Work with the Communications Director to develop and execute media plans around:  campaigns; FRAC-created publications, events and sustained efforts; and key external events. Ensure media plans and outreach align with the organization’s overall strategic communications goals and objectives;
  • Lead aggressive media outreach efforts;
  • Develop messaging, press releases, statements, op-ed, content for blogs;
  • Prepare and share turnkey assets with FRAC’s state and local network of anti-hunger advocates;
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with select media;
  • Manage Meltwater and press lists;
  • Manage Press Room portion on website;
  • Track key media metrics on a monthly basis;
  • Inform, engage, and utilize a Communications Affinity Group of state advocates as an extension of anti-hunger communications efforts;
  • Send Group monthly e-mail updates; and,
  • Manage Press/Communications intern and other staff as needed.

Content Marketing:

  • Plan and oversee development  of a strategic editorial calendar and strong marketing plan for FRAC publications and e-newsletters;
  • Develop and ensure implementation of Style Guide for publications and e-newsletters;
  • Coordinate, guide and synchronize with internal stakeholders to ensure publications and other content have a clear purpose, target audience and desired outcome, and that materials are developed in a timely and efficient manner and adhere to deadlines;
  • Create high-impact, rich and shareable content to inform, engage and mobilize target audiences;
  • Collaborate with other Communications Team members to identify cross-market opportunities and repurpose and  optimize content  so it’s useful and relevant for multi-media platforms;
  • Utilize A/B testing to determine which content leads to engagement and other positive results;
  • Work with Web Communications Coordinator and Social Media and  Community Engagement Associate to review website/social media analytics and build upon/revise content accordingly;
  • Keep apprised of and share latest developments and best practices in content marketing;
  • Research, recommend and lead implementation of the latest data visualization tools;
  • Identify and utilize asset management software to organize photos and other digital assets;
  • Supervise graphic designer and ensure all materials adhere to FRAC branding guidelines; and,
  • Serve as point person for printing vendor.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Extensive experience in working with the media and securing substantial media coverage  in a similar capacity, preferably for a nonprofit organization, media organization, or public relations firm;
  • Experience creating compelling content for the web and growing a social audience;
  • Editorial mindset that seeks to understand what audiences consume and how to create it;
  • Outstanding editing skills, including a keen eye for writing and reviewing copy for grammatical and factual accuracy, style consistency, and comprehension, as well as a command of the AP Style Guide;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff across the organization;
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changes as part of the review and feedback process;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and complete projects accurately and quickly;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects effectively and, when needed, with urgency; and,
  • Track record of published reports is preferred.

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

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter, and writing samples (no more than 10 pages) to:

Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org  (Please include “Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing” 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.


Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA members

Positions Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), has openings for anti-hunger VISTA members in its three state-based initiatives headquartered in the District of Columbia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in those states. These positions are one-year AmeriCorps/Vista placements with FRAC’s D.C., Maryland and Virginia programs.

Organizational Background – The Food Research and Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center 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 in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS), Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) and Virginia Hunger Solutions (VHS) are FRAC initiatives working to create local hunger-free communities and to improve the nutrition, health, economic security and well-being of low-income residents of these communities. VHS is a joint project with the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPL).

Organizational Background – Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC)
The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Wal-Mart Foundation, and managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. VISTA members work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) for Americans in need.

Responsibilities
The full-year VISTA members will support FRAC’s work in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The members will help recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach. They will help identify and engage community partners, faith-based organizations and local agencies to expand the number of organizations providing SNAP application assistance and will coordinate with partner organizations to develop innovative and targeted plans to reach special communities of interest (non-English speakers, seniors, rural populations and low-income workers). They will also create and update SNAP toolkit resources and investigate ways to better inform recipients of the SNAP Employment and Training Program. The VISTA members may also work to increase outreach for summer meals, after schools meals, and to expand school breakfast programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; with preference for a degree in a field related to anti-hunger / social justice.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public on behalf of the organization.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team orientation.
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with SNAP/food stamp program a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ability to travel around the state for meetings and events. (Must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)

Time Commitment
This is a one year, full-time position with an expectant date beginning June 14, 2016. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment are strictly prohibited. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Housing
You are responsible for finding your own housing. No housing allowance will be provided.

Program Benefits

  • Living allowance, paid biweekly through NYCCAH
  • Segal Education Award ($5,775) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits through CNCS
  • Opportunity to forbear student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

To Apply
Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references no later than
March 31, 2016 to:employment@frac.org. Please include “VISTA member” in subject line, along with the location(s) where you prefer to work (DC, MD or VA).

AND

Please no phone calls.

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.


Archivist: Digital Management 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 an intern to work with FRAC’s communications unit.

Project Description
The Food Research and Action Center was founded in 1970, and has had a major role in shaping public policy around hunger and poverty. It fought for the creation of many of the federal nutrition programs, focused the country on “ketchup as a vegetable,” and conducted the first major survey of hunger in America. This project will create a digital asset management plan that will capture, preserve, and share FRAC’s achievements. The Archivist would be responsible for assessing the scope of work, helping the organization prioritize what needs to be preserved, and identifying gaps that require additional research. We are seeking a person who can help us not only identify what needs to be saved, but also help us think creatively about how to tell our story. This project will be supervised by members of the communications department, with additional support provided by the legislative department.

Project Outcome
At the completion of this project, the archivist will have created a process for reviewing and archiving FRAC materials, and will have helped to implement this process by reviewing and archiving FRAC historic materials.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assess and recommend a digital assessment management system.
  • Determine the scope of work by locating and reviewing original materials produced in a variety of formats.
  • Develop a plan for preserving materials in a digital format for long-term storage and preservation.
  • Develop a digital storage logging plan that clearly indicates what is being saved and where it is, including descriptions of the preserved records.
  • Implement this plan and provide a comprehensive guide to ensure quality control moving forward.
  • Identify and research gaps in FRAC’s archives.
  • Provide additional archival guidance as the process moves forward, including input on ways to share digital collection.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Masters of Library Science program preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of digital preservation issues and archival description.
  • Knowledge of archival preservation practices.
  • Knowledge of copyright law and issues pertaining to digitization and use of manuscript and photograph collections.
  • Knowledge of digitization best-practices and metadata management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office products.
  • Commitment to social justice, and strong interest in social policy

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. To Apply Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “ARCHIVIST:DIGITAL MANAGEMENT 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.


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.

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.

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.