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 Manager

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

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, its programs, and its research and advocacy, through the media, publications, events, and online communications. This position will be responsible for initiating and implementing media relations strategies and overseeing the editorial development of FRAC reports, blogs, e-newsletters and alerts, website content, and other materials. The Communications Manager 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, and content for blogs;
  • Develop and coordinate strategies for telling the personal stories that highlight the positive impact of nutrition programs;
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with select media;
  • Manage Meltwater and press lists;
  • Manage the website’s Press Room;
  • 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 and send monthly e-mail updates to this group;
  • Mobilize and support state organizations by facilitating communications around FRAC’s program priorities;
  • Prepare and share turnkey media assets with FRAC’s state and local network of anti-hunger advocates;
  • Work closely with state and local groups to strengthen relationships with, and pitch stories to, state-based reporters and bloggers covering anti-hunger and federal nutrition program issues;
  • Serve as point person for media and communications for Maryland Hunger Solutions and D.C. Hunger Solutions; and,
  • Manage Press/Communications intern and other staff as needed.

Editorial:

  • Plan and oversee development of a strategic editorial calendar and strong promotional 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;
  • 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;
  • Supervise graphic designer and ensure all materials adhere to FRAC branding guidelines; and,
  • Serve as point person for printing vendor.

Advocacy Communications:

  • Work closely with Legislative Unit on action alerts;
  • Help identify communications needs for ongoing legislative activities and coordinate outreach efforts with other members of Communications Team; and,
  • Develop content for letters/petitions to policy makers on website.

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;
  • 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:

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

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


Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA members

Positions Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with Hunger Free America, 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 Hunger Free America. 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 Hunger Free America.
  • 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.


Summer/Fall Food Supplement Program Intern

Position Available
Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join Maryland Hunger Solutions as a summer/fall intern. Through advocacy, research, coalition-building, outreach, technical assistance, public education and program monitoring, the intern will work with MDHS staff to increase participation and benefits in the Food Supplement Program (FSP) and additional federal nutrition programs in the state of Maryland.  This internship will be located in Baltimore, Maryland with some travel around the state as required.

Organizational Background
Formed in 2007, Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is the leading Maryland non-profit working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in the State of Maryland by improving participation and benefits in public nutrition and related programs. MDHS’s focus is on using federal programs (e.g., food stamps, called the Food Supplement Program in Maryland, school breakfast and lunch, summer and afterschool nutrition programs, WIC and other programs) to reduce hunger and its adverse effects; to improve economic security, health and nutrition; and to strengthen community institutions.

Responsibilities
The intern will support MDHS’ work in Maryland to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP).  The intern will help recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach; 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).  The intern will also help create and update SNAP toolkit resources and investigate ways to better inform recipients of the SNAP Employment and Training Program. The intern may also assist in advocacy activities related to SNAP, school nutrition, or other anti-hunger, anti-poverty initiatives.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years college education.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public.
  • 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.)

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, however, the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.

To Apply
Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references to: employment@mdhungersolutions.org. Please include “Intern – MDHS” 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.


Summer/Fall MDHS Press/Communications Intern

Position Available
Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is looking for a summer/fall Press/Communications Intern to expand the organization’s media work, including writing 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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).
  • To draft letters to the editor when appropriate.
  • To reach out to targeted reporters as directed.
  • General administrative tasks as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years college education.
  • 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.
  • Experience with social networks, and knowledge of basic HTML.
  • Video editing skills a plus.

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.

Start Date
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however, the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (no more than 3 pages each) to employment@mdhungersolutions.org. Include “MDHS 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 age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.