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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


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.

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.

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.


Content Writer/Technical Editor

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 Content Writer/Technical Editor. The successful candidate has experience in writing engaging copy for a variety of audiences and formats, writing about public policy and/or social justice issues, and has a keen eye for writing and reviewing copy for grammatical and factual accuracy, style consistency, and comprehension. The Content Writer/Technical Editor reports to the Senior Manager, Media and Content Marketing and will work closely with the organization’s President.

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, 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 editing and writing content across a range of platforms that compellingly conveys FRAC’s mission, proposals, positions, work, and leadership. Content could include reports, op-eds, organizational brochures, blogposts, email alerts, website content, letters to the editor, and other materials. The Content Writer/Technical Editor will:

  • Write and edit op-eds, letters to the editor, and features to be placed in outlets that allow longer lead-time. This could include magazines, newspapers, and blogs.
  • Share in the writing of FRAC reports and analyses.
  • Review and edit documents for comprehension and grammatical accuracy.
  • Edit reports in consultation with content/policy expert(s) and/or the Communications staff.
  • Assist with managing the workflow of all editorial products by setting and maintaining realistic deadlines, and creating a supportive editorial process.
  • Determine levels of edit to meet aggressive schedules and frequent release cycles.
  • Work across departments and functions to ensure that all written material reflects the organization’s positions and branding.
  • Work with Communications and other staff as appropriate to develop or revise messaging for consistency and maximum impact.
  • Collaborate with internal subject experts to help evolve editorial standards and processes.
  • Provide writing assistance, editorial guidance and editing on other editorial products, as needed to grantee and partner organizations related to communicating their work and messages.
  • Identify writing opportunities for the organization to pursue to shape the conversation on food assistance policy, hunger, nutrition and/or poverty.
    Undertake other projects assigned by the President or Communications Director.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience as a staff writer, journalist, writer/editor or in a similar capacity, preferably for a nonprofit organization, media organization, or public relations firm.
  • Outstanding editing and editing skills, and 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.
  • Track record of published reports, op-eds, or other materials 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:

Content Writer/ Technical Editor Search
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org (Please include “Content Writer/Technical Editor” 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.

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.


Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), seeks a highly motivated and skilled leader for the organization’s work to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security and well-being of low-income residents in Washington, D.C. The ideal candidate must be a highly skilled public policy advocate, manager and leader; evidence a strong commitment to social justice; be an effective supervisor of a talented staff; be creative and a self-starter; have a proven ability to excel at working in partnerships; and have experience balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders. This full-time, director-level position is located in Washington, D.C. and reports to FRAC’s president.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national non-profit research and advocacy organization working through public policy and public-private partnerships to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition among low-income people in the United States.

Founded in 2002, D.C. Hunger Solutions is a separately staffed and budgeted initiative of FRAC, seeking to end hunger in the nation’s capital.  By leveraging substantial available federal dollars and improving D.C.’s operations of federal and local nutrition programs, D.C. Hunger Solutions work has helped to feed tens of thousands of District residents struggling with hunger and has increased access to healthy, affordable food. D.C. Hunger Solutions leads or plays a key supporting role in the efforts of the various anti-hunger and anti-poverty coalitions throughout the city (e.g., the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition, D.C. Farmers’ Market Collaborative, the Language Access Coalition, the Senior Advisory Coalition, and the Mayor’s Commission on Healthy Youth and Schools).

D.C. Hunger Solutions strategies include:

1) Maximizing participation in and benefits from the federal nutrition programs (e.g., school breakfast and lunch; afterschool, summer, and child care nutrition programs; SNAP; and WIC) through outreach, advocacy, technical assistance, and collaboration. The federal nutrition programs are proven, readily-available solutions to key problems of low-income people. By providing federal funding for food, these programs not only reduce food insecurity and hunger, but also improve nutrition, health, early childhood development, school achievement, and overall well-being. By leveraging millions of dollars to purchase food at area grocery stores and farmers’ markets and create jobs in food retail, school cafeterias, and nutrition sites, the federal nutrition programs also provide jobs and economic stimulus for low-income households and D.C. as a whole.

2) Improving the District’s public policies in order to end hunger, reduce poverty, promote nutrition, and curb obesity. D.C. Hunger Solutions is a trusted resource for D.C. Councilmembers, public agencies, non-profits, and the public on anti-hunger and poverty reduction policy solutions, D.C. Hunger Solutions has provided the leadership for the passage of significant anti-hunger legislation including the Healthy Schools Act, FEED D.C., the Food Stamp/SNAP Expansion Acts of 2009, 2010, and 2014, and the Healthy Tots Act of 2014.

3) Increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income neighborhoods. D.C. Hunger Solutions works to identify “food desert” areas of D.C. and promote solutions that improve access to health food and the health of low-income communities, such as increasing the number of grocery stores, healthy food retail outlets, and nutritious food options at corner stores.

For more information on D.C. Hunger Solutions, see http://www.dchunger.org. For more information on FRAC, see www.frac.org.

Responsibilities

The Director will lead and oversee all aspects of D.C. Hunger Solutions work, including strategic planning, fundraising, media relations, staff management and supervision, policy analysis, public education, advocacy, outreach, coalition-building, technical assistance, and organizing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to anti-hunger efforts in Washington, D.C.;
  • Recruiting, developing and managing a talented staff;
  • Spearheading advocacy efforts;
  • Assuring that the policies and practices of District agencies are designed to allow low-income families and individuals access to nutrition program and that the District takes advantage of options in federal law to maximize access and benefits;
  • Supporting families and individuals, community-based organizations, service providers, schools, child care providers, and others in the District to use the nutrition programs to the greatest extent possible;
  • Guiding the development of information and tools such as reports, policy briefs, guides, etc., and providing hands-on technical assistance to effectively implement the federal nutrition programs in District of Columbia;
  • Building relationships with funders and working with the FRAC development team on proposals and reports to generate financial support;
  • Managing the budget to match priorities and funding;
  • Making public presentations and representing D.C. Hunger Solutions and its causes in the media;
  • Leading and participating in coalitions and grass-roots efforts; and,
  • Recruiting, developing and managing a talented staff.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with and commitment to social justice and the needs of persons with low-income;
  • Undergraduate degree required and advanced degree in relevant area (such as public policy, law, public health, nutrition, social science) preferred;
  • Experience with anti-poverty or anti-hunger programs strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills;
  • At least five years of organizing, coalition-building and policy advocacy experience or equivalent;
  • Experience developing senior-level relationships with other groups, public officials, funders, the media and others;
  • Fundraising experience desired;
  • Ability to work independently and set and achieve program goals;
  • Experience managing an office and developing and recruiting staff; and,
  • Flexibility to travel within DC and occasionally outside of the area.

Salary and Benefits

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

To Apply

Send resume, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience to:

D.C. Hunger Solutions Director Search
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

E-mail: employment@dchunger.org  (Please include “D.C. Hunger Solutions Director Search” in subject line.)
Fax: 202-986-2525
No phone calls please

Closing Date

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 sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted June 17, 2015.


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 Summer 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 summer of 2015. The intern will work with the team to develop a report focused on nutrition policy.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree, in progress, 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 processing and analyzing data in Excel or statistical programs (e.g., Stata, SAS, SPSS).
  • 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.
  • Track and analyze trends of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to create advocacy tools and state & national data reports.
  • 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 an 8 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 30 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of 3 references to employment@frac.org.  Include “Research and Statistics 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 June 5, 2015.


Temporary Staff Assistant

Position Available
D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, seeks a part-time temporary Staff Assistant to work on SNAP outreach, pre-screening, and application assistance with an emphasis on connecting eligible older residents to the benefits of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.  This position will support the efforts of D.C. Hunger Solutions to submit 500 SNAP applications for eligible residents 60 years of age and older and will require work in a variety of community-based settings.

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, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

As the hub of anti-hunger advocacy, outreach, research, and public education work in the District of Columbia, D.C. Hunger Solutions plays a key leadership role in improving public anti-hunger programs and developing and promoting stronger solutions proposed by anti-hunger and anti-poverty groups and coalitions throughout the city.  D.C. Hunger Solutions carries out its mission to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition by: maximizing participation in the federal nutrition programs (SNAP/food stamps; WIC; school meals; and summer, afterschool, and child care meals); improving public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, improve nutrition, and curb obesity; and increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income District of Columbia neighborhoods.

D.C. Hunger Solutions works to alert the public and policymakers about the extent of hunger and its adverse effects on health, learning, productivity and well-being; to forge and implement workable solutions; and to engage a network of partners to make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need.

Responsibilities

  • Work with D.C. Hunger Solutions staff to develop and implement SNAP outreach strategies targeted for eligible older residents;
  • Conduct SNAP outreach, pre-screening, and application assistance at sites where older residents frequent such as congregate meal sites, senior housing, and senior wellness centers;
  • Provide one-on-one SNAP application assistance to residents who may be homebound;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with senior social service providers who can help connect eligible seniors to SNAP;
  • Submit SNAP applications that include verification documents and work to schedule telephone interviews for eligible seniors;
  • Maintain Excel spreadsheets to track the distribution of outreach materials, SNAP pre-screenings, and SNAP applications;
  • Organize SNAP materials to be delivered to sites;
  • Staff community events and educate residents about SNAP; and,
  • Complete other SNAP outreach projects as they arise.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Commitment to working for social justice;
  • At least two years of course work towards completion of a bachelor’s degree;
  • Strong oral and organizational skills;
  • Ability to reach out effectively to low-income residents eligible for program benefits and
  • community-based organizations;
  • Willingness to work varied hours, including some weekends;
  • Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong ability in working on a team and independently; and,
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Salary
$15 per hour for 16 – 24 hours per week for 35 – 50 weeks to be completed by April 30, 2016.

To Apply
Send resume, writing sample (not to exceed three pages), and cover letter providing a summary of accomplishments and experience to:

D.C. Hunger Solutions
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th ST NW
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

E-mail: employment@dchunger.org (please include “Temporary Staff Assistant” in subject line.)
Fax: 202-986-2525
No phone calls please

Closing Date
When filled.  However, FRAC/D.C. Hunger Solutions 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 sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted May 18, 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.