The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and undernutrition 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 United States 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 & Action Center (FRAC) seeks a talented and experienced anti-hunger and nutrition advocate to fill the position of Child Nutrition Policy Analyst working to expand and improve 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 and its education, health, and youth development partners, the successful candidate will expand the use of the School Nutrition Programs among low-income children, with a primary focus on the School Breakfast Program, and will seek ways to improve their services and accessibility. The ultimate goal is to ensure that millions more children are receiving the food they need, that families obtain the support such programs provide, that school nutrition policies contribute as much as possible to children’s wellness, and that the nutrition programs support low-income children’s educational achievement and health. This position offers opportunities to work in coalition with FRAC’s education partners and to gain experience as a coalition builder and project manager.

Organizational Background
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, technical assistance and training, 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, schools, 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 develop and implement 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;
  • Manage data projects and analyze national and state participation data in the school nutrition programs;
  • 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:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in advocacy, program oversight, 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.
  • A commitment to social justice.
  • An advanced degree is preferred, but not required.

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 & 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 the 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 10/19/16.


Part-Time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant

Position Available
Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join Maryland Hunger Solutions as a part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant, focusing substantially on outreach, training, and public education regarding Maryland’s Food Supplement Program (FSP), also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Stamps. This position will be located in Baltimore, Maryland, with some travel around the state required. This position reports to the Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions and the full-time Anti-Hunger Program Associate.

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’ 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.

MDHS works to educate the public and policymakers about the extent of hunger and its impact on Maryland residents, to forge workable solutions at the state and local level, to track the performance of state and local agencies, to identify and spread sustainable best practices, and to engage a network of partners to make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need. MDHS is a core member of the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, a public-private coalition led by the Governor’s Office for Children to raise awareness about childhood hunger in the state and increase participation in nutrition programs that combat hunger. MDHS leads the Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network and is a key participant in various other anti-hunger and anti-poverty coalitions. For more information on MDHS, see http://www.mdhungersolutions.org. For more information on FRAC, see www.frac.org.

Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Anti-Hunger Program Associate will predominantly involve outreach to increase participation in the FSP program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and participate in FSP outreach efforts with the Maryland Hunger Solutions staff, partners, and public agencies.
  • Provide support and leadership to other Maryland Hunger Solutions team members to integrate the team’s work on FSP outreach across the state.
  • Identify and develop outreach opportunities.
  • Record and track the results of outreach activities.
  • Assist in the preparation of development proposals and reports.

Skills and Qualifications

  • At least six months of relevant experience and a bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
  • Good conceptual and strategic thinking, and creative skills.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Demonstrated ability to reach out effectively to low-income families and community-based organizations.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and report on program data.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage several tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team orientation.
  • Own transportation required. (Parking/mileage reimbursement provided for required out-of-office travel.)

Compensation
$14 – $16 per hour for up to 20 hours per week through March 31, 2017, with the possibility of extensions.

To Apply
This position is available immediately.

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

Part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant Search
Maryland Hunger Solutions
Food Research & Action Center
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

E-mail: employment@mdhungersolutions.org (Please include “Part-time Anti-Hunger Program Assistant in the subject line).
Fax: 202-986-2525; No phone calls please

Closing Date
When filled. However, Maryland Hunger Solutions/FRAC seek 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 October 25, 2016.


School Breakfast Project Associate

Position Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) seeks a well-qualified candidate to fill the position of School Breakfast Project Associate. This position reports to the Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs. This is a temporary position that is available for 18 months.

The successful candidate will expand the use of the School Breakfast Program among low-income children, with a primary focus on working with targeted school districts to implement breakfast in the classroom and other alternative breakfast models. The ultimate goal is to ensure that many more children in each of the districts are receiving the food they need, that families obtain the support such programs provide, that school nutrition policies contribute as much as possible to children’s wellness, and that the nutrition programs support low-income children’s educational achievement and health. This position offers opportunities to work with multiple school districts around the country and to gain experience providing technical assistance and managing projects.

Organizational Background
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, technical assistance, information dissemination, 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

  • Manage regrants to targeted school districts;
  • Work with school districts to implement innovative strategies to increase access to the school breakfast and lunch programs;
  • Share best practices and highlight successes through written materials, webinars, conference calls, social media, and public speaking;
  • Organize state and local School Breakfast summits and meetings;
  • Provide appropriate information, technical assistance, training, strategic advice, and other hands-on support to school districts, state and community-based organizations, and activists regarding ways to improve and expand use of the school nutrition programs;
  • Work with FRAC’s communication’s department and external consultants to highlight school breakfast work through earned and social media;
  • Write guides, outreach materials, and reports for use by school districts, advocates, government agencies, policy makers, service providers, and the media;
  • Make presentations to diverse audiences on expanding access and participation in the School Breakfast Program; and,
  • Represent FRAC at coalition and partner meetings.

Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in grants management, coalition-building, nutrition program projects and outreach, advocacy, policy analysis, or organizing.
  • Experience in nonprofit, government or policy work strongly preferred.
  • Experience with project management, including meeting deadlines and achieving project goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically.
  • Very strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Knowledge of the school nutrition programs and effective expansion strategies.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Unquestioned integrity, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor.
  • A commitment to social justice.
  • BA required. An advanced degree is preferred, but not required.

Salary/Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous leave, health, retirement 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:

School Breakfast Project Associate
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Email: employment@frac.org (Please include “School Breakfast Project Associate” in subject line.)

Fax: 202-986-2525

No phone calls, please.

Opening/Closing Dates
The position is available immediately.

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 13, 2017


Winter Advocacy 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 winter intern. Through advocacy, research, coalition-building, outreach, technical assistance, public education and program monitoring, the intern will work with MDHS staff to protect and improve federal, state and local 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 communicate with federal, state and local officials about the importance of nutrition programs and how they can be protected and improved. The intern will help engage community partners, academic and nutrition leaders, faith-based organizations and local agencies to amplify our advocacy messages; and will coordinate with partner organizations to execute innovative and targeted advocacy campaigns. The intern will also help create social media resources and investigate ways to utilize nutrition program clients to help communicate their stories.

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 20 – 25 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.