Metro Civic Engagement Organizer

Application deadline: December 2, 9:00PM PST

Pay details: $53,000 - $58,000 Depending on experience

Who We Are:

Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable
food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Please visit our website to read more about our commitment to equity.

Who We Are Looking For:

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are experienced community and civic engagement organizer who will provide leadership and implement year round civic engagement strategies across Oregon. You are known for your ability to think holistically in terms of issues, organizations and communities and to identify opportunities for multiple constituencies to act in collaboration through civic engagement to change policy and build power.

You have a proven ability build effective relationships and move people toward common goals. You can navigate complex political conversations and translate power and organizing concepts to engage broad constituencies in action. You are experienced in building the capacities of others to engage in organizing and change strategies. You are an agile organizer – comfortable adapting to community realities across issue, identity, culture and geography—while moving an agenda for racial, gender and economic justice. You are skilled at juggling multiple competing deadlines and judicious at setting priorities.

You have confidence in your skills and knowledge and the humility to reflect, listen to understand, and be changed. You have an empathetic nature and are able to understand the situations, needs and motivations of the individuals, groups and organizations we work with. You are courageous enough to take risks, shoulder responsibility, fail occasionally, and continually learn.

Most of all, you are excited by the idea that we can build power with communities most impacted by food insecurity and leverage that power toward systemic change.

Position Summary:

The Metro Engagement Manager organizes individuals and builds civic engagement capacity aligned with our mission and policy priorities. The position ensures that OFB is advancing our 10 year vision to build a movement to end hunger through building a base of people who share values of eliminating the root causes of hunger and have the skills to engage their own communities.

Primary Responsibilities:

Civic Engagement Organizing and Capacity Building

  • Participate in development and implementation of Washington Country organizing project that builds a people of color led leadership core and supports their leadership in local systems change campaigns and amplifies their stories as experts through experience.
    • Participate in OFB Washington County staff team in support of Washington County Organizing Project.
  • Develop and implement year round civic engagement strategies that engage individuals and organizations in alignment with OFB’s movement building, organizing and policy change priorities in the Metro area.
  • In collaboration with the Regional Network Developers, provide leadership, training and technical assistance to support and amplify and Metro partner agencies capacity to implement year round civic engagement strategies.
  • In collaboration with Movement Building Manger, cultivate and maintains relationships with cross-sector organizations, networks
    and community leaders in the Metro area who are aligned with our values, priorities and strategies.
  • Based on capacity, provide on the ground support to local organizing campaigns aligned with our priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with other OFB Organizers to build a leadership base/program of clients/volunteers and other community members.
  • Participate in leading organizing trainings within OFB and with our organizational partners as needed.
  • Manage AVO Department Interns.

Leadership and Organization Building

  • With Statewide Civic Engagement Organizer, develop and manage a civic engagement internship program that connects interested students from communities most impacted by food insecurity with opportunities to expand their skills and experience and acts as a leadership pipeline for a movement to end hunger.
  • Participate fully in cross-department teams as assigned or as critical to position responsibilities.
  • Participate fully in OFB’s Advocacy, Volunteer and Organizing Team, share leadership across the team in peer to peer collaboration and team development.
  • Participate fully in OFB’s organizational planning processes, data and technology systems, lobbying and finance tracking processes and organizational equity journey.
  • Collaborate in preparation of annual department budget and manage policy related expenses.

Skills and Experience of the Ideal Candidate:

  • 4-6 years experience in in race and gender justice social change strategies – including community organizing and civic engagement.
  • 4-6 years experience building cross-organizational relationships and working in coalitions or networks spanning issue, identity and geography.
  • Demonstrated excellence in core community organizing skills and developing these skills in others.
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify strategic opportunities for organizing and leverage those opportunities in to measurable mission aligned action.
  • Demonstrated excellence in conceptualizing project and campaign workplans and project managing from conception to evaluation. Excellent verbal communications, facilitation and training skills.
  • Communicates diplomatically yet effectively with all audiences.
  • Outstanding relationship building skills. Ability to develop and maintain relationships in the context of building relationships for the organization and its mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate conflict through effective leadership and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information effectively and confidentially.
  • Ability to travel for up to four days within Oregon up to 4 times per year.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior food systems, food banking or food justice experience.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English, bi-lingual and multi-cultural skills.
  • Personal lived-experience of systemic hunger and/or its root causes (racism, sexism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, ableism, ageism, size-ism, ethnocentrism, and classism).

Fine Print:

Work is performed in an office environment while sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. Periodically walk throughout the facility (warehouse and office) to communicate with staff and check on the status of projects. May lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Work outside normal working hours and occasional out of town travel and driving your personal vehicle for various projects as needed.