The core functions of the National Hunger Clearinghouse are to:
· Connect: Connect with Emergency Food Providers (EFPs) to build the Clearinghouse and connect them with one another in order to increase access healthy fresh foods and encourage EFPs to move beyond the charity food model and into more sustainable, integrated approaches.
· Aggregate/Analyze: Collect best practices, seek out, and communicate with innovators in the field, and key resources. Present through a monthly newsletter, field reports, database, new materials, and website (Find Food, Build Capacity, and Get Info).
· Share: a) Share knowledge, field experiences, best practices, and new partners with EFPs across the country. b) Become a hub of resources for organizations and activists working on emergency food issues and connect them to ideas and innovation around increasing access to healthy fresh foods.
· Build: a) Build capacity of EFPs through education (webinars, web-accessible materials, program guides, site visits, workshops), special projects, funding opportunities, and mentorship opportunities. b) Build awareness about the intersection of EFPs, CFPs, and international policy and social movements.
Key Responsibilities of Position:
· Collect existing capacity-building resources and make them available to Clearinghouse partners
· Develop new capacity-building resources (ex: model program guides, best practice documents, webinars) and make them available to Clearinghouse partners
· Publicize the work of innovators in the field through articles, field reports, and site visits
· Assist with research and outreach to innovators in the field
· Conduct a minimum of two site visits to Clearinghouse partners per year
· Represent and build the Clearinghouse at events, conferences, and site visits
· Bring Clearinghouse participants together during regional workshops/brown bags
· Help develop, pilot, manage, and evaluate the Clearinghouse’s capacity-building services
· Contribute to special projects with an eye towards building multi-sectoral partnerships and fostering cross-pollination of ideas and methodologies
· Encourage and educate emergency food providers to adopt community food security approaches to dealing with issues of hunger, poverty, and social injustice
· Strong written and oral communication skills
· A keen interest and curiosity with regards to issues of emergency feeding, food sourcing, nutrition assistance, communities of faith, and social justice
· Bachelors degree and minimum 1-3 years full-time experience in the hunger and/or food systems field
· Ability to work with diverse populations
· Commitment to active professional development around issues of racism, classism, and other diversity awareness components relevant to the food justice field
· Excellent networking and presentation skills
· Ability to think creatively about innovative partnerships and community-based initiatives
· Event planning experience desirable
· Self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently
· Grant writing experience desirable
· Flexible attitude and good sense of humor a must
· Conversational Spanish language skills desirable
The Capacity Building Coordinator will report directly to WhyHunger’s Director of the National Hunger Clearinghouse, and will be a core member of the NHC Team.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to NHC@whyhunger.org with NHC Capacity Building Coordinator in the subject line.