Texas: Capital Area Food Bank of Texas seeks Senior Director of Advocacy and Public Policy

27 Feb

Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) has an opening for Senior Director Advocacy and Public Policy. This position is full time and will be based at our location in south Austin.

The primary objective of this position is to plan, develop and effectively implement programs to lead central Texas in eliminating hunger through engagement in public policy development, foster the growth of grassroots hunger awareness efforts throughout and beyond CAFB’s service territory, and provide a strong voice for those in need.


  • Develop and implement comprehensive annual plans to promote public policies related to hunger and food insecurity, and engage communities in advocacy efforts on behalf of the CAFB’s mission and clients.
  • As a member of the Mobilizing Communities division, work collaboratively with other departments to assure alignment towards building the brand and resource engine of the CAFB, while motivating the public to take action.
  • Oversee and disseminate information necessary for the advancement of the CAFB mission:
  • Develop and update the public policy agenda
  • Monitor and report on bills affecting the CAFB mission and vision
  • Perform public policy research
  • Write policy briefs
  • Build and maintain relationships with state, local, and federal officials; build and maintain a comprehensive contact list of state and federal legislative staff.
  • Responsible for establishing an annual advocacy communications plan, motivating the CAFB constituents and central Texas communities to take action includes blog content, action alerts, etc.
  • As appropriate, represent CAFB to the public, through tours and presentations to groups, service organizations, faith based groups, and interviews with the media.
  • Coordinate cultivation activities including management of a “360” view of relationships with key constituencies, including of donors, advocates, partner agencies, and coalition members.
  • Develops and conducts training sessions educating staff and partner agencies on the importance of advocacy and best practices.
  • Serve as liaison to the Texas Food Bank Network’s advocacy staff member.
  • Assist with development of annual departmental budget.
  • Seek involvement in organizations that enhance the profile of the organization and skill set of the individual.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.


  • College degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience.
  • Three to five years professional work experience in advocacy development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skills in computer applications i.e. word processing and database management.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work independently and organize work, time, and self.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other CAFB staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to represent the CAFB in a professional manner under a variety of conditions.
  • Ability to provide effective training, supervision of others, and delegate responsibly.

Please email your cover letter and resume to employment@austinfoodbank.org, with ‘Public Policy” in the subject line. CAFB employees should send a letter of interest and updated resume to Human Resources.

No recruiters, phone calls or walk-ins please. The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce.


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