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Partnership Support Specialist

About Feeding Texas
Feeding Texas is a statewide network of food banks leading a unified effort to end hunger in Texas. Together with our 21 member food banks, we strive to ensure adequate, nutritious food for all Texans, improve the health and financial stability of the communities we serve, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for hunger solutions. Join us!

Team Overview
The Feeding Texas Social Services Outreach team provides skilled support to our food banks providing localized quality assurance, technical assistance, program evaluation, and comprehensive training.

Job Description
This position is a unique opportunity to help food banks build partnerships in isolated and underserved communities, identifying new Community Partners in those isolated communities, and to work with existing partners to improve access to SNAP food assistance through YourTexasBenefits.com.

The Partnership Support Specialist (PSS) will evaluate existing partnerships and support the development of new partnerships, with an emphasis on partners that provide health care, comprehensive care and economic opportunities to underserved populations and communities. The PSS also will conduct training and regional workshops for food bank staff and other community partners.

The ideal candidate is mission-driven, self-starting, flexible, and strategic. Applicants should have strong writing and technical abilities, solid time management and organizational skills, and an interest in connecting Texans experiencing hunger to the food and resources they need to thrive.

Job expectations for the Partnership Support Specialist include:

● Conduct basic quantitative and qualitative analysis, research, rapid strategy prototyping and testing, and documentation of best practices that are focused on the target populations and partners.
● Provide partnership-building support to food banks to expand access to isolated and underserved communities. This support will be provided according to plans developed with food banks specifying the nature of support desired (e.g. identification of potential partners, agreement-building facilitation) and targeted populations.
● Evaluate existing partnerships, and develop expertise network-wide for: healthcare, comprehensive care, and economic opportunity partnerships for isolated and underserved communities. Activities may include identifying best practices, writing partnership guides, and incorporating this knowledge into practice.
● Support Community Partners in expanding access to the Your Texas Benefits website, including developing and hosting workshops with community partners and food banks.
● Develop and facilitate regional workshops for food bank staff.
● Valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation.
● 40% travel.

Minimum Qualifications
● Education/Certificates:
○ Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience related to social work, governmental affairs, political science, non-profit management or related field
● Required Experience:
○ Experience managing resources
○ Competence with computer applications including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional and Outlook
● Skills/Abilities:
○ Ability to perform Internet research with accuracy and proficiency.
○ Ability to manage time efficiently.
○ Ability to take direction from supervisor as well as work independently with minimal supervision.
○ Orientation to detail, accuracy, and meeting deadlines.
○ Ability to work cooperatively under pressure with a broad range of people.
○ Ability to communicate tactfully with network members, other staff, and the public.

Applicants should also be committed to social and racial justice and health equity, with a belief that improving outcomes for all Texans–regardless of their race, place, or class–requires local and state solutions that correct injustices and promote equity.


Salary
The position’s starting salary is $45,000 with a competitive benefits package.

Location
Feeding Texas is located in South Austin, TX on 1524 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #342, 78704. Alternative office location at Houston Food Bank in Houston, TX on 535 Portwall Street, 77029.

To Apply
Please submit a one-page cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references by 11/29/2019. to: jobs@feedingtexas.org. Please include “Partnership Support Specialist” in the subject line.

Feeding Texas is an Equal Opportunity employer that offers positions with varying skill levels and responsibilities that amplify our mission. We strongly encourage people with lived experiences of hunger and members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.


VISTA Client Empowerment Corps

Feeding Texas seeks highly organized and motivated individuals to serve for one year at food banks participating in our “Client Empowerment Corps,” the only statewide AmeriCorps*VISTA program addressing the causes and effects of food insecurity and empowering hungry Texans.

Since 2014, the Client Empowerment Corps has been helping food banks across the state engage the community and innovate programs to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity. VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) build non-traditional partnerships to increase client access to new economic and health services, and strategically incorporate the voices of hungry Texans into the public conversation on hunger through the Storybanking Initiative and client engagement projects. With ample coaching and personal development opportunities, our corps offers emerging non-profit professionals a way to gain a level of experience above other entry-level positions.

Our VISTAs create innovative partnerships and services at food banks aimed at creating better health outcomes, increased financial security and opportunities for hungry Texans to add their voices to the public conversation.

Multiple service locations and projects are available.