Food Resource Manager
The primary purpose of this position is to secure USDA commodities and other food resources to increase the capacity of Texas food banks to combat hunger. The Food Resource Manager will advocate for robust state and federal commodity programs and work directly with government partners to maximize food resources for Texas.
The Food Resource Manager is responsible for supporting food banks’ disaster preparedness and response, including training, technical assistance, and securing and routing food donations and other material aid to food banks during times of disaster. This person also manages the Hunters for the Hungry program, which provides funds to food banks to source venison donations. This position will work closely with the Director of Policy and Advocacy to develop advocacy strategies and build strong partnerships with government partners, food banks, Feeding America, and other stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
Policy and Advocacy
- Advocate for government support for food banks, specifically within The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and other federal and state commodity programs.
- Maintain expertise and track developments in federal nutrition policy and programs, including USDA commodities and other policies that advance food security.
- Develop and maintain strategic relationships with state and federal policymakers and staff, including government officials at the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM), and other key stakeholders.
- Work collaboratively with food bank staff to understand their ever-evolving needs and priorities.
- Work closely with the Director of Policy and Advocacy to develop policy solutions and advocacy strategies to draw resources to our network.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Develop and maintain working relationships and lines of communication with state and federal emergency management personnel, Texas food banks, Feeding America, and other nongovernmental organizations involved in disaster relief and support.
- Develop and oversee the delivery of training, technical assistance, and mock exercises to prepare local food banks to effectively respond during disasters.
- Coordinate disaster relief efforts at the statewide level, including sourcing and routing food, funds, personnel, equipment, and other supplies during times of disaster.
Hunters for the Hungry
- Manage the Hunters for the Hungry program, a program funded through Texas Parks and Wildlife, that enables hunters to donate excess venison to food banks.
- Work with Communications Director to promote the program at the statewide level through social media marketing and paid and earned media.
- Perform all program administrative functions, including supplying food banks with technical assistance and program supplies.
- Keep accurate records of venison donations and prepare reports for Texas Parks and Wildlife and external funders.
- Significant experience and expertise in food banking, disaster response, and/or public policy.
- Knowledgeable on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition, and/or poverty; familiarity with USDA commodities programs preferred.
- Professional experience advocating at the state and/or federal levels a plus.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Multitasker with great attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills.
- Ability to develop and implement new objectives, systems, policies, and procedures and to evaluate their effectiveness.
- Deep commitment to organizational mission of ending hunger and the integration of antiracist principles in programmatic goals.
- Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work both on a team and independently.
- Strong software skills & ability to quickly learn new technologies relevant to work environment.
Travel: 5-10% within the state of Texas, 5% outside the state
Applicants should be committed to social and racial justice, with a belief that improving outcomes for all Texans – regardless of their race, place, or class – requires intersectional solutions that correct injustices and promote equity.
The salary for this position is $60,000. Feeding Texas offers a competitive benefits package. We strive to provide non-cash benefits that encourage a work-life balance and promote the physical, mental, and financial health of our employees and their families.
Feeding Texas is currently working remotely. When it is safe to do so, we plan to re-open our Austin office and offer the flexibility to work in the office or from home, with the expectation of occasional in-person meetings and collaborative work as needed, and the ability to travel within Texas. Feeding Texas’ physical office is currently located at 1524 S IH 35 Frontage Rd Suite 342, Austin, TX 78704.
TO APPLY: Please upload your resume and complete a brief questionnaire here. The form will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. We expect to have a candidate selected by early November, with an anticipated, yet flexible start date for this position of December 1, 2021.
Request for Proposals: Messaging Framework Creation
Seeking a knowledgeable and innovative contractor to create a messaging framework that centers Texans experiencing food insecurity, incorporates racial equity, and resonates with elected officials. The ultimate goals of this work are 1) to advance policy change to reduce hunger, and 2) shift the public narrative about who is hungry and why.
Deliverables & Activities
Deliverables include a comprehensive messaging strategy for how we communicate about food insecurity, SNAP, and other anti-poverty programs. Of particular interest is how we frame our communications as it relates to marginalized groups and directly impacted communities.
Consultant will work closely with Feeding Texas and Every Texan staff and stakeholders between November 1, 2021 – April 31, 2022* to:
- Conduct a thorough assessment including a review of current messaging, data from like-minded organizations, etc. to determine how to evolve values-driven, race-forward and class-inclusive core messaging.
- Test via multivariate or other mechanisms a combination of messengers and messages to understand what resonates with various audiences, including targeted public & conservative lawmakers.
- Develop and present a roadmap for how we reframe our current messaging to center Texans enrolled in SNAP and other anti-poverty programs. This roadmap will serve as a blueprint for all communications moving forward and should integrate into current communications plans.
- Create a messaging plan for specific audiences including core messaging/talking points covering our strategic priorities.
- Create an effective communications plan and awareness-building approach including recommended platforms and outreach strategies.
- Provide up to 2 virtual training sessions for key partners, including food banks and coalition partners, on messaging and talking points.
Request for Proposal and Project Timeline
Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2021. Evaluation of proposals and interviews will be conducted from October 1 through October 15. Our goal is to select a contractor by November 1, 2021.
Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal:
- Brief explanation of why this project is of interest and what qualifies the bidder to do the work.
- Description of experience in designing and executing effective messaging strategies.
- Proposed project plan, approach, and timeline.
- Proposed costs to complete the tasks and outcomes described.
- Examples of similar projects completed successfully.
*The timeline for this work is flexible and may be adjusted based on the capacity of the contractor.
Bids of up to $75,000 will be considered. Please email email@example.com with bids and any questions.