Associate Director Advocacy, Volunteers and Organizers

Food Bank
Associate Director Advocacy, Volunteers and Organizers

Applications will be accepted until filled with the first review on 9/10/2021. A cover letter is required for consideration. This position will be remote through December 2021. The pay range for this role is $86,906-$99,941.

Who You Are:
You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to applying equity as a process and an outcome of your work to disrupt systemic social patterns that promote hunger such as racism, sexism, and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve this vision for and with our community.

Position Summary:
The Associate Director of Advocacy, Volunteers and Organizing works closely with the department Director to develop and manage the work of the Organizing team. This position oversees development of civic engagement and community organizing plans that result in systems change to end hunger and its root causes. As an experienced supervisor, this position manages and coaches both Community Organizers and supervisors of community organizers. building alignment and synergy with other departments. The position functions internally to create strategic plans for our organizing team, while also providing organizing and leadership training and consultation to our community partners who share OFB’s 10-year vision to build a movement to end hunger and its root causes.

Opportunity type
Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
-Lead development of year-round civic engagement, community organizing and campaign plans for the AVO Department in alignment with the strategic direction of the work.
-Mobilize cross-department collaboration and integration to align internal infrastructure with external strategies for the greatest impact with an emphasis on the Partnerships and Programs and Strategic Communications departments.
-Within the Department, maintain robust communication loops, identify barriers to project completion, knit professional development and accountability with impact objectives.
-Cultivate a collaborative and leaderful team culture using strength-based approaches that results in an effective and resilient team and supports team members in building their skills and strategy.
-Collaborative with the Advocacy, Volunteers, and Organizing Director to define and build consensus for OFB’s strategic direction and culture; including personal learning to address systemic inequity and its role in food insecurity.
-Oversee personnel hiring, onboarding, performance reviews, professional development. Support coaching within the department to support staff development of excellent interpersonal skills, divergent and convergent thinking for problem-solving, passion and authenticity, skillful delegation and time management, and compelling storytelling skills.
-Coach other managers on the team in building supervision skills – including but not solely direct reports.
-Participate fully in OFB’s Manager’s team, leaning into collective responsibility for developing management skills and a strong equity-centered organizational culture.
-Collaborate in preparation and co-management of the annual department budget.
-Directly supervise staff, providing performance coaching, training, development plans and documentation.

Organizational level responsibilities of exempt employees include:
-To be an ambassador and a leader for OFB’s vision and mission, a cross-departmental collaborator, and an active contributor to building a movement to end hunger for good.
In consultation and coordination with the supervisor, actively contribute to:
-cross-departmental efforts
-work culture activities and programming
-advisory and consultative groups such as the compensation committee, affinity groups, Equity Ambassadors, Equity Think Tank meetings, among others.
-plan and engage in professional development activities that strengthen your capacity for your specific role as well as your capacity to contribute and advance organizational goals, OFB’s vision and mission.
Other duties as assigned.

Application qualifications

Skills and Experience:
-At least 8 years experience developing mission-driven staff; supervising staff with an emphasis on managing towards racial justice.
-8+ years experience in program management and evaluation with an emphasis on managing toward racial justice.
-8+ years experience implementing a range of systems change strategies from community organizing, to civic engagement, to policy advocacy.
-Demonstrated excellence in facilitation and team building.
-Demonstrated excellence in conceptualizing team level and individual work plans and project managing from conception to evaluation.
-Excellent written and verbal communication.
-Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with supervisees, co-workers and supervisors—deftly navigating complexities of personalities and organizational structures.
-Ability to travel within or outside of Oregon for up to 4 days at a time up to four times per year.

Organizational level skills and experience for exempt employees include:
-Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem-solve, test, fail and adjust.
-Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.
-Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
-Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; ability to handle interruptions meet deadlines and complete accurate work.
-Self- directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about the end goal. Clear on personal role in the team, shows a willingness to support others to build momentum and share success; comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
-Ability to thrive in a creative, responsive, and fast-paced culture.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Personal lived-experience of systemic hunger and/or its root causes (racism, sexism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, ableism, ageism, size-ism, ethnocentrism, and classism)

Organizational level preferred qualifications of exempt employees include:
-Multilingual skills at a minimum professional level of proficiency or greater in English and any additional language/s, defined as being able to speak the languages with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical and professional topics.
-Multicultural skills of adaptation and integration are strongly preferred.
-Adaptation is defined as the capacity to communicate and interact with people of multiple cultures, backgrounds, and styles by incorporating and adapting to the world view and perspectives of others.
-Integration is defined as being able to “code-switch” or move in and out of one's worldview and help others understand different cultures, backgrounds, and styles to promote diversity and inclusion.
-Commitment to continued professional development to strengthen capacity to work through an equity lens for equity and racial justice.
-Strong capacity to consider multiple perspectives, to pivot to respond to emerging needs and lead through organizational changes.
-Personal living/lived experience of hunger and/or systemic inequity/oppression.


A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

How to apply

Please apply directly through our website:

About the organization

Who We Are:
Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. 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 systemic barriers to employment, education, housing and health care such as systemic racism, sexism, and cissexism. That’s why we work systemically to achieve our mission to end hunger: we foster community connections to help people access nutritious food, and we build community power and strengthen networks of support and the safety net to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

We build community power to dismantle systems and policies that drive hunger and poverty.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can increase the diversity of our organization and strengthen our capacity to eliminate hunger. We believe strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at

Additional information

The Fine Print:
Work environment: Work is performed in an office environment while sitting in meetings or at a computer screen for extended periods inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank and will use computer and phones extensively. May work outside of general working hours of 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., such as evenings and weekends, and occasional travel out of town may occur. This role requires travel/personal vehicle use /work outside normal hours.
Background Check: This position doesn’t require a criminal background check.