Metro Programs Community Organizer

Food Bank
Metro Programs Community Organizer

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 apply 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:
Oregon Food Bank is seeking a passionate, highly motivated Metro Programs Community Organizer who thrives in a diverse and flexible work environment. You have strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills, thrive on bringing people and organizations together to build community power, and demonstrate cultural agility and humility. As the Metro Programs Community Organizer, you will work with community members who attend school pantry and other food distribution programs to develop a leadership core that implements year-round civic engagement with communities that are disproportionately impacted by hunger - including single mothers & caregivers, BIPOC communities, Immigrant and Refugee communities, and Trans- and gender non-conforming communities. You are known for your enthusiasm and your ability to foster relationships that lead to community leadership and power. From recruitment to political education, to leadership development - as the Metro Programs Community Organizer you will ensure that we are building political power to advance systems and policy change to end hunger and advance food justice.

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Primary Responsibilities:
-Participate in development and implementation of organizing projects that build a Black, Indigenous and People of Color-led leadership core within the OFB School Pantry and other program sites.
-Identify opportunities to amplify the leadership and stories of leaders as experts through experience.
-Design and implement effective and culturally-responsive civic engagement and leadership development strategies with program participants that align with OFB’s movement building, organizing and policy change priorities in the Portland Metro area.
-Participate in leading organizing trainings for school partners and community leaders by using a train-the-trainer model to expand leadership opportunities.
-Proactively identify and support the development of organization and participant leaders in the anti-hunger movement, including taking action on Oregon Food Bank’s public policy priorities.
-Embed an equity and social justice framework into all aspects of the role, including evaluation, planning and implementation. Develop strategies to adapt programming to center and amplify the leadership of BIPOC communities, Immigrant and Refugee communities, single mothers/caregivers, and trans- and gender non-conforming communities.
-Work collaboratively with the team to meet annual work plan goals and objectives and operate within an approved budget.
-Contribute to the Metro team, 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.

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. Provides leadership and examples professional communication and behaviors to OFB standards.

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 related duties as assigned.

Application qualifications

Skills and Experience:
-Deep passion for eliminating hunger and its root causes.
-At least three years of demonstrated success in community organizing, coordinating volunteers, social services, and/or leading community-based programs.
-Ability to learn and develop community organizing skills and apply skills in a range of contexts. Ability to learn and execute a range of technological tactics for organizing, including but not limited to phone banking, mass texting, social media, virtual community meetings, etc.
-Proven success working with diverse stakeholders using a range of approaches and methods. Experience working with community members of all ages from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
-Bilingual and/or bicultural skills and experience engaging with limited English-speaking audiences and/or Immigrants & Refugees.
-Strong oral and written communication skills.
-A collaborative and flexible style, with a learning orientation and team approach, including excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.
-Ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion when working with partners, colleagues, and coworkers.
-Ability to drive/valid driver’s license.

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; meet deadlines, ability to handle interruptions, and produce timely, accurate work.
-Self–directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about results and end goals. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; provides role clarity, 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:
-Professional or volunteer experience within food banking, hunger relief programming, food justice and/or community food systems work.
-Experience working with schools and/or students

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 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.


Comprehensive and competitive benefits package 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

Applications will be accepted through November 21 at 9:00PM PST. A cover letter is required for consideration. This position is currently a hybrid role (onsite/remote). The pay range for this role is $56,868-$64,179.
This position also requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination, consistent with the state of Oregon requirements for people who work in or volunteer at schools.

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. Work environment will also be at public food distribution sites and community events. 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.

Work may require to lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Accommodations may be available upon request.

Background Check: This position does require a criminal background check. Criminal background checks may be required for the following reasons:
Third-party contractual requirement/s Y/N
Job duties include unaccompanied work with minors, elders, or anyone legally unable to consent to touch, discipline, or sexual contact. Y/N
A criminal record unrelated to theft, assault, or sexual violence may not make you ineligible to work at Oregon Food Bank. We actively support all our staff in developing relevant skills and capacities to improve job retention and advancement.