Network Equity Engagement Strategist

Food Bank
City
Portland
State
Oregon
Title
Network Equity Engagement Strategist
Description

Applications will be accepted through September 7th at 9:00PM PST. A cover letter is required for consideration. This position is currently remote through at least October 31, 2021. The salary ramge for this position is $56,868-$64,179.

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 Network Equity Engagement Strategist is passionate about addressing the root causes of hunger. The Network Equity & Racial Justice team works to advance equity and racial justice at food distribution sites throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. By working closely with food distribution partners, communities, and program participants, the Network Equity Engagement Strategist develops and supports the implementation of strategies that reduce racist, misogynist and cis-sexist practices within the food banking system - including lifting the leadership of Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming and Immigrant communities, holding partners accountable to the community, and creating opportunities for learning and transformation. The Network Equity Engagement Strategist will create and implement community-based strategies that advance equity in partnership with hunger-relief organizations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

End date
Category
Programs / Agency Relations / Clients
Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
-Engage and build trusting relationships with communities, clients and Partner Agencies and understand their needs in order to create strategies that increase their knowledge and practice around Equity and Racial Justice.
-Respond to incidents of harm at food distributions and build strategies to address these issues in food banking practices in coordination with multiple teams.
-Create, adapt, implement and lead training, educational materials and resources that promote equity and racial justice in food banking.
-Work in collaboration with Network Equity Program Evaluator to implement self-assessments and client assessments based on Equity at food pantries to understand and promote how to create a more equitable and welcoming environment for diverse populations when receiving food at food pantries.
-Offer technical assistance and resources to our Network of Regional Food Banks and Partner Agencies to increase food access and program leadership amongst communities disproportionately impacted by food insecurity- specifically BIPOC communities, immigrant & refugee communities, Trans- and Gender Non-conforming communities and single mothers/caregivers.
-Travel and engage directly with Regional Food Banks and Partner Agencies in the State of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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 3 years of experience in community engagement or coordinating social justice programs, which includes creating, adapting and delivering training materials that address equity, diversity, inclusion for diverse populations, and delivering training for adults using different methodologies including Adult learning theory, Popular Education philosophy and practice, etc.
-Proven ability to lead through change; confident initiating and engaging in difficult conversations, ability to navigate, mediate, and lead through conflict.
-Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills - ability to adapt communication style and content to a variety of audiences.
-Collaborative approach and a strong team-oriented style.
-Willingness to innovate, problem-solve and seek innovative solutions.
-Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice work.

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.
-Experience working and engaging with diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications:
-Understanding and experience working in food banking
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.

Benefits

Comprehensive benefits package provided.

Deadline
How to apply

Please apply directly through our website. https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/

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 oregonfoodbank.org/equity.

Additional information

The Fine Print:
Work environment: Work is performed in an office or home environment while sitting in meetings or at a computer screen for extended periods inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank and will use computers 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 or work vehicle use /work outside normal hours. 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 doesn’t require a criminal background check.

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