Policy Leadership Council Organizer

Food Bank
City
Portland
State
Oregon
Title
Policy Leadership Council Organizer
Description

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 Policy Leadership Council Organizer is an experienced cross-cultural organizer who leads strategy and builds structures for the success of the OFB Policy Leadership Council. The two Policy Leadership Council Organizers work in deep partnership to ensure that Oregon Food Bank is advancing our 10-year vision by ensuring that a new leadership guides our legislative priorities in order to eliminate the root causes of hunger. Oregon Food Bank strives to center those most impacted by food insecurity and systemic injustice including our priority equity constituencies: people who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color; people who are immigrants and refugees; people who are transgender or gender nonconforming; and, people who are single parents/caregivers

Opportunity type
Job
Category
Other
Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
-Work collaboratively with the other Policy Leadership Council Organizer and the Associate Director to recruit, develop and support the Policy Leadership Council (PLC), a decision-making body that sets OFB policy priorities.
-Research and identify appropriate structure for the Policy Leadership Council, such as decision-making options, governance, and conduct by building on existing programs, curricula, and trainings that support growing the engagement, capacity and contribution of OFB equity constituencies.
-Design and implement a collaborative process for the Policy Leadership Council to set Oregon Food Bank’s legislative priorities through consistent analysis of our systems change platform that includes values, principles, issues, policies and action items for eliminating the root causes of hunger through a strong equity lens in order to .
-Support development of new, permanent, inclusive structures and programs to support and build BIPOC community leadership, wield decision-making power and fully participate in OFB and its mission to end hunger.
-Develop materials including agendas, onboarding/orientation, training, handouts, PowerPoint presentations and other materials for use online or in person to support the Policy Leadership Council.
-Support Policy Leadership Council members with coaching, technical assistance, and problem-solving.
-Work with members of OFB’s teams across departments to advance Policy Leadership Council goals alongside the goals of the entire organization, namely via our 10-year vision.
-Lead the implementation and integration of leadership of OFB’s Priority Equity Constituencies into programs and campaigns.
-Participate fully in data and technology systems.

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 related duties as assigned.

Application qualifications

Skills and Experience:
- 3+ years experience community organizing in cross-cultural spaces. You’ve done enough organizing to be fluent in basic best practices and be comfortable getting deep into innovative organizing tactics and strategies.
- 3+ years experience in developing training curricula that is learner-centered, participatory, and incorporates popular education approaches. Comfortable presenting information to groups online and facilitating online learning Zoom calls.
-Demonstrated ability to organize using tactics that center and elevate the leadership of BIPOC community members.
-Proven ability to develop and coach grassroots community leaders.
-Strong listening, persuasion and inclusive facilitation skills.
-Familiarity with EveryAction or similar platform as an organizing and advocacy tool.
-Demonstrated excellence independently conceptualizing project work plans and project managing from conception to evaluation, including in a remote environment.
-Excellent written and verbal communications in English, strong preference for experience navigating spaces where your primary language is not dominant.
-Ability to travel within or outside of Oregon for up to 4 days at a time up to four times per year (following public health officials safety recommendations for travel).
-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 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 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:
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.

Benefits

Comprehensive and competitive benefits offered.

How to apply

Please apply directly through our website at 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

Applications will be accepted until filled. A cover letter is required for consideration. This role is currently remote through December 2021 and will then be hybrid. The pay range is $56,868-$64,179.
In anticipation of the upcoming OSHA mandate, proof of COVID vaccination status will be required and/or an Oregon Food Bank approved exemption for health or religious reasons, which will require weekly COVID testing.

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.
Will 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 background check,

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