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Data & Design Coordinator, Benefits Access

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC), part of Hunger Free America, strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible NYC residents to the public nutrition benefits (primarily SNAP / food stamps) for which they’re eligible. Towards that end, we’ve developed Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which contain information on SNAP, WIC, School / Summer Meals and nutrition programs for seniors as well as information on food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the city. Each Guide contains a detailed map showing the locations of all these services. We have Guides covering 8 distinct neighborhoods in the city, in addition to a Citywide version. All are available in English and Spanish and a few have been translated into Chinese, Russian, and Korean. Each year all the information contained in the Guides must be updated. We print and distribute over 150,000 copies annually and distribute them to hundreds of agencies in all five boroughs.

Job Description:  Reporting directly to the Director of Benefits Access, the Data & Design Coordinator, Benefits Access, is responsible for all aspects of the distribution and updating of HFNYC’s Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance.

Duties:

Distribution of Neighborhood Guides

  • Respond to phone call and email requests for Guides
  • Input and track orders in Civi database
  • Coordinate shipment of bulk orders with fulfillment center
  • Pack and ship small orders
  • Track inventory and order statistics

Annual update of Neighborhood Guides

  • Contact over 1000 agencies to confirm information
  • Track and update agency information in Civi database
  • Utilize Adobe InDesign to update Guides, inputting and formatting agency information and preparing files for printer and web
  • Utilize QGIS mapping program and Adobe Illustrator to plot sites and format maps

Other

  • Create and update fliers, mailings and perform other miscellaneous design / graphics tasks for other HFNYC departments as needed
  • Supervise interns and periodic volunteers

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator and InDesign
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with GIS or other mapping programs
  • Experience with Civi or other databases
  • Able to lift and carry (short distance) 40 lb. boxes
  • Familiarity with NYC neighborhoods

The ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter who works well independently. S/he will have good communication and interpersonal skills, responding to messages and emails in a timely manner and should be comfortable speaking on the phone. S/he will have demonstrated a commitment to fighting hunger/poverty and be comfortable working with low-income communities.

An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred, although candidates with relevant work experience will be considered. Bilingual candidates will be given preference.

Salary and Benefits: Salary and benefits will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations, including a strong health insurance plan.

Hunger Free America / NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hungerfreenyc.org. Be sure to include Data & Design Coordinator in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.   Or fax to: 646.459.4378


Hunger Free NYC

Start by Asking Program Manager

Hunger Free New York City (HFNYC), part of Hunger Free America, strives to build a nonpartisan, grassroots movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end hunger in New York City and ensure that all New Yorkers have sufficient access to nutritious food.

A significant aspect of HFNYC’s work is to connect eligible NYC residents to SNAP and other nutrition benefits and to assist them during the application process. The receipt of SNAP for those eligible individuals and families contributes to improved nutrition and reduces the financial strain of trying to pay for other household expenses on a limited budget.  Over 1.7 million New Yorkers are now in receipt of SNAP benefits. However, hundreds of thousands more are eligible for but not receiving SNAP.  Smaller, but significant, numbers of residents are eligible for but not receiving WIC and / or EITC.

The Robin Hood Foundation’s Start by Asking Program is a new, citywide effort, involving over 20 non-profits.  The goal is to connect eligible residents with SNAP / WIC and EITC.  HFNYC is one of three organizations that will lead citywide outreach efforts for this program.

Job Description:

The primary responsibility of the Start by Asking Program Manager will be to oversee the day-to-day work of the project and supervise one fulltime Outreach Specialist.  Significant direct service performing outreach throughout the city will also be required, as will assisting other Robin Hood-funded agencies with their outreach and site identification.  The job duties include:

  • coordinating the training of new program staff and meeting ongoing training needs of any additional program staff
  • oversee development of appropriate outreach materials to reach a wide array of eligible populations
  • supervise the work of a fulltime Outreach Specialist
  • conduct citywide outreach in targeted neighborhoods, both to other agencies and to potentially-eligible individuals
  • assist other project CBOs with their outreach, as needed
  • enter client info / progress into database as required
  • as appropriate, refer clients to ACCESS NYC, 311 or other CBOs for application

            assistance.

  • ensure all program targets are met
  • complete program reports as required
  • assist Director of Benefits Access with other tasks, as needed

Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills:

*BILINGUAL CANDIDATES (especially Spanish or Chinese – Mandarin and / or Cantonese) will be given extra consideration for this position. 

Experience in: at least one year of managing a social service program preferred, especially in anti-hunger/nutrition, and in meeting program targets; benefits screening (esp. for SNAP / food stamps); working in NYC low-income communities.  High-energy self-starter with strong communications, problem solving, organizing, and inter-personal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting poverty and hunger.  Comfort working in diverse neighborhoods and with diverse people.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred, although people with significant, relevant, work experience will be considered. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will be competitive with similar positions in other nonprofit organizations, including a strong health insurance plan.  The employee will also have opportunities for training and professional development.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:  jwengler@hungerfreenyc.org

Be sure to include RH Manager in the subject line. Applicants sending resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Or fax to: 646.459.4378 – include RH Manager in subject line.


Communications and National Strategic Outreach Internship with Hunger Free America

Background

Hunger Free America is a national nonprofit group building a nonpartisan, grass-roots membership movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.

Our long term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic and public policies needed to end hunger entirely. Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and civic fabric, we know that eliminating it will boost the nation both economically and spiritually. Towards that end, we’ve adopted the motto: “Ending hunger lifts us all.”

We seek to decrease U.S. hunger by building a bold, media-savvy, grass-roots membership movement in all 50 states with the power to overhaul the national conversation and political decision-making on food, nutrition, agriculture, and poverty.

The Nation has written that Hunger Free America has grown into "one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation."

Hunger Free America is looking to immediately fill its part-time communications internship position which is based in New York City and reports directly to the communications coordinator Magen Allen.

Responsibilities

Working closely with, and reporting directly to, Hunger Free America’s Communications Manager.  Duties for this position include:

  • Enacting national strategic outreach campaign.
  • Writing and sending individualized press releases for each state
  • Building and organizing national media lists
  • Following up with media through cold-calling
  • Orchestrating and managing a national media campaign
  • Assisting in the development of social media strategies
  • Writing, developing, and posting social media posts
  • General assistance for the communications department
  • Videography, photography, or developing graphics would be a plus

Desired Skills and Experience

Hunger Free America will be looking for an individual with:

  • A demonstrated commitment to, and passion about, Hunger Free America’s mission to end hunger nationwide.
  • A working knowledge of key issues related to hunger, poverty, and the nonprofit sector.
  • An outgoing, engaging personality.
  • Written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Stellar organizational multi-tasking skills and an ability to meet tight deadlines. .
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Capable of forward thinking and strategizing how to maximize impact of this project.

Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.

This internship will offer the individual:

  • Professional development that would contribute to careers in communications, anti-hunger organizations, and general non-profit working environments.
  • Experience with strategic planning and outreach.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a national outreach and media campaign.

To apply please email your resume and a cover letter to Magen Allen at MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org with the subject line: Communications Internship