Beyond Hunger’s mission is harnessing the power of communities to end hunger. An award-winning direct service agency (formerly Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry), we serve residents of 13 zip codes on the westside of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Last year we provided critical food assistance and programming to nearly 40,000 individuals. Our energetic and fulfilling work environment is resourced by an operating budget of $2.6M, 8 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff, 2 full-time AmeriCorps members, over 1300 active volunteers—and possibly you.
We are seeking someone as passionate as we are about ending hunger. Someone who understands the power of communication and can wield it effectively within our team and community. With a variety of interesting and diverse projects to keep you busy, this is your opportunity to play a key role in creating a hunger free community while establishing Beyond Hunger’s new brand identity. If you are a mission-driven, results-oriented, team player with attention to detail and a willingness to learn new systems, this position is for you.
POSITION TITLE: Communications Strategist
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
DURATION: Part-Time, Permanent (possible FT, see “Full Time Options”)
SALARY: $28,000 - $40,000 commensurate with PT/FT and experience. Full time employment potential for candidates with Salesforce experience. This position reports to the Director of Development and works closely with agency leadership.
Communications and Brand Management Responsibilities:
Manage internal and external communications
Create and manage production of communication content for a variety of platforms, ensuring. brand consistency
Manage website content and updates with compelling stories, images, and current program information.
Develop and implement effective search engine optimization strategies.
Manage social media strategy, implementation, and integration. Maintain a strong presence for Beyond Hunger. Produce social media calendar on a monthly and annual basis coordinated across development and program teams.
Create and manage distribution of quarterly donor e-newsletters, annual report, and two printed newsletters. Support event related electronic communications.
Support development and event programs as needed.
Lead efforts to effectively market Beyond Hunger to diverse audiences (board members, clients, partner agencies, donors, volunteers, funders, local governments, regional media and others as appropriate) through online, print, and in-person channels.
Work with leadership to identify PR and thought-leadership opportunities. Implement campaigns around key programs and issues as directed.
Monitor current hunger policy news and create advocacy alerts to generate action among supporters.
Write/distribute news releases for key events and initiatives.
Writing & Editing, Design
Create content and design for all development-related materials including impact reports, quarterly donor engagement materials, partnership brochures, etc.
Support program-related needs with brochures, handouts, and fact sheets.
Create basic graphic design for event materials and ads.
Oversee story collection and management of story database through direct contact with clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and board.
Photograph/video events and daily activities as needed to support stories.
Full time options--If candidate has sufficient Salesforce/data management/grant writing expertise, this position could be full timeand would include:
Provide basic administrative Salesforce support, including data cleaning and report generation for grant requests, budgeting, and performance reporting.
Assist Beyond Hunger’s grant-writing efforts through research, data reports, and editing proposals.
Participate in fostering relationships with state and national legislators.
Serve as staff liaison to Advocacy Committee of the Board.
Participate in membership or networking activities for personal, professional growth and development.
Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred or commensurate work experience.
Minimum 3-4 years of relevant development and/or communication experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
Must possess exceptional writing, editing and communications skills along with strategic and analytical thinking skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Adobe Suite, Hootsuite, Emma (email marketing platform). Salesforce and Drupal a plus.
Experience managing all social media platforms.
Able to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and prioritize competing responsibilities.
Comfortable working in a culture of diversity and inclusion.
To be successful as a member of the Beyond Hunger team, you will:
Have a proactive personality, pitching in to help when necessary.
Demonstrate mature judgment with a high level of personal and professional responsibility, integrity, and trustworthiness.
Have a sense of humor, even under stress.
Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback.
Value relationships and accountability, empowering others to achieve superior results.
Environment and Benefits:
Flexible Work Hours: Ability to partially work from home and schedule your own work hours within parameters that meet agency needs. Some weekend and evening hours required.
Learning Benefits: Beyond Hunger highly values and partially funds staff’s professional development. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue professional training opportunities through workshops, conferences, etc. that enhance your position or future positions at the agency.
Paid Time Off: Beyond Hunger staff receive paid time off based on the number of hours worked after 6 months (15 days for full time). All employees receive holiday pay commensurate with working hours for 7 holidays per year.
Non-Monetary Compensation: The opportunity to be an integral member of an energetic, innovative, hard-working, fun team, within an organization that has the potential to end hunger in our community. Easy access to the Green Line, METRA, and free on-site parking.
Health Care Offset: Full time employees and Part time employees working more than 30 hours per week are eligible for health care benefits.
Salary: $28,000 - $40,000 annually, commensurate with demonstrated ability and relevant experience
Multi-level work area: administrative offices/work space not fully accessible to the mobility impaired. Must be able to travel to multiple off-site event sites, film/photograph, and transport necessary collateral.
Additional Salary Information: Flexible Work Hours, Learning Benefits, Paid Time Off, Health Care Offset, Multi-level work area
About Beyond Hunger
Beyond Hunger's mission is harnessing the power of communities to end hunger.
For four decades, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, now Beyond Hunger, has helped fight hunger in our community. Over the years, hunger has evolved. And so have we. We now supply meals to kids when school is not in session. We deliver groceries to older adults and those with disabilities. We offer nutrition education and cooking classes. We provide groceries to 40,000 people each year from 13 zip codes throughout greater Chicagoland.
We believe hunger is solvable. Let's work together to end hunger in all the communities we serve.