Beyond Hunger 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 West Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Last year we provided critical food assistance and programming to 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, 3 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 diverse team and community. With a variety of interesting and varied 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: Communication and Grants Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
DURATION: Full-Time, Permanent
SALARY: $45,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience
This position reports to the Director of Development and works closely with agency leadership.
Manage internal and external communications
Manage website content and updates with compelling stories, images, and current program information.
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 communications.
Oversee story collection and management of story database through direct contact with clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and Board.
Support development and event programs as needed.
Ensure brand consistency across platforms and content
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.
Execute complete grant proposals and reports, including writing, editing, and assembling attachments and supporting materials.
Work with appropriate program and administrative staff to obtain necessary information for inclusion in proposals and reports.
Conduct prospect research for new grant revenue streams.
Manage the grant calendar, assuring timely submission of all applications and reports.
Manage all grant application and correspondence files, including electronic and hard copies.
Serve as staff liaison to Advocacy Committee of the Board.
Participate in fostering relationships with state and national legislators.
Participate in membership or networking activities for professional growth and development.
Bachelor’s degree in related field or commensurate work experience.
Minimum 3-4 years of relevant development and/or communication experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
Possess exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills along with strategic and analytical thinking skills. Love of the Oxford comma a plus.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Adobe Suite, Hootsuite, Emma (email marketing platform), Salesforce, and Drupal a plus.
Experience managing comprehensive social media platforms.
Able to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and prioritize competing responsibilities.
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.
Be committed to building a culture of equity and inclusion.
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.
Additional Salary Information: Environment and Benefits:
Flexible Work Hours: Ability to work remotely when needed 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 professional development. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue professional training opportunities that enhance your position or future positions at the agency.
Paid Time Off: Full time Staff are eligible for paid time off after 6 months: 15 PTO days include vacation, personal, and sick leave. Employees receive up to 12 paid holidays per year--some holidays are flexible.
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 are eligible for health care benefits.
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.
Workplace is a smoke- and drug-free environment.
Equal opportunity employer seeking to build a more equitable and inclusive world.
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.