Harrisburg, PA, USA
Central PA Food Bank

Come Work for a Wonderful Non-Profit Company in Central Pennsylvania!

We are looking for an experienced full-time Government Relations Coordinator who will be responsible for advancing Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s (CPFB) public policy and advocacy goals. With guidance from the Senior Policy Research Manager, Feeding America and Feeding Pennsylvania, this role will require the Coordinator to execute government relations strategy in furtherance of the public policy goals of the network. The position will also be expected to work collaboratively with the internal Policy Research team to identify opportunities where research, neighbors, or partner agencies can support, and influence, public policy outcomes.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:
Hunger disproportionately harms neighbors and communities that have been systemically marginalized. As we work toward a future where no one in central Pennsylvania lives with hunger, we must also work against racism and other systemic obstacles that prevent people from thriving. We will listen to and learn from members of historically under-represented groups. We will value their lived expertise and experiences as we shape our charitable food network to equitably meet the needs of our neighbors. We will ensure that our diverse community is reflected in our board of directors, management, staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and donors in a manner that upholds equity, inclusion, and belonging.

• Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
• Health Savings Account/ Flexible Spending Account
• Company Paid Life Insurance
• Company Paid Short-term Disability & Long-term Disability
• 401k
• Paid Time Off
• 13 Paid Holidays
• Employee Assistance Program

Job Accountabilities:
•Build and maintain strong relationships with local, state and federal legislators and their staff to position the CPFB as a respected non-partisan advocate against hunger and a trusted voice for policies that address the root causes of food insecurity.
•Serve as liaison between CPFB, Feeding America, and Feeding Pennsylvania on government relations priorities.
•Work collaboratively with Feeding America and Feeding Pennsylvania to develop and execute state and federal government relations initiatives.
•Identify opportunities for CPFB to influence the public policy process by direct engagement with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials including legislative meetings, site visits, and roundtables.
•Identify opportunities for CPFB to influence the public policy process through other avenues including media, coalitions, and grassroots advocacy.
•Assist in translating Policy Research findings and recommendations into public policy goals.
•Work with the Senior Policy Research Manager to identify and advance high-priority administrative policy priorities and changes.
•Work with the Policy Research team to identify opportunities where research and data can support the public policy goals of the Food Bank, including creating legislative profiles of state and federal elected officials.
•Cultivate a strong grassroots advocacy network of agency partners, neighbors, and other community partners.
•Prepare data, talking points, and leave behinds as needed for engagement with elected officials.
•Attend Feeding America’s monthly Government Relations webinar and Feeding Pennsylvania’s weekly Government Relations meeting.
•Participate in Feeding America D.C. Fly-in Days and state lobby days in Harrisburg.
•Develop a strong understanding of state and federal anti-hunger public policy.
•Develop a strong understanding of the five “Pillars of Advocacy”: Elected officials, grassroots, grasstops, coalitions, and media.
•Maintain strong communication between key stakeholders including the Chief Executive Officer, SVP/Chief Equity Officer, Advocacy Committee Chair, Senior Policy Research Manager, and other CPFB leadership as needed.
•Working with the Senior Policy Research Manager, Executive Assistant, and Advocacy Committee Chair, to help facilitate quarterly Advocacy Committee meetings.
•Participate in internal committees and workgroups as required.
•Occasionally assist with Food Bank events.
•Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Other Duties:
•In instances of a federal, state or locally declared emergency, CPFB is typically considered an essential service and emergency responder; all employees may be called in to perform regular or emergent duties.
•This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience:

•Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, public administration, non-profit management, or a related field, or equivalent work experience.

•One or two years of experience desired but not required. This is an entry-level position.
•Previous work experience in a non-profit business environment preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Passionate about working for an organization that values and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB). Willing to embrace the food bank’s EDIB journey.
•Passion for the CPFB’s mission and core values.
•Strong understanding of and familiarity with issues of poverty and food insecurity.
•Ability to understand and work with the diverse dynamics of a non-profit as well as multi-cultural populations.
•Ability to work as part of a high-performance team and be a strong team player.
•Passion for customer service excellence (internal and external), professional etiquette, personal boundaries, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. Must be friendly, outgoing, positive attitude, and comfortable speaking to people.
•Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and an outstanding ability to motivate individuals from different cultures, mindsets, and areas of expertise.
•Ability to work cooperatively across all levels of the organization.
•Ability to always abide by the CPFB’s values and appropriate business ethics.
•Exhibit strong verbal, written, analytical, public speaking and presentation, planning, time management, and organizational skills. Ability to write, edit, and proofread correspondence and presentation materials for accuracy and style.
•Must be detail-oriented with the ability to plan, prioritize, take initiative, resolve problems, meet deadlines and multi-task.
•Must be reliable, with high integrity and strong work ethic.
•Possess effective negotiation and problem-solving skills.
•Possess a willingness to adjust to changing priorities.
•Strong project management skills.
•Strong resource management skills with expertise of government functions a must.
•Able to work independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment.
•Able to present a professional demeanor under a variety of conditions.
•Advocacy experience at the local, state or federal level (preferably all three).
•Strong analytical skills with ability to manage information from a number of different sources, draw conclusions, and formulate strategy.
•Must demonstrate self-confidence, authority and enthusiasm.
•Ability to work a flexible schedule, as needed.
•Ability to travel effectively for required meetings and events.
•Knowledge of the organization’s computer software and systems, including being proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs, department-specific software systems, telecommunications, and internet applications.
•Ability to attend departmental and all-staff meetings as directed, staying informed of ongoing changes in department and overall organization.

Physical Requirements or Licenses:
•This position has the ability to work remote, in-office or hybrid at the discretion of the SVP/Chief Equity Officer or based on the needs of the organization.
•Required to register as a lobbyist with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
•A valid driver’s license with history of a good driving record and auto insurance required.
•Ability to travel that may include consecutive overnight stays, and traveling by car, bus, and airplane.
•Must be able to occasionally lift or move up to 15 pounds.
•Conditions may include working outside in inclement weather, working closely with others, working alone, and working protracted or irregular hours.
•The work environment is typically quiet.

The selected applicant will join a collaborative, values-driven, dynamic team that derives joy from the work and is passionate about resourcing the work to end hunger and its root causes.
The Food Bank’s work culture is progressive, forward-thinking, and equity minded. Staff have the opportunity to fully develop their potential in a variety of ways. As organizational leaders, in shaping programs and advocacy efforts and in working towards a future where no one should be hungry.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by February 23, 2024, to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Department of Human Resources, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109, or email hrdepartment@centralpafoodbank.org.

We are proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and seek to bring our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion to our hiring process. Beyond our commitment to non-discrimination, we encourage applications from applicants who can contribute to the diversity of our organization and who have lived experience of inequity.

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