Educator

Department:                         
Advocacy

Reports To:       
Director of Advocacy

FLSA Status:
Exempt

General Function:
The Educator will be responsible for educating the general public, board, staff and other Hunger Task Force constituents, about the root causes of hunger, the extent of hunger in our community, the importance of the federal nutrition programs, and Hunger Task Force’s mission. Provide support for program managers in the development and implementation of employee training programs. Through the use of innovative educational approaches, build new bases of support for advocacy initiatives and empower people to actively support policies and programs that alleviate hunger.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Conduct educational presentations, tours, workshops, and hunger simulations to increase awareness of hunger-related issues and the work of HTF in local community-based organizations and workplaces, schools and colleges/universities, faith communities, labor, and other relevant constituencies.

  • Manage and conduct the agency’s Food for Today simulation, including creation of a marketing plan to promote Food for Today and the development of additional educational exercises to accompany the simulation.

  • Serve as first point of contact for potential educational contacts.   Recruit new contacts through documented and targeted communications. Report monthly progress on educational dashboard.

  • Train Advocacy leaders to meet with legislators, speak with the media, and testify in community meetings, hearings, and events to support HTF mission and strategic plan of Advocacy department.
  • Educate Hunger Task Force’s citizen advocacy network, Voices Against Hunger, through updated and targeted messaging.

  • Create and update Hunger Task Force advocacy education and outreach print materials including brochures, flyers, fact sheets, and display boards including up-to-date educational materials about each of the federal nutrition programs.
  • Educate agency donors, staff and Board members as well as Voices Against Hunger members and external constituents on hunger-related issues and HTF Advocacy actions.  Report monthly progress on educational dashboard.
  • Create orientation education packet and update quarterly. Educate new staff regarding history of the organization, the federal nutrition programs, and civil rights compliance within first 90 days of any new hire.

  • Update education and advocacy information on HTF website on a weekly basis. Website should contain up-to-date information on hunger-related issues and current advocacy initiatives, as well as downloadable content and links to other sites.

  • Update website and social media to meet educational and advocacy action benchmarks.
  • Develop and maintain efficient system for tracking educational contacts and outreach. Complete scorecard and meet benchmarks to track effectiveness of tactics and actions.  Recommend modifications of strategy and practice that will enhance success of actions.
  • Prepare and conduct other presentations to external constituents, including donors, volunteers and QLP members, as directed by Director of Advocacy or Executive Director.
  • Create and disseminate educational materials based upon policy papers and analysis created by the Research and Policy Analyst, including summarizing state and federal policies and highlighting how legislation connects to Hunger Task Force mission.
  • Identify, recruit and refer educational contacts to Advocacy Campaign Manager for membership in Voices Against Hunger.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :

Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service ; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and persuasively for a wide audience; summarize legislation, position papers, and policy analysis in professional manner.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Contact Management systems; Project Management software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid driver's license.

Other Skills and Abilities
Bilingual Spanish preferred. Ability to speak in front of diverse audiences authoritatively and with confidence.

Other Qualifications
Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Scheduling flexibility a must. Significant local travel required - must have a reliable vehicle.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and color vision.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

 

To apply
Send your resume and letter of interest to resumes @ hungertaskforce.org.


 

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