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Senior Manager of Advocacy & Healthy Equity Policy

Capital Area Food Bank
Washington, DC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description


The purpose of the Advocacy Department is to enact policy change, enhance operations, and empower neighbor voice to build brighter futures through community and political engagement. The Senior Manager of Advocacy will join an agile Advocacy Department that focuses on an array of policy issues and community organizing efforts designed to enact policy change that will enable adequate nutrition, strong health care and greater access to opportunity and financial security - among other issues embedded in the food bank’s annual policy agenda. Our goal is to help our neighbors transition to a place of greater security where they will no longer need the services of the emergency assistance network.

The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Advocacy & Public Policy and will work alongside Advocacy staff to collaborate with operations and programmatic food bank staff to advocate for policy change. The Senior Manager will oversee an issue portfolio that is predominantly focused on reducing health inequities throughout the region, and will manage the food bank’s policy priorities in the Commonwealth’s state legislative session, and will work alongside the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to lead TEFAP policy reform.

Strong candidates for this role will have a keen understanding of successful advocacy strategies at various levels of government, understanding of heath inequities facing populations of color, familiarity with amending state Medicaid plans and 1115 waivers, a demonstrated track record of shepherding policies through legislative and administrative branches of government, and navigating various arenas of advocacy and stakeholder dynamics. Additionally, this position will support the Director in appearing in external events, testimonies, press, and panels where necessary, and will serve as the main point of contact for ongoing issues and budgetary items in Northern Virginia jurisdictions.

Essential Functions:

Advocacy on Health Equity Issues – 50%

  • Oversees legislative and advocacy portfolio and implements strategic lobbying efforts for health equity policies.
  • Identifies active partners and coalitions to join or lead in addressing health equity issues across the CAFB region.
  • Forms relationships with Departments of Health at the state and county level across the CAFB region.
  • Works closely with CAFB’s Food + Health programmatic team and CAFB Development team to understand and facilitate the linkages between programs, advocacy and fundraising for health equity work.
  • Performs research and forms alliances with private and managed care organizations to further advocacy efforts.
  • Presents and testifies on relevant issues.

Advocacy in Northern Virginia - 30%

  • Works collaboratively with the Federation of VA food banks on priority policies.
  • Monitors and analyzes emerging regulatory, budgetary, and legislative issues.
  • Advises on the creation of annual policy agenda across all levels of government in several disciplines and arenas.
  • Develops and execute legislatives and regulatory strategies to benefit the operations of the food bank and the livelihood of clients.

External Affairs - 10%

  • Represents the food bank in press, panel, coalition, and stakeholder engagements.
  • Works across and alongside donors, board members, corporations, and food bank nonprofit partners to effectively design and execute government affairs and advocacy initiatives.
  • Supports the development of external talking points, framing, and documentation for high-level press, media, and donor engagements for CEO and other staff.
  • Prepares CAFB staff for external, governmentally related events and appearances (testimony, briefing memos, governmental fundraising).

Leadership and Management - 10%

  • Creates project timelines and advocacy strategies for health equity and other policies as assigned.
  • Supervises full-time fellow.  
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 5+ years of public policy experience, including experience at state, and local governmental levels.
  • 2+ years overseeing governmental fundraising efforts at all levels of government. And/or in collaboration with others to secure private funds that can support programming and advocacy
  • 1+ years of management experience, including a combination of program and people management.
  • Successful record of managing complex public policy analysis, political, and advocacy strategies, including policy communications with senior government officials.
  • Exercises strong judgement on complex topics at the intersection of politics, policy, and government.
  • Strong background of existing relationships on the local and state federal level, as well as across key advocacy and coalition groups in the region.
  • Demonstrated expertise in communicating complex, technical or policy issues to diverse, non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to successfully lead cross-functional teams (internal and external) utilizing strong organizational skillset to drive and lead complex campaigns and projects.
  • Master’s in public policy or public health strongly preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities:  

  • Demonstrated ability with policy report writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to self-direct work and operate in a deadline-intensive environment with strong, versatile interpersonal skills and a positive, professional attitude.
  • Possesses superior research, writing, and oratory skills.
  • Familiarity with client relationship management tools preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities:  

Interpersonal skills

  • Displays humility, patience, compassion, and respect to the Food Bank’s clients.
  • Maintains a customer service mindset in all circumstances.
  • Possesses a friendly, positive and energetic demeanor and a can-do attitude.

Self-organization and management

  • Utilizes strong organizational skills to prioritize and manage multiple tasks through frequent interruptions and rapidly changing policy environments/timelines.
  • Demonstrates confidence working independently;
  • Exhibits strong attention to detail and organization.
  • Demonstrates a strong sense of pride and ownership over his/her/they areas of responsibility.

Other skills and abilities

  • Understands structure and programmatic intent of various social safety net programs.
  • Demonstrates intermediate capability with data analysis and visualization.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions –

  • The physical demands and working conditions 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.
  • Sitting: over 2/3 percent of the time
  • Keyboarding: over 2/3 percent of the time
  • Driving: under 1/3 percent of the time
  • As required by the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Company Description

It is an exciting time at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as we continue to undertake our mission. We know that creating long term solutions to food security requires more than meals. It requires education, training, and collaboration. We are seeking people with strong ideas and a passion to come together to address the complex interrelated issues of food security, poverty, and equity. We are expanding in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs, health care and education. Food has the power to transform lives and move everyone forward. Find out how on our website at Let us discuss how food is at the center of everyone's healthy life!

Capital Area Food Bank


4900 Puerto Rice Ave NE

Washington, DC



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