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Job Detail: Programs Coordinator

About WhyHunger:

WhyHunger's US Programs partners with grassroots-led networks and alliances, across the United States and Canada, implementing community-led and sustainable solutions that move us forward from exploitative and extractive social, political and economic systems to ones that are life affirming, restorative, resilient and value human dignity and the lives of all living beings and our planet. Through mobilizing resources and providing technical and logistical support for creating shared learning and alliance building spaces, we help to nurture collaboration and build a shared analysis for collective action and base-building to support local action and international participation in the movement for food sovereignty and securing the basic rights to food, land, water, and sustainable livelihoods.

WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. We are working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world.


Position Summary:

The primary role of the US Programs Coordinator is providing technical and logistical support for organizing shared learning spaces from conferences to learning exchanges within the US and between our US and international partners; coordinating production of the Nourishing Change quarterly newsletter; and providing additional support to WhyHunger’s Hunger Hotline and Find Food Database. WhyHunger’s US Programs team values relationship and community building in how we work both within the organization and in our work with partners. A key focus of our work is creating spaces where people from across multiple sectors and from very different lived experiences can come together and find common ground through shared experiences with the goal of building a shared contextual analysis as a base for defining collective work and collaboration. The US Programs Coordinator works collaboratively with all members of the US Programs team to help shape and steward the process of building relationships internally and with our partners, shifting narratives around the real reasons people are poor and supporting the emergence of new social, political and economic practices to ensure food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water, and sustainable livelihoods.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the process for planning and executing event and travel logistics for both WhyHunger staff members and partners including planning conference calls, securing meeting spaces for program activities and events and related event planning and travel logistics.
  • Coordinating production of the Nourishing Change Newsletter including identifying relevant partner stories and resources, supporting partners and/or WhyHunger staff in producing written and/or photo essays and provide editing as well as some research and writing support as needed.
  • Supporting relationship building with partners through organizing and facilitating conference calls for planning workshops, learning activities, collective campaigns and other relationship and movement building activities.
  • Organizing and collaborating with other WhyHunger programs/departments to identify and develop opportunities for movement-building events, such as organizing gatherings at conferences, webinars and regional meetings.
  • Working with the US Programs team to implement impact and evaluation practices and strategies for identifying, collecting and synthesizing data and stories to document our work and assess our successes, challenges and imprint in supporting US based social movements for food sovereignty through building cross-sectoral collaborations.
  • Providing backup support to WhyHunger’s Hunger Hotline through answering calls, responding to voicemail, documenting caller stories and helping with data analysis and reporting using Google Analytics and GIS mapping tools.
  • Managing the distribution process and record keeping for partner travel grants.
  • Contributing to building US Programs capacity by participating in team building, strategic planning, and other skills-building and team development activities.


Position Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience as a program coordinator.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking in both English and Spanish.
  • Solid and ever-growing understanding of poverty as an issue caused by the way we organize society and distribute resources; that eradicating poverty is only possible through making political choices that reflect and embody values of equity and justice.
  • An understanding and interest in food sovereignty, agroecology, and strategies for prioritizing grassroots leadership as key solutions to creating the political and social change needed to eradicate hunger and poverty.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to work as part of a team in a mission-driven organization.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional nights and weekends, and to travel in the US, if needed.
  • Current driver’s license is preferred but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum 1-3 years of experience in the hunger and/or food systems field.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively.
  • Commitment to dismantling racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Event planning experience desirable but not required.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Good facilitation skills.
  • Self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.


To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter, where they learned of the position, and any informational questions to by May 16.

About the job

Location New York, New York
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 27 April 2019

About the company

Company name WhyHunger
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Form Company
Employees 0-10


Phone (212) 629-8850


Street 505 Eighth Avenue
City New York
District New York
Zip 10018
Country United States