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Job Detail: Political Leadership Coordinator

About HEAL Food Alliance:

Co-founded by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Real Food Generation, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, HEAL is a multi-sector, multi-racial coalition building collective power to transform our food & farm systems, with racial justice and community self-determination at the core. We are led by our 55 member organizations, and strive to amplify the experience and expertise of frontline communities who are most burdened by the disparities of our current system. Our members represent over 2 million rural and urban farmers, ranchers, fishers, farm and food chain workers, indigenous groups, scientists, public health advocates, policy experts, community organizers, and activists nationwide.

HEAL is committed to achieving food and farm systems that are healthy for our families, accessible and affordable for all communities, and fair to the hard-working people who grow, distribute, prepare, and serve our food — while protecting the air, water, and land we all depend on. We do this by connecting and uniting groups from different sectors, building and advancing our shared political analysis, supporting member-led campaigns, and operating a School of Political Leadership to train our members and allies to lead policy change.

Our staff team is small and mighty - we are highly accountable to our members, and to each other. Each of us contributes to the overall functioning of the organization, maintaining relationships with members, and adapting workflows to support one anothers’ needs. For more about how our team operates, please see our protocols and principles.

Due to the pandemic, SoPL is virtual during 2021. This role will shift to in-person event planning as conditions allow. The Political Leadership Coordinator will be expected to be on site for all SoPL sessions when public health conditions allow. 

Position Summary:

In close coordination with the Political Education Director, the Political Leadership Coordinator (PLC) works with HEAL staff and member organizations to deepen and sharpen the alliance’s work toward political power-building. The PLC’s primary role is to support HEAL’s School of Political Leadership. In this role, the PLC engages member organizations and potential members to ensure leadership in creating, driving, and implementing HEAL’s work to drive shared Political Education, Analysis, and Advocacy consistent with HEAL’s values, and ensuring that HEAL’s work supports the needs of member organizations and grassroots community organizations. The position reports to the Political Education Director.


Position Responsibilities:

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below. The percentage of times is approximate and will vary. 

1. Political Education, Analysis, and Advocacy 

School of Political Leadership (SoPL) (60%):
  • Support the Political Education Director to develop political education experiences for SoPL cohort, member organizations, and the public, uplifting HEAL members
  • With all staff, curate virtual and in-person strategy sessions, as well as learning and relationship-building experiences for the School of Political Leadership. This may include community outreach, managing vendor relationships, logistical planning, and more.
  • Work with PED to track and report SoPL budget
  • With guidance and support from the Communications Director, develop materials for SoPL
Research & Advocacy (10%):
  • Work with Communications Team, Political Education Director, and all staff to develop toolkits for each of the planks of HEAL’s platform
  • Assess opportunities for policy advocacy aligned with HEAL’s platform and member priorities; work with partners to advance strategic opportunities. 
 2. Contribute to overall effective functioning of HEAL
Member Engagement & Leadership Development (15%):
  • Reach out to personally engage members and partners in relevant aspects of joint work. Identify, cultivate, and engage new members in the Alliance.
  • With staff, develop and plan trainings relevant to members. Identify and recruit outside trainers as appropriate. This may include cross-sector political education, in-person campaign or organizing training, media trainings, direct action trainings, and more. 
  • With staff, curate and develop public-facing virtual events to highlight the work of members. Ensure that members are prepared and that follow up engages the public to support their work. 
External Relationships (5%):
  • Represent HEAL at public events, conferences, and coalition meetings. Make public presentations on HEAL’s vision, theory of change, and campaign work; recruit potential members and engage potential members in HEAL campaign work, represent HEAL in cross-sector coalitions
Organizational Development (10%):
  • Participate in program and project meetings, cross-organizational meetings, and special organizational efforts. Contribute to foundation proposals and reports. Track effectiveness of engagement activities/projects.
  • Maintain competency in issue areas. Maintain and update working knowledge of issues related to gender, economic, environmental, and racial justice to ensure relevance of HEAL campaigns and communications.
  • Participate in planning and strategy sessions to achieve HEAL’s goals using the experience and learning in this position to inform HEAL’s workplan, infrastructure development, and strategic planning.  
Perform other related functions as needed. May guide staff or interns relevant to work on a project basis.


Position Qualifications:

Organized: Must have the ability to track membership, organize and set priorities, and track details of work and event planning. Must be highly organized systems thinkers.

Experienced: Must have experience curating values-aligned events, developing and tracking action plans, and maintaining timelines for projects

Communicative: Must have excellent English language skills in all areas of verbal and written communications, and be skilled in interpersonal relations.

Adaptive: Must be comfortable working with constituencies with a range of professional experience and literacy levels, and adaptive to shifting priorities

Self-directed: Must have demonstrated initiative, be independent, accountable, and be comfortable managing projects remotely

Collaborative: Must be a great team player and listener with strong interpersonal skills

Tech Savvy: Must be able to utilize common office software, be competent with basic social media, and be comfortable with the Google suite, CRMs, and online project tracking tools such as Asana and Slack.

Mobility: Must be able to travel monthly or bi-monthly to attend HEAL gatherings, including four annual School of Political Leadership Sessions, as well as staff retreats, steering council retreats, and HEAL Summits once conditions allow.

Values Alignment: Demonstrated understanding of the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental justice, who are committed to transformative change.

Strategic: Self-motivated and strategic thinkers who are able to steward our budget with care, and adapt as the organization shifts and grows. As a complex coalition, we seek individuals who are highly organized systems thinkers.

For all positions, HEAL seeks individuals with a demonstrated understanding of the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental justice, who are committed to transformative change.


Wage, Timing, and Additional Information:

Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 am- 5 p.m. During and in the lead up to SoPL sessions, PLC is expected to be available during evenings and weekends to support the cohort. Daily schedule is flexible within reason, and will be decided in consultation with the supervisor.

This position is remote, and HEAL offers reimbursement for work-related internet, cellphone, and other office needs. HEAL currently maintains an office space in Oakland and local staff are welcome to (safely) make use of this space.

Travel: Post-pandemic, domestic travel will be required for meetings and conferences, to attend and manage sessions on site.

Please note 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.  

100% FTE, non-exempt hourly position.
Hourly pay range is $28-$33. MSC’s 100% FTE benefits package includes:
  • 20 days vacation leave per year
  • 12 standard holidays and 2 personal days per year
  • 12 sick days per year
  • 1 week paid MSC family and medical leave after one year of service; an additional week of paid leave for each additional year of service, up to 4 weeks;
  • Medical, vision, dental for employees and dependents (requires 30 day waiting period and a per paycheck employee contribution);
  • 100% employer sponsored basic life, short-term and long-term disability insurance coverage;
  • Access to a 403b retirement plan.
  • Access to FSA and Commuter Benefits

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and up to two relevant work samples to with the subject line “Political Leadership Coordinator.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and will be accepted until December 14th. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to all applications - please anticipate that you will only hear from us if invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted in early January, and the expected start date for this position is late January. 


HEAL Food Alliance is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About the job

Location Oakland, California
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 28 November 2020

About the company

Company name HEAL Food Alliance
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Street 436 14th St.
City Oakland
District California
Zip 94612
Country United States