HUNGER FREE AMERICA
POSITION TITLE: Chief of Staff
JOB LOCATION: New York, NY
DESCRIPTION: The Chief of Staff is a full-time position and reports
to the CEO on programmatic, fiscal, and organizational issues and
the CEO and the Board of Directors on HR issues.
The Chief of Staff assists the CEO with managing all aspects of the
organization and provides leadership for the daily operations of
the organization. The Chief of Staff serves as a liaison between
the CEO and the staff, guiding the staff with fulfilling the vision
and executing the strategic plan of the organization, while
providing feedback to the CEO about daily operations, programmatic
challenges, and staff concerns.
Below are major responsibilities of the Chief of Staff (this list
is not exhaustive):
· Assist the CEO with overseeing the organization’s policy
development, fundraising, program development, strategic planning,
research, advocacy, fiscal matters, communications, community
organizing, branding, technology, and administrative work.
Team Management and Development:
· Directly manage the work of six departmental directors.
· Indirectly oversee the work of more than 50 professional
employees and up to 90 year-long and 130 summer AmeriCorps national
service participants across the country.
· Ensure that all directors, managers, and program staff are
on-track in carrying out their duties and workplans, and achieving
agreed-upon work metrics and goals.
· Directly oversee the monitoring, evaluation, and continuous
improvement of all HFA programs and activities.
· In conjunction with the CEO, provide regular programmatic and
operational reporting to the Board of Directors.
· Take lead role in developing the Human Resources functions of the
organization, including building in 360 evaluations for all
employees, and exploring options for HR consultants/staff.
· Strengthen and formalize professional development programs for
· Be involved in the hiring, evaluating, promoting, disciplining,
and termination of employees.
· Work closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors to ensure
that diversity, equity, and inclusion continue to be central
components of all organization’s internal operations and external
· Serve as the point of contact for staff regarding interpersonal
and organizational concerns.
· Work closely with the Board of Directors, CEO, directors, and
managers to create a multi-year strategic and work plan.
Financial Management: In partnership with the CEO and Board,
· Oversee effective fiscal management of an annual budget of more
than $4 million.
· Broadly oversee accounting, accounts payable, accounts
receivable, grant and contract program and payment management,
auditing activities for the organization, administrative, and
office management functions for the organization.
· Help develop fundraising and programmatic partnerships with peer
organizations in NYC and nationwide.
Other duties as assigned.
Values and Personal Skills:
· Passion for social justice issues, particularly hunger. A desire
to advance effective governmental and economic policies, not just
improve HFA’s nonprofit programming.
· Top-notch management and interpersonal skills.
· Proven ability to successfully coordinate many projects,
programs, and activities at once.
· Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
· Proven leader and a proven listener who brings people together
and bridges any potential conflicts.
· Ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with people of
diverse backgrounds and
experiences, including low-income individuals and community
· Successful experience interacting cooperatively with diverse
bosses, peers, and subordinates.
· Tact, diplomacy, and a sense of humor.
· Flexibility and willingness to collaborate.
Experience and Professional Skills:
· Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree in a related field
such as non-profit management, business, public policy,
development, political science, nutrition, or social work, and/or
very significant additional, relevant work experience
· High-level work experience in nonprofit organizations, managing
programs and finances.
· Experience with nonprofit HR management/personnel relations
· Successful experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
in both internal organizational management and external
· Knowledgeable and comfortable using Microsoft Office.
· Experience working with budgets.
· Knowledge of or experience working with Salesforce or other donor
· Experience with legislative advocacy and/or community organizing
· English fluency required.
Essential Physical Demands:
The person in this position:
· Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster shot
at recommended time.
· Must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position.
· Occasionally moves about inside the office to access file
cabinets, office machinery, other offices, etc.
· Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity
machinery such as a calculator, copy machine and computer
· Occasionally travels around New York City and possibly outside of
NYC to attend meetings, conferences, and other organizational
· Frequently communicates with staff, donors, volunteers, and
clients and must be able to exchange accurate information in these
SALARY AND BENEFITS
· This is a full-time, exempt, 35-hour per week position, with some
in-person work required in our
HQ in New York City.
· Starting salary $120,000. Negotiation possible based on
· Hunger Free America offers significant benefits to full-time
employees, including a strong health insurance plan which includes
fully paid employee premiums and a health reimbursement
· Employees receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time.
HOW TO APPLY:
· To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your
qualifications for this specific position and resume
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Chief of
Staff Job Application” in the subject line.
· The position is open until filled with the right person.
· Hunger Free America is an equal opportunity employer. People of
diverse races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and
social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national
origins are very strongly encouraged to apply.
ABOUT HUNGER FREE AMERICA:
Hunger Free America (HFA) – founded in 1983 as the New York City
Coalition Against Hunger – is a dynamic, growing, and highly
effective national progressive anti-hunger advocacy and direct
service organization that is headquartered in New York City but
works in all 50 states.
The Nation has written that the organization has grown into “one of
the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and
poverty in the nation.” Morning Joe called HFA “one of the leading
voices on stamping out hunger in America.”
HFA’s mission is to build a nonpartisan, grass-roots movement to
enact the progressive public policies and programs needed to end
domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient
access to nutritious food.
HFA’s long-term goal is not just to ameliorate the problem, but
also to build the people’s movement necessary to enact the economic
and public policies needed to end hunger entirely.
Given that hunger drains our economy and tears at our moral and
civic fabric, eliminating it will boost the nation both
economically and spiritually. That’s why HFA adopted the motto:
“Ending hunger lifts us all.”
HFA currently has the following departments/programs:
Advocacy, Research, and Policy - Our advocacy department speaks to
local, state, and federal elected officials to advocate for
policies that will end hunger in America. We conduct original
research on federal nutrition programs, child hunger, and the
challenges facing low-income Americans, and publish groundbreaking
reports that allow us to speak to policy makers with the data to
support our concrete yet realistic solutions to poverty and
Communications- Our communications department aids both our
advocacy, awareness, and fundraising activities by generating
earned media coverage in national, state, and local news media and
by effectively utilizing all key social media platforms.
Child Nutrition - Our mission is to ensure all children have access
to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate foods by expanding
the reach of federal nutrition programs (including school
breakfasts and lunches, summer meals, and Pandemic EDBT),
eliminating administrative barriers, and improving program delivery
through research, outreach, and legislative advocacy.
AmeriCorps VISTA - Our AmeriCorps VISTA members work on the
frontlines of hunger at partner organizations across the country,
from Maine to Alaska. Year-long VISTA members help build the
capacity of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other advocacy groups
by recruiting volunteers, conducting research, and supporting
USDA National Hunger Hotline Clearinghouse - Hunger Free America
operates the National Hunger Hotline on behalf of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. We direct callers from all 50 states and
territories to their local SNAP (food stamp) offices, provide
information about federal benefits programs, and let callers know
where they can find food immediately by using our national database
of food resources.
Strategic Volunteerism - Our volunteerism department connects
individuals and groups with skillsbased and high-impact volunteer
opportunities that make the biggest difference in the national
fight against hunger. Through our online Volunteer Hub, we connect
volunteers who can use their professional skills such as
fundraising, accounting, or web development with anti-hunger groups
across the country.
Benefits Access – Our Benefits Access team conducts SNAP (formerly
called food stamps) and WIC (for pregnant women and children under
five) outreach and helps eligible Americans through every step of
the application process. We screen clients to see if they qualify
for benefits, help them apply online, and advocate on clients’
behalf if something goes wrong with their case. The Benefits Access
team eliminates many of the barriers, including language barriers
and lack of information about the programs, which prevent
low-income New Yorkers from accessing food benefits. This work is
now based mostly in New York City, but we are working to expand it
New York City Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance - Each
year, Hunger Free America produces updated, comprehensive
Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which contain
detailed information on free food access and government nutrition
programs in all five boroughs. The Guides are available in English,
Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Polish. These guides are now focused
on New York City, but we are working to create them in targeted
Food Action Board (FAB) - The Food Action Board is a community of
New Yorkers with lived experience of food insecurity and poverty
who work closely with us to advocate for policies that will end
hunger. Food Action Board members meet monthly (now over Zoom) to
organize and discuss ways to fight hunger, develop their leadership
skills, and learn how to most effectively advocate for the policies
that will help their communities. A key strategic goal of HFA is to
help create Food Action Boards in outside of New York targeted
Development – Our development department raises money through
grants and contracts from federal, state, and local government
agencies, corporations, and foundations, as well as through large,
medium, and small donations from the general public. The department
used grant applications, events, one-on-one solicitations, and
direct mail and social media to raise money
Finance and Administration – This department oversees all
financial, administrative, office management, IT, and HR duties of