Bread for the City seeks a full-time Coordinator to work with the DC Food System Organizing Workgroup.

In 2009, a group of organizations and individuals began meeting to discuss the creation of a food policy council to foster collaboration across the food system and address the root causes of injustice. Our vision is for a nourishing community in which all Washington, DC residents can enjoy a nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate diet provided by a local, sustainable food system that fosters health, equity, interdependence, and self-reliance. This position will coordinate the formation of a robust, representative advisory body to realize this vision.

Job Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support workgroup members in building outreach and organizing skills, resulting in at least 10 additional workgroup members representing all aspects of the food system.
  • Supervise staff and volunteers in planning and facilitating at least five community brainstorms.
  • Manage the process for planning and facilitating a summit to review the data collected in community brainstorms, identify projects, and determine a leadership structure.
  • Build on previous external communications to strengthen public profile.
  • Provide tools for outcomes tracking, internal communication, and managing tasks to workgroup members. Coordinate logistics.
  • Hire and supervise a part-time organizer or intern.
  • Work with workgroup members to create and implement a fundraising plan for special projects and/or the coordinator position after this initial contract period.


Successful candidate should have a minimum of three years relevant experience. Additional requirements include:

  • Demonstrated success in community organizing and coalition building.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, set and measure goals, and multi-task.
  • Experience successfully engaging in discussions of food justice and racial justice across cultural, racial, economic, and class lines.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively solve problems.
  • Listening skills, facilitation experience, and familiarity with group decision-making approaches.
  • Experience with using various forms of media for organizing.
  • Competent in Gmail, Google Apps, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Publisher, Power Point and Word.).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

The following are desired but not requirements:

  • Familiarity with the DC food system and/or government agencies.
  • History of living in Washington DC.
  • Familiarity with food policy and various forms of local food governance models.
  • Experience with event planning.
  • Relevant Master’s degree.
  • Personal experience with food insecurity, employment in the food system (restaurant industry, farm worker, environmental organization, etc.), food-related entrepreneurship, or utilizing supplemental food programs.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.
  • Access to a car.


This is a full-time 6-month 1099 contract position paid at a rate of $4300 per month. It is housed within the Advocacy & Community Engagement Department at Bread for the City, working from our office at 1525 7th St NW. Extending the term of the position is contingent on funding and the capacity needs of the model chosen at the food system summit. The hiring process will include several members of the food systems organizing effort, and the position will be supervised by Joni Podschun at Bread for the City. Please send a cover letter and resume to with “Food System Coordinator” in the subject line. Target start date: April 9, 2012.

Bread for the City is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medical condition, status as a veteran, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.