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Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

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Hunger Free Colorado
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Job Title: Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
Reports to: Senior Manager of Public Policy
Status: Full-time / Permanent / OT Exempt (Salaried)  
Salary Range: $53,298 - $58,968 per year


About the Organization

Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization, connects people to food resources to meet existing needs and drives policy, systems and social change to end hunger. As the state’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organization, Hunger Free Colorado is dedicated to achieving a future in which all Coloradans have equitable access to the nutritious food needed to thrive and reach their full potential.

The organization is committed to achieving racial, economic and food justice and seeks employees who share these values. In 2020, Hunger Free Colorado adopted a new vision for our staff experience: “Employees can exercise influence at all levels of the organization and are provided relevant and intentional opportunities to grow as professionals and people.”


About the Department

The Public Policy Department works to drive systems and policy change to increase equitable access to nutritious food and end hunger in Colorado through investigating and guiding advocacy for community-driven legislative and administrative policy solutions at the state and federal levels.


Job Summary

The Policy Coordinator supports all of Hunger Free Colorado’s policy and advocacy campaigns under the guidance of the Senior Manager of Public Policy. This position is responsible for conducting research and analyzing data and policy options to inform community-driven advocacy campaigns at the state and federal levels. They are a strong writer and can craft a wide range of written content in support of policy campaigns. The Policy Coordinator also plays a critical role in managing and tracking policy department operations and metrics. They work closely alongside team members to build strong, collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, especially, directly impacted community members, to drive a statewide movement to eliminate hunger in Colorado.


You Are Good At

The successful candidate is an aspiring policy nerd eager to support community-driven change and see policy in action. They are skilled at clearly, succinctly, and precisely communicating how complex policy operates and can be improved to a wide range of audiences, from community members to politicians to agency professionals. They are interested in both crafting an in-depth policy analysis AND collaborating with organizers to host advocacy trainings and other events that bring community voice and expertise into the sphere of decisionmakers.


Work Environment

  • All positions are required to be Colorado-based. We operate in a hybrid fashion, both in-person and remotely through Microsoft office platforms. The number of weekly in-person days vary. This position requires occasional visits to the Hunger Free Colorado office for team and collaborative opportunities, as well as occasional travel to the state capitol and partner organization sites around Colorado.
  • Willingness to work a varied schedule beyond core office hours, including occasional early, late, and weekend hours. If occasional evening and weekend work is needed, employees will be encouraged to adjust their schedule and take “flex” time to ensure reasonable work balance.
  • We are a dynamic and diverse team representing varied racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds that engages in regular conversations about structural and historical inequities.
  • Staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before utilizing the shared office or providing services to the public during mobile outreach events. Reasonable accommodation will be made for those with medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Limited travel for events or conferences may be necessary.
Areas of Responsibility
  • Conduct analysis of policy, business processes, and accountability measures pertinent to anti-hunger and federal nutrition programs including SNAP, WIC and school meals – with a focus on how these programs hinder or promote racial justice.
  • Analyze, prioritize and prepare options for legislation and policy changes; integrate findings from best practices, community partners and consumer input into recommendations for action.
  • Share and integrate best practices and available data with partner organizations.
  • Support Policy Department operations, including advocacy list management, email marketing support, digital campaign development, and tracking campaign and department metrics.
  • Coordinate with Organizing and Communications Departments to manage individual and organizational action networks, building capacity of community members and organizational partners to mobilize on hunger issues.
  • Develop written content including action alerts, blogs, campaign pages, research papers, policy fact sheets, and sign on letters.
  • Support the Organizing department in holding community forums and listening sessions to surface ideas for improving nutrition programs and to strengthen the policy skills and understanding of community members.
  • Develop trainings and present on nutrition programs and policy improvements to federal nutrition programs to community members and partner organizations and at subject matter conferences
  • Maintain knowledge of issues and policies relevant to federal nutrition programs and the emergency food system, with a heavy emphasis on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and school meals  
  • Passionate about eradicating hunger and working toward racial, economic and health justice
  • Has some familiarity with policy advocacy strategies, data analysis, and facilitating communications to diverse stakeholders
  • Experience in policy analysis, preferably for human services’ systems
  • Organizational and project management skills, including the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances under pressure
  • Strong writing skills and ability to translate complex policy into clear messages and materials for varied audiences
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Relevant professional experience OR a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Preferred, NOT required: Fluency in Spanish
  • Preferred, NOT required: Established working knowledge of federal nutrition programs, especially SNAP and school meals
  • Preferred, NOT required: Familiarity with advocacy and email marketing platforms (such as Salsa and Phone2Action/Capitol Canary)
  • Preferred, NOT required: Work experience in human services systems

Salary range for this position is $53,298 - $58,968 per year, depending on qualifications and experience.


Hunger Free Colorado offers an exceptional benefits package including an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), holidays, paid time off, retirement plans, and insurance coverages which include but are not limited to health, vision, dental, and life insurance. For staff who have worked at least 6 months FT, parental leave and professional development benefits are available. Detailed benefits documents are available to interested candidates upon request.

Hunger Free Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable work environment and we strongly encourage you to apply if you are part of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and/or LGBTQIA community, are differently abled, a veteran, or are of diverse nationality or religion.

Hunger Free Colorado expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Hunger Free Colorado will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.

How To Apply


Preferred attention for candidates who apply by August 8, but the position will stay open until we select a candidate. Ideally, the selected candidate will begin on September 1, 2022. 

How to Apply

Before beginning your online application, please prepare the following documents for upload:

  • A resume detailing your experience related to the job above.
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in the job above.
  • A writing sample. This can be something you have written for a previous role or something you write to demonstrate your skills for this position. Writing sample should be no longer than 2 pages.

Apply online HERE.

If you’d like to apply but need to use a different method than the online application portal, please give Jackie a call at 303.228.7947 and leave a voice message. She’ll be happy to call you back to find a solution that works for you!

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