MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. MAZON, which means “food” or “sustenance” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause. We employ three interrelated strategies – education and advocacy, partnership grantmaking and strategic initiatives – in our effort to approach the problem of hunger holistically. We are committed to ensuring hungry people have access to the resources they need today, and working to develop and advance long-term solutions so that no one goes hungry tomorrow.
MAZON is currently recruiting for two positions:
The Program Officer is an integral part of MAZON’s grantmaking team. The Program Officer will be engaged in a broad range of activities including review of grant proposals, site visits to grantee partners, training and technical assistance on public policy priorities, and facilitating meetings of targeted anti-hunger organizations. The grantmaking team provides more than 170 partnership grants to anti-hunger organizations in the United States and Israel that are fighting hunger by addressing public policy solutions at the local, state and/or federal level. The position requires a knowledge of public policy, issue advocacy, an understanding of grantmaking and strategic philanthropy and database management skills. He/she will report to the Program Director.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Review and analyze grant proposals and make specific funding recommendations to the Program Director.
- Annually assist in the development of the grant application and summary grant documents, develop grant docket materials and reports.
- Work directly with grant seekers by responding to inquiries and concerns regarding the scope and priorities and process of MAZON’s grantmaking.
- Keep a constant eye on emerging trends, best practices, capacity needs (administrative, organizational and policy), challenges and barriers among grantees and their local advocacy ecosystem. Prepare reports to strengthen MAZON’s advocacy efforts and grantmaking efficiency.
- Cultivate relationships with anti-hunger advocacy organizations and stay informed on policies impacting MAZON’s funding and programmatic initiatives.
- Help develop tools and materials, provide training and technical assistance, and assess grantee performance.
- Run reports and analyze data in Salesforce database.
- Generate award, turndown letters and confirmation forms.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and a Master’s degree in Public Policy is desirable.
- Familiarity with the anti-hunger movement and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
- Experience in public policy work.
- Excellent written and verbal communication as well as analytical, critical thinking skills and interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently, think creatively and support team members.
- Ability to prioritize assignments effectively, meet multiple and competing demands, and follow projects through to completion.
- Experience providing technical assistance and training to non-profit organizations.
- Able to comfortably interact with diverse audiences, including nonprofit, community groups and funders.
- Skillful in database management. Familiarity with Salesforce or similar database programs.
- Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office.
- Position requires approximately 15% domestic travel.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
This fall, MAZON will release a powerful community engagement campaign titled “This Is Hunger” (TIH). This interactive 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibit, housed within a 53-foot, 18-wheeler big rig, will travel to Jewish communities across the country, educating about the stark realities of hunger in America. TIH illuminates the very real and pervasive existence of hunger in America, encourages us to raise our voices on behalf of the 42 million Americans who struggle with hunger every day, and ignites our community’s commitment to end hunger once and for all.
The Tour Facilitator is an independent contractor to MAZON.
The TIH Tour Facilitator is responsible for staffing This is Hunger during its tour across the United States. The Tour Facilitator is the on-site liaison between the Hosts, MAZON, Driver/Facilitator, and the exhibit, ensuring that the experience meets the MAZON mission, TIH community engagement and content goals.
The Tour Facilitator leads the interactive experience inside the exhibit trailer, and will:
- Ensure that the exhibit is operating as designed;
- Manage all aspects of the visitor experience at entry, circulation, and exit;
- Supervise / orient Volunteers to their responsibilities for greeting and checking in visitors prior to entering the trailer/exhibit;
- Distribute informational materials upon exit;
- Monitor attendance;
- Maintain a comfortable, congenial and orderly environment;
- Manage any challenges that arise during the tour together with the Driver and MAZON key contacts as needed;
- Other identified tasks.
This position is a part time, contract position. The Tour Facilitator will be paid a fee commensurate with experience and all travel expenses will be covered by MAZON.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Travel alongside TIH truck/trailer (by car or airplane) to pre-determined Host locations in cities across the U.S.
- Ensure smooth interactive experience of TIH exhibit.
- Serve as the onsite representative of MAZON, serving as a resource on substantive information, logistics and the component parts of the exhibit. The Tour Facilitator must be onsite when the truck is open.
- Guide/facilitate the experience for attendees, following the script provided as well as responding to questions and needs; the Tour Facilitator may also be called upon to speak on behalf of MAZON to media, on panels, via social media, etc.
- As the MAZON representative, welcome and connect with community leaders, cultivate potential supporters and advocates, and resolve issues and concerns as they arise.
- Manage, train, and coordinate Volunteers on-site and before truck/exhibit arrival.
- Participate in regular reporting conference calls with remote MAZON manager.
- Must be dependable and responsible.
- Energy and enthusiasm for engaging communities on social justice and advocacy.
- Deep knowledge of Judaism and a strong familiarity with American Jewish culture.
- Previous advocacy, organizing, education, events, and/or sales experience a plus.
- A people person, with excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
- Flexible, enthusiastic, problem-solver.
- Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; detail-oriented, team player.
- Self-starter, demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative and problem solve.
- Ability to work with a diverse audience, from children to seniors.
- Comfort facilitating and speaking in front of small and large groups.
- Experience with public speaking and media presence.
- Ability to perform physical activities such as bending, kneeling, walking and picking up items. Ability to stand for up for six hours and carry up to 30 lbs. short distances.
- Comfortable with long hours on the road, significant travel, and irregular hours.
Position available from January 2017 to September 2017. Contractor can work for two to three months within that time period, or for the full eight months.
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.