Director of Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building

Bread for the World is committed to innovation and expansion of its already formidable grassroots power. Over the past several years Bread refined its Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building model and dramatically increased its legislative effectiveness. The model focuses on winning legislative campaigns by mobilizing our existing base and deepening and expanding Bread’s grassroots. This is accomplished using traditional issues organizing in places that are strategic for legislative and diversity goals. While this targeting has been effective for winning legislative victories, it presents challenges to maintaining the broad nationwide base.

The Director of Organizing will be instrumental in managing effective targeted organizing strategies while continuing to broaden Bread’s nationwide base, with emphasis on building a younger and more diverse grassroots network. The Director will also be key to developing Bread’s response to the changing political environment in ways that are consistent with, and strengthen, Bread’s values. Bread is committed to being effective for hungry people, ecumenical engagement of Christians and outreach to other faith traditions, and upholding values of civility, bipartisanship, dedication to justice and commitment to diversity and servant leadership.

The broad goals and responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Plan and lead the ongoing organizing, mobilizing and development of Bread for the World’s grassroots network for advocacy on Bread’s policy change agenda.
  • Lead innovation to strengthen and support Bread’s grassroots activist leaders, with capacity for some grassroots influence in every congressional district.
  • Oversee and lead the Organizing and Grassroots Capacity Building Department’s internal team and departmental functions, including their work with other Bread departments and with affiliated organizations – Bread for the World Institute, and the Alliance to End Hunger. 
  • Support ongoing work to enhance systems of communications with field staff and DC-based departments.
  • Serve on the Strategy Council (management team), the Campaign Steering Group (advocacy strategy team), and other organization-wide leadership groups, bringing the needs and perspectives of Bread’s grassroots network to bear in discussions of policies and strategies.
  • Prepare materials for and represent the department at Board meetings.
  • Chair internal work groups and perform other duties as requested by the Managing Director.
  • Represent Bread for the World’s organizing effort in meetings with coalition partners, funders and other external stakeholders.

Download the full job description.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at  Refer to Bread/DOGRCB in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

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