Drexel University

EAT Café Community Engagement & Communications Coordinator, Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Posted on July 24, 2017

Job Description:
EAT Café Community Engagement & Communications Coordinator
Drexel School of Public Health – Center for Hunger-Free Communities
Job Type: Part-time

The Center for Hunger-Free Communities, established in 2004, is a research, service and policy center of Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA. The goal of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities is to develop innovative, empirically-tested solutions to the challenges of hunger and economic insecurity.

Our Mission
At the Center we address hunger in all its forms by engaging in partnership with families, researchers, policymakers, and community leaders to:
• Find solutions to hunger and poverty based on science and the human experience;
• Report on the health consequences of hunger and poverty as to ensure accountability and enable action;
• Engage those who have experience with poverty as full partners in developing research, policies, and programs that promote health;
• Establish and support opportunities to build peace, nourishment, and a sense of share community through our research, testimony, and action.We are committed to freedom and justice by fighting against all forms of oppression, exclusion, and discrimination—including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, transphobia/homophobia, and
ableism—in the world, in our communities, and in ourselves.

EAT Café
The EAT (Everyone At the Table) Café is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can café that nourishes, educates, and unites community in a welcoming environment. At EAT Café, we believe that everyone has a right to access healthy, hearty food with dignity. In Philadelphia, nearly 1 in 4 people are food insecure. We address food insecurity by providing nutritious, high quality meals to all who walk through our door. We serve three-course meals made from fresh ingredients, and our menu options change daily.

EAT Café is located in West Philadelphia, at the intersection of seven vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. As a community-based café, the EAT Café provides a welcoming space to nourish the community through good food and fellowship. In addition, we engage the community through various activities, events, and educational programming. Future programming will include culinary arts and workforce readiness training.

Position Summary
The Center seeks a highly-motivated, caring part-time Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator to manage the community engagement, outreach, and communications activities of the EAT Café.  The ideal candidate will have experience in working with community members, communications, and event planning. Experience with trauma-informed work is a plus.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Daily Duties would include, but are not limited to:
Community Engagement
• Assisting with the development and coordination of community programming (including but not limited to culinary training and workforce development).
• Coordinate EAT Café’s Community Advisory Committee and focus groups.
• Assist with developing partnerships (particularly regarding donations, program collaboration, and community resources).
• Coordinate volunteers and volunteer opportunities.
• Coordinating events at the EAT Café.
• Develop and maintain community resource board in Café.
• Representing the EAT Café at community meetings and events (e.g. the Neighborhood Associations, Business Associations, civic groups, etc.)

External Communications
• Assist the Center’s Policy Director with press releases and media relations to promote the mission and image of the EAT Café
• Ensuring consistent updates are made to the EAT Café’s Website, Twitter, Instagram, and other forms of social media.
• Create and distribute promotional materials (flyers, business cards, buzzcards, pamphlets, ads in neighborhood newsletters, inclusion in social service resource guides, presence on community resource boards, etc.)

Qualifications
Applicant must have
• Willingness to complete training in trauma-informed models
• Excellent interpersonal, writing, networking, and computer skills – including with social media
• Excellent communication and facilitation skills
• Superior organization and time management skills
• Demonstrated interest in poverty and hunger
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Ability to handle multiple project simultaneously
• Ability to work independently
• Experience working with people of varying literacy skills and diverse backgrounds
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Flexibility and sense of humor
• Good listening skills
• Willingness to learn

How to Apply
To apply for this position visit this website – http://bit.ly/EATCafePosition – and complete the form. You will
be asked to upload your cover letter and resume. If you have any problems or questions please email
info@centerforhungerfreecommunities.org.


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