Policy and Engagement Specialist - Daily Bread Food Bank
At Daily Bread Food Bank, we believe food is a human right. The Policy & Engagement Specialist will play a vital role in helping the Research & Advocacy team harness the collective power of our community to create a city where each and every person can afford the food they need. Our advocacy priorities include income security, affordable housing, decent work, and food access. This role, and everything we do, is grounded in our core values: rights-based, evidence-based, equitable, creative and accountable.
- Develops and executes advocacy tactics to advance Daily Bread’s public policy objectives, including digital and in-person campaign coordination, supporting meetings with elected representatives, media relations, and coalition development.
- Engages member agencies, food program clients, donors, volunteers, and community members to inform and participate in advocacy initiatives.
- Monitors activities of government, including proposed legislation, election platforms, and public consultations and proactively identifies opportunities for influence.
- Acts as a representative of Daily Bread at meetings with external stakeholders.
- Researches, analyzes and develops policy options and recommendations on topics relating to poverty reduction and food insecurity.
- Develops policy briefs, consultation submissions, blog posts, social media posts, presentations, media releases, op-eds and other knowledge translation products to raise awareness of the public, organizational partners, and/or government officials on key issues relating to poverty and food insecurity.
- Coordinates community engagement and capacity building activities including research and policy focused events, workshops, and democratic engagement initiatives.
- Collects, monitors and analyzes data on advocacy and engagement outputs and outcomes to support compliance with advocacy and elections regulations, and to and adapt and improve tactics based on evaluation.
- Contributes to writing grants to secure funding for departmental initiatives.
- Assists with Daily Bread’s research activities and supports other departments as needed.
This job description represents the primary components of this role. However, other tasks may be required that are not listed but are consistent with the general intent of this role.
The Policy & Engagement Specialist interacts internally with Daily Bread staff on a regular basis, and volunteers, member agencies, and individual clients on a per project basis. Externally, contact is with a variety of people in academia, government, and other organizations as necessary.
- Post-secondary training or equivalent experience in public policy, public affairs, or related field.
- Demonstrated ability to create effective advocacy campaigns, engagement strategies, public education and communications tools that inspire action and get results.
- Demonstrated experience with digital engagement tools and platforms, including digital campaigning platforms, social media, and email segmentation to mobilize action around an issue. Experience using New/Mode is an asset.
- Experience working on policy issues at the municipal or provincial level, ideally relating to poverty reduction and/or food insecurity. Experience working for an elected official or political party is an asset.
- Demonstrated experience working directly with communities who face systemic discrimination and oppression.
- Experience managing projects from inception to completion including developing timelines, sequencing tasks and identifying and mitigating risks.
- Experience working in a network environment and/or member-based association is an asset.
- Ability to speak multiple languages is an asset.
- Exceptional writing and communication skills with the ability to make research and policy accessible and engaging to diverse audiences.
- Strong political acuity and deep knowledge of social policy issues relating to poverty and food insecurity.
- Proficiency in digital and in-person engagement techniques and platforms.
- Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with a diversity of people, including people experiencing poverty and food insecurity, donors, government officials, member agencies, and the public.
- Proficiency in monitoring and measuring outcomes and engaging in continuous improvement.
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, MS Teams.
- Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, thrive in a fast-paced environment, and adapt quickly to change.
- Organized, resourceful, highly motivated and detail oriented.
The incumbent has an office at 191 New Toronto Street in a warehouse environment and is occasionally required to travel to offsite meetings and events in the City of Toronto.