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Who We Are

We are on a mission to develop, inspire, and connect leaders, and advocate public policies that create a food secure world.

We envision a world without hunger and poverty where every person can achieve their full potential because equitable systems exist to achieve financial freedom and full access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods.

Our program work consists of:

Leadership Development

We provide leadership development opportunities for hunger fighters to connect policy with practice, learn together in peer cohorts, apply an equity lens to their work, and make meaningful contributions to the fight against hunger in the U.S. and overseas.


We facilitate collaboration across our network of more than 1,000 program alums and 300+ partner organizations and work at the intersection of hunger and its root causes. We break down silos and engage a broad range of allies who have a vested interest in ending hunger.


We are a one-stop-shop for policymakers in need of accurate, field-based information and expertise on hunger and its root causes.

Woven into all the work we do is a commitment to equity and ensuring that people who have experienced hunger and poverty are leaders in designing, implementing, and evaluating community solutions and public policies. We also believe that leaders at the field and policy levels must collaborate and share knowledge to effect the systemic changes required to end hunger and poverty.

Why Work at the Hunger Center?

The Congressional Hunger Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). People of color, women, people with disabilities, Veterans, returning citizens, LGBTQ people, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply for any open positions.

Current Positions:

There are no currently open positions.

Program and Operations Coordinator

Job Summary

The Program and Operations Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Congressional Hunger Center’s programs, general operations, and executive leadership through travel/logistics support for all organizational convenings, Leland fellowship recruitment, selections, and administering, data collection and management, payment processing, maintenance of the Executive Director’s appointment schedule, assisting in the preparation and execution of the Hunger Center board of directors meetings, IT troubleshooting, and additional organizational administrative support, while working cooperatively with Program Staff and the Director of Operations on related tasks. Detail oriented individual a must, with excellent writing, organizational and people skills, an ease with new technology, and a commitment to the Hunger Center mission and vision.


Essential job functions include the following. Other duties may be asigned.

Operations / IT Functions

Organizational Administration

  • Support organization’s administrative needs, which may include interfacing with vendors, coordinating timesheets, handling mail and shipping needs, updating relevant organizational forms (e.g., staff contact information and office equipment inventory), and serving as point of contact for temporary staffing agencies.
  • Support organization’s finance infrastructure, which may include receiving incoming checks, processing payments in, distributing outgoing checks, managing petty cash distributions to staff, completing miscellaneous payment requests.
  • Support preparation of business license registration materials, submissions and timelines.
  • Provides event planning and travel/logistics support for all organizational convenings including fellow trainings, board meetings, and other programmatic events. Responsibilities include:
    • Securing event space and lodging.
    • Coordinating catering.
    • Supporting AV and technology needs, including those necessary for virtual events.
    • Assist the Learning Manager and training consultant as needed.
    • After-hours on call support during Leland learning retreats (twice per year).
  • Assist in management of Egencia and other travel platforms.

Facilities Management

  • Coordinate organizational facilities needs and monitor status of all office equipment; arrange for routine maintenance and special repairs; ensure supplies are maintained in sufficient quantities for uninterrupted service; assist in managing phone system, including assignment of extension codes.
  • Support relationship with building management, manage key and access card distribution to staff. Respond to physical problems with office, report to building supervisor and Director of Operations, and follow up to ensure resolution.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Operations to transition relevant financial and other documents into storage (online as well as on and off-site).


  • Assist in internal IT troubleshooting and updates to IT and telecommunication systems.

Program Functions

With strategic guidance from Leland Program Director:

  • Support recruitment of fellowship candidates, which may include development of program and recruitment calendars, programmatic communication with potential applicants, ensuring that the online application materials are updated, and developing and hosting webinars for potential applicants.
  • Support selections and interview process used to identify fellows, which may include designing or adapting tools for the process, engaging applicant reviewers, processing honoraria for reviewers, coordinating correspondence with candidates, establishing the interview schedule, developing, and compiling materials for distribution to the interviewees, assisting with candidate assessment, documentation and communication of outcomes.
  • Support the collection and management of program data, which may include developing (as necessary), distributing, collecting and compiling fellow and host organization forms, evaluations and agreements, coordinating and conducting data entry in Salesforce.
  • Assisting with alum research and tracking.
  • Ensure program contacts and essential data (including fellows, alums, vendors, trainers, host organizations, host supervisors) are accurately stored in Salesforce and other relevant platforms in coordination with Learning Manager and Communications and Engagement Manager.
  • Support program’s administrative needs, which may include processing expense reports, payment requests, and Professional Development Fund (PDF) requests. Generating (via Salesforce) and distributing invoices (e.g., host organization cost share).

Executive Support

  • Receive and schedule meetings and appointments for Executive Director, as assigned by Executive Director.
  • Arrange for and set up meeting space and conference calls, as needed by Executive Director.
  • Keep track of Executive Director’s speaking engagements and submit relevant documents to requesting organizations.
  • Receive and prioritize requests for Executive Director’s input, feedback, or approval from other staff; ensure that all requests are dealt with in a timely manner.
  • Complete monthly credit card reconciliation for Executive Director.
  • Generate minutes and letters; draft documents as requested by Executive Director.
  • Serve as primary liaison with Board of Directors for logistical and informational purposes. Make facility arrangements for in-person and virtual meetings and arrange board travel and accommodations, as needed.
  • Support preparation/collection and distribution of relevant documents ahead of Board meetings.
  • Send timely notices for all scheduled meetings of the Board and Board Committees; Collect RSVPs.
  • Maintain up-to-date contact and other information on all Board members.
  • Take minutes of Board and Board committee meetings and draft minutes in a timely manner.

Other duties may also be assigned.

Education and Experience Required

An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered.

  • Three to five years of job-related experience.
  • Experience planning and managing complex projects, implementing, and evaluating programs and events, and facilitating groups.
  • Associate degree or higher preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The following may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Skilled in basic typing
  • Basic math skills, including a basic understanding of accounts payables and receivables
  • Skilled at verbal and written communications
  • Ability to work with standard office equipment
  • Ability to work with MS Office Suite and other software including database management software (i.e. Salesforce)
  • Skilled in fact-finding, problem analysis, problem resolutions, and development of concrete action plans to solve problems.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and present facts, communicate effectively (both orally and in typing), using tact and courtesy and possess the ability to plan, organize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to comprehend and construct memos, letters, and detailed correspondence, and share information in one-on-one situations, as well as participate in group meetings/discussions
  • Commitment to values of the Hunger Center.

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

The following may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment including a personal computer/laptop and printer, photocopier, scanner, and soft telephone.
  • Standard AV equipment including a projector, screen, laptop, microphone and speakers.

Work Environment

Environmental and atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job:

  • Exposed to moderate noise levels.

Physical Abilities

The following are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Requires regular sitting, hearing and repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement.
  • Requires frequent talking
  • Requires occasional driving
  • Requires seldom pushing, standing, walking and reaching with hands/arms
  • Requires clarity of vision at 20 feet or more
  • Requires clarity of vision at 20 inches or less


The Hunger Center provides an attractive benefits package that includes employer-paid health, dental, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan that includes an employer match contribution after one year of service, and a generous paid-time-off policy, including a one-week organization-wide vacation at the end of each calendar year.

The Hunger Center pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and location. This position is a Coordinator level role with a starting salary of at least $55,000.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. To be considered for this position, please apply through the application link below.

People of color, women, people with disabilities, Veterans, LGBTQ+ people, returning citizens, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Hunger Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Only applications submitted via the application link below will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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This opening was posted on November 1, 2023

Spring Internships

The PositionS

The Congressional Hunger Center is seeking two interns to support our Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program during the Spring 2022 semester:

Domestic Program Intern

Intern will support the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship team with program organization and administration, with a focus on:

  • The Cohort Policy Learning Event scheduled for February 2022
  • Cohort presentations to lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill
  • Scheduling Capitol Hill meetings (virtual or in-person) for Emerson Fellows
  • Supporting the documentation and design of the program’s domestic food security curriculum.

Other tasks will be assigned based on program need and intern interest. While not a requirement, applicants with event (virtual, hybrid, or in-person) management and planning experience and/or program evaluation experience (survey creation and data collection) are encouraged to apply.

International Program Intern

Intern will support the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship team with program organization and administration, with a focus on:

  • Planning, delivery, and logistical support of Fellow cohort learning and other program events
  • Completion and deployment of 11th class Leland Fellows’ food security curriculum
  • Program communications and reporting support
  • Collection and analysis of fellow experience and demographic data.

Other tasks will be assigned based on program need and intern interest.

Desired skills:

  • Event (virtual, hybrid, or in-person) management and planning experience
  • Program evaluation experience (survey creation and data collection)
  • Strong Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Forms) experience

About the Application Process

Internships with the Congressional Hunger Center are designed to align the talents of our interns with the needs of the organization. To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in college, community college, or a graduate program, or have graduated from one of the above programs no earlier than May 1, 2021. Once an assignment is confirmed, an internship plan will be created. College credit may be available.

Please note that the Hunger Center currently operates using a hybrid-work model. Therefore, applicants should be based in the Washington, D.C., area and be able to visit the Hunger Center office. Specific schedules will be determined based on organizational COVID guidance, supervisor need, and intern availability.

Specific start and end dates and weekly schedule can be flexible to accommodate your course schedule, but all internships are expected to last no less than 125 hours over 10-14 weeks between the months of January and May. A stipend of up to $1,750.00 will be provided to each intern, payable at the start and end of the internship.

About Us

The Congressional Hunger Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government, and to raise a new generation of leaders to fight against hunger and poverty.

Our mission is to train and inspire leaders who work to end hunger, and to advocate public policies that create a food secure world. We strive to be a leader in the movement to ensure access to food as a basic human right for all people. We create and nurture a community of innovative and inspiring leaders who act as change agents, bridging the gap between grassroots efforts and national and international public policy to provide access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

We accomplish this mission through our advocacy, policy and coalition work, and our three leadership development programs: the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, and the Zero Hunger Internship Program.

To be considered, please apply through the webform linked above. People of color, women, people with disabilities, Veterans, LGBTQ people, returning citizens, and gender non-conforming people are strongly encouraged to apply. The Hunger Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

This opening was originally posted on December 13, 2021