Associate, Program & Operations

Congressional Hunger Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Apr 19

Position description

The Congressional Hunger Center is 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:

1. 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. Our programs include the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, and Zero Hunger Initiative.

2. Network Building – We facilitate collaboration across our network of 550 fellowship alumni 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.

3. Advocacy – 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.

Who You Are:

  • You are an energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem solving.
  • You have 1-2 years of work experience (summer jobs, internships, or part-time work may suffice) and a keen interest in global hunger and how nonprofit organizations and their programs operate.
  • You excel at keeping track of details and carrying a project past the finish line, owning the process from beginning to end.
  • You have experience with Microsoft Office applications and cloud-based platforms (e.g., Salesforce, Smartsheet, Trello) and will be able to quickly master the administrative tasks required in the position.
  • You demonstrate strong time management skills and can plan ahead, set priorities and deliver on projects independently.
  • You are motivated to increase the effectiveness of your team by providing dependable support and consistently finding ways to improve the processes and day-to-day operations of the Leland Program and Hunger Center.
  • You successfully communicate with diverse stakeholders in person, on the phone, in writing, and via video chat.
  • You demonstrate an appetite for and sensitivity to working with diverse communities across race, class, ethnic, political and geographic boundaries and are committed to racial justice.
  • You have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree.


The Position:

The Hunger Center seeks a Program and Operations Associate. Reporting to the Director of the Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, the Program and Operations Associate is responsible for supporting the Leland Program and the Congressional Hunger Center’s general operations in the following areas: training and meeting logistics, fellow and host organization recruitment and selections, data collection and management, and operational and financial administrative supports.

This is a full-time non-exempt position based in Washington, D.C. Highlights of key positions responsibilities include:

  • Training and Event Logistics
    • Provide event planning and logistics support for fellow trainings and other programmatic events
    • Support fellows’ virtual learning by recording webinars and researching resources and content experts
  • Recruitment and Selection of Hunger Fellows and Host Organizations
    • Coordinate recruitment of Fellowship candidates
    • Coordinate selections and interview process used to identify fellows
    • Support recruitment and selection of Host Organizations
  • Program Administration and Evaluation
    • Support program’s administrative needs
    • Serve as a programmatic point of contact for fellows and host organization supervisors
    • Support the collection and management of program data and contacts
    • Manage program files and ensure reliability and availability of data
  • Organizational Administration and Office Management
    • Support organization’s administrative needs and finance infrastructure
    • Coordinate recruitment, selections, and onboarding of spring and fall interns
    • Support organization’s work with board of directors
    • Coordinate organizational facility needs
    • Organize office common areas and off-site storage



The Hunger Center offers a generous benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement contribution after one year of service, paid vacation and a week of paid holiday leave at the end of the year.

The Hunger Center pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and location. This position is an Associate level role with a starting salary beginning at $40,000.

Application instructions

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly, as the review of applications will begin immediately. To be considered, please apply only through the Hunger Center’s website, at:

All inquiries about the position should be directed to: [email protected] No phone calls please.

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

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