Political Leadership Coordinator

Flexible (Oakland or Chicago), California or Illinois
HEAL Food Alliance


About the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance: HEAL is a national multi-sector, multi-racial, multi-generational alliance that seeks to build a people-powered movement for transformative change in our local and national food systems, from the corner store to Capitol Hill. The Alliance is anchored by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Movement Strategy Center, the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Real Food Generation, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Our work is values-driven, based in authentic relationships, and we are dedicated to building and amplifying the power of frontline communities who are simultaneously most negatively impacted by our current food system, and are at the forefront of changing it.

About HEAL’s Political Work: The industrial food system is propped up by food and agriculture policies created and maintained by powerful lobbyists. This food system is failing many of our communities, yet few political leaders champion comprehensive food systems reform. HEAL aims to ensure that policymakers are poised and supported to advocate for changes aligned with community needs for just food and farm policy, including intersecting policy areas related to labor, immigration, urban and regional planning, environmental, and public health.

Job Summary

About the Political Leadership Coordinator: The primary role of the Political Leadership Coordinator is to coordinate and implement the HEAL Food Alliance’s political strategy. Key components include: (1) developing and managing HEAL’s Political Leadership Institute (2) developing and coordinating HEAL political activities (3) creating political education materials for the Alliance and our campaigns.

Reports To

Supervised by the Director and in close coordination with the Food Chain Workers Alliance.


The essential responsibilities of this position are included in, but not limited to the items below.

ESTABLISH AND MANAGE THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (PLI). The PLI is a new initiative that the PLI Coordinator will be responsible for developing.

  • Researching and identify appropriate structure for the institute, building on existing programs, curricula, and trainings that build the political capacity of grassroots leaders.
  • In partnership with the HEAL Anchor Team, identify leaders for the first cohort; subsequently, continue to recruit new cohorts of participants to the Political Leadership Institute
  • Launch pilot PLI beginning Fall 2017; after year one, revise and redevelop for subsequent cohorts.
  • In partnership with the Communications Director, develop external-facing materials for the Political Research Institute that reflect HEAL’s core values;
  • Oversee daily functioning of PLI
  • Provide regular reports to the Director, fundraising staff, and Anchor Team with regard to PLI progress and budget tracking.
  • Monitor and evaluate the PLI program for revision and adaptation


  • Develop and/or coordinate curriculum for the PLI

  • Coordinate trainings and participation in PLI

  • Provide coaching to participants to support campaigns

  • Liaison between participants and instructors to support both
  • Support cohort participants in post-institute activities


  • Under direction of the Anchor Team, conceive and oversee HEAL’s political strategy, including policy development
  • Coordinate, tracks monitor, and evaluates HEAL’s work towards political goals;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials and staff, administration officials; initiate contacts or respond to inquiries to present, explain, and promote HEAL positions on farm policy and healthy, sustainable, and just food systems.
  • Work with ally and member organizations to coordinate political activities and build relationships between cohort participants and HEAL members


Communicative: The PLI Coordinator must have excellent English language skills in all areas of verbal and written communications, and be skilled in interpersonal relations

Experienced: The PLI Coordinator must have a documented track record and experience in curriculum development and working in electoral campaigns

Compelling: The PLI Coordinator must be able to effectively engage diverse audiences and conveying complex information in understandable fashion

Creative: The PLI Coordinator must be able to develop and implement a new program

Self-directed: The PLI Coordinator must have demonstrated initiative, be independent, accountable, and be comfortable managing projects remotely

Collaborative: The PLI Coordinator must be a great team player and listener with strong interpersonal skills


Pay is $55-60,000, depending on experience.


The Political Leadership Coordinator will ideally be based in Oakland, CA or Chicago, IL, though other locations may be considered for exceptional candidates. Some travel will be required.

We strongly encourage applicants with personal experience confronting the negative impacts of our current food system.

We are in a start-up phase and as such, seek self-motivated, creative, and strategic thinkers who are able to adapt as the organization shifts and grows. As a complex coalition, we seek individuals who are highly organized systems thinkers. For all positions, HEAL seeks individuals with a demonstrated understanding of the intersections of racial, economic, and ecological justice, who are committed to transformative change.

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How to Apply

HEAL Food Alliance is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and up to 2 samples of relevant work to info@healfoodalliance.org with the subject line Political Leadership Coordinator. To read more about the HEAL Food Alliance visit www.healfoodalliance.org

We will accept applications until April 3, 2017 

HEAL Food Alliance