Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission!  AAFB staff and volunteers work together to strengthen Arizona communities so that all people are well nourished. Please see below for current openings and volunteer opportunities! 

Current Openings:

Public Policy Manager
   Full-Time, Exempt 
Reports to:  Director of Field Operations

The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) seeks a community-minded, professional, well-organized individual as the Public Policy Manager for the Association of Arizona Food Banks.

Position Description
If you have a passion for helping to solve the root causes of hunger this is the job for you! This position is responsible for research and analysis of existing and emerging program and policy areas at the federal, state and local levels for low income working families, especially as they relate to hunger and poverty. Some key tasks will be to assist in drafting research briefings, voter education materials, media responses, and conduct outreach to communities across the state to provide education about hunger and assistance programs. Because our staff is small but mighty, if you have other skills they will be put to good use!

Key Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Excellent verbal, written and phone communications skills
• Functional knowledge of the legislative process
• Strong ability to organize ideas and present findings in a logical manner
• Skill in presenting complex public policy ideas and influencing public opinion
• Ability to work on short deadlines and independently
• Ability to communicate with wide variety of audiences, including those with varied political backgrounds
• Ability to build consensus
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Problem analysis and proactive problem-solving skills
• Ability to speak Spanish (preferred) and communicate with members of the media

Primary Responsibilities:
• Monitor and analyze implementation of state and federal laws and legislation as related to low-income working families and prepare reports that convey, in lay person terms, the impact of policy and legislative proposals.
• Evaluate innovative approaches to new or expanding program and policy areas.
• Develop policy recommendations for reports and AAFB’s public policy agenda based on input from member food banks, best practices and models.
• Create and maintain strong media relationships including formulating a media strategy, authoring press releases, and following up with reporters on AAFB public policy agenda/recommendations.
• Develop relationships and attend relevant meetings with national and state partners, elected officials and program administrators. Represent AAFB in advocacy and public policy coalitions.
• Prepare testimony for hearings at the Arizona State Legislature on issues related to hunger and poverty.
• Assist with the development of AAFBs quarterly newsletter, Hunger-Free AZ, regular e-blast communications and advocacy messages.
• Assist with the development of voter education materials about hunger and poverty in Arizona. Raise awareness about the scope and its impact on education, healthcare and the economy.

Minimum Qualifications for Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in communications, political science, social work or public administration required. Master’s degree preferred. Bilingual (Spanish) a plus. Valid Arizona Driver’s License and the willingness to travel routinely in Maricopa County and occasionally in other parts of the state. Must have reliable transportation.

Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000 depending upon experience and qualifications

To apply: Please forward a cover letter and resume with details of prior experience to April Bradham at april@azfoodbanks.org. Resumes will be accepted until June 30th at 5:00pm.

Volunteer at AAFB or a Food Bank near you: 
  • AAFB occasionally has a need for a front office volunteer to answer phones and perform light office work for 3-4 hours per day, on various days during the week.  Email Terri with a copy of your resume if you are interested.
  • Search for food banks in your area who may have volunteer opportunities.  Please contact the specific organization for information on current opportunities.
  • The Mesa Cannery, located at the Loop 101 and Broadway Road in Mesa, has ongoing volunteer opportunies to help repackage bulk food for food banks, such as beans or pasta.  Perfect for groups of 10-40.  Contact 480-967-8551 for more information.
The Association of Arizona Food Banks is an Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.