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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 600 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.

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.

We are currently hiring for the following position:

Director, Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Position

The Hunger Center seeks a Director of the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director leads the design of programmatic goals and strategy; fellow recruitment, selection, and advising; host organization recruitment and selection; program budget, administration and reporting; and strategic partnerships. The Director directly supervises the Senior Program Associate and advises and supports other staff who lead training and evaluation, fundraising, alum engagement, and communications.

Who You Are

  • You are an energetic, flexible, self-starting team player with a direct, honest, and respectful approach to problem-solving.
  • You have at least five years of experience doing any or all of the following: designing and managing programs, coaching young adults, facilitating nonprofit partnerships, and designing and implementing recruitment and selection processes.
  • You have excellent strategic management skills, including your ability to set goals, design and manage initiatives, and align program activities with organizational and program goals.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to ending hunger, poverty, and racial injustice.
  • You thrive in a team-oriented, multi-cultural, multi-generational environment.
  • You have exceptional communication skills and the ability to adapt your style to various audiences and platforms.
  • You are a self-starter with excellent follow-through, a high level of attention to detail, and the ability to synthesize feedback from multiple parties effectively.
  • You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Primary Responsibilities

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

Program Management

  • Provides strategic direction and guidance for the Emerson Program, ensuring program goals are met.
  • Devises and implements program policies, including those for fellow financial packages, host organization site match fees and site visits, reporting, and evaluation.
  • Promotes the Emerson Fellowship and the Congressional Hunger Center to external audiences and develops new programmatic partnerships.
  • Contributes to marketing and communications content and assists with grant-writing/fundraising efforts related to the Emerson Fellowship.
  • Prepares and monitors program and grant budget, and drafts grant reports, including quarterly, annual and ad-hoc funder reports.
  • Ensures all legal contracts, workplan arrangements, fellowship agreements and payments are established and fulfilled when onboarding new fellows and host organizations.

Fellow Recruitment and Selection

  • Establishes recruitment and selection goals and objectives for each class of fellows.
  • Devises and implements recruitment strategy and plan.
  • Implements selections process, including correspondence with applicants and interviewees; interview schedule and logistics; and communication with potential host organizations.
  • Reviews fellowship applications, creates and revises interview protocols, conducts interviews, and selects finalists.

Host Organization Recruitment and Selection

  • Establishes goals and objectives for each class of host organizations.
  • Establishes and continually improves application process and materials for host organization recruitment and selections.
  • Devises and implements a recruitment strategy and plan.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current, past, and potential site supervisors and host organizations.
  • Review and evaluate applications, conduct interviews with field and policy supervisors to assess the suitability/performance of current host organizations.
  • Match fellows with selected host organizations; secure replacement/alternative host organization(s) should an initial match become untenable.

Fellowship Advising 

  • Tracks fellows’ workplan progress via monthly reports, periodic phone/video check-ins, semi-annual review process and site visits, as needed.
  • Develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with host organizations and fellow supervisors to ensure programmatic goals are accomplished.
  • Provides regular and ad hoc guidance to fellows on workplan, workplace issues, and long-term professional goals.

Training and Professional Development

  • Establishes learning and development goals for fellows including training objectives of in-person and virtual learning opportunities, in collaboration with the Director of Training and Development and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Advises the design of training agendas/virtual learning courses, including selection of speakers and training logistics.
  • Manages incoming class orientation.
  • Identifies professional development opportunities for fellows.
  • Supports the administration of other learning and development tools including 360-degree assessments.

National Anti-Hunger Policy

  • Maintains knowledge of domestic food security policy and programs as well as federal policy initiatives relevant to the Hunger Center’s national policy agenda.
  • Provides limited contributions to national policy development and advocacy for the Hunger Center, occasionally participating as one of the Hunger Center’s representatives in domestic food security coalitions and advocacy fora.


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 Director level role with a starting salary beginning at $75,000.

Applications will be accepted until our ideal candidate is identified. Candidates are encouraged to apply promptly, as the review of applications will begin immediately. Only applications submitted via the link above will be considered; all other inquiries about the position should be directed to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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 this position.