Q: Can I send you my resume for any opportunities that might match my skills?
A: Thank you for your interest in our work, and motivation to join the fight to end childhood hunger. It is always in the best interest of an applicant to determine for themselves which roles that are the best match for their knowledge, skills, and interests. We can’t match interested folks with active and future roles, due largely to the need to keep consideration processes for all positions objective and fair. No matter where you’re looking for work, it’s always important to get feedback on your application materials from a trusted source, be it a career counselor or advisor, close friend or colleague, or family member.
Q: Can I volunteer with you? Could I do pro-bono work with you?
A: Thank you for focusing your energy on food insecurity – we need more people to join the fight. We encourage you to identify what may best serve your immediate community, which is the BEST way to tackle food insecurity where you are. We do not use volunteers for our work, but do occasionally list paid part-time or paid temporary roles on our Careers page. Our top recommendation for those seeking volunteer/pro bono opportunities is to connect with your local food bank. Find your local food bank.
Q: Could I speak with someone about my background, and why I’d be a good fit for work with Share Our Strength?
A: Thank you for your interest in joining our team! We contact shortlisted job applicants only, due in large part to the incredible volume of applications, and to ensure that we’re considering all candidates objectively and fairly. The organization occasionally hosts virtual events for the public the join, which we strongly recommend as great way to learn more about our work and how we do it. Careers page
Q: What are the steps in applying for a job with you? A: There are three main steps in all of our recruits. Please create a profile in our careers portal, and upload a resume and cover letter to the position(s) which best correspond with your knowledge, skills, and experience. If you’re shortlisted, we’ll contact you for an initial phone call, and then you’d have video conversations with hiring managers and then internal stakeholders, as well as a conversation on equity and justice with a member of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Q: How are you feeding kids during the pandemic?
A: We’re partnering with communities across the country to fund and pilot many different approaches to fighting hunger. Please see our Center for Best Practices site to learn more about how we’re facing the challenges of the pandemic head-on http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/programs/school-breakfast
Q: Do you have Internships year-round? How can I become a Youth Ambassador?
A: Thanks for your interest in interning with us! They’re a terrific path into a career in the social sector. We tend to have internships in the spring summer, and fall, and those listings will be on our careers portal when recruitment starts! Youth Ambassador roles are a great entry into anti-hunger and anti-poverty work. Please visit the Youth Ambassador page and be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and required writing, explaining your motivation to participate in the program.
Q: What are the steps in the recruitment process? How long does it take? A: Please create a profile in our careers portal, and upload a resume and cover letter to the position(s) which best correspond with your knowledge, skills, and experience. If the hiring team feels you are a great match for their needs, we’ll contact you directly via email. You’d have a short series of conversations with our teammates in HR and the department for which you’re applying, as well as a
member of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. We then check references before making a verbal offer. Our goal is to fill most roles within 8 weeks.
Q: Why are some roles open and not others?
A: We open new roles as the circumstances in the communities we serve warrants, and as we have management capacity and budget to hire and fund benefits for new staff. There are some roles that will be recruited more frequently than others, and as a growing organization with increasing specializations in our work, there will be always be more roles to fill.
Q: What qualities would make someone successful in their work at Share Our Strength?
A: Great question! Essential qualities that we look for are a passion for equity and justice, adaptability/flexibility, outstanding communications skills, excellent attention to detail, and a willingness to learn and grow.
Q: I was offered a role as a Health Coordinator without applying for it – is that a real job?
A: Regrettably, it’s neither an internship nor a real job. Many people have received similar ‘offers.’ We’ve been a recent favorite organization for imposters offering fake employment or volunteering to people across the country. Sadly, any job/volunteer offer that’s come from a gmail, hotmail, yahoo, aol, or outlook.com email address is a scam. You may have noticed spelling/grammar errors throughout the messages regarding pending employment. If you want to pursue an official internet fraud report, we strongly encourage those affected by these scams to report them to https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx, the only substantive action we can take at this point. Please stay safe, especially when it comes to too-good-to-be-true sounding opportunities.
Q: What is the structure of the organization?
A: Share Our Strength is the parent non-profit organization, with our campaigns being No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters, and our for-profit consultant firm, Community Wealth Partners. We believe there are lots of ways to address the intersectional issues of hunger and poverty, from being a consulting partner in reimagining what’s possible in order to solve social problems to implementing proven solutions that educate families to shop for and prepare healthy food every day to culinary fundraising events. Our internal departments are focused around specific functions that support all of that work: Program work, Administration and Operations, Development, and Communications. We all work with one another – as our mission is intersectional, so too are our working relationships.
Q: Do you have offices in every state? Do you work internationally?
A: We do not have a physical office in all states, but we do have a grant presence in all 50 states, and we disburse grants internationally. See our International Grants page and updated information on our grants here.
Q: How do you assess individual performance?
A: Close communication and collaboration with your supervisor are advisable no matter where you work! All new staff have a check-in with HR at the 90-day mark, to see how things are proceeding – team, tools, communication, challenges, etc. New staff then have a more formal assessment at the 6-month mark with their manager, to set professional performance goals and gauge performance and understanding thus far. At the 1-year anniversary, new staff will have a formal performance evaluation with their supervisor, and all staff have formal assessments once a year.
Q: Can your jobs be remote?
A: Many of our jobs can be fully remote in the United States; details on the location of each position is within each job posting on our Careers page. While the scope of some roles mandates that they be based in Washington, DC, most can be fully remote for the right candidate.
Billy and Debbie Shore found Share Our Strength as a response to the famine in Ethiopia.
Some of the nation’s best restaurants raise nearly $250,000 at the first-ever Taste of the Nation event.
We launch "Charge Against Hunger", one of the first national successful cause marketing campaigns, raising over $20 million for anti-hunger groups across the country.
Share Our Strength launches a nutrition education program now called Cooking Matters, teaching low-income families how to shop and cook healthy on a budget.
Share Our Strength launches Community Wealth Partners, an independent consulting firm.
Initial pilot projects for what would become No Kid Hungry get underway in communities across the country.
Share Our Strength launches the national Dine Out for No Kid Hungry fundraiser (then called The Great American Dine Out).
The official launch of the No Kid Hungry campaign with Jeff Bridges.
We launch Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, a 300-mile endurance bike ride that quickly becomes a premiere fundraising event for chefs.