ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellow- Washington, DC

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-622016
    • Job Location: Washington, DC
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: 9mp contract
    • Date Updated: May 29, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Through the support of ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Advocacy works to end hunger by engaging directly with local, state and national governments and equipping people of faith to seek justice through advocacy. ELCA Advocacy is a ministry of the ELCA Domestic Mission Unit. This is a twelve-month, non-renewable contract position.

The Hunger Advocacy Fellow will participate in a 12-month transformative experience that combines leadership development and faith formation with impactful advocacy that moves us toward an end to hunger and a just world where all are fed.

The 2018 Hunger Advocacy Fellow is a full-time contract employee (with benefits) of the ELCA Advocacy office in Washington D.C. The Fellow will serve as a member of the ELCA Advocacy national staff team.

Focusing on analyzing and addressing the root causes of hunger and economic injustice, and promoting a holistic approach to hunger ministry, the Hunger Advocacy Fellow will build ELCA World Hunger capacity to end hunger by deepening and expanding Lutheran advocacy efforts in synods, coalitions and networks.


1. ADVOCACY ENGAGEMENT: Provide support for policy program directors on issues related to identified policy priorities (including, but not limited to, domestic hunger and poverty, international development, addressing violence against women, migration, and the environment); coordinate ELCA strategy on racial and gender justice advocacy education, outreach and communications with the ELCA Advocacy network; work with ELCA World Hunger to plan the 2018 ELCA Hunger Leaders Gathering in Washington D.C., including coordination of Capitol Hill visits; connect with congregational ministries (especially hunger ministries) to provide tools and support for moral deliberation and faith-based advocacy, create advocacy opportunities that help expand the network and connect youth and young adults to the church and its ministries.

2. COMMUNICATIONS: Assist the Program Director for Advocacy Engagement in coordinating work with the ELCA Advocacy network (of over 25,000 advocates at the state and national level) by drafting and/or editing online advocacy action alerts/ email updates and managing the ELCA Advocacy online advocacy system (Blackbaud Luminate Online Advocacy); creating and curating content for the ELCA Advocacy blog site and social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook); research, write and edit position papers, web updates, newsletter articles and other resources, such as video and social media to educate the advocacy network and lawmakers on hunger advocacy priorities. Creatively facilitate communication and story-sharing with Lutheran synods, agencies and institutions.

3. REPRESENTATION OF ADVOCACY NETWORK: Participate in ecumenical and human service coalitions that advocate for public policy positions in harmony with issues identified by the ELCA. Advocate on issues with lawmakers, legislative and administrative staff and other public policy leaders.

4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND FAITH FORMATION: Connect throughout the year with ELCA World Hunger, ELCA ministries and Hunger Advocacy Fellows in other parts of the country for collective faith formation, leadership development and community building.

5. Work in collaboration with ELCA Program Director for Advocacy Engagement to identify any additional contextual responsibilities or duties as needed in the region.


Travel is primarily 1-3 trips/year to churchwide events.

Physical Effort.

Involves moderate physical activity, particularly lots of walking throughout the Capitol complex.

Experience and Skills:

1. Possess an open, engaging personality and preparedness for interacting with community members directly affected by hunger or poverty. Understand and respect the expertise of individuals who have lived experiences of hunger, and excitement for creating platforms for the voices of these community members to be heard by policymakers.

2. Willingness to learn about the ELCA’s commitment to be a publicly-engaged church, direct legislative engagement and coalition work, and to become familiar with ELCA mission and structure

3. Understanding of and commitment to the biblical and theological basis of this church and its commitment to public policy advocacy. Ability to model these values in relationship with colleagues, partners and the public

4. Strong interpersonal skills to work with synodical leadership, lay leaders and clergy in congregations, social ministry organizations, educational institutions and others.

5. Good research and analysis skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to design and lead public forums.

6. Knowledge of the social issues faced by communities they serve in, and the various points of view they elicit. Awareness of sensitivity toward the diversity among residents of the state and ability to equip all types of audiences toward action on a common goal.