Communications Manager

Job Locations US-RI-Providence
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/13/2021 3:57 PM)
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Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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Rhode Island Food Policy Council


The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) ( is a network-based organization working to create a more just and resilient food system for all Rhode Islanders. With four staff and twenty engaged members, our Council represents all sectors of the Rhode Island food system.


RIFPC provides an independent, non-governmental voice that connects, supports, and educates members of the Rhode Island food industry and RI communities. With a focus on coalition building, advocating sound food and agricultural policy, and executing high-impact projects and program that fill critical gaps in the RI food supply chain, our work serves as a bridge among key players in the Rhode Island food supply chain, including:

  • Food producers and supplies (e.g., farm, fish, and food entrepreneurs);
  • Community-based organizations (e.g., community gardens, affordable housing, health);
  • State agencies (e.g., Environmental Management, Commerce, Human Serves);
  • Legislators (e.g., state representatives and senators);
  • Local and regional non-profits (e.g., emergency feeding, food hub, food recovery);
  • Educational Institutions (e.g., public, private, 2-year, 4-year);
  • Students (e.g., high school, college).

RIFPC is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE (


We seek to hire a full-time Communications Manager, who has a passion for building just and resilient food systems in RI, to coordinate our external and internal communications efforts.


The Manager reports directly to the Network Director, and works closely with the staff and members of the RIFPC. The Manager works to manage, implement, and improve our communications strategy, develop communications campaigns, and works to deepen our relationships with people, communities, and organizations who can further the RIFPC mission.


Position priorities include:

  • Coordinating communications across multiple interlinked projects.
  • Collaborating with audiences of different cultures, races, beliefs, abilities, and other group identities to shape collective values-driven messages.
  • Garnering media attention through writing and sharing press releases for food sustainability related issues and campaigns.

This is a remote position that will include regular in-state travel for attendance at meetings and events once pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with staff and RIFPC members to develop an annual communications and community outreach plan that includes targets for increasing earned media, social media, and website interactions;
  • Coordinate with staff to conduct RIFPC outreach and manage communications functions;
  • Regularly review RIFPC materials and website content, recommend updates, and edit as needed;
  • Write, edit, and publish quarterly newsletters, social media posts, multimedia content, and e-blasts;
  • Work closely with community-based partners representing the diversity of the RI population to maintain our events calendar (e.g., community-led events, conferences, farmer’s markets, health fairs);
  • Take the leads on messaging to press and any paid advertising campaigns;
  • Manage updates to outreach materials, including our data dashboard, municipal fact sheets, RI Stories, local and emergency food maps, and other products;
  • Work with Network Director and RIFPC members to share information with RI Federal delegation members and state legislature representatives;
  • Assist with conference and grant proposals;
  • Review internal communications and outreach consultant recommendations and work with staff and Council to make a plan to implement agreed upon priority actions; 
  • Create an internal communications flowchart and present annually to staff and to the full Council;
  • Create a monthly staff update document, with help from staff, to present to Council leadership. 

The RI Food Policy Council offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume along with a cover letter. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email. Employment history and/or background check including two references are required of finalists.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • A minimum of three years’ experience working in public relations, communications, and outreach for a news organization or communications firm, or performing similar roles within a nonprofit organization or government agency;
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing strategic, organization-wide, annual communications and outreach plans for a nimble organization with input from a broad constituency;
  • Ability to engage and establish rapport with a wide range of RIFPC partners in frontline communities, government, nonprofit, and industry sectors;
  • Ability to absorb new information quickly and translate key points into results;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills and high level of emotional intelligence;
  • Proficient with communications software (Office suite, Wordpress, Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, Google Drive, Basecamp);
  • Flexibility to take opportunities as they arise;
  • Existing connections with RI media outlets preferred;
  • Experience with video production a plus;
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal skills (background in journalism or communications preferred;
  • Experience in social media, web, print, and in-person communications;
  • Experience coordinating virtual events and convenings, including event planning and management.

Compensation and Benefits


Location: Work will be performed 100% remotely, from your home office.  The incumbent will have to travel occasionally within the state of Rhode Island.


Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $50,000 / year and is commensurate with experience.


Physical Demands/Work Environment 


The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is normally performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers. However, under current pandemic restrictions, the work is perfromed remotely until related restrictions are lifted.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

TSNE/Rhode Island Food Policy Council envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Rhode lsland Food Policy Council will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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