Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Operation Food Search

11 - 50 employees
St. Louis
Government Relations / Lobbying
Mid Level
$60,000 - $79,999



Manager of Policy and Advocacy


Operation Food Search (OFS) seeks an experienced individual to develop and implement our policy platform aimed at decreasing child hunger and family food insecurity in Missouri. This individual will manage government and community relations, grassroots advocacy, policy research and relevant research studies that will inform the work. The ideal candidate will be a systems thinker who has an innovative, collaborative mindset.


Position Overview
The Manager of Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for the development and implementation of OFS’s public policy agenda. This position will manage policy research, government affairs and community engagement strategies to inform system-level change. The Manager of Policy and Advocacy will also assist in the strategic design and growth of the Policy and Advocacy Team. This position reports to the Chief Innovation Officer.


Organization Overview
Operation Food Search (OFS), a hunger relief organization based in St. Louis, MO, strengthens the safety net by empowering children, teens and adults with a range of innovative programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. We help feed 200,000 people every month.

Mission: We heal hunger with innovative and collaborative solutions that provide food today and help create a hunger-free tomorrow.


Goals: 1) Meet the immediate need for food for children, adults and seniors; 2) Empower long-term skills by teaching culinary skills and nutrition education; 3) Champion change through advocacy and innovation.


For more information about OFS, please visit




Primary Position Responsibilities


Policy and Advocacy

  • Shape existing and develop new policy priorities based on best practices and emerging evidence, available data, and equity principles.
  • Conduct research to inform organizational strategy on priority and emerging policy issues, including the federal nutrition safety net and child nutrition programs.
  • Manage the strategic implementation of annual public policy agendas.
  • Design and oversee policy research projects using participatory or user-experience (UX) design principles.
  • Review and evaluate existing policies and programs and proposed legislation to determine their benefits and impact on food insecurity and food access in Missouri.
  • Identify opportunities to modify existing or draft new institutional and state policies to improve nutrition and health access for Missourians.
  • Draft and present testimony on proposed legislation by the Missouri General Assembly.
  • Develop materials for policymakers, the public and other stakeholder audiences, including, but not limited to, issue factsheets, policy briefs, and/or white papers.
  • Work with coalitions and community partners to advance key policy priorities; Develop additional partners and coalitions within the state.
  • Identify opportunities for OFS to advance policy and program goals with agencies and organizations including: the USDA, FRAC, state agencies, elected officials, and other statewide non-profits, associations, and coalitions.
  • Collaborate with OFS lobbyists
  • Support the centering of client voice.
  • Apply a racial equity lens to all activities.

Management and Leadership

  • Assist with the creation and monitoring of department budgets, annual planning, and quarterly review processes.
  • Prepare action plans and progress reports.
  • Engage with the board liaison on a regular basis to ensure they are fully briefed on departmental progress.
  • Hire and supervise policy and advocacy staff as well as interns and fellows.
  • Oversee project deliverables; assist with grant proposals when appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other OFS departments, including Community Nutrition, Innovation, Agency Relations, and Child Nutrition on projects where appropriate.
  • Actively participate in fieldwork with various OFS programs to maintain deep understanding of direct work.
  • Fulfill MFH Exemplary Advocate Cohort responsibilities during grant period of 2019 – 2023.
  • Present research findings to stakeholders and public audiences.



Salary:  $61,100-$76,300, commensurate with experience; health insurance, dental insurance, PTO, 401(k) matching


Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience in public policy, advocacy, and/or research.
  • Master’s degree in policy, public health, public administration, social work or a related field.
  • Passion for the OFS mission and a commitment to racial and health equity.
  • Demonstrated success in advocacy, public policy, community engagement, public health, social justice, or related fields.
  • Strong team project and management skills.
  • Demonstrates and encourages a growth mindset and ongoing professional development.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, with public presentation experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in social policy issues on the federal or state level.
  • Knowledge of federal nutrition safety net programs and other anti-poverty programs.

Special Requirements

  • Travel may be required for meetings, events, and conferences.
  • Flexibility in working hours for occasional special events, after-hours or weekends.
  • Willingness to assist with other OFS duties as required or as assigned.


Applications received without cover letter and resume may not be considered.



Location: 1644 Lotsie Boulevard, Overland, MO 63132


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.


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