Government Relations and Public Funding Director

Founded in 1988, Food & Friends provides medically-tailored meals, nutrition support, and friendship to people living with AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and other life-challenging illnesses. Our team of sixty employees and thousands of volunteers delivers meals and hope to people living in the District of Columbia and multiple counties across Maryland and Virginia. There is no charge or income qualification for our services, which are rendered solely on the basis of medical need.

We seek a Government Relations and Public Funding Director to oversee procurement of $4 million from multiple public funding streams. The incumbent will coordinate Food & Friends’ relations with a broad range of local, state, and federal funding sources in support of existing and new funding streams. Specific responsibilities include:

  • developing an annual strategy to meet or exceed public funding budget goals;
  • cultivating and stewarding relations with public funding decision makers;
  • preparing and submitting proposals to receive government funding, and shepherding those proposals through the appropriations process;
  • managing relationships with government relations consultants;
  • serving on external boards and representing the organization at various public funding meetings;
  • assisting finance and programmatic personnel with ongoing reporting to public funders; and
  • identifying new public funding opportunities;

Requires regular travel throughout the Washington Metro region.

The successful candidate will have a BA/BS and at least four years of public funding, public policy, advocacy, or related experience. Familiarity with government funding policy pertaining to HIV/AIDS, cancer, nutrition programs, and/or public health strongly preferred. Additional qualifications include proven ability to cultivate and steward relations with external constituents and government officials, experience with preparation of grant proposals, superb communication skills, ability and willingness to give public presentations, excellent time management skills, and an appreciation for diversity. Must have a valid driver’s license. Offer of employment contingent upon a pre-employment drug test.

Food & Friends provides a competitive salary and generous benefits. Our staff enjoys a high quality, diverse work environment that includes short Fridays and casual dress. Food & Friends is Metro accessible, and has free on-site parking.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

Mr. Lucas Ginn

Food & Friends

219 Riggs Road, NE

Washington, DC 20011

Fax: 202-635-4263



Food & Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer