Compensation: $18- $20 hourly

Job Type: full-time

Application Instructions: email resume and cover letter to Christina Moore at [email protected]

Classification: Hourly

Reports To: Director of Meal Services

Date: January 2022

If you are interested in leveraging your culinary expertise to compassionately serve our neighbors experiencing homelessness, you might be a perfect fit for this role. Among a team of skilled professional chefs, this hire will be responsible for ensuring that hot, nutritious meals are prepared and served at Shepherd’s Table 365 days a year. They will closely with the Program Assistant and Security Officers to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all our meal guests and volunteers. In addition, each Chef is responsible for assigning tasks to volunteers and maintaining a clean, healthy food service area at all times. They must follow all food service regulations and County health code requirements.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for meaningful work, serving others, and honoring the dignity of all people in addition to proven experience in food service. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Meal Preparation Service

  • Work with the Director of Meal Services to plan weekly food menus
  • Ensure hot, nutritious meals are prepared and served each day
  • Provide food service coverage during regular scheduled service and in emergency situations, such as inclement weather
  • Ensure meal guests receive warm hospitality with each meal
  • Ensure that meal service policies are followed
  • Ensure that the dining room is a safe and welcoming environment for meal guests and volunteers
  • Help support security personnel during mealtimes
  • Supervise or perform post-meal cleaning in kitchen, dining room, dish room and hallway
  • Ensure that the kitchen/equipment/food/staff/volunteers are fully in compliance with health regulations during the shift
  • Ensure that food deliveries are stored and rotated for current and future use.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the kitchen, dining room, dish room, kitchen prep room and all food service equipment
  • Monitor and respond to Meal Program communications via the telephone and e-mail on a regular basis. Return calls and e-mails within 24-48 hours.
  • Secure the building at the end of food service. Ensure no clients are in the building or on the grounds
  • Capture stories and photo for newsletter and social media coverage

Personnel Management

  • Greet, supervise, assign duties, and support volunteers throughout the meal prep, service and clean-up
  • Encourage volunteers to engage in other service and giving opportunities at Shepherd’s Table
  • Perform all prep service and clean up duties in absence of volunteers

Resource Management

  • Alongside the Director of Meal Services, engage in the community food rescue process in receiving and donating rescued food
  • Receive, organize and rotate donations
  • Ensure that health regulations are met at all times
  • Support Shepherd’s Table fundraising efforts through participation in events, kitchen tours, media interviews and other ways as needed

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of food and safe food handling skills
  • Knowledge of people experiencing poverty and homelessness
  • Food safety knowledge
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Ability to supervise a team of paid and unpaid support staff including volunteers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma
  • 3 years food service preparation experience
  • Food safety certification or ability to acquire it within 30 days of employment


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.


Advocacy Coordinator

Salary Range: $50,000 – $53,000

Job Type: full-time

Classification: Exempt

Reports To: Director of Development & Communications

Date: July 2022

The Advocacy Coordinator is a full-time position designed to implement Shepherd’s Table’s advocacy agenda. The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for monitoring legislation as it pertains to food insecurity, housing and mental health at the local, state and national level and devising strategies to pass measures and connect with policymakers in the interest of the people we serve. To that end, the Advocacy Coordinator will raise awareness and motivate stakeholders to take action through social media, website/blog, newsletters, community events, and other communications and marketing opportunities. In addition, the Advocacy Coordinator will organize and train meal guests/clients to amplify their voices and educate elected officials and others on the challenges that make it difficult to escape poverty.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Director of Development & Communications, Daniella Burgos at the following email address: [email protected]

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Organizing Responsibilities 

  • Educate meal guests/clients, staff, board and volunteers on policies pertaining to food security, housing and mental health
  • Organize a team of meal guests/clients that can advise ST on policy issues that impact their lives
  • Plan and implement an advocacy agenda and strategy with key legislative targets that can be used to measure annual success
  • Build partnerships with local and state policymakers and other homelessness, food and mental health organizations or coalitions to pursue common goals
  • Prepare testimony and content to present it as needed in collaboration with meal guests/clients to advance the annual advocacy agenda
  • Coordinate meetings, events and presentations


  • In collaboration with the Communications Associate:
    • Responsible for monitoring, maintaining and growing Shepherd’s Table’s social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube) as it pertains to advocacy issues
    • Communicating with stakeholders regularly to update and educate them on policies and issues pertaining to hunger, housing insecurity and mental health and requesting their support of legislation tied to our annual advocacy agenda
  • Serve as a point of contact for media and public questions around Shepherd’s Table’s advocacy agenda

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong community organizing skills motivating people to get involved in policy issues
  • Strong skills in writing and presenting on matters that motivate people to take action
  • Experience working in marketing or communications
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Experience with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and other streaming platforms for virtual events
  • High energy, positive can-do attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, high degree of initiative
  • Ability to work as member of a team
  • Strong time management and organizational skills

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years of community organizing experience
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person(s) assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

Communications Intern

Compensation: $15 an hour

Job Type: part-time fall internship

Reports To:  Communications Associate

Date: August 2022

The Development and Communications internship at Shepherd’s Table is an opportunity to dive into social media, fundraising, and donor engagement at a mission-driven, community organization. Our interns are passionate about food and housing security for everyone in our community and are ready to leverage communication and fundraising to this end. The internship will specifically center on social media but will entail broad engagement with different components of nonprofit development, including event planning, storytelling, donor relations, data entry, and more.

This is an in-office for Fall 2022 based in downtown Silver Spring, MD.

To apply, please send a resume to our Communications Associate, Holly Harris at the following email address: [email protected]

Specific roles and responsibilities:

  • Assisting with the planning and strategy of social media across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Writing social media copy
  • Researching social media strategy and cutting-edge practices
  • Creating on-brand graphics for social media posts
  • Responding to messages and comments from our audience across platforms
  • Writing and sending donor acknowledgements
  • Data entry and maintenance within Salesforce
  • Creating internal newsletters
  • Assisting with event planning for fundraisers and donor gatherings

Competencies and skills the position will be evaluated on include:

The ideal applicant is organized, collaborative, creative, a multitasker, and eager to learn and develop professionally. Attention to detail, specifically in application of brand and design, is also key.

Qualifications: (i.e. Education, Certifications, Experience Level)

  • College students studying marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, or a related field.
  • Internet Access for remote work, when not in the office
  • General computer knowledge of programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, and/or Premiere Pro is a plus.
  • Experience with photography and/or videography is a plus


  • Compensation: $15/hour
  • This internship can count toward college credit pending our review and approval of the rules/qualifications provided by your institution.
  • Maximum of 16 hours per week. (Start Date: September 2022).

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and introductory e-mail to Holly Harris at [email protected]. Please write “Intern, Communications” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Shepherd’s Table is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other discriminatory factors prohibited by law.

Shepherd’s Table requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless the employee is entitled to accommodation for reasons related to a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief.  Qualified applicants must comply with this vaccine policy as a condition of employment.