• Senior Manager of Children’s Nutrition Advocacy & Outreach

    Location US-IL-Chicago
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  • Overview

    The Senior Manager of Children’s Nutrition Advocacy & Outreach leads statewide and local efforts to eliminate child hunger in Cook County and throughout Illinois. They lead the No Kid Hungry Illinois campaign, which is a coalition working to connect kids in need with nutritious food. The current phase of the campaign is heavily focused on building partnerships with statewide membership organizations, school districts, food service providers, and other community organizations focused on child health and nutrition.


    No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in six children struggles with hunger. We are working to end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day – with a focus on school breakfast, summer meals, and afterschool meals.


    • Develop and implement multi-level strategies to increase access to federally funded nutrition programs including the School Breakfast Program, summer meals, and afterschool meals.
    • Manage and grow successful partnerships with Share Our Strength, the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, Illinois State Board of Education, Midwest Regional USDA, and other education focused associations throughout the state to help support increased access to nutrition programs.
    • Facilitate and oversee targeted outreach efforts to schools and community-based organizations and provide all necessary support and materials for the successful implementation of this work.
    • Establish annual programmatic objectives for the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign including
    • Provide strategic guidance on communications tactics including websites, digital tools, 

      print materials and social media.

    • Coordinate preparation of statewide reports on child nutrition programs.
    • Oversee distribution and evaluation of annual Share Our Strength programmatic grants to schools and other partner organizations across Illinois.
    • Collaborate with the Fund Development team to manage large, complex grants and ensure all reporting requirements and other required activities are completed.
    • Support the No Kid Hungry Working Group of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger and assist the Committee Chair(s) as related to its oversight of the commission action plan.
    • Supervise multiple full-time staff members, AmeriCorps members and interns.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree or graduate level work in public policy, social work, public health, urban planning or a related field is preferred
    • 5+ years working in the fields of advocacy, community organizing, program implementation and/or political campaign experience
    • Ability to effectively manage complex projects and work with minimal supervision
    • Experience managing coalitions and partnerships
    • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and influence others and move toward a common vision or goal
    • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal)
    • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to coach and develop staff
    • Capacity to analyze and manage large data sets
    • Ability to travel throughout Illinois (approximately 10-12 times per year)
    • Must have personal transportation with valid license and insurance
    • Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook


    • Normal office environment
    • Interacts with GCFD staff, political and community leaders, federal, state, and local government staff, school leadership and other staff, students, volunteers, member agencies and general public


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