• Children’s Nutrition Outreach Coordinator

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    2018-1476
    # Positions
    1
  • Overview

    The Children’s Nutrition Outreach Coordinator supports the statewide and local efforts to eliminate child hunger in Cook County and throughout Illinois.  They are a key team member as part of 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. This position will work closely with the Senior Manager of Children’s Nutrition Advocacy and Outreach to develop and achieve key objectives.  

     

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

    Responsibilities

    • Assist in the programmatic management of the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign, focusing on the current phase of the program implementation of working with school districts to motivate  implementation of the Breakfast after the Bell programs.
    • Lead outreach to school districts and individual school locations in high need communities and work with them to understand, implement and leverage federal nutrition programs, with a heavy emphasis on Breakfast After the Bell.
    • Support the planning and execution of statewide summits or regional events, as needed.
    • Coordinate the Commission No Kid Hungry working group by managing communications with members, prepare research and notes for meetings, and update action plans under guidance from Senior Manager of Children's Nutrition Advocacy and Outreach.
    • Assist in communications of grant opportunities with partners and coordination of the grant review and selection process.
    • Assist in the support of relationship management and implementation of other GCFD youth nutrition strategies, that may include, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Food Program or other youth specific nutrition access programs.
    • The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of state agencies, commissions, ISBE and USDA policies related to the efforts of connecting youth to federal nutrtion programs.
    • Excellent communications and follow-through skills strongly recommended for candidates interested in this position.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

     

    • Bachelor’s degree required (Master's Degree or graduate level work in public policy, social work, public health, urban planning or a related field, a plus)
    • 2 years of experience in relationship management, project management, program implementation, and/or community organizing.
    • Ability to build strong relationships and maintain good rapport with diverse constituents, with the goal of moving toward a common vision or goal.
    • A dynamic presenter with strong communications skills (written and verbal).
    • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. Resourceful and self-motivated.
    • Available to travel across Illinois, approximately 3-4 overnight trips per year.
    • Must have personal transportation with valid license and insurance.
    • Proficiency in MS Office- Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook.

     

    Exposure:

    • Normal office environment.
    • Interacts with GCFD staff, school district leadership, professional organizations, food service providers, political and community leaders, general public.

     

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