Project Bread is seeking a Director of Child Nutrition

Date Available: 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Expiration Date: 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Director of Child Nutrition

Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is a leading statewide organization committed to ending hunger for Massachusetts residents of all ages. In collaboration with key partners, we deploy a two-pronged approach to achieve this goal:

 Provide immediate relief to those who are hungry today

 Eradicate the systemic causes of hunger

To assist us in meeting our mission, Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is seeking a Director of Child Nutrition to join our team. The Director of Child Nutrition will lead Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) team, support the Chefs in Schools program, and provide content area expertise in nutrition to the organization at-large

Supervisor: Assistant Director of Programs

Supervises: 4 members of the Child Nutrition Outreach Program staff

The Role: The successful candidate for this role will be an inspiring leader with a passion for school and summer nutrition programs for Massachusetts children. They will bring strategic vision to supporting Project Bread’s efforts to combat child food insecurity and improve child nutrition across the Commonwealth.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Manage all aspects of Child Nutrition Outreach Program (85%)

a) Provide leadership and general direction/supervision to CNOP staff. Ensure that work plan for CNOP is completed on time within the confines of the budget.

b) Serve as main liaison between Project Bread and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Food & Nutrition Programs

i. Participate in regular check-in meetings and phone calls ii. Maintain contract accountability and deliverables

iii. Oversee the preparation of monthly and annual activity reports

iv. Manage budget expenditures and monthly invoices

c) Oversee CNOP’s work to expand participation in and improve meal quality of the Massachusetts School Breakfast Program using the following strategies:

i. Utilize data to understand program gaps and identify strategic opportunities

ii. Work with superintendents, principals, school food service directors, parents and teachers to implement plans to increase school breakfast participation in targeted communities

iii. Co-convene the Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge partners’ monthly meetings

iv. Develop outreach materials to support the School Breakfast Program

v. Design and implementation of targeted mailings to share materials with community partners, school administrations, and program recipients

vi. Deliver technical assistance and support to schools receiving grants to start up or expand their School Breakfast Program

vii. Work as needed with local community networks and other partners to expand participation in school breakfast throughout Massachusetts

d) Oversee CNOP’s work to expand participation in and improve meal quality of Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – known locally as “Summer Eats” – using the following strategies:

i. Utilize data to understand program gaps and identify strategic opportunities

ii. Work with local individuals, school officials, other public entities and officials, local nonprofit organizations, businesses, parents, and others to assess needs for Summer Eats expansion in targeted communities.

iii. Implement strategies for recruiting new Summer Eats sponsors and maximize the number of sites they will sponsor

iv. Assist first-time sponsors in overcoming barriers during startup and operation of the program and work with veteran sponsors to expand their programs and provide support and resources to meet their operational needs

v. Develop outreach plans and materials to increase participation at all Summer Eats sites vi. Distribution of outreach materials to all local human service agencies and community organizations

vii. Promote adoption of innovative strategies and tactics to increase participation in summer meals, including mobile meals, Farm to Summer

viii. Work as needed with local community networks and other partners to expand access to summer meals throughout Massachusetts

2. Advise organization on programmatic and policy initiatives to support the advancement of child nutrition in Massachusetts (15%) a) Support the development and dissemination of Chef-inspired recipes for healthier school breakfast, lunch, and summer meals

i. Perform nutritional analyses on new and existing Project Bread recipes

ii. Work with Director of Chefs in Schools and Project Bread’s Communications team to effectively share recipes with school and summer nutrition professionals, including updates to www.TransformSchoolFood.org and the Healthy School Breakfast cookbook

iii. Occasionally present on nutrition topics to students, families, food service personnel, and other stakeholders

b) Contribute to the development of new programs and policy initiatives

i. Remain up-to-date on best practices and emerging trends in child nutrition interventions nationally

ii. Collaborate with senior staff to identify opportunities for new program development or policy advocacy

iii. Support efforts to share Project Bread’s child nutrition successes and lessons learned with state and national peers

c) Serve as content area expert in nutrition to the organization at-large

i. Support research efforts in collaboration with area academic institutions and community-based partners

ii. Advise on potential impacts to child nutrition of federal, state, and/or local policy change

iii. Support efforts to measure impact of Project Bread’s child nutrition efforts Secondary Responsibilities:

1. Take part in Project Bread activities related to The Walk for Hunger including working the weekend of the Walk for Hunger.

2. Perform other duties as assigned. Qualifications:

 Current Registered Dietician licensure or eligibility for licensure strongly preferred

 Bachelor’s degree with a focus in nutrition, public health, or related field required, Master’s degree preferred

 Experience with federal child nutrition programs and school nutrition

 Minimum of 2 years or relevant experience including budget management and staff supervision

 Excellent verbal and written communication skills  Ability to work independently and collaborate with a team

 Excellent work ethic and impact-oriented approach  Local travel to communities in Massachusetts is required Project Bread is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position. Please submit resume and cover letter, in MS Word or PDF format, to jobs@projectbread.org.

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