Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator
Project Bread 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
Project Bread is a vibrant organization with a deep commitment to creating positive social change. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Project Bread is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.
To assist us in meeting our mission, Project Bread is seeking a Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator to join our team. The Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator serves as a core member of Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program working alongside communities in Eastern Massachusetts to expand participation in the school breakfast and Summer Eats programs.
Supervisor: Director of Child Nutrition
The Role: The successful candidate for this role will possess excellent organizational and communications skills. They will support local stakeholders in the region to improve access to quality school and summer meals for children. Prior experience in outreach, partnership building, or community organizing is a plus.
Expand participation in the School Breakfast Program by Massachusetts children using the following strategies:
- Provide technical assistance and support to school administrators and school food service directors to drive increased participation and program improvement for the School Breakfast Program.
- Work with stakeholders across Massachusetts to implement evidence-based strategies to increase participation in the school breakfast program, including adoption of alternative breakfast models.
- Foster and maintain strong working relationships with superintendents, principals, school nutrition directors, school committee members, parents, and teachers to increase school breakfast participation.
- Strategize with food service stakeholders to determine best practices in providing quality breakfast while following the USDA nutritional guidelines.
- Work with local community networks to further School Breakfast outreach goals. Assist in the development and implementation of Project Bread’s School Breakfast Grant Program.
- Leadership of special projects as assigned.
Increase participation in Summer Eats, Massachusetts’ Summer Food Service Program, by Massachusetts children while examining ways to improve program and meal quality using the following strategies:
- Work with local individuals, school officials, other public entities and officials, local nonprofit organizations, businesses, parents, and others to assess the need for Summer Eats expansion in targeted communities.
- Implement strategies for recruiting new Summer Eats sponsors and maximize the number of sites they will sponsor. Provide technical assistance to sponsors during startup and continued operation of the program.
- Work with returning sponsors to expand their summer programs and provide support and resources to meet their operational needs. Assist and lead planning and execution of Summer Eats events with local communities, funders, and other stakeholders.
- Assist in the development and implementation of outreach strategies to increase participation at all Summer Eats sites. These may include press conferences, posters, flyers, public service announcements, mailings, and other outreach tools.
- Foster relationships with local community networks and partners to enhance the visibility of Summer Eats and maximize participation. Assist in the development and implementation of Project Bread’s Summer Eats Grant Program.
- Leadership of special projects as assigned.
Maintain accurate record-keeping systems to support reporting and communication of activities:
- Assist with weekly, monthly, and annual reporting on deliverables to Project Bread leadership and funders.
- Maintain up-to-date reporting of progress in communities across Massachusetts.
- Maintain up-to-date database of key contacts within coverage area.
- Capture key success stories from the field for use by Project Bread Communications team.
- Participate in the annual Walk for Hunger, including working as event staff the weekend of the Walk, attending pre-Walk events as assigned, and supporting Walk for Hunger fundraising efforts.
- Provide administrative support to other Project Bread departments as needed.
- Participate in organization-wide events and meetings and perform other program duties as assigned.
- Participate in one organizational committee.
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. That said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a minimum of two years of relevant experience OR High School diploma/GED and five years relevant experience
- Experience in non-profit or community-based work required, familiarity with school food services preferred
- Experience conducting outreach or promotion activities, especially within school and community settings
- Experience building strong working relationships and partnerships and maintaining relationships over time
- Ability to both think broadly with big picture goals in mind and pay close attention to incremental details and processes
- Ability to be a self-starter who is comfortable jumping into many different situations and settings
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to multi-task between summer and breakfast program planning
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Reliable access to a car; travel within Massachusetts is required to visit schools and Summer Eats sites
Review of applications will begin August 5th and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit a resume and cover letter in MS Word or PDF format, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Bread is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Project Bread is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally underrepresented among our sector leadership. Please contact Paul Higgins at email@example.com if you would like to request special accommodations during the interview process.