Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Today, through the No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters campaigns, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. No child should go hungry in America – we’re on our way to making that a reality and we want you to join us. We’re bold, creative, always open to new ideas, and 100% dedicated to our mission. If that sounds like you, we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team.
The work of the Program Manager will address out-of-school time hunger and provide expertise on strengthening and expanding access to federally-funded summer and afterschool meal programs. This individual will address resource needs through the development of toolkits, case studies, and webinars. They will also provide technical assistance and training to program providers, advocacy partners, and state and local officials. The Manager will continually identify and share promising practices in expanding access to federally-funded summer and afterschool meal programs, incorporates the perspectives of program participants, school district and community-based providers, and draw upon insights from research and federal and state administrators. The Manager will contribute to the Center for Best Practices’ website, newsletter, and other communication tools, supporting the Center’s adoption of asset-based language that centers our work in the experience of community members themselves.
This position is preferably based in Washington, DC, but could be fully remote for the right candidate.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serve as an in-house subject matter expert on federally-funded summer and afterschool meal programs (Summer Food Service Program; National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option and Afterschool Snacks; Child and Adult Care Food Program At-Risk Afterschool Meals component).
- Provide guidance and expertise to inform grantmaking strategies, state and federal advocacy priorities, and project planning with state and local partners around summer and afterschool meals.
- Lead conception and development of content and resources focused on summer and afterschool meals. This may include but is not limited to case studies, toolkits, and webinars.
- Develop and lead regular webinar trainings and in-person/virtual workshops or convenings to facilitate sharing of best practices, skill-building and networking among summer and afterschool meal practitioners and/or No Kid Hungry campaign partners (may include speaking engagements).
- Provide thought leadership to No Kid Hungry’s work to expand program access and improve program quality for summer and afterschool meal programming nationwide, with a special focus on communities of color, zones of persistent poverty, and historically marginalized communities.
- Work with the program innovation and grants team to disseminate lessons learned from pilot programs and make recommendations for No Kid Hungry strategy.
- Work collaboratively with No Kid Hungry’s Field, Grants and Communications teams to thoughtfully identify and lift up community voices and feature the work of school districts and community-based organizations demonstrating best and promising practices in their work.
- Work closely with colleagues and external consultants to advance equity and inclusion in our work.
- Stay up-to-date on the federal Child Nutrition landscape through internal and external relationships, especially USDA, state agencies and other national anti-hunger and poverty organizations.
- Lead or serve on internal and/or external workgroups focused on summer and afterschool meals on an as-needed basis.
- Support the work of other key initiatives within the Center for Best Practices and the organization.
- Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, education, public policy or related field preferred, but not required.
- 3-5 years of work experience with a focus on federally-funded summer and afterschool meal programs, especially roles pertaining to federal policy, state administration, and/or program implementation.
- Professional history including developing training materials and providing technical assistance, strategic planning or consulting services to nonprofit organizations, school districts, food service directors, and/or community-based organizations.
- Experience with summer and afterschool meal program operations and policy strongly preferred.
- Experience working in or with the K-12 educational community and/or community-based nonprofit sphere.
- Proficiency in short and long-term project management.
- Eagerness to collaborate along with a demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively in a fluid environment.
- Excellent facilitation, listening, presentation, and communication skills.
- Successful track record managing multiple complex projects simultaneously and demonstrated ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and work independently.
- Outstanding interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
- Demonstrated passion for our mission and interest in helping us advance equity and inclusion within and beyond the organization.
At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. A hallmark of our history, culture and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results.
This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working toward ensuring that each child in America has food where they Live, Learn, and Play.