Community Nutrition Educator - Temporary

Job Type

Full Time Temporary


Details: Manager-level position (temporary position) with competitive pay.




750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose
United States


About Second Harvest Food Bank

Looking for mission-driven work? Based in Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Currently providing food to more than one quarter of a million people every month, Second Harvest is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974. Despite the immense wealth in Silicon Valley, and partly due to the high cost of living, hunger and malnutrition are pervasive. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country, through a network of nearly 320 nonprofit partners at more than 850 sites. Second Harvest is pursuing innovative efforts to increase access to food resources as it seeks to feed an additional 100,000 hungry people each month. To reach more people, it advocates for anti-hunger policies and connects those in need to federal nutrition programs and other food resources. To learn more about how Second Harvest is building a hunger-free community, visit

About the Position

This is a full-time temporary position starting in June and expected to last 6 months (until mid-December) while the current Nutrition Education Manager is out on maternity Leave. The Manager will be training the candidate during the first month of work (June).

The Community Nutrition Educator helps run the nutrition education program in Santa Clara County in order to improve the nutritional status and general well-being of low-income families and individuals. The Educator’s goal is to help clients and their families learn about nutrition and inspire them to prepare and enjoy the healthy food we distribute through group presentations, food samples, cooking demonstrations, and in-line nutrition education. At least 50% of the Educator’s time will be spent out in the community at our food distribution sites.

This job might be for you if you:

·        Have a passion for nutrition, but especially nutrition in service to low-income diverse community members.

·        Present and teach comfortably in front of differently sized groups.

·        Enjoy engaging with clients from many cultures and backgrounds.

·        Enjoy trying out new healthy recipes, and are comfortable cooking easy food demos in front of an audience.

·        Take initiative with creating new projects to improve our program and our nutrition education efforts.

·        Are willing to travel to multiple site locations within Santa Clara County.

Duties and Responsibilities

·        Travel to our direct site locations some days during the week. Work from the office when not at the distribution site visits.

·        Create and prepare healthy recipes utilizing the food clients receive from the food bank.

·        Deliver food safety training and assistance to direct sites.

·        Track program activities and provide data as deemed appropriate.

·        Develop, teach, and evaluate nutrition education curricula tailored to meet client needs.

·        Train new Health Ambassador Volunteers at distribution sites. Assist current Health Ambassadors. 

·        Provide back-up support and perform other duties as assigned by the Nutrition Education Manager.

·        Represent the food bank on community committees as appropriate.

·        Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

·        Background in the Nutrition or Public Health Field.

·        Bilingual abilities are a plus.

·        ServSafe Managers Certificate or comparable food safety and handling certificate. If you don’t have one, you must be willing to take this one-day training and pass the test within the first month of hire.

·        Demonstrated experience working in low-income culturally diverse community settings a plus.

·        Basic understanding of the social determinants of health and how they can affect nutrition, access to food, and food choices.

·        Ability to take the initiative and work independently with multiple projects as well as part of a team.

·        Demonstrated experience and skills with public speaking, including group presentations with a diverse audience.

·        Ability to make frequent changes in routine or pace of activity without loss of efficiency or composure.

·        Demonstrated skills with Microsoft Word Office Suite of applications.

·        Demonstrated ability to be timely in terms of handing in deliverables and maintaining agreed upon work hours.

·        Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and a clean DMV record. Willingness to drive personal vehicle, as necessary. Compensation for business mileage is reimbursable at standard IRS rate.

Reports To: Nutrition Education Manager (the one who isn’t on maternity leave)




In accordance with CA law, temps are provided with required sick time.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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