Program Specialist, Healthy Corners

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $48,000
Maximum: $58,000




2625 Evarts Street Northeast
District of Columbia
United States



DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), an equal opportunity employer, is one of America's leading nonprofit organizations and a social enterprise pioneer, using food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. For twenty-eight years, we have prepared at-risk adults with histories of incarceration, addiction, homelessness, trauma, and chronic unemployment for meaningful careers in the food service industry. We in turn hire many of our graduates to support our social enterprise portfolio, which includes preparing 12,000 meals for our community each day, catering corporate events, and delivering wholesale produce to corner stores in low-income neighborhoods. Our commitment to making the most of our human capital starts with an intensely value-driven work environment that is purposefully diverse, proudly unconventional, and dedicated to relentless incremental improvements.

DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program delivers nutritious snacks and fresh produce to small business retailers in DC’s ‘food deserts’ and builds these businesses’ capacity to stock and sell healthy, affordable food. The Program Specialist will be responsible for managing vital partnerships with these retail owners and will oversee the execution of a large-scale grant to increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing matching dollars at the point of purchase. Under the supervision of the Healthy Corners Program Manager, and in close collaboration with the Nutrition and Community Education Manager, this role will assist with the development and implementation of strategies that are designed to cultivate demand for healthy food and be part of creating a sustainable and community-driven food system among low-income DC residents that are at risk for food insecurity and diet-related disease. The ideal candidate will have a sincere desire to work for a mission-driven organization that is combating hunger and creating opportunity.


  • Retail Marketing: Work with the Healthy Corners Program Manager to develop strategies for appropriate marketing and merchandising for small retailers, which may include refrigerator installations, Point-of-sale tracking, and presenting planograms on optimal product placement.
  • Technical Assistance: provide one-on-one technical assistance for corner store owners participating in a fruit and vegetable incentive matching program for SNAP customers; monitor the healthy food retail environment in these stores and make recommendations to improve marketing and sales of healthy foods; create and lead ongoing trainings for store owners to support fruit and vegetable sales and maximize incentive redemption rates with SNAP customers; monitor stores’ eligibility and recruit new stores to the program; support stores in implementing new technology including Point-of-sale systems, refrigerators, etc..
  • Community Marketing: Work with the Nutrition & Community Education team to design and execute marketing campaigns to boost awareness for incentives and grow demand for fruits and vegetables through print and digital marketing campaigns; collaborate on store events and community engagements to build partnerships, reach target populations, create community buy-in, increase incentive redemption rates and expand customer base; support development of a “community ambassadors” program.
  • Data Collection Evaluation: Collect and track vouchers and SNAP receipts to monitor redemption of incentives and successful adoption of the program by SNAP customers. Monitor store performance by analyzing sales data, waste data, store progress reports, and food environment surveys. Research and develop new data collection strategies, such as loyalty cards.
  • Grant Management: With supervision from the Director of Food Access and Education, actively monitor program budget, track and execute deliverables, and assist with reporting to funders.
  • Evaluation: Collaborate with Monitoring and Evaluation team and external consultants to evaluate the successful implementation of the grant program; analyze program data (including marketing campaign tracking, surveys, store owner surveys, pre/post tests, voucher redemption data) for both program improvement and reporting requirements.
  • Strategy: On an ongoing basis, assess how the program’s efforts are meeting DC Central Kitchen’s goals to (1) expand access to healthy foods; (2) create opportunities for meaningful careers; and (3) test innovative solutions to systemic failures. Revise and shape program implementation to reflect and creatively adapt based on lessons learned.
  • Represent DC Central Kitchen and the Healthy Corners program at meetings, campuses, universities, conferences and seminars.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, sales/marketing, public health, sustainable and local agriculture, accounting, social entrepreneurship or a related discipline is preferred. A substitution of education in a related field will also meet requirements.
  • Familiarity with managing grant deliverables and budgets
  • Demonstrated understanding of food equity, food security and food distribution
  • Experience in a produce retail environment such as in merchandising or sales (desired)
  • Dedicated to improving health and wellness of populations living in food deserts and traditionally underserved neighborhoods
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple priorities; detailed oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and cross collaboratively
  • Strong customer service skills (Personable, able to comfortably and pleasantly collaborate with a variety of stakeholders).
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Applications, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, as well as database management software
  • Desire to be part of a large nonprofit whose mission is to "combat hunger and create opportunity".


  • Capable of independent travel
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Moderate physical activity required.
  • Perform general physical activities that require considerable use of arms, legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. Able to bend, lean, reach and stoop without hindrance. Possess fine motor skills, stand and/or walk for long periods.
  • Ability to work in an environment where exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, fumes, dirt, smoke, loud noise, and a variety of odors is common.


This document is an outline of the primary tasks assigned and may be changed at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. All team members are expected to assist DC Central Kitchen in achieving its goals even if such tasks are beyond the scope of this outline. The job description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

DC Central Kitchen is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and a Strengths-based organization.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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