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 working to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. 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 Northern Virginia Region Program Manager for the No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign will engage in the activities outlined below in coordination with No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign and key stakeholders to increase childhood food security in Virginia. The Program Manager will conduct outreach and provide support to schools and other stakeholders working to increase childhood food security in the northern region of Virginia (VDOE Regions 3 and 4), especially those organizations operating the federal child nutrition programs. The Manager will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the No Kid Hungry Virginia Campaign.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Educate and raise awareness about the School Breakfast Program (SBP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Virginia among communities, public officials, and community leaders through outreach, media, marketing, and focused mailings/phone calls.
- Conduct outreach to and build quality relationships with stakeholders including, but not limited to, School Nutrition Directors, principals, superintendents, teachers, Boards of Education, parents, student organizations, neighborhood organizations, community stakeholders and elected and public officials (Mayor, State Legislator, etc.) in order to raise awareness and increase program participation.
- Disseminate and generate interest in No Kid Hungry Virginia’s grant opportunities and assist in application evaluation.
- Provide technical assistance to current and prospective sponsors of the School Breakfast Program (SBP), Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
- Support sponsor and site recruitment strategies to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
- Represent No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work to other food security stakeholders throughout the region through research, relationship-building, promotion, and participation/membership in existing committees and work groups.
- Participate in the development of statewide communications, advocacy, program, grant, and data strategies.
- Support other members of the No Kid Hungry Virginia team with presentations, attendance, and/or preparation for statewide events and conferences.
- Track meetings and all follow-up contact, actions and communications, and maintain information within a sharable database.
- Develop uniquely tailored information and outreach materials for targeted localities and audiences as needed.
- Compile and analyze data to track progress and provide impact stories on the program’s success.
- Maintain expertise on all current regulations and policies for federal child nutrition programs in Virginia.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred (but not required), and experience with federal child nutrition program and SNAP outreach and/or policy analysis preferred.
- Experience in strategic planning and creative problem solving.
- Exceptional attention to detail and highly organized.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively in a fluid environment, lead projects, meet multiple concurrent deadlines, and organize time and priorities.
- Skilled in researching, collecting, organizing, and managing data.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills and intuitive interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse populations.
- Emotional intelligence and strong orientation towards customer service (internally and externally).
- Familiarity with the Northern Virginia region a plus.
- Strong knowledge of MS Office suite and willingness to handle multiple administrative tasks.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written), including strong project management skills.
- Ability to develop, manage, and execute projects on schedule and to work on tight deadlines as needed.
- Poise and professionalism in working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Willingness to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team.
- Interest (and preferably, work experience) in anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues.
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.