Director, Early Childhood Nutrition
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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 Director of Early Childhood Nutrition will develop and lead our strategy for ensuring that young children have access to healthy food every day through our No Kid Hungry campaign. This is a key role internally and externally to ensure that Share Our Strength is leveraging resources to develop the best solutions for ending childhood hunger among kids aged five and younger. The Director will collaborate and coordinate with the Managing Director of the Cooking Matters campaign, that helps parents and caregivers of young kids learn how to shop and cook healthy, affordable meals. This function is new to the organization, so we require a dynamic, ambitious candidate who can lead strategy development, build partnerships, and help build knowledge and capacity across the organization.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develop and direct early childhood strategy for the No Kid Hungry campaign.
- Working closely with Cooking Matters food skills education leadership, position Share Our Strength as a thought leader in solving for early childhood hunger.
- Work with the Director of Government Relations and the Communications team to develop and inform early childhood nutrition policy agenda.
- Identify and disseminate effective practices for expanding access to WIC and other programs that support the nutritional needs of infants and young children.
- Work across Share Our Strength departments and explore outside the organization for promising ideas, rally support for potential approaches and opportunities for change and improvement and solicit feedback from users.
- Collaborate internally with all departments and externally with USDA and key national and local health, hunger and education organizations.
- Forecast and manage annual budget.
- Represent Share Our Strength at meetings, presentations, conferences, and in the media, demonstrating thought leadership.
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, early childhood or related discipline and a minimum of 10 years of work experience, or equivalent work experience; advanced degree preferred.
- Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing strategic plans in the private, government, or nonprofit sectors around the areas of child nutrition or early childhood development.
- Entrepreneurial leader with significant creative capacity and flexibility who can be highly successful with minimal supervision.
- Strong leadership skills and a strategic mindset with the ability to deliver short-term and long-term data-driven results.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including strong presentation skills and emotional intelligence.
- Outstanding record of generating buy-in from, and exceeding expectations of internal and external stakeholders.
- Work and/or lived experience in low-income communities, and ability to engage and communicate with partners and low-income families with respect and humility.
- Understanding of social issues related to poverty and hunger.
- Excellent information management and organizational skills, with great attention to detail.
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.