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Cooking Matters Satellite Instructor - South Georgia (Valdosta/Tifton Area)

Open Hand Atlanta
Valdosta, Georgia
Closing date
May 1, 2024

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Focus Areas
Agriculture / Food / Nutrition
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Job Details

Salary: $38,000 per year

Residency Requirement    


Job Summary

Open Hand Cooking Matters (OHCM) is focused on the low-income population in Georgia who are at risk of hunger and are more susceptible to obesity and other behavior-based risk factors and diseases.  The Cooking Matters Satellite Instructor will support the mission of Open Hand/Atlanta providing nutrition education with Cooking Matters’ Share Our Strength 6-week Curricula and cooking demonstrations in South Georgia region.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Market program and build partnerships in the community to build awareness, credibility, and demand. 
  • Lead at least 12 Cooking Matters classes in South Georgia health district (area defined in state contract), as well as cooking demonstrations, and grocery store tours as needed.
  • Identify and formally partner with appropriate community agencies to host Cooking Matters courses and recruit course participants
  • Plan and administer program orientations and trainings for new satellite site volunteers. 
  • Work with agency staff to schedule classes and carry out shared expectations and responsibilities for hosting a course.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural, and economical backgrounds with various lifestyles and of all ages, including professional chefs, social service providers, volunteers, and low-income participants. 
  • Ability to perform simple math calculations as it applies to program reporting. 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and transfer current knowledge to new situations. 
  • Ability to enter data into a relational database, utilize Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to make public presentations.
  • Requires ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team in group projects.
  • Requires ability to effectively market a program and pursue outreach opportunities. 
  • Requires excellent organizational skills, proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and to meet


  • Bachelor’s degree in a health, culinary, or nutrition field, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of local community services and resources/programs available to populations served by the program

Physical Requirements

  • The employee is required to walk, stand, drive a car, and lift and/or move 25 pounds.

Drug Free Workplace

Open Hand is a drug free and substance abuse free work environment.  Random drug testing may be conducted by an external, neutral tester on all employees.  Any perceived use of drugs or reporting to work under the influence of alcohol may be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Equal Opportunity 

Open Hand is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law. Open Hand complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for handicapped and disabled employees.


Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. 

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181 Armour Dr NE
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