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 Child Hunger Specialist - Summer Food Service Program - Maplewood, Minnesota, United States

Job information
Posted by: Second Harvest Heartland 
Hiring entity type: Not-for-Profit 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: 401(k) -
Health Insurance -
Paid Vacation -
Relocation: No relocation assistance provided 
Position functions: Health - Specialty Fields
Health - Social Work/Public Health
Non Profit
Service/Skilled - Food & Nutritional Services
Travel: Minimal 
Accept candidates: in same state/locale 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: Bachelor Degree 
Minimum years experience:
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: / Latpro-3572477 
Date posted: Oct-05-2017
State, Zip: Minnesota, 55109


The Child Hunger Specialist is the primary person responsible to expand participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) across the Second Harvest Heartland service area. Success requires strategic outreach and ongoing engagement of program sponsors, site service providers and participants in a way that is tailored to specific community opportunities and needs. The Child Hunger Specialist is responsible for data collection, program documentation, and reporting and SHH SFSP grant management. The Child Hunger Specialist will work directly with program interns and volunteers to achieve program goals and participation objectives. This position is also a key contributor to inter-departmental work to support advocacy and communication related to child hunger.


Sponsor and Site Relationship Management
o Lead development and implementation of an annual strategy to increase the number and capacity of SFSP sponsors and sites.
o Facilitate partner organizations' use of best practices in program outreach, operations and regulatory compliance through provision of job aids, regular technical site visits, performance feedback, etc.
o Act as a resource, referral and problem solving agent for SFSP partner agencies, sponsors, sites managers, and others as needed.
o Manage two SFSP meal sites (Vikings Children's Camps) in collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Technical Leadership and Grant Management
Maintain technical expertise in MN and Federal SFSP policies and procedures.
Demonstrate technical expertise in program implementation best practices through research and use of training and other resources made available by such national organizations as Share Our Strength.
Contribute to development of broader innovative collective impact approaches and tools to eliminate child hunger in focal communities.
Respond to data requests from Second Harvest Development and Communication staff to support drafting of grant applications, reports and communication campaign activities.
Manage all aspects of Second Harvest's SFSP grant program: establish annual program goals, call for proposals, application review, award communication and recipient reporting.
Maintain effective and up-to-date record keeping systems.

Staff Management
Hire, train and supervise a team of approximately 5 community outreach interns for summer months.
Hire, train and supervise grant management and potential other program support intern(s).
Supervise the day-to-day work of seasonal, temporary staff and volunteers.

Promotion and Partner Relations
Liaise with MN Dept. of Education staff to remain abreast of State-agency priorities, and facilitate interagency best practice and resource sharing (e.g. training and promotion materials, online communication tools, etc.).
Cultivate close, collaborative relationships with donors such as Share our Strength in such operational areas as grant management and best practice documentation dissemination.
Co-design with the SHH communication team, awareness raising and community engagement strategies.
Promote SFSP participation, fostering collaboration with existing and potential future SFSP sponsors.
Create awareness about SFSP and support collaborative relationships with community and organizational partners such as Metro Transit, Minneapolis Police Department, school districts and other non-profits.
Host and facilitate interagency Meal Access Partners (MAP) meetings for cross sectoral collaboration.

Reporting and Recording
Collect required program process and outcome data; developing monitoring systems and tools as needed.
Prepare interim and final narrative and quantitative donor reports including: meal participation rates, sponsorship growth, impact of outreach, and broader program strategy lessons learned and recommendations.


Second Harvest Heartland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

A bachelor's degree in a related field (social services, community engagement, public health)
Minimum of 4 years of experience in program management, direct client work or volunteer services
Experience related to federal school nutrition programs desirable
Strong organization, time management, and written and verbal communication skills
Bilingual fluency highly desirable (English + Spanish, Hmong, Somali or Karen)
Outstanding skills in presentation, facilitation and training of individuals and groups
Demonstrated respect for and experience with culturally diverse communities
Excellent professional etiquette, personal boundaries and ability to maintain confidentiality
Detail orientation for understanding and maintaining compliance with complex regulations
Flexible and the ability to multi-task
Valid current driver's license and good driving record
Intermediate to advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office programs


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