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Child Care Meals Specialist

Get to know Hunger Solutions New York:
Hunger Solutions New York, Inc., incorporated in 1989 and based in Albany, is a statewide nonprofit organization that strives to alleviate hunger in New York by promoting awareness of hunger, public policies that contribute to ending hunger, and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, the Summer Food Service Program, the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Summary of position:
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funding to help eligible afterschool programs, child care centers, and daycare home providers serve healthy meals and snacks to children in their care. This position is funded under a contract with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to conduct outreach and education to increase participation in CACFP among eligible providers in New York State. The Child Care Meals Specialist is responsible for implementing the organization’s CACFP outreach workplan. This will include contributing to outreach efforts, coordinating with partner organizations, and providing technical assistance to prospective CACFP sponsors and providers. The CACFP Specialist will work in close coordination with the Summer & Afterschool Meals Specialist, who will share responsibilities for outreach and technical assistance related to CACFP’s Afterschool Snack/Supper component.

Key responsibilities will include:

Outreach:

  • Conduct statewide and local targeted outreach to eligible, nonparticipating child care centers, daycare home providers, and afterschool program providers (including schools)
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information and education campaigns
  • Develop and review CACFP outreach materials, including traditional print materials, online resources, and social media
  • Develop and deliver CACFP information via webinars, presentations, e-newsletters, and surveys to target audiences
  • Develop, promote, and facilitate a new CACFP Ambassador program, through which participating providers will engage in peer-to-peer outreach and assistance
  • Work collaboratively with other Hunger Solutions New York staff on cross-program outreach to connect schools, child care and afterschool providers, and families with all of the federal nutrition programs available to them

Research & Analysis:

  • Assist with conducting a comprehensive statewide assessment of CACFP participation and retention, including barriers and facilitators to enrollment
  • Conduct regular data analyses of statewide participation and unserved programs to target outreach efforts and identify trends in participation over time
  • Monitor and share other research findings on the benefits of CACFP and strategies to improve participation.

Technical Assistance:

  • Maintain knowledge of federal, state and local regulations affecting CACFP sponsors and providers
  • Provide technical assistance to outreach partners and potential CACFP sponsors as requested, including through phone and email communications and webinars
  • Gather and share best practices to help providers fulfill requirements around CACFP record keeping, menu planning, and other related topics
  • Track incoming questions and challenges; gather and share lessons learned, barriers and facilitators to program participation, and policy recommendations to guide future efforts

Establishing and Maintaining Partnerships:

  • Cultivate partnerships with statewide and regional organizations serving CACFP target audiences (e.g., statewide networks of school nutrition directors, early care providers, and afterschool programs)
  • Facilitate quarterly meetings with a workgroup of key CACFP partner organizations
  • Maintain partnerships with national organizations to say informed around policy and program approaches to maximize the effectiveness of CACFP
  • Represent Hunger Solutions New York on CACFP-related workgroups and coalitions as needed

Coordinating CACFP Workplan Activities:

  • Track activities and assist with preparation of quarterly project reports
  • Coordinate and monitor deliverables in outreach partnership agreements with identified partner organizations
  • Maintain close coordination with CACFP staff at NYS Department of Health

Qualifications:
The Child Nutrition Program Specialist must be a mature self-starter with a demonstrated ability to make sound judgments and possess excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and communications skills. Must have a professional demeanor, and ability to efficiently work autonomously and as part of a team. Additionally the candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree preferred, Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years experience required
  • Professional knowledge in public health, macro-level social work or public policy, early childhood, nutrition or other related field preferred
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills are required
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills are required
  • Strong ability to analyze data using Excel required
  • Working knowledge of and experience with CACFP or other similar federal nutrition assistance programs is greatly preferred
  • Must be able to relate to child care and/or afterschool providers and their needs
  • Must have knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) language and writing skills a plus
  • Must reside in New York State

Culture:
Hunger Solutions New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to creating a culture that is rewarding to employees and provides each team member with the ability to continually grow and learn. Hunger Solutions New York is a champion of and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion among all stakeholders. Hunger Solutions New York recognizes the need for work/life balance and provides a flexible working environment for all employees. Office culture is casual and professional.

Compensation & benefits:
Hunger Solutions New York is committed to its employees and thusly provides a competitive compensation package. Salary is commensurate with experience but is expected to be $48K. Hunger Solutions New York offers fully paid benefit premiums including health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, and a retirement plan that offers a 5% match (different vesting periods apply to each benefit and will be discussed as part of the interview process). A Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) may be available depending upon the health insurance package chosen. Additionally, Hunger Solutions New York offers a generous amount of vacation, sick and holiday time off to each employee.

To be considered for this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Jobs@HungerSolutionsNY.org. Please include “Child Care Meals Specialist” in the subject line of your email.