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Summer & Afterschool 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 Program and National School Lunch Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Summary of position:
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal program that provides federal funding for local operators — including school districts, food banks, and community-based organizations — to serve free, healthy meals to children in low-income areas over the summer break, when students lose access to school breakfast and lunch. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk Afterschool Snack/Supper component provides funding for healthy meals and snacks for youth in eligible afterschool programs.

This position will focus on outreach and education to increase access to and participation in summer and afterschool meal programs across New York State. The Summer & Afterschool Meals Specialist is responsible for implementing the organization’s outreach workplans for these programs. This will include contributing to outreach efforts, coordinating with partner organizations, and providing technical assistance to prospective summer and afterschool meal sponsors and sites. The Summer & Afterschool Meals Specialist will work in close coordination with the CACFP 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 increase availability of summer and afterschool meal programs in eligible underserved areas
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of public information and education campaigns
  • Develop and review summer and afterschool meals outreach materials, including traditional print materials, online resources, and social media
  • Develop and deliver information via webinars, presentations, e-newsletters, and surveys to target audiences
  • Assist with recruiting and supporting afterschool meal providers for our forthcoming 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, community organizations, and families with all of the federal nutrition programs available to them

Research & Analysis:

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

Technical Assistance:

  • Maintain knowledge of federal, state and local regulations affecting SFSP and CACFP sponsors and sites
  • Provide technical assistance to outreach partners and potential SFSP and CACFP sponsors as requested, including through phone and email communications and webinars
  • Gather and share best practices to help sponsors maximize access and participation
  • 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 SFSP/CACFP target audiences (e.g., statewide networks of school nutrition directors, youth-serving organizations, libraries, etc.)
  • Maintain partnerships with national organizations to say informed around policy and program approaches to maximize the effectiveness of SFSP and CACFP
  • Represent Hunger Solutions New York on related workgroups and coalitions as needed, including in quarterly CACFP workgroup meetings
  • Coordinate and meet regularly with SFSP staff at NYS Education Department and CACFP staff at NYS Department of Health

Qualifications:
The Summer & Afterschool Meals 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 preferred
  • 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 SFSP, CACFP and/or other similar federal nutrition assistance programs is greatly preferred
  • Must be able to relate to schools and/or other youth-serving organizations 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 annually. 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 “Summer & Afterschool Meals Specialist” in the subject line of your email.