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Community Food and Nutrition Program Assistant
The Fortune Society
Reports to: Director, Food and Nutrition Program
Status: Full Time; Regular; Non-Exempt
Location: Academy, with travel throughout the city
Days/Hours: 35 hours per week
Date Prepared: 8/30/2017
The Fortune Society’s Food and Nutrition programs promote access to nourishing food for our clients, staff and community. We believe that everyone should have the ability to apply basic nutrition information to their own food traditions. To that end, we encourage our community to not only celebrate their traditional foods, but to also use them as a pathway to greater health. In order to help our participants do this, we increase access to food and science-based nutrition information. Bringing this vision to fruition requires artful logistics management, the ability to execute while remaining organized and a good attitude while performing less than glamorous tasks. The Food and Nutrition Program Assistant needs to bring both passion and skill to Fortune's projects centered in food access, nutrition education, and food-based economic development.
Supports the Director of Food and Nutrition in the management of Fortune Fresh. This includes executing cooking demonstrations, produce giveaways, nutrition education, wellness initiatives, and various food service-related and administrative duties as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• In conjunction with Director and community chef, execute weekly educational events including cooking demonstrations and local produce giveaways;
• Support nutrition education workshops;
• Help to create healthful food environment internally including assisting in coordinating food aspect of internal events and ensuring that foods comply with departmental and governmental standards;
• Administrative duties as related to operating Fortune programs such as procurement processes, tracking data in spreadsheets/databases, as needed;
• Accountable in ensuring that all grant-funded work meets objectives and reporting those results.
• High school diploma or GED/HSE required; Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Environmental Sciences or related field preferred;
• 1 to 2 years of food and/or nutrition experience preferred;
• Strong organizational skills and appreciation for detail are an absolute must;
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and to remain focused under pressure;
• Desire to make nutrition and food accessible to under supported communities; interest in marrying the needs of the community we serve to greater issues of food justice;
• An ability to be both practical and inspirational in promotion of healthful food choices;
• Good understanding of food justice, food systems, and basic nutrition;
• Comfortable with spreadsheets and manipulating data;
• Background in food service management a plus;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team;
• Spanish proficiency strongly preferred;
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to our mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.
Travel Requirements - Frequent travel between Harlem and LIC locations.
Ability to lift boxes of food and beverages as needed.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.
Posted on 08/31/17; CVMHA ID #11373