Program Manager, Early Childhood; Cooking Matters Colorado (494-783)

No Kid Hungry Denver , CO 80208

Posted 1 week ago

No child should grow up hungry in America. Since 1984, Share Our Strength has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Share our Strength, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need by connecting kids in need with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

The Program Manager, Early Childhood works closely with the state team associate director, senior managers and other managers to coordinate and support all aspects of the program in the state in accordance with national program guidelines and strategies and support achieving state goals. The Program Manager, Early Childhood is responsible for providing strategic leadership of our early childhood work, partnership development and management of key stakeholders in the early childhood space and oversight of Cooking Matters for Childcare Professionals. This position provides significant support in developing and managing several key, strategic partnerships that help achieve program goals across the state of Colorado and the across the Cooking Matters campaign.

  • Support and drive all aspects of strategic partnership development and management to increase reach of Cooking Matters priority audience (parents and caregivers of children 0-5) with an emphasis on early childhood settings and stakeholders.

  • Manage all aspects of Cooking Matters program activities for early childhood settings including Cooking Matters for childcare professionals staff responsible for program coordination, strategic partnerships, successful achievement of grant deliverables and program goals.

  • Support all aspects of policy, systems and environment work in early childhood and school settings.

  • Build relationships with early childhood experts and stakeholders, culinary and nutrition experts, and other community members, to support programmatic goals and outreach, recruitment, and retention of volunteers.

  • Collaborate with national Cooking Matters campaign team as early childhood expert and as lead on priority audience focused initiatives in theory of change priority systems.

  • Ensure volunteers have a positive experience, and maintain ongoing relationships with individuals to increase satisfaction and retention rates. Provide recognition to volunteers for their efforts.

  • Complete program administration, including evaluation and financial reporting in a timely and accurate fashion.

  • Provide perspective and input toward statewide program discussions and support efforts to activate on all program strategies as a member of the Colorado Leadership team.

  • Support all No Kid Hungry campaign and Cooking Matters campaign strategies statewide, as needed, including advocacy, communication, and coordination among satellite and metro team members.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in nutrition, early childhood development, or related field preferred, with knowledge of culinary arts a plus.

  • 3-5 years of related experience.

  • Poise and professionalism in working with a variety of stakeholders including culturally diverse communities, chefs, nutrition educators, agency personnel, community advocates, and limited resource populations.

  • Ability to cultivate and maintain positive, mutually beneficial relationships.

  • Experience managing people with ability to work independently on projects and meet program goals.

  • Emotional intelligence and strong orientation towards internal and external customer service.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills through multiple channels, including web conference, email, phone and in-person.

  • Demonstrated ability to objectively analyze and assess routine issues, problems, or situations.

  • Demonstrated successes in initiating, organizing, prioritizing and working independently on multi-step, detail-oriented projects.

  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office suite.

  • Understanding of low-income neighborhoods and social service agencies that serve those neighborhoods locally, preferred.

  • Prefer experience with hunger issues, government and/or private food assistance programs.

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.

  • Driver's license and access to a car required.

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Program Manager, Early Childhood; Cooking Matters Colorado (494-783)

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