No child should grow up hungry. 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 connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign®—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level.
The Program Manager, Partnerships, works primarily with the Colorado Senior Program Manager to exercise oversight of developing and sustaining partnerships that support and deliver Cooking Matters and other nutrition education programs across Colorado with emphasis on serving priority audience, parents and caregiver of children 0-5. This position is responsible for oversight of the agency relations as well as the Train the Trainer delivery model in accordance with national gold standard program guidelines and strategies, and is accountable for achieving goals related to these areas.
- Provide strategic oversight of Cooking Matters Colorado agency relations for all programming statewide with emphasis on priority audience, parents and caregivers of children 0-5. This may include implementing new tools to streamline agency relations, as well as increasing the number of community partnerships to engage in Cooking Matters Colorado programming serving priority audience.
- Oversee strategy, expansion, and tracking to goals of the Train-the-Trainer delivery model to reach low-income families through the implementation of our signature cooking-based nutrition education courses, educational workshops, and grocery store tours with emphasis on priority audience, parents and caregivers of children 0-5.
- Collaborate with multiple Program Managers, to develop new and existing partnerships, leveraging the Train the Trainer delivery model which includes determining mutual benefit of partnership to achieved desired outcomes for both sides and discussing shared responsibilities, expectations, outcomes and goals as outlined in partnership agreements or contracts.
- Provide support and guidance to all satellite and staff team members who provide support to Train-the-Trainer partners ensuring consistent program implementation and support across the state. This includes leading regular team meetings, quarterly goals tracking and annual strategic planning for team.
- Develop and maintain training and resources related to agency relations and the train the trainer delivery model to ensure alignment with gold standards and National priorities.
- In consultation with Senior Program Manager and the Colorado Director, develop and manage budgets related to agency relations and Train the Trainer delivery model.
- Support National nutrition and food skills education strategies as applicable
- Document and maintain best practices related to working with partners and develop tools and vehicles for sharing this information with Share Our Strength’s nationwide network of partners.
- Build relationships with culinary and nutrition experts, and other community members, to support outreach, recruitment, and retention of volunteers.
- Support activities to strengthen frameworks for interventions that combine Cooking Matters with policy, systems and environment work.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least 3-5 years of relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience and substantial technical knowledge.
- Track record of building successful partnerships with a variety of community organizations
- Experience successfully managing people with ability to work independently on projects and meet program goals, deadlines and details.
- Proven ability to develop a program strategy and plan and ability to translate that into results. Short and long-range planning and follow-through skills.
- Experience working on hunger, nutrition, or other issues affecting low-income children desired; enthusiasm for healthy, affordable, and delicious food required.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills through a number of channels including but not limited to web conference, email, phone and in–person.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and assess routine issues, problems or situations.
- Demonstrated ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and work independently on multi-step, detail-oriented projects.
- Demonstrated ability to create and design high quality, effective program materials and training modules.
- Ability to work well with multiple groups of people and diverse populations.
- Ability to work at a fast pace with can do attitude, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Proficient computer skills, including the operation of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Familiarity with Colorado’s various communities and activities in the field of hunger, nutrition education, and federal nutrition programs, desired
- Ability to travel is required. Must provide own transportation for in-state travel.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
- Spanish language skills, early childhood expertise and/or Registered Dietitian desirable