Senior Manager, Early Childhood Policy
Tracking Code599-783Job Description
Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Today, through the No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters campaigns, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. No child should go hungry in America – we’re on our way to making that a reality and we want you to join us. We’re bold, creative, always open to new ideas, and 100% dedicated to our mission. If that sounds like you, we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team.
The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for leading our state policy efforts in the Center for Best Practices (CBP) as it relates to early childhood (ECH), 0-5-year olds specifically, and their families. While most of our work has focused on federal programs for school-age children, we are developing our approach and strategy for this age group. Policy is a pillar of our approach and while we know more about WIC, SNAP and CACFP, there is significant energy and innovation at the state level that may be ripe for replication and expansion. The Senior Program Manager will help identify and track this work as well as develop tools and resources (including but not limited to those for webinars, articles, reports and conferences) for public and private partners eager to do more in their state. This person will also help develop our state-specific strategy, which will allow us to go deeper with investments in one or two states to model and test different interventions.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Analyze and synthesize research, and track policies and practices at the federal, state, and local level that increase access to food and nutrition programs for low-income young (0-5) children to identify best practices and provide policy change recommendations.
- Identify effective, innovative, and/or needle-moving state legislation and Executive branch policy that address the nutrition and food security of young children and their families.
- Support and deepen our state-level work around healthcare and “Food is Medicine” programs for a pediatric population.
- Conduct data analysis and visualization to assess the impact of state or federal early childhood nutrition and related legislation and support advocacy efforts.
- Identify opportunities to work with existing state early childhood initiatives, Governors Children’s Cabinets or other state entities to launch an early childhood hunger campaign.
- Work with Director, Early Childhood, to define program audience, strategy, measures of success and evaluation of the early childhood team’s work.
- Build relationships with partners and other influencers working in the ECH space at both the federal and state level.
- Communicate best practices and policies to a wide variety of audiences through resources and presentations.
- Plan and facilitate conference calls, webinars, and workshops for partners and others in the child nutrition field.
- Represent Share Our Strength at conferences, briefings, and coalition meetings.
- Keep relevant content and resources on CBP website site current and contribute to the CBP newsletter.
- Bachelor’s degree (or Master’s degree in a related field) strongly preferred, or equivalent training and work experience.
- 5-8 years’ work experience with a focus on food insecurity and nutrition supports and advocacy and policy (including WIC and SNAP).
- Candidates with working experience on healthcare-related issues (including Medicaid) strongly preferred.
- Understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of decision-making processes.
- Deep understanding of hunger and the factors that contribute to poverty and hunger.
- Demonstrated knowledge of state-level advocacy and policy, and experience working on social policy issues preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including clear, persuasive, and dynamic communication skills with various stakeholders.
- Experience with Excel for data analysis (for legislative and cost analyses), and experience using Excel, Tableau or other software for data visualization strongly preferred.
- Experience in short and long-term project management.
- Poise and professionalism in both an independent and collaborative/team work environment.
- Ability to cultivate and manage productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- Highly effective within a fluid, entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrated passion for our mission.
At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. A hallmark of our history, culture and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results.
This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working toward ensuring that each child in America has food where they Live, Learn, and Play.
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Job posted: 2020-10-09