Program Associate, Part-Time

Brighter Bites – Washington, DC

About Brighter Bites

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food.

Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 20 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 265,000 individuals (including teachers!) at more than 240 schools and camps in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) recently named Brighter Bites the winner of the 2018 PHA Impact Award. In 2016, Brighter Bites won the Texas Health Champion Award. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

Role

In Washington D.C., Brighter Bites partners with Capital Area Food Bank to deliver its innovative program model in Prince Georges County. The Program Associate position will require regular travel throughout Prince Georges County. Most schools are about a 20-minute drive from downtown Washington, DC, or the Capital Area Food Bank, and they are not metro accessible.

The Program Associate works primarily at assigned sites (schools/camps/early childhood centers) to manage and support Brighter Bites program implementation. This position is part-time and seasonal, requiring candidates to be available for 7-14 hours per week during the active weeks of programming. The summer program runs July 1 August 15 (7 weeks). The fall program runs September January (16 weeks). The spring program runs late February through May (16 weeks). Candidates who can commit to more than one season is highly preferred.

Position Description

  • Constantly strives to engage families, site partners, and community members in Brighter Bites mission of creating communities of health through fresh food.
  • Management of multiple school sites to oversee delivery of Brighter Bites program.
  • Onsite at each assigned morning bagging in a leadership role. Oversees bagging process including receiving produce, managing family and community volunteers, problem solving independently with site partners.
  • Supports Program Coordinator with afternoon produce distributions including engaging families in healthy recipes, distributing nutrition materials, playing educational games with children, and recording family participation on electronic rosters.
  • May assist with the preparation of a healthy recipe sample at the Food Banks kitchen, and with distributing the sample to families.
  • Checks families off on a digital roster and enters data into a weekly Site Survey after each sites distribution on personal phone or Brighter Bites tablet, depending on preference.
  • Learns the basic principles of CATCH, the nutrition education program utilized by Brighter Bites, and communicates these messages to site staff, children, and families.
  • Works and communicates effectively with key site contacts, volunteers, and families to implement Brighter Bites program policies and procedures while creating and maintaining a friendly, fun, and health-conscious environment.
  • Collaborates with Brighter Bites Program Coordinators and Director to tailor Brighter Bites program implementation to the culture of each site.
  • Communicates with Brighter Bites team to share successes and challenges for each assigned site and provides insight for improvement.
  • Contributes to city-wide social media posts by taking photos during programming.
  • Contributes to city-wide fundraising/marketing events, as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and collaborates across departments, sites, and organizations regarding Brighter Bites activities and strategies.
  • Oversees work of large groups of volunteers and potentially an intern at sites to ensure proper program implementation.
  • Assists with all aspects of Brighter Bites program implementation at multiple sites.
  • Works effectively with key contacts at sites as well as site volunteers regarding all program components and policies including produce bagging, produce distribution, preparation of weekly snack sample, and delivery of nutrition education.
  • Tracks Brighter Bites program components by maintaining accurate data and reports for each site.
  • Interacts with the public and/or external organizations to facilitate program dissemination.
  • Informs management of key activities.
  • Communicates with the larger community to share the programs mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

- Desire to work with a mission-driven organization. Passion for sharing the power of fresh food with others, especially children and families.

  • Advanced Spanish language skills. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, with the support of volunteers and site partners.
  • Previous experience leading large groups or volunteers.
  • Understanding of key nutrition education concepts.
  • Previous experience working with children and parents, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Stellar interpersonal communication skills.
  • Well-functioning smart phone with sufficient data and GB space required.
  • Intermediate computer proficiency, including comfort using phone/tablet apps, Excel spreadsheets, and Google calendar.

Operational and Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to travel independently to school sites around Prince Georges County, MD region (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • Must be able to travel independently to the Capital Area Food Bank located in Fort Totten, Washington, DC once a week.
  • Must be able to work actively, on your feet for 3-4 hours at a time, and lift produce boxes/bags 10-50 pounds each continuously on a daily basis.

Start Date & Work Schedule

  • The Capital Area Food Bank is located in Fort Totten at 4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
  • Each Tuesday, the Program Associate assists with produce pallets and/or with preparing snack samples at the Food Bank in addition to a one-hour team meeting.
  • The Program Associate will be assigned to 1-2 school sites on Wednesdays, Thursdays, OR Fridays.
  • During the summer season, a typical day will include a 2-4 p.m. shift on Wednesdays and Thursdays. During the school year, a typical day will include a 9:30 1 PM shift for bagging at the school site, followed by a 1-hour break, then assisting the Program Coordinator with the afterschool distribution from 2-4 PM. Hours may vary.
  • Due to the work schedule (AM and PM shifts with unpaid breaks in between) this position is ideal for a public health student seeking paid experience in the field.

Dates:

  • Summer programming cycle: July August
  • Fall programming cycle: September January
  • Spring programming cycle: February through May

Compensation

  • $17 per hour, for approximately 7 - 14 hours per week during the active weeks of programming.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

the email contact for this post with Program Associate in the subject line.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $17.00 /hour

Language:

  • English (Required)
  • Spanish (Preferred)

Working days:

  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Overtime often available:

  • No

Typical start time:

  • 9AM

Typical end time:

  • 5PM

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