Brighter Bites

Seasonal Program Associate

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Posted On: Monday, 4th June 2018
Category: Social Services
Location: Austin, TX
9715 Burnet Rd, Bldg #7, Suite 400, Austin, TX 78758
Job Type:
Part Time

Job Description:

Brighter Bites is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings healthy choices into the homes, minds, and mealtimes of families who live in underserved communities. For 16 weeks during the school year and eight weeks during the summer, Brighter Bites provides: 1) 50 servings (~20-20lbs.) of fresh fruits and vegetables to participating families each week, 2) nutrition education taught in the classroom through a train the trainer model, as well as handbooks, recipe cards and healthy tip sheets for parents, and 3) a fun food experience consisting of a healthy recipe tasting for families to try when they pick up their produce. Since our inception in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 15 million pounds of produce, in addition to nutrition education materials, to over 30,000 separate families whose kids attend 100 different schools, camps, and after school programs. Brighter Bites currently operates in 6 cities nationally.

 

Role:

The Brighter Bites Program Associate works primarily at assigned sites (schools/camps) to organize and facilitate Brighter Bites’ program activities, especially those related to program implementation, volunteer management and engagement, and recipe sample preparation in our commercial kitchen. This position is part-time and seasonal, requiring candidates to be available for up to—but no more than—30 hours per week during the active weeks of programming this July, this fall, and next spring. Candidates who can commit to the full upcoming school year (fall/spring) are preferred. 

 
Position Description:

  • Assists Program Coordinator with weekly bulk food prep for the recipe sample in our commercial kitchen.
  • Manages produce bagging and distribution at multiple sites per week, including receiving delivery of produce, leading and managing volunteers, engaging participants in our fun food experience, distributing nutrition educational materials, playing educational games with children, and recording family participation on electronic rosters.
  • Completes electronic site paperwork daily after each distribution to ensure collection of correct and current data.
  • 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.
  • Learns the basic principles of CATCH, the nutrition education program utilized by Brighter Bites, and communicates these messages to site staff, children, and families.
  • Assists Program Coordinators with support of CATCH nutrition education lessons and/or Produce Activities in the classroom.
  • Collaborates with Brighter Bites Program Coordinators, Manager, 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.
  • Other program-related duties/projects as assigned.

 
Requirements:

  • Advanced Spanish language skills required. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
  • Intermediate culinary skills and interest in cooking required.
  • A passion for sharing the power of fresh food with others, especially children.
  • Experience working with children, preferably in an educational setting.
  • Ability to work independently, with the support of volunteers and site partners.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Basic mathematical skills.
  • Reliable vehicle with space for transporting a cart and programming materials on a daily basis.
  • 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.
  • Availability for both morning and afternoon shifts M-F. 

 
Operational and Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel independently to school sites around city area (w/ mileage reimbursed).
  • Must be able to work actively, on your feet for 3-4 hours at a time, and lift produce boxes/bags weighing between 10-50 pounds each continuously on a daily basis.


Start Date & Duration:

  • Paid training starting in July.
  • Fall programming cycle: August 13th – December 7th, 2018
  • Spring programming cycle: January 7th – April 19th, 2019


Compensation:

  • $15-$16 per hour, depending on experience, for approximately 20 hours per week (with a max of 30 hours) during the active weeks of programming.

 

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to maggie.whittington@brighterbites.org and bethany.dawson@brighterbites.org with "Program Associate" in the subject line.

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