Fields: food justice, agriculture, social enterprise, health, sustainability
About the Organization: DC Central Kitchen is one of America’s leading nonprofit organizations and a social enterprise pioneer, using food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. For twenty-eight years, we have prepared at-risk adults with histories of incarceration, addiction, homelessness, trauma, and chronic unemployment for meaningful careers in the food service industry. We in turn hire many of our graduates to support our social enterprise portfolio, which includes preparing 12,000 meals for our community each day, catering corporate events, and delivering wholesale produce to corner stores in low-income neighborhoods.
About the Position: DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners program delivers nutritious snacks and fresh produce to small business retailers in DC’s ‘food deserts’ and builds these businesses’ capacity to stock and sell healthy, affordable food. The Program Specialist will be responsible for managing vital partnerships with these retail owners and will oversee the execution of a large-scale grant to increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing matching dollars at the point of purchase. Under the supervision of the Healthy Corners Program Manager, and in close collaboration with the Nutrition and Community Education Manager, this role will assist with the development and implementation of strategies that are designed to cultivate demand for healthy food and be part of creating a sustainable and community-driven food system among low-income DC residents that are at risk for food insecurity and diet-related disease.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a sincere desire to work for a mission-driven organization that is combating hunger and creating opportunity.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, sales/marketing, public health, sustainable and local agriculture, accounting, social entrepreneurship or a related discipline is preferred. A substitution of education in a related field will also meet requirements.
- Familiarity with managing grant deliverables and budgets
- Demonstrated understanding of food equity, food security and food distribution; Dedicated to improving health and wellness of populations living in food deserts and traditionally underserved neighborhoods
- Experience in a produce retail environment such as in merchandising or sales (desired)
- Sound analytical and problem-solving skills; Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to manage multiple priorities; detailed oriented; Ability to work independently and cross collaboratively
- Strong customer service skills (Personable, able to comfortably and pleasantly collaborate with a variety of stakeholders).
- Demonstrated proficiency using Outlook, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, as well as database management software
- Desire to be part of a large nonprofit whose mission is to “combat hunger and create opportunity”.
- Ability to work in an environment where exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, fumes, dirt, smoke, loud noise, and a variety of odors is common.
Estimated Salary: $48,000 – $58,000/year
Deadline: Not given
DC Central Kitchen