Director of Community Health and Nutrition

Director of Community Health and Nutrition

The Central Texas Food Bank is working hard to close the hunger gap and we want you to join us! Our mission is “to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger”. We are accomplishing this not only with our amazing programming and fundraising events, but by hiring motivated, mission-driven employees who have the drive to end hunger.

The Central Texas Food Bank is looking for a dynamic Director of Community Health and Nutrition. In this role you will drive the Food Bank’s strategic priorities in the key areas of community health and nutrition. The Director of Community Health and Nutrition is responsible for applying a public health lens to the Food Bank’s efforts to alleviate food insecurity, helping position the Food Bank as a leader in promoting community health. This position oversees the development and execution of our Nutrition Education and Health initiatives and oversees a team of ten professionals on our Community Health and Nutrition, Garden and Nutrition Education teams. Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, this position is highly visible internally and externally and is critical to our success in addressing hunger as a health issue.

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As the Director of Community Health & Nutrition, you will:
Create and operationalize a strategic vision for community health & nutrition work and direct department and programmatic activities, project implementation and partnership development in alignment with that vision.
Provide an assertive public health perspective that informs and directs all Food Bank programming.
Educate the Food Bank, network partners, and general public on the social determinants of health, the link between hunger and health, and the positive impact of access to nutritious foods on community health.
Build community relationships and strategic partnerships with key nutrition and health/healthcare organizations; identify opportunities for collaboration and coalition building.
Lead the development and expansion of the Food Bank’s healthcare strategies, including community-wide food insecurity screening initiative, clinic/hospital-based food pantry and/or diabetes prevention and/or management projects.
Ensure the Food Bank maintains the highest Nutrition & Health Standards and that programs have a strong health/nutrition focus; Lead the development and communication of the Food Bank’s nutrition policy.
Oversee the Food Bank’s on-site Garden and related educational programming.
Lead and motivate a high-functioning Community Health & Nutrition team: Hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff.
Direct reports: Nutrition Education Manager, Community Health & Nutrition Manager, Garden Manager.
Set departmental activities to ensure goals and objectives of programming are met; Create and manage budgets for nutrition and health programs.
Meet all scheduled reporting requirements of the Texas Health & Human Services Commission/Feeding Texas (HHSC/FT) contract and act as a key contact with designated HHSC and FT representatives.
Collaborate with the Development Team to identify funding opportunities to support community health and nutrition priorities; Provides programmatic input for grant proposals.
Collaborate with the Research and Evaluation team on community health and nutrition research and data initiatives.

Application qualifications

You are a great candidate if you have:
Bachelor's degree with major course work in Public Health, Nutrition, Health Education, Public Policy, or a related field.
Minimum five-to-eight years of full-time, wage-earning experience in healthcare, public health, community nutrition, program planning and management.
Minimum of five years supervisory experience of full-time paid staff.
Demonstrated understanding of health policy, healthcare landscape, and health economics.
Demonstration of cultural competence in nutrition and dietetics; Understanding of the importance of cultural diversity in food and nutrition.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. In particular, the ability to understand and organize detailed information and to write about or talk extemporaneously on that information.
Ability to juggle multiple projects with attention to detail and accuracy while adhering to deadlines in a high-energy, fast-paced environment.
Ability to work cooperatively under pressure with a diverse range of people. Demonstrated ability to communicate tactfully with all members of society.
Exercise good judgment and discretion; capable of handling confidential information.
Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite of products including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

Bonus points for:
Graduate degree preferred in public health, public administration or public policy, or related area.
Registered and Licensed Dietitian certification.
The ideal candidate will be a passionate advocate of health equity, with the capacity to educate others on the root causes of inequities and the social determinants of health, and strong understanding of trends and strategies to address health disparities.
Bilingual in English/Spanish
Extensive experience and relationships with Central Texas community and healthcare providers specifically.
Strategic planning experience
Experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems
Past experience working with organizations within the Feeding America network of food banks.
Knowledge of federal emergency food programs

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About the organization

Putting Good Food Within Reach:
We work with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring nearly 54 million meals to our community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help. There are three key ways we do this.

We share free food and our knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need. Learn how we stock their shelves, provide healthy meals and educate.
We assist families who qualify for federal assistance programs. Learn how we connect families to life-enhancing resources.
And finally, we make food affordable for charitable and government partners. The quality food and food resources we provide means that they can spend their limited resources to enhance their programs. Learn how we strengthen community services.
We are a registered 501(c)(3), which means that we are not a religious, political or advocacy organization.

We believe there’s strength in numbers and in working together. We are members of Feeding America and Feeding Texas (formerly the Texas Food Bank Network). Our service territory includes: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties. Roughly 300 Partner Agencies have joined us to serve families in 21 Central Texas counties at soup kitchens, food pantries, after-school programs, snack programs and other service sites.
A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 40 years, our mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. Click here to see our company values.