Child Nutrition Associate

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a leading nonprofit policy institute, conducts research and analysis on budget, tax, health care, housing, food assistance, social insurance, and poverty policies at both the federal and state level.  The Center has attained a national reputation for its unique capacity to blend credible, timely analyses with activities designed to strengthen the design and implementation of programs that improve the health and well-being of low and moderate-income people.

The Center’s Food Assistance Division is seeking a Child Nutrition Associate to assist the division in its work to improve low-income children’s access to free school meals.  The division’s child nutrition work focuses on improving access to federal nutrition assistance programs, ensuring adequate funding for these programs, and strengthening program integrity in ways that do not impede program access.  In particular, the Associate would work on an exciting new opportunity that would allow more than 10,000 schools in high poverty communities to serve meals at no charge to all students without burdensome paperwork.   Working with senior staff, the Associate would help implement a plan to promote widespread use of this Community Eligibility Option, including educating school districts, supporting state and local anti-hunger and education advocacy groups, and building coalitions to facilitate implementation.  This position is limited to no more than two years.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conducting presentations and trainings on the Community Eligibility Option for state and local school meals administrators as well as anti-hunger, education, or child advocacy groups
  • Helping to plan and facilitate meetings, webinars, conference calls, and other events for a variety of stakeholders
  • Developing training materials and other written materials to use in promoting the Community Eligibility Option
  • In consultation with senior staff, working with state education administrators and school district staff to develop policies and practices that facilitate implementation of the Community Eligibility Option
  • Supporting anti-hunger, education, or child advocacy groups in developing and carrying out a Community Eligibility Option implementation workplan, including developing templates and other materials they can use
  • Helping senior staff to assess implementation of the Community Eligibility Option through surveys, interviews, and data collection and analysis
  • Assisting the Food Assistance Division with ongoing work on multiple strategies to improve access to the school meals and WIC programs

Qualifications:

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and at least three years of related work experience in public policy, government, coalition-building, advocacy, or communications.  Applicants must demonstrate strong planning, organizational, and communications skills, including public speaking.  Applicants also must be able to synthesize complex information for multiple audiences and work with, and inspire collaboration amongst, a wide array of program administrators and advocates. Familiarity with school systems and/or federal nutrition assistance programs is desirable.  This position is based in Washington, DC and requires frequent travel.

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including health insurance and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, DCAP; and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please send resume with cover letter to jones@cbpp.org.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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