Position/Title: Food Access and Justice Coordinator

Position Type: Full Time, Non-Exempt

Reports To: Strengthening Families Manager

Description or Purpose of the Position: Growing Home is seeking an experienced bilingual (Spanish/English) program coordinator that is passionate about food equity. The Food Access and Justice Coordinator will utilize best practices and a participant-centered approach to provide professional oversight of Growing Home’s Food Pantry, which serves over 1,300 families each year.  This includes supervising volunteers; overseeing day-to-day operations; providing high-quality, participant-centered care navigation services to families; and conducting evaluation of the program. The Coordinator will also serve as Growing Home’s food access and justice subject matter expert, staying apprised of issues impacting Growing Home’s food access work and representing the organization in collaborations, projects, and advocacy work related to food access and justice.

Responsibilities:

Food Pantry Coordination

  • Oversee the daily operations of Growing Home’s Food Pantry, ensuring the pantry is fully stocked and ready to operate each morning
  • Ensure a positive participant and volunteer experience by providing a high quality, welcoming, well kept, and professional Food Pantry, by conducting continuous improvement and refining systems and procedures as needed
  • Ensure daily cleaning and pantry responsibilities are executed thoroughly and efficiently
  • Manage and process food orders and incoming food donations, keeping in mind culturally relevant foods and staples
  • Coordinate food pickups and food deliveries with new and existing food donors, partner organizations, and volunteers; assist with lifting heavy food donations and putting items away if needed
  • Oversee and monitor Food Pantry budget and spending
  • Support the management team in making strategic decisions regarding the operational and financial performance and process optimization of the Food Pantry
  • Supervise Food Pantry volunteers, interns, and work study students, including maintaining positive and professional communication; keeping them abreast of current organizational events, resources, and updates; scheduling volunteers and ensuring appropriate coverage
  • Create trainings, tools, documents, and reports for Food Pantry volunteers related to program compliance and capacity building

Participant-Centered Approach

  • Ensure that communication with families and volunteers is current and culturally appropriate
  • Provide support, resource referrals and care navigation, as needed, to families participating in the Food Pantry
  • Identify leaders among Food Pantry participants and support leadership roles for participants in food access and justice work
  • Work with appropriate staff to facilitate the emergence and development of community voice and vision related to food justice and equity

Community Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Serve as subject matter expert in food access and justice issues, staying apprised & educating others on policy and advocacy issues relating to food access and justice
  • Represent Growing Home in food access and justice related partnerships and projects
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with community organizations and resources that will help to meet the food access needs of underserved communities
  • Participate in interdepartmental work to capture video, testimonials and stories, with written permission, to advance the food justice and equity work in our community

Evaluation

  • Assist in the implementation of a strong evaluation plan to measure the impact food distribution has on improving family stability and food access, including analysis of collected qualitative and quantitative data and development of required reports
  • Generate reports relating to food access and justice work and share data with volunteers and organizational leadership on a regular basis
  • Utilize data to make improvements as needed

Qualifications Needed:

Required

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) required (written and oral fluency necessary)
  • Minimum three (3) years program coordination and/or case management
  • Experience and passion for food access and justice work within a diverse community
  • Excellent oral, leadership, and interpersonal skills. In particular, the ability to understand and organize detailed information and to write about or talk extemporaneously on that information
  • Organized, efficient, and able to balance competing priorities
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and be on feet 3-4 hours a day
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an integral part of a team while operating with a high level of independence, autonomy, and trust
  • Valid driver’s license, auto insurance and ability to drive a large vehicle
  • Ability to work most Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. To compensate, additional time off will be given during the week

Preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, social work, or related field preferred

Salary and Benefits:

  • Hiring Range: $19.23/hr-$20.19hr ($40,000- $42,000/year) DOE
  • Health and life insurance
  • Employee wellness program
  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 12 months
  • Positive, friendly workplace culture
  • Growing organization; ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development

 

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to careers@growinghome.org with Food Access and Justice Coordinator in the subject line. 

 

Link to the full job description: Food Access and Justice Coordinator Job Description

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position/Title:  Bilingual Parent Educator (English/Spanish)

Position Type:  Full Time, Non-Exempt

Reports To: Program Manager

Growing Home is dedicated to creating a thriving and equitable north metro Denver one family at a time. Our participant-centered approach to strengthening families, nurturing children and connecting community fills a critical gap for families and children who are experiencing immediate and long-term barriers to stability and success. Through evidenced-based programs, we improve outcomes for children, their parents, and their community. Our model makes us a leader in the two-generation approach to poverty alleviation and community equity.

Mission: To guide children and their families on the path to a brighter future.

Vision: We envision our community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Core Values: Respect, Effectiveness, Learning, Collaborative Leadership, Professionalism and Inclusiveness.

Position Description:  A certified Parent Educator implements the Parents as Teachers (PAT) model, emphasizing parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being in their work with families. Utilizing the PAT Foundational Curriculum in culturally sensitive ways, the Parent Educator partners, facilitates and reflects with families. This is accomplished by providing education in the form of personal visits, group meetings, screening, and linkages to a network of resources for parents and children.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend Foundational and Model Implementation training for certification for kids 0-3
  • Attend Foundational 2 certification for kids age 3-5
  • Provide parent education through regular personal visits implementing the Parents as Teachers Foundational 1 and 2 Curriculum
  • Assess family’s needs and provide developmentally appropriate information, guidance and support to parents
  • Work with the PAT team to organize monthly Discovery Time Group Activities
  • Represent the Parents as Teachers program at various community events supporting families and/or young children
  • Coordinate services with other Growing Home and community programs offering resources to parents and their young children
  • Engage in recruitment activities (as applicable)
  • Plan, provide and document personal visits focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being
  • Use the PAT Foundational curriculum to share research-based information with families
  • Provide referrals to Discovery Time (group socialization) to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development
  • Work with the PAT team to help plan, coordinate, and facilitate Discovery Time (group socialization)
  • Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program documentation to meet program fidelity requirements
  • Organize supplies and materials needed to complete home visits, etc.
  • Participate in at least 2 hours of reflective supervision monthly and at least 2 hours of staff meetings monthly
  • Obtain competency-based professional development and renew parent educator certification annually
  • Participate in continuous quality improvement
  • Attend monthly staff and team meetings

Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, psychology, or a related field is preferred but may be substituted with five years of supervised employment working directly with young children and families
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in English and Spanish required
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., nonjudgmental, objective, reflective, empathic, patient, tactful)
  • Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated (work is often away from the office)
  • Computer skills; including web browsing, e-mail, Internet, and word-processing
  • Ability to complete the Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Trainings before delivering PAT services
  • Familiarity with issues surrounding family poverty
  • Commitment to working with diverse people and families
  • Provide services in a culturally appropriate/sensitive manner
  • Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Demonstrate ability to work as an effective team member
  • Maintain current certification as a Parent Educator by completing the required professional development hours for years of service
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and proof of valid vehicle insurance

Salary and Benefits:

  • $17.79 per hour, full-time, non-exempt
  • Health and life insurance
  • Employee wellness program
  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays
  • Optional 403(b) plan with 5% match after 12 months
  • Positive, friendly workplace culture
  • Growing organization; ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Unlimited coffee and delicious snacks provided

Start Date:  Immediate

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter to careers@growinghome.org with Bilingual Parent Educator (English/Spanish) in the subject line.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Growing Home is committed to an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer.