Nutrition Program and Policy Analyst

Department:                         
Advocacy

Reports To:              
Director of Advocacy

FLSA Status:            
Exempt

General Function:
The Nutrition Program and Policy Analyst works directly with the Director of Advocacy and Executive Director to coordinate agency research responsibilities.  This position regularly communicates with agency staff, Board, and donors, as well as with federal, state and county administrative staff and external interest groups.  Identify, conduct, and disseminate research on federal nutrition programs to the Director of Advocacy and advocacy team staff.  Disseminate important nutrition program research to other agency staff and external constituents.   Research responsibilities include identification and assessment of nutrition program issues, writing research reports, creating position papers, drafting and evaluating surveys, and collecting, organizing and manipulating research data.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Identify, Monitor, analyze, and synthesize current information from national, state and local public agency databases and other sources regarding local, state, and federal nutrition program issues.
  • Create and update databases and research tools that evaluate and improve FoodShare Modernization and outreach, summer and school meals, and network needs.
  • Communicate the results of research, policy and data analysis through policy briefs, publications, web postings and other means; Report monthly issues on policy dashboard.
  • Provide technical assistance and training on current hunger and poverty data and public policy issues to agency staff.
  • Monitor relevant research sources and produce summaries and alerts about key new studies for dissemination to staff, advocates and policymakers; proactively identify and report on trending issues in legislation and policy that impacts anti-hunger activism, including poverty and nutrition statistics.  Report monthly progress on policy dashboard.
  • Research and synthesize relevant and trending information surrounding federal nutrition programs and issues; including the production of topical issue briefs on “trending” topics.
  • Draft, implement, and evaluate surveys based on agency needs.
  • Analyze and summarize current, pending and proposed legislation as well as proposed and final regulations pertaining to federal nutrition programs. Prepare data and policy updates   for agency staff, volunteers, external interest groups and policy makers.  Report monthly issues on policy dashboard.
  • Produce reports and research papers that highlight national, state and local budget  issues pertaining to nutrition programs and agency operations including, but not limited to, all federal nutrition programs, FSET, EFSP, and transitional jobs.
  • Represent organization at meetings, events, and conferences where appropriate.
  • Review department publications for accuracy and policy consistency.
  • Assist with other agency events and projects as assigned by Director of Advocacy, Associate Director, or Executive Director.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

Design - Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service - Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Oral Communication - Demonstrates group presentation skills.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities.

Motivation - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.

Professionalism - Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Adaptability - Manages competing demands.

Initiative - Undertakes self-development activities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations.  Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Contact Management systems; Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

Other Skills and Abilities
Ability to use statistical programs such as SPSS or SAS may be useful. Ability to understand and perform statistical analysis a must. Knowledge of GIS software recommended.

Other Qualifications
Demonstrated knowledge about local, state, and federal legislative processes.  A minimum of two years experience working within a public policy environment.

Experience or familiarity working with non-profit organizations; experience with local and/or state government issues a plus

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply
Send your resume and letter of interest to resumes @ hungertaskforce.org.



Network Manager

Department:             
Administration

Reports To:              
Associate Director

FLSA Status:            
Exempt

General Function:
Ensure the streamlined operation of the IT Department in alignment with the business objectives of the organization. Directs and coordinates development and production activities of computerized management information systems department by performing the following duties personally:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Consults with management to analyze computer system needs for management information and functional operations, to determine scope and priorities of projects, and to discuss system capacity and equipment acquisitions.
  • Sets up and maintains basic network operations, including assembly of network hardware, and provides assistance to the network administrator.
  • Performs network troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose common network problems.
  • Upgrades network hardware and software components as required.
  • Installs,upgrades and configures network printing, directory structures, rights, security, software and files services.
  • Establishes network users, user environments, directories, and security for networks being installed.
  • Installs and tests necessary software and hardware.
  • Recommends and develops plans for systems development and operations, hardware and software purchases, budget, and staffing.
  • Manages the development, implementation, installation, and operation of information and functional systems for the organization.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors management information systems policies and controls to ensure data accuracy, security, and legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Negotiates and contracts with consultants, technical personnel, and vendors for services and products.
  • Provides support to end users in the selection, procurement, usage, and maintenance of software programs and hardware.
  • Manages computer operation scheduling, backup, storage, and retrieval functions.
  • Reviews reports of computer and peripheral equipment production, malfunction, and maintenance to determine costs and impact, and address problems.
  • Develops, maintains, and tests disaster recovery plans.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data.

Design - Generates creative solutions; Uses feedback to modify designs.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.

Project Management - Develops project plans; Completes projects on time and budget.

Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.

Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service ; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Varies writing style to meet needs.

Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.

Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values.

Judgement - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals.

Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.

Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Dependability - Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
Fifth-year college or university program certificate; or two to four years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Two years of experience with desktop support, two years of experience as a network/system administrator.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, Windows Server, Exchange, IIS, Active Director and Cisco Firewall.
  • Advanced Knowledge of TCP/IP, Ethernet technologies, IP routing and routing protocols,
  • Experience with Virtual Environments.
  • Technical aptitude with good project management skills.
  • Customer focused with good interpersonal skills.
  • Microsoft and Cisco (CCIE) certifications

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To apply
Send your resume and letter of interest to resumes @ hungertaskforce.org.


 

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