Child Nutrition Advocate

Oct 26, 2022

The Child Nutrition Advocate is responsible for advancing the anti-hunger public policy agenda of the Advocacy Department for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Farm to School Program. Serving as a Wisconsin based issue expert on these three federal nutrition assistance Programs the Child Nutrition Advocate will work to increase participation in these programs through outreach, organizing, education and administrative troubleshooting. The Child Nutrition Advocate will collaborate with the Department of Public Instruction, school districts, before and after school meals providers, and will seek other allies for the purpose of eliminating barriers to enrollment and participation and to ease administrative burdens for providers with an over-arching goal of ending childhood hunger in Wisconsin.

To apply

Send your resume and letter of interest to [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate leadership as an issue support on the SNAP, NSLP, WIC, SFSP, SBP, CACFP and Farm to School Programs.
  • Organize informational meetings with targeted decision makers and advocates, adopting ongoing multi-year strategies to develop improved program participation.
  • Utilize data and research to develop and implement ongoing multi-year strategies to improve SFSP and CACFP participation in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
  • Increase the total number of NSLP and SBP participating schools and school districts through progressive and consistent outreach to under enrolled and/or non- participating schools.
  • Provide a program of outreach education to school districts, hunger councils and community leaders in communities with historic low enrollment/participation.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholder groups including: School nutritionists, administrators, day care providers, after school program providers, relevant community groups, faith groups, and others.
  • Create and disseminate formative documents and official correspondence, including annual program performance reports for dissemination to key community-based decision makers.
  • Solicit grant funding and support fund development for equipment required to deploy these programs effectively.
  • Connect before and after school day care providers with high quality meal providers. Change snacks to billable meals.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of for-profit meal providers and school districts that deploy practices and tactics related to disenrollment.
  • Provide or arrange for technical assistance for providers.
  • Introduce potential providers of programs to corresponding staff at the Department of Public Instruction and their community decision makers.
  • Identify and uphold best practices from other communities (including out-of-state projects with the potential for replicability.)
  • Represent Hunger Task Force in the broader community and with national peer organizations.
  • Maintain accessible, up to date record keeping of work progress. Work with Analyst to provide scheduled reporting to the HTF Leadership Team.
  • Interact with donors to NSLP, SBP and Farm to School Programs providing personal and timely support.
  • Identify the appropriate role for Hunger Task Force within the Farm to School movement creating a toolbox of information for sharing with Farmers and School Districts.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or university; 5 plus years of experience as a certified Teacher preferred; 5 years of progressive work experience in public policy advocacy.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Bilingual Spanish preferred. Ability to speak in front of diverse audiences authoritatively and with confidence.

Other Qualifications

Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Scheduling flexibility a must. Significant local travel required – must have a reliable vehicle.

Salary Range

$45,000 – $70,000