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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Location: GenevaIL 60134 Document ID: AE396-4HS5 Posted on: 2020-10-0910/09/2020 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Minimum Education: Not Specified2020-11-08

Director of Community Nutrition Programs

Job Title Description: Director of Community Nutrition Programs

Classification: Exempt

Reports To: Chief Strategy Officer

Date Updated: September 2020


The Director of Nutrition Program will develop the vision and drive the strategy for Northern Illinois Food Bank Community Nutrition Programs. This includes oversight over child & senior nutrition programs, nutrition education programs and collaborations with healthcare providers. Currently these programs include:

  • Child Nutrition Programs: Federal programs CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) and SFSP (Summer Food Service Program) and the Backpack program
  • Senior Programs: Senior Box and Senior Mobile programs
  • Nutrition Education Programs: Whole Body Approach and Child Nutrition Education programs
  • Collaborations with healthcare providers (Build Healthy Communities): Rx Mobile and Screen & Intervene programs

Duties and responsibilities will include ensuring regulatory compliance of programs, policies, procedures. This individual will be responsible for overseeing community outreach, education, advocacy and research as well as developing the Food Bank’s role as a leader in the field of nutrition.  This position will be responsible for developing the Food Bank’s relationships with community and key government organizations, public health officials, and others working to improve the nutritional health of residents throughout the service area.

Essential Functions

  • Coach and develop community nutrition team.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for community nutrition programs, including federal CACFP and SFSP programs, existing Food Bank backpack and senior programs, Healthcare Partnerships programs (Build Healthy Communities) as well as future programs for vulnerable populations.
  • Oversee program compliance, budgeting and operations.
  • Develop methods to evaluate program effectiveness and set appropriate strategies and goals.
  • Analyze strategies for growth or modification of programs when and where appropriate.
  • Oversee the development, analysis and determination of program offerings.
  • Support Food Bank advocacy efforts around nutrition and vulnerable population programs by:
    • Participating in public wellness initiatives (e.g., Kane County Fit for Kids) ensuring focus on the needs of vulnerable populations; and
    • Collaborating with community and school leaders to meet the nutritional and hunger needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Develop and deploy nutrition education programs to improve healthy eating by neighbors including education on healthy eating, selection of foods and preparation of meals.
  • Leverage relationships with Feeding America and local colleges, universities and other organizations to increase impact of our programs and initiatives through internships and collaborations.
  • Provide support to Philanthropy and Marketing & Communications teams as appropriate to support fundraising or grant writing.
  • Design and implement reporting mechanisms to capture both compliance as well as neighbor-centered performance statistics of programs.
  • Work to expand program sites by analyzing low-income communities and determining viability of offering programs. Plan for and recommend resources needed to support program expansion.
  • Continuously research/benchmark best practices for community nutrition programs with respect to types of programs offered as well as effective operation of programs. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Four year degree or equivalent experience
  • Professional credentials in the field of Nutrition, Public Health or related area
  • Previous management or supervisory experience with proven leadership skills
  • Demonstrated experience developing and coordinating nutrition-related programs
  • Ability to interpret food and nutrition research including communicating findings to the public
  • Previous experience in Community/Public Health Wellness/Nutrition
  • Proficiency in data-driven decision making
  • Excellent oral and written communication and partnership skills and a proven ability to develop and maintain positive relationships.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage a diverse team in a fast-paced environment


Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Experience with federal nutrition programs beneficial.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred, but not required.

Supervisory Responsibility

This is a supervisory position.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment and in the field. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, printer/copiers, fax machines and tablets. Driving to remote locations is also regularly required with own vehicle.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate both in person and remotely. This is largely a sedentary role; however, both office work and field work is required. The position requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary as well as drive long distances. Some national travel is required.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are mostly Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the occasional evening and weekend hours. Local travel and some national travel is required. Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but the employee must be available during the "core" work hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and must work at least 40 hours each week to maintain full-time status.

Position Location

This position is based out of our West Suburban Center (Geneva) location.


Candidate must have reliable vehicle with valid driver’s license and be able to travel occasionally to community meetings, other food pantries, local events and other Food Bank locations (Rockford, Park City and Joliet). Position includes mileage reimbursement for travel outside of regular commuting. Some national travel is also required.

AAP/EEO Statement

Northern Illinois Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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