The primary goal of the Breakfast Consultant with Hunger Free Heartland is to expand access to the School Breakfast Program by encouraging schools and districts to adopt an expanded breakfast serving method such as Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Grab and Go, and Breakfast After 1st. The Consultant will conduct outreach in target school districts and schools, and to families and children about the availability of the program. The Consultant will work with a number of partners, primarily administrators, principals, school staff, nutrition directors, and parents. The Consultant will also work with other partner organizations to encourage promotion of breakfast through related programs (Department of Education, Midwest Dairy/FUTP60, etc.).
About Hunger Free Heartland
First convened by ConAgra Foods Foundation in December 2009, HFH exists to be a catalyst for change, leveraging existing strengths and focusing on systemic solutions to end childhood hunger through connecting and collaborating. At the core of our strategy to end childhood hunger in the tri-county region and across Nebraska are three goals: 1) Improve access to Federal nutrition assistance programs among eligible families with children who are not receiving benefits; 2) Raise awareness and knowledge of available programs, healthy food choices and how to maximize the use of limited resources; 3) Strengthen community and legislative action around solutions to hunger and obesity.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Specifically, the Consultant is responsible for expanding breakfast programs and increasing breakfast participation in a targeted area through the following activities:
- Make contact with target schools and districts
- Raise awareness of the program; present at local meetings
- Provide assistance to schools, districts, and communities
- Provide tools and materials to schools (Expansion Guide, outreach materials, etc.)
- Maintain expertise on breakfast program rules and regulations
- Maintain knowledge of breakfast expansion best practices
The Consultant will ensure that principals understand the options and flexibility around the School Breakfast Program. They will help principals work through existing or perceived barriers necessary to starting or expanding their breakfast programs. Coaching will generally begin by requesting a meeting with the school principal. Follow-up activities could include additional meetings with the principal, nutrition director, staff/teacher, school board, or other support needed to ensure buy-in from teachers, administrators, school board members and community members.
HFH will provide information regarding target districts and schools with contact information. In addition, assistance will be given on technical assistance concerning rules and regulations.
- Experience working within schools and school districts highly desirable
- Ability to think creatively, approach communications from new angles
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university
- Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle required
Hunger Free Heartland will provide training and technical assistance to the Breakfast Consultant. The Breakfast Consultant will offer coaching and herald the benefits of the School Breakfast Program based on the latest science, but will be able to defer technical and policy-related questions to Hunger Free Heartland or the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services.
The Consultant will be paid $25/hour for 10-15 hours per week from September, 2013 through April, 2014. Mileage will be reimbursed.
For the full listing, and application instructions, view the listing at the NAM Career Center.