Public Health Job Opportunities

Cooking Matters Coordinator

Deadline: until filled

The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) is seeking a Cooking Matters Coordinator. This employee runs Cooking Matters in a designated region in accordance with national goals and policies.  He/she is an employee of the partnership agency and acts as a representative of both the partnership agency and Share Our Strength.  The local program coordinator works as a member of the Cooking Matters team to assist national staff in developing and evaluating program goals and policies. Understands and commits to the agency mission.  Performs all duties and responsibilities listed herein, as well as other duties that may be assigned.

EDUCATION: BS from an accredited school in Human Nutrition, Food & Nutrition, Dietetics or other approved course of study preferred. BA/BS in Business, Health, Human Services or similar discipline required.

EXPERIENCE: One or more years community organizing experience, specifically working with diverse population, people with low incomes and social workers.  Organizational skills sufficient to design, develop, launch and run a successful grass roots program.  Knowledge of government and/or private food assistance programs preferred. Knowledge of culinary arts preferred.  Experience working with chefs preferred.



  • Works with partnership agency supervisor and Share Our Strength Cooking Matters Manager to develop an operating plan and budget which includes specific goals for number and type of classes, agencies served, number of participants served etc.


  • Complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations as appropriate for the position.  Complies with all policies and procedures of the agency, including those specified in the employee handbook.
  • Meet all reporting requirements, including submission of class schedules, participant numbers, class demographic information and progress reports to national office three times per year.
  • Ensure that site selection of class participants meets program goals and criteria.  Assist sites in this area as needed.
  • Plan/administer training sessions for all instructors.  Provide volunteer instructors with materials and information needed to teach classes and make sure they follow procedures.   Oversee volunteer instructors during class making sure they have all required materials.   Maintain Inventory and ensure all supplies/materials are present at each Cooking Matters class session.
  • Complete evaluation and other reporting documentation as necessary.


  • Manage the local program including the recruitment, management and delegation of responsibilities to support staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Manage local database of volunteers, supporters, site contacts, etc.
  • Works with other partnership agency and Share Our Strength national office to support their efforts as needed.
  • Recruits and maintain relationships with volunteer chefs, nutritionists and financial planners who can teach classes, help with special events and fundraisers or provide office support.  Appoints and trains site coordinator for each class series. 
  • Works with chefs and sites to schedule classes.  Provide chefs and sites with materials and information needed to host an Cooking Matters class, making sure they follow program procedures. 
  • Completes or delegates all necessary preparations for class including grocery shopping, assembling class materials and transportation of equipment.


  • Contributes to employee satisfaction through positive interactions and professionalism.
  • Promotes a positive working environment for program staff and the agency as a whole. 
  • Works independently with minimal supervision.
  • Attend the annual Cooking Matters retreat and Share Our Strength Conference of Leaders.


  • Promotes the growth of the VNA by representing the organization, its mission, and its role in the community in a professional manner.
  • Maintain, evaluate and develop relationships with new sites consistent with goals set forth in the operating plan.
  • Work to develop more substantial relationships with several sites that could include the site taking on more responsibility for the class and providing financial and other resources for the class. 
  • Work to continually reinforce relationships with Cooking Matters chefs/nutritionists and maintain enough trained instructors to have two teach every Frontline class.
  • Work with national staff to generate financial and in-kind contributions for the program.
  • Work with partnership agency staff and with national staff to generate press coverage.
  • Identify and network with other local anti-hunger/nutrition education groups.


View the job description and apply online here.