Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation pursues a mission of ensuring that all kids grow up in places that help them lead healthy lives – especially children disproportionately affected by poor health. We accomplish this by promoting healthier habits rooted in improved nutrition and greater physical activity, as well as strengthened social and emotional learning and development. In just 13 years, Healthier Generation has made great strides in fighting our nation’s obesity epidemic by taking the battle to where children spend the majority of their waking hours. Children impacted by our work are equipped for long-term success through better health, more energy and engagement in the classroom, and a lifelong approach to wellness.
This is an exciting time to join Healthier Generation as its brand and programmatic work rapidly evolve to address a more comprehensive and holistic approach to children’s health. In addition to utilizing an evidenced based approach to systems change in thousands of schools, businesses and communities nationwide – the organization is advancing new strategies to improve individual and family health and ensure a generation of thriving kids.
To learn more, visit: www.healthiergeneration.org.
Preferred location: Washington Metropolitan Area / Mid-Atlantic Region
Please note: all application questions are required and any application without adequate responses will not be considered.
The Senior National Advisor for Food Systems (Sr. Advisor) leads Healthier Generation’s (HG) cross-sector strategy to support communities and companies to ensure healthy food access for children and families. S/he works with colleagues and partners to develop, expand, improve and implement systemic and community-based approaches across settings that ensure all children, particularly those facing hunger and food insecurity, have the opportunity to eat healthfully every day.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Create and execute HG’s cross-organizational food systems strategies to address child and family nutrition, in collaboration with HG’s other organizational leaders and subject matter experts.
- Advise about external trends, positions, and relationships to inform and leverage HG corporate agreements, partnerships, funding opportunities, and implementation approaches, including technology solutions.
- Serve as a primary liaison and facilitator of key food and beverage related efforts across HG and key external partnerships.
- Initiate and steward relationships at multiple levels of the U.S. food system including other national NGOs and advocates, local and regional food system players, food and beverage companies, and government entities.
- Serve as a key HG thought-leader, supplying subject matter expertise for resource creation, program delivery, training, technical assistance, digital engagement, and communications.
- Serve as a key HG public voice for marketing, communication, positioning, media, and funding purposes.
- Work collaboratively across HG and with partners to support stakeholders in implementing science-based and operational best practices for the community and school nutrition environment.
- Design and deliver in-person and virtual training and professional development to stakeholders across settings, in urban, rural and suburban communities.
- Contribute to funding strategies and grant deliverables, including ideation for funder stewardship, developing and pitching funding concepts, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.
- Supervise, coach, and guide the work of assigned staff.
- Report progress and results through formal and informal reporting procedures.
- Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Deep knowledge and understanding of the U.S. and global food system, including: food and beverage industry processes and issues; policy landscape; and community challenges and opportunities, particularly for those families historically underserved or living in disinvested communities.
- Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional teams through strategy development and program implementation, evaluation, and improvement.
- Ability to design and deliver best-in-class and on-brand virtual and in-person presentations, and develop high-quality resources and professional development materials.
- Ability to digest technical information (including federal, state, and local regulations) and translate research into practical steps for implementation.
- Ability to clearly and effectively convey information orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
- Strong technology skills that support digital products and ability to use resources to design or deploy trainings.
- Demonstrated success managing and developing a diverse and effective team; planning and delegating work effectively; communicating and monitoring performance expectations; motivating and developing direct reports.
- Excellent active listening and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a virtual team environment.
- Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to facilitate and coordinate several projects simultaneously.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Product Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and virtual workplace and training technologies.
- Required frequent travel by car or plane up to 50% of the time.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience; Master's degree in nutrition, public health, business or related field preferred.
- Current certification to practice as a Registered Dietician preferred.
- At least 6 years’ experience in food systems, health inequity, and/or capacity-building; experience in creating and leading training and professional development, and educating and empowering others to provide training and technical assistance.
- At least 3 years’ experience in a supervisory and leadership role, coaching, resolving issues and serving as a link between team members and senior leadership.
This job description is subject to change at any time.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.