Early Care Health Education Program Specialist
HealthMPowers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children to have healthy habits and transforming environments where children live, learn and play. With a strong 20-year track record, a variety of funding sources, and well-developed partnerships with government agencies, civic organizations, school systems and others, HealthMPowers is poised for continued success in improving healthy eating and physical activity of children to impact future health, academic success as well as economic and national security.
By integrating nutrition education and physical activity into settings where children spend their time (schools, childcare centers, and after-school programs), the organization creates a culture that supports lifelong healthy lifestyle choices for children, staff, families and communities. Using the evidence-based guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HealthMPowers has a proven track record of improving health knowledge, behavior, physical fitness and environments for sustainable health improvements in low-income communities.
The Health Education Program Specialist will work in close collaboration with the entire early care team, including external project consultants, to oversee, manage and assist in the implementation of a broad range of initiatives related to improving nutrition and physical activity for Georgia’s youngest learners.
JOB TITLE: Early Care Health Education Program Specialist
EMPLOYER: HealthMPowers, Inc.
DEPARTMENT: Early Care Setting
REPORTS TO: Executive Program Director, Early Care
SALARY RANGE: $55,000-$60,000 base salary + competitive benefit package
SUMMARY: The Health Education Program Specialist will work in close collaboration with the entire early care team, including external project consultants, to oversee, manage and assist in the implementation of a broad range of initiatives related to improving nutrition and physical activity for Georgia’s youngest learners. Specifically, the program specialist will oversee projects related to the implementation of SNAP-Ed programming serving early care sites directly, the ongoing development and implementation of Eat.Move.Talk!, an initiative to promote early literacy, through the development of model lessons, organization of Learning Collaboratives and creation of a sustainability and implementation strategy. This position will support quality teaching and learning by developing curriculum and trainings based on best practice and support the Georgia Early Learning Standards (GELDS). In addition, the program specialist will help lead collaborative coalition efforts to further the implementation of a statewide assessment and develop a recognition program for early care providers. This position will serve as a resource across multiple projects and will exercise management and content expertise to improve, inform and organize all of HealthMPowers work across the early care setting in close partnership with the Executive Program Director.
- Serve as the project specialist for HealthMPowers’s early care program work including but not limited to special projects and initiatives.
- Develop goals and outlines for new resources, trainings and programs.
- Use evaluation results and data to improve and edit resources, trainings and programs.
- Provide mentorship, coaching and support for current staff on resource and program development.
- Develop content and supporting documents for trainings and service delivery.
- Design and write high quality, research-based curriculum, modules and lesson plans that support the Georgia Early Learning Standards (GELDS).
- Collect data and complete required reporting for all funders.
- Schedule and deliver all nutrition/physical activity trainings and services to assigned sites.
- Work with program leadership to ensure interventions are equitable and relevant for a child care audience of children, families and staff.
- Provide civil rights training for any educator or “front-line” staff/volunteers who interact with SNAP-Ed participants.
- Ensure proper display of “And Justice for All” poster (version 475B) at all program locations.
- Participate as a Site Health Team member for assigned sites, offering resources and support as appropriate.
- Provide regular interaction with center staff to support program delivery to students, teachers and families.
- Provide comprehensive documentation of work with each center to show progress toward accomplishment of program objectives and adoption of incremental behavior and PSE change based on local center needs assessment results.
- Provide outstanding service and escalate issues where centers are dissatisfied.
- Reinforce family education programming including the use of the Family Engagement Toolkit, Family Text Messaging within child care centers.
- Provide nutrition education and physical activity information for families through family fun nights, curriculum nights, open house and other events.
- Collect qualitative information from centers for creating success stories.
- Ensure program implementation is consistent with HealthMPowers quality standards and evidence-based practices.
- Report any maintenance issues regarding the office vehicles to ensure availability for all site appointments.
- Communicate with other setting educators as needed.
- Maintain accurate travel logs and expenses.
- Perform clerical and other duties as assigned.
- A minimum of 3+ years of demonstrated experience in the field of early childhood education and developing lessons and curriculum.
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, nutrition, or education background.
- Knowledge of early childhood classroom management and the Georgia Early Learning Standards (GELDS).
- Strong skills related to navigating technology and digital platforms including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom and other virtual meeting/facilitation platforms.
- Strong project management skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- A demonstrated commitment to equity.
- A commitment to producing high quality and detailed work.
- The ability to learn quickly, work in a fast paced environment and multi-task effectively.
- The ability to identify challenges and actively work to find solutions.
- The ability to work effectively with others at all levels of a center and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions.
- Excellent event planning, organizational and time-management skills.
- The ability to work well independently while collaborating with others on meeting common goals.
- Strong research based nutrition and physical activity knowledge.
- An ability to travel out of town.
- An ability to work non-standard hours and occasional weekends.
- An ability to drive (or learn to drive) HealthMPowers van and Body Walk truck.
- Ability to lift/push/carry/maneuver items up to 50 pounds.
Some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected. Note that HealthMPowers staff travel is currently limited due to COVID-19.
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.
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