Health Educator – Child Care
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.
To collaborate with local Early Care Centers to promote and provide nutrition and physical activity education through lessons and trainings.
- Schedule and deliver all SNAP-Ed on-site direct services to assigned schools/centers/clubs.
- Deliver training for nutrition/physical activity direct education delivery to teachers/staff through model lessons.
- Deliver face to face and/or distance learning training for the school/center teams and provide coaching on best practices for the topic areas in nutrition and physical activity.
- 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.
- Provide all HealthMPowers student, school, center and family services.
- Participate as a School Health Team member for assigned schools, offering resources and support as appropriate.
- Provide regular interaction with school/center staff to support program delivery to students and families
- Document work with each school/center to show progress toward accomplishment of program objectives and adoption of incremental behavior and PSE change.
- Collect sector data as required.
- Provide technical assistance, resources and advice to assist schools/centers achieve their plans for nutrition/physical activity improvement based on their needs assessment results.
- Provide additional interactive training events, resources, and support for families.
- Provide training and activities for Student Health Advocates and adult leader, if requested.
- Assist in conducting tri-annual trainings.
- Provide outstanding service and escalate issues where schools/centers/clubs are dissatisfied.
- Provide comprehensive documentation (a portfolio) for work with each school/center/club outlining communication, and provision of support for continuous improvement and growth.
- 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 field days, family fun nights, curriculum nights, open house and events other than PTA/PTO.
- Share knowledge with HealthMPowers staff for the benefits of our schools.
- Collect qualitative information from schools for creating success stories.
- Perform clerical and non-instructional assignments as assigned.
- Ensure program implementation is consistent with HealthMPowers quality standards and evidence-based practices.
- Report any maintenance issues regarding the body walk vehicle, exhibit or van to Office Manager to assure that the vehicle is available for all school appointments.
- Communicate with other sector educators as needed.
- Maintain accurate travel logs and expenses.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
- Stress Management/Composure
- 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 school and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions
- Strong communication and writing skills
- 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
- Strong quantitative and computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office suite
- Public-speaking abilities, including the ability to inspire others
- Knowledge of the Georgia public school system and GPS (strongly preferred)
- Experience working with under-performing schools (preferred)
- A willingness to travel out of town at least one week per month
- A willingness to work non-standard hours and occasional weekends
- 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.
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, nutrition, health science, public health or education background.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of early childhood classroom management.
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.