Friday, May 25, 2012

Hiring Nutrition Education Director

SLV LOCAL FOODS COALITION is seeking a full-time Nutrition Education Director to manage the Cooking Matters and Healthy Habits programs.  For full job description see below, and for questions, contact Megan Lehnerd, (719)937-2319.  Email resume and cover letter to by Mon., June 18 at 5pm.

Job Title: Nutrition Education Director
Reports to: Executive Director

The tasks required for this position include but are not limited to those listed below. 
·         Coordinate and implement a minimum of 12-15 cooking courses, complying with CMC National gold standards, and maintaining an 85% graduation rate.
·         Recruit, train and maintain a large enough volunteer pool to fill each course with qualified volunteer chef and volunteer nutrition educators
·         Recruit, verify, train and maintain enough community partners to offer at least 12-15 CMC courses to individuals and families living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line.
·         Participate in nutrition, health or food events to promote Cooking Matters and its message.
·         Offer programming in Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache, & Mineral counties.
·         Participate in required Cooking Matters local and national trainings
·         Participate in required Cooking Matters local and national reporting
·         Manage the Healthy Habits program, including the MOKI demonstrations at the Valley Farmer’s Market and at other locations, the 1-2 MOKI farmer’s market staff, and other nutrition/cooking education programming developed for use with the MOKI.
·         Performing all job-related duties requested by the Local Foods Coalition Director, including assisting with funding applications to secure additional grants for nutrition education programming.

·         Ability to organize and relate to groups of people from varied backgrounds
·         Evidence of personal initiative and resourcefulness with the ability to set own direction
·         Ability to effectively communicate with staff and community partners to mobilize resources and develop the necessary relationships to meet program requirements.
·         Knowledge of nutrition and cooking, as well as local community agencies.  Knowledge of local languages and culture is a plus
·         Physical stamina
·         Ability to work under pressure

Qualification Requirements:
·         Passion for nutrition and cooking education, as well as the role it plays in the lives of low-income populations.
·         B.A./B.S. in public health, nursing, health education, nutrition, dietetics, education OR equivalent education and experience
·         Experience and knowledge working with low-income parents and families.
·         Basic knowledge in the preparation of nutritional foods
·         Must be willing to attend program activities even in the evening and/or on weekends
·         Must be willing to attend meetings and trainings as required, which can be located within the San Luis Valley, the state of Colorado, and out of state.

·         Range $30,000 - $35,000

To Apply:
·         Submit resume and cover letter to by Monday, June 18 at 5pm.

SLV Local Foods Coalition is an equal employment opportunity employer and strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and all persons involved in the operations of the SLV LFC are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Community Garden Party!

The Alamosa Community Garden Kickoff Party/Fundraiser/Barn Dance is happening tomorrow, May 18th at a ranch north of Alamosa. This event is sure to be lively and fun, with Frank Scott and Friends playing (including members of Sweet Radish, Rhonda Mouser, Todd Grayson, Deb Nichols and more!). Plus, there will be a local food dinner!

There will also be a silent auction, filled with wonderful goods and services offered by your friends and neighbors. All proceeds go directly to the Community Gardens, and will help support numerous projects and programs aimed at teaching youth, families and the community about gardening and nutrition.  Call for directions 589-4567.