The Campus Kitchens Project, a program of DC Central Kitchen, seeks an Associate Director of Training and Evaluation to join our team. The mission of DC Central Kitchen is to use food as a tool to Strengthen Bodies, Empower Minds, and Build Communities. The Campus Kitchens Project works with students and schools to recover food that would have gone to waste on campus and use it to prepare nutritious meals for the community, with a focus on using existing community assets and resources, developing the next generation of student leaders, and going beyond the meal to address the underlying root causes of hunger.
The ideal candidate will bring significant expertise in the area of program evaluation, including survey methodology and data analysis (MPP or MPA degree a plus); experience in program development and management, especially of sub-grant programs; experience designing curriculum and trainings, and an infectious enthusiasm for the mission of the organization.
The Associate Director of Training and Evaluation will report to the Director of The Campus Kitchens Project, and serve as a member of the Leadership Team with a significant voice in program and organizational development. At a time when the organization is focused on growing the quantity of Campus Kitchens nationwide, the Associate Director will take the lead on developing the quality of each affiliate Campus Kitchen’s service to its community: specifically, encouraging them to “Go Beyond the Meal” by developing innovative programs that address the underlying causes of hunger (including SNAP outreach, wellness workshops, food access solutions, community gardening, best practices for addressing senior hunger, and nutrition education). S/he will identify, evaluate, and facilitate the widespread adoption of proven effective programs through tactical sub-grant partnerships and engaging trainings.
The right candidate will possess an understanding of asset-based community development, strong program development skills, experience managing and evaluating foundation funded programs, including meeting goals in sub-grant programs that rely on remote management of an affiliate network, experience working with a student audience, and experience developing engaging trainings both online and in-person. Fundraising is not a primary responsibility of the position, but the Associate Director will have opportunities to manage relationships with funding partners.
Work with Director and Development team to identify and evaluate promising practices, and to develop sub-grant & training programs that will encourage their adoption across the network.
Set goals for nationally funded initiatives; develop sub-grant applications and select sub-grantees that will meet these goals as a network; shepherd them through the achievement of these goals through trainings, resource sharing, and monitoring of monthly reports.
Develop meaningful measures and goals for the organization in collaboration with the Director; serve as the staff expert in survey methodology and data analysis.
Design and recommend the widespread adoption of surveys that will evaluate the outcomes and impact of our programs on food insecurity, behaviors relating to food, knowledge of nutrition, and student leadership development.
Lead the implementation and ongoing development of reporting and evaluation frameworks through our online database; prepare monthly scorecard & brief narrative for funding partners; assist in the preparation of larger semiannual reports for funding partners, and the preparation of quarterly reports for the Board of Directors.
Every member of staff serves as the primary Point of Contact (POC) for a portfolio of Campus Kitchens, to ensure ongoing cross-training and connections to the work of our affiliate network on the ground. The Associate Director will manage a relatively small portfolio of Campus Kitchens.
Follow up on missing monthly reports or apparent errors, in collaboration with each Campus Kitchen’s POC on staff.
Ensure improvements in quality of programming across the network, and that promising innovations are captured, measured, written down, and adopted by other Campus Kitchens.
Gain expertise in the management of a Campus Kitchen and serve as a resource to affiliate Campus Kitchens and other staff members; including the ability to assist in onboarding and training new staff members in the management of a Campus Kitchen.
Manage and grow an online library of tools and resources, including recorded trainings, forms, policies and procedures, and standardized curricula.
Training & Education
Develop content for monthly trainings, including inviting guest experts to present on a variety of topics.
Plan and facilitate two large-scale annual in-person trainings, the first of which will occur in Chicago in April, 2014.
Assist in attending conferences and trainings presented by our partners; serve as a presenter to national audiences and a thought leader in the field.
Collaborate with Development department to create funding proposals.
Occasional travel for site visits to Campus Kitchens.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Prior experience in a similar position, especially experience in managing funded programs, experience with national networks of affiliates, and experience in national or international service.
Experience working with student populations, volunteer service and service learning, and an understanding of asset-based community development is preferred.
Excellent writing and communications skills are a must. The versatility to communicate professionally, both verbally and in written correspondence, with upper-level school administrators, funders, community partners, and students is a key skill set for this position.
Public speaking and presentation skills are critical to this position. The ability to portray CKP as an organization that is highly respected and strongly established, yet geared toward young, student-driven innovation is a must.
Ability to design curriculum in a variety of formats (written documents, presentations, videos) and develop tools and resources for students to use.
Understanding of databases and best practices in the evaluation of nonprofit programs, including survey methodology and data analysis.
Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and volunteers in a culturally competent manner.
Excellent time management skills.
Experience in a managerial or leadership role strongly preferred.
Self-starter comfortable working independently and collaboratively with a team; ability to make critical decisions at times while adhering to company goals.
Ability to lead, inspire and train others.
Experience managing funder relationships, grant-writing, or fundraising is preferred.
Computer proficiency which includes Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel. A superior ability in working with Microsoft Excel is critical to ensure that data management responsibilities can be completed quickly and efficiently.
Experience creating engaging presentations in Powerpoint; experience with Prezi is preferred.
Thorough grasp of program evaluation, survey methodology and data analysis.
Understanding of social media.
Bachelor’s Degree required; Masters in Public Policy or Public Administration preferred. A suitable level of experience in a similar position or in a volunteer service program can substitute for education and will be considered on an equal basis; however, independent of degrees earned, the personal experience of time spent on a college campus is valuable to the position.
Ability to stay flexible and keep a sense of humor while working well in a fast-paced environment.
Commitment to the mission of the organization.
Current driver’s license
Ability to travel independently to schools (travel estimated at 5-10% maximum).
Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. Comfortable with strenuous outdoor activity. Moderate physical activity required.
May be required to work (occasional) evenings and weekends.
Perform general physical activities that require considerable use of arms, legs and
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