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Program Associate, California Workforce Programs

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Program Associate, California Workforce Programs

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Full Time, Remote, CA Preferred

About the Chef Ann Foundation

Founded in 2009, the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) believes that all children should have equal access to fresh, healthy, delicious food providing them the foundation to thrive and meet their true potential. We ensure that school food professionals have the resources, funding and support they need to provide cook-from-scratch meals that support the health of children and our planet. To date, we’ve reached over 13,000 schools and over 3.3 million children in all 50 states.

Job Description

The position resides on our Programs team and reports to the Senior Director of California Workforce Programs. This Program Associate role is responsible for supporting CAF’s Healthy School Food Pathway (HSFP) program in California. HSFP is a work-based learning experience that aims to prepare individuals for job opportunities in healthy, scratch-cook school food programs. The HSFP program focuses on supporting workforce readiness and professional growth for new, incumbent, and displaced school food operators. The pipeline from entry-level positions through management and school food leadership offers professionals the resources, hands-on training, and network to become confident leaders that have in-depth knowledge and experience in creating and running successful scratch-cook meal programs. This includes an emphasis on CAF’s 5 key areas: food, finance, facilities, human resources and marketing. This role will work with diverse stakeholders across a variety of industries, including but not limited to school nutrition, agriculture, labor, workforce development, state government, community college systems, unions and K-12 school districts.

Key Responsibilities
  • Work with state and federal partners to sustain and expand CAF’s Federally registered Healthy School Food Pathway (HSFP) Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship programs in California.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director for California Workforce Programs, Senior Coordinator of California Workforce Programs, and Coordinator of California Workforce Programs to leverage work and knowledge, share resources, and report out on workforce development initiatives.
  • Support maintenance of program registration and support ongoing reporting as required by state and federal partners.
  • Support Participant Experience Associate for California Workforce Programs with application, participant selection and onboarding processes.
  • Support Senior Director of California Workforce Programs in identification and partnership development with key stakeholders across diverse industries, such as education, agriculture, labor and workforce development.
  • Serve as the primary organizer of in-person events and travel for the California Workforce Programs team.
  • Maintain awareness/knowledge of child nutrition legislative advocacy efforts in CA.
Basic Responsibilities
  • Provide administrative support to team/organization, including note taking, scheduling benchmarks, check-ins, meetings, etc.
  • Create contracts, info sheets, slide decks, report templates, documents, timelines, etc.
  • Coordinate interpretation and material translation as directed
  • Maintain files and necessary documentation for team; Answer questions and provide information about the HSFP program and organization as a whole
  • Support coordination and management of virtual learning sessions for program participants
  • Suggest program efficiencies and opportunities and follow through as appropriate
  • Support technology integration as directed
  • Maintain understanding and awareness of federal and state policies as they relate to program operations
  • Other duties as assigned
Position Requirements
  • Regular access to a car for local travel and ability to travel further distances via plane
  • Ability to learn and engage with new learning technology programs
  • Experience in school food and/or workforce development preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and GSuite platforms
  • Ability to work virtually and participate in meetings in the Pacific time zone (PST/PDT)
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in Spanish a plus
Essential Traits
  • A passion for food systems and a strong interest in childhood health and wellness
  • Strong attention to detail, active listening, and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple timelines and prioritize appropriately
  • Flexible, collaborative mindset and innovative thinker
  • Resourcefulness in finding solutions to unique problems and making pivots to ensure outcomes
  • Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training

Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s previous experience and credentials. The Chef Ann Foundation is a great place to work and provides its staff with a competitive benefits package, including health insurance reimbursement, professional development, a generous paid time off program, and a 403(b) retirement plan. We are a fully-remote organization whose headquarters are located in Boulder, CO, with team members spread across the US. This position is remote and can be based anywhere in the U.S., with a preference for California.

To Apply

Please apply using the link below. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023.

Anticipated position start date is May 15, 2023.

At the Chef Ann Foundation, our work to ensure access to fresh, healthy school food for all is built on the idea of equity. We support and celebrate differences, and our team and community are stronger with every new voice. CAF is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. CAF is committed to the incorporation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) throughout our organization, including increased efforts to hire, support, and engage BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized groups.

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