Health Educator

Health Educator, Collective Roots, East Palo Alto, CA

Position Summary

During the 2013/2014 school year, Collective Roots will implement a multi-county health and nutrition initiative funded by the California Department of Public Health (CADPH). This program aims to reach 4,500 SNAP-ED eligible youth and adults through nutrition education and cooking classes, taste tests, cooking demonstrations and other activities. The Nutrition Educator plays a central role in delivering the programs funded by this grant. This is a part-time, temporary position at 75% until 12/31/13 with potential to continue at 50% from 1/1/13 until 9/31/13 .

The Health Educator will be an active member of a fast paced, team based non-profit organization. We seek a dynamic teacher and innovator. This position will report to the Nutrition Education Project Director and Director of Garden and Nutrition Education.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Nutrition Education (70%): Implement youth and adult nutrition programming, as approved by the CADPH Network Local Project, including Fresh Fest and Cooking Matters.
  • Community Outreach (10%): Create and distribute nutrition education and promotion materials to target audience (at schools, community partner sites, East Palo Alto Farmers’ Market).
  • Program evaluation (10%): Work with Nutrition Education Project Director and Evaluation Manager to ensure programs are properly reported and evaluated.
  • Community development and relationship building (10%): serve as an effective ambassador for all nutrition and K-6 education programming. Maintain positive relationships with community partners and participants (through email, phone, meetings and other media).

Nutrition Education (70%)

  • Teach nutrition-based lessons to youth and adults during the school day.
  • Teach several weekly after-school nutrition education programs
  • Collaborate with other staff to create new, engaging health and nutrition curriculum for preschool through high school, based on the Fresh Fest model and other approved curriculum
  • Meet regularly with the Nutrition Education Project Director to ensure program needs and grant deliverables are being met.

Community Outreach (10%)

  • Create and distribute nutrition education media, such as flyers and newsletters, to distribute at classes, events, programs and the East Palo Alto Farmers’ Market
  • Participate in community outreach programs.

Program Evaluation (10%)

  • Follow CADPH protocol to properly evaluate nutrition education programs (pre- and post-tests, surveys, etc.) and record data.
  • Assist the Nutrition Education Project Director and Evaluation Manager with compiling data to develop reports.

Community Development and Relationship Building (10%)

  • Assure highest quality relationships with all participants in Collective Root’s programs by maintaining professional email, phone and in-person contact.
  • Maintain existing Collective Roots partnerships while supporting future partnership development.
  • Check in with partners regarding impact and satisfaction

Qualifications: Teaching experience is necessary. A background in nutrition, health and cooking is desirable.

Experience: Successful work experience in education, nutrition- based learning, healthy cooking and community outreach.  Experience serving low-income, ethnically diverse populations.  Knowledge of education, public health and nutrition is desirable. Previous curriculum development, non-profit, or other education related experience preferred. Experience supervising volunteers, coordinating and overseeing programs is preferred.

Skills: Proven work experience demonstrating successful teaching experience. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with students, parents, teachers, staff, and Collective Root’s partners. Bilingual in English/Spanish helpful. Proven leadership and problem solving skills. Demonstrated track record of successful collaboration and community building. Working facility with Microsoft Office is essential. Other digital media and technology skills a plus.

Salary: Hourly

Equal Opportunity Employer
Collective Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such we value diversity and actively solicit qualified applicants from all ethnic and racial backgrounds. Our board-adopted policy prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, political affiliation or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to, with ‘Health Educator’ in the subject line. Please, no phone inquiries.