JOB: Childhood Nutrition Collaborative Coordinator

Position Announcement:
Have you ever wanted to mobilize community voices and actions to change the status quo? Are you interested in making sure that every young person has access to healthy food every day?  If you have interest, passion, and a desire to learn and grow with us, this may be the position for you!

Position Title: Childhood Nutrition Collaborative Coordinator

Hours/Week: 35 hours/week, benefits eligible, with occasional evenings and weekends

Salary: $48,000 plus benefits

Location: Office location in downtown Ithaca; remote, community-based work also expected

Expected Start Date: September 2020

Supervision: Accountable to and supported by the CNC Steering Committee (HCCC Team)

The Childhood Nutrition Collaborative (CNC) works to ensure that every young person pre-birth to age 24 in Tompkins County, New York is food secure. Since 2016, the CNC has used a collective impact approach to its work. Collective impact is an organizing tool for solving complex social problems that require cross-sector collaboration. It includes identifying shared measures, identifying mutually reinforcing activities, data-driven decision-making, and a backbone function that supports communication, data management and decision-making across sectors.

With funding support from the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, the CNC is launching an innovative 2-year public health “Challenge”. The goal of the Challenge is to foster authentic collaboration across sectors, disrupt the status quo, and garner resident leadership to result in powerful, sustainable approaches that advance food security and health equity. Within two years, we aim to see improved equity in access to food, health, and well-being for all young people in the county. 

To support the Challenge, the CNC is looking for an engaged community organizer and systems thinker to help lead change. The successful candidate will work with the CNC steering committee to help convene key stakeholders and authentically engage residents in setting priorities, implementing key activities, and assessing progress to shift longstanding power structures in our communities. In doing so, this person will help the CNC formalize a shared leadership structure, enhance existing partnerships, invest in new partnerships with healthcare, business, and transportation sectors, and activate the Challenge Plan. This is a 2-year time limited position; extension possible with additional funding.

Working with support from the CNC, the Coordinator will help lead change and coordinate action. With support, they will:

  1. Serve as the backbone of the CNC:
    1. Maintain momentum by keeping track of goals, projects, and ideas, and moving them along.
    2. Act as the contact person for CNC and respond to inquiries.
    3. Facilitate whole group and steering group meetings.
    4. Manage agendas and minutes for meetings, sending reminders before and minutes after each meeting to the group.
  2. Coordinate the implementation of the 2-year “Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Plan.”
    1. Host regular convenings with people who are food insecure to help develop and expand a shared vision and action plan to change the status quo.
    2. Manage the Community Champions process, local leaders who serve as communication hubs.
    3. Engage the business, transportation and healthcare community in identifying and articulating their role in supporting childhood food security.
    4. Support the development and implementation of mutually reinforcing activities among residents, organizations and sectors that result in systems change.
    5. Share learnings, on an ongoing basis, with the Tompkins County Community Health Improvement Plan Committee and the Tompkins County Food System Planning Teams, so that these findings may be incorporated into those plans.
  3. Utilize the resources and technical assistance of the Challenge staff to challenge the status quo:
    1. Participate in monthly coaching calls with the National Association of Counties.
    2. Engage in monthly peer learning opportunities led by Healthy Places by Design.
    3. Attend annual convenings of all grantees (all expenses paid).
    4. Host a site visit for Challenge staff.
  4. Meet regularly with CNC steering committee for mentoring and supervision.
  5. Attend Cradle to Career monthly meetings and Food System Planning Team monthly meetings.

We believe that you will be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Can see yourself as a change maker
  • Are excited, passionate, curious
  • Are comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Have experience with facilitation and coordination, including demonstrated ability to:
    • Help groups make progress going forward
    • Facilitate movement through conflict and disagreement
    • Manage group dynamics and meeting process
    • Engage and communicate with a diversity of groups, particularly perspectives that are historically marginalized or underrepresented in CNC (rural residents, business sector, lower-income community members)
    • Listen well
    • Be a team player
    • Engage community (go to them, identify a common motivation, identify respective capacities, build trust)
  • Are willing to acquire new knowledge and skills to support your success and activation of the Challenge Plan. Some skills we’d like to help build include:
    • Use of systems thinking and logic models
    • Use of developmental evaluation processes
    • Data collection and management processes
    • Strategy development
    • Leadership of systems change to help dismantle racism in support of equity and access
  • Experience living or working in Tompkins County (preferred)

How to Apply:


Please send questions to [email protected].

The Center for Transformative Action is an equal opportunity employer.  Employees are hired on the basis of their merit, ability, experience, and training without regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, size, religious affiliation, or genetic makeup.  We are committed to being an inclusive organization and encourage people from diverse communities to apply.