The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Tribal Food System Project Director located in our Topeka, KS office or a Home Based office. This position is a 3-Year Grant Funded position. This project managed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Kansas Tribal Health Summitt Planning Committee. This project is to be completed in partnership with and in service to the four Kansas federally-recognized land based tribes in Kansas and the Kansas Tribal Health Summit Planning Committee, with the goal of increasing access to culturally tailored nutrition education, healthy food choices and, ultimately, the development of a Kansas tribal food system plan.
The Project Director will help coordinate the development and execution of the pilot project scope of work, and also collect relevant information about the individual partner organizations. You will also help with grant management, grant reporting, partnership building, sustainability planning, evaluation, and food system planning. Strong project and grant management experience as well as communication and relationship-building skills will be key to the Director's success. Existing positive relationships with Kansas tribal partners are also required. #LI-CS1
- Meet with project partners for impactful alignment of priorities, identification of additional resources, and sustainability planning.
- Plan logistics and promote nutrition education and outreach events in collaboration with partners.
- Train, communicate with and support nutrition assistants.
- Meet with Kansas tribal leaders, employees, members to determine food system priorities and implementation strategies.
- Develop and implement a tribal food system/food sovereignty project plan, incorporating feedback from all partners.
- Lead grant evaluation, implementation and reporting, including budget management.
- Enter and maintain accurate data on projects. Process reports and send to appropriate staff in a timely manner.
- Provide and maintain superior customer service relations with sponsors, volunteers, donors by providing professional and friendly assistance with best practices guidelines, with proactive resolution or issues or needs.
- Coordinate volunteer efforts for meetings and events, including correspondence, answering inquires, and providing day of event direction, including volunteer meetings.
- Minimum two years experience in any of the following: community organizing and mobilization, public health, policy, healthcare or nutrition health experience.
- Demonstrated experience in grant implementation, evaluation and reporting preferred.
- Ability to recruit, direct, coach, monitor, and supervise volunteers.
- Working knowledge and experience in tribal and non-tribal partnership building.
- Ability to implement programs and initiatives by engaging all key partners and coalition members.
- Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
- Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
- Ability to travel at least 20% of the time, including some overnight travel.
- Must have at least intermediate knowledge and skill with Microsoft Office 2010 or higher used for word processing, email, presentations, and spreadsheets. Advanced knowledge and skill with these programs is preferred. These skills are subject to testing.
- Must be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds from the ground with or without reasonable accommodation.
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