New Kensington CDC seeks Part Time Bilingual Community Nutrition Educator

Organizational Overview:

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is a community development corporation committed to sustainable development in housing opportunities, economic development, vacant land strategies, community engagement, and real estate development. NKCDC advances social equity and economic empowerment by nurturing and creating opportunities for residents to live and actively shaping their neighborhoods of choice. To that end, NKCDC provides free resources to residents and businesses in the Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods. 

NKCDC has a strong reputation, both locally and nationally, with longstanding credibility of serving as a trusted and valuable partner and collaborator. The organization is currently one of only two community development organizations in the City of Philadelphia that are chartered members of the NeighborWorks America network. Our current work using a trauma-informed community engagement model, applying a racial equity lens across the organization, and leading programs at the intersection of health and housing are keeping NKCDC at the cutting edge of community development. NKCDC draws on the strengths of the communities in Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond — a population of over 62,800, 23% of whom live below the federal poverty level — to make sure neighborhood development benefits all residents.

Position Overview:

The bilingual community nutrition educator is a new and exciting role within our growing Health and Wellness department. The bilingual community nutrition educator is responsible for planning and implementing nutrition education programming for the SNAP-Ed nutrition education program in English and Spanish with the support of our Nutrition educator and Program manager. Programming entails providing hands-on in-person or web-based lessons and workshops that are exciting, motivating, and reinforcing learning. Programming will occur in community-based settings like food pantries, community centers, libraries, community gardens, corner stores, and low-income residential housing. The Community Nutrition Educator works from a set of core values and ethics consistent with the concepts of empowerment, collaboration, and learning.

The Community Nutrition Educator will be working with the Nutrition Educator and Program manager to facilitate workshops and lessons from an equity and trauma-informed lens while addressing specific areas of expertise such as nutrition, healthy cooking, exercise, food budgeting, and goal setting using our standardized curricula. In addition, they will be critical in our policy, systems, and environmental change work, with the support of SNAP-ED community health workers. This entails working with food distributors, corner stores, residents, and other community partners and assisting with food tastings and take-home recipes, providing signage to the site, and distributing other health education materials.

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