Harlem Children’s Zone

After-School Nutrition Educator, High School

3+ months agoNew York, NY

Healthy Harlem empowers children and families to adopt lifelong, healthy habits. Our program aims to improve health outcomes for youth in the community by:

  • Preventing childhood obesity and unhealthy weight gain by increasing healthy eating, nutrition knowledge, and physical activity,
  • Providing targeted interventions for youth with overweight or obesity, and by
  • Creating a culture of health and wellness in the Central Harlem community.

We are seeking dynamic, energetic educators to conduct nutrition and cooking lessons for high schoolstudents and caregivers. Nutrition educators are part of site-based teams dedicated to implementing Healthy Harlem programming at respective sites and report to the health coordinator.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conduct curriculum-based nutrition education classes/workshops for students, grades Pre-K through 12
  • Facilitate cooking lessons to teach students healthy recipes, cooking techniques, kitchen tools and equipment, and safety
  • Maintain a positive classroom environment conducive to learning, creativity, safety, and fun
  • For those working with students in Pre-K – grade 2, incorporate songs, puppet shows, arts and crafts, and a variety of creative approaches to teach healthy eating
  • Advocate healthier eating for students, families, and staff
  • Provide clear classroom instructions, including learning objectives and transitions
  • Provide consistent motivation, enthusiasm, and role modeling for healthy lifestyle choices

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, food studies, culinary arts or related field
  • Experience implementing hands-on nutrition education and cooking activities in school-based, after-school, camp, and/or community-based settings
  • Proficient in nutrition concepts and cooking skills
  • Excellent classroom management and presentation skills
  • Comfortable working in various urban settings and with diverse populations
  • Team-oriented with strong organizational and collaborative skills
  • Animated, energetic spirit and a positive, resilient attitude
  • Adapts well to changes in assignment and priorities with the ability to respond effectively to new information, changing conditions, and unexpected obstacles
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Must be available to work after-school hours and evenings (3-7 p.m.), 20 hours per week as well as attend trainings on the first Wednesday of every month, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.