Health and Nutrition Services Manager

Neighborhood House

Job Description


Job Title: Health and Nutrition Services Manager
Reports to: Head Start Director
Location: Portland
Hours: 1 FTE, 40 hours per week, 2080 hours per year

About Neighborhood House:* Neighborhood House is a non-profit agency providing social services for children, families, seniors and people experiencing food- and housing insecurity. Our organization consists of 8 programs that serve the Portland area. We have been engaging in anti-poverty work for over 115 years, offering a safety net to ensure that our community has the support they need to thrive.
Neighborhood House is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive work environment. Our goal is to build a team that reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve. For this reason, women, people of color, recent immigrants, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or those who have experienced poverty are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Summary*
The Health and Nutrition Service Manager works closely with the Program Director to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition and health services for Neighborhood House Head Start. This position ensures that our program adheres to all Head Start Performance Standards, Oregon Childcare Licensing rules, and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) regulations and oversees the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSD).
This position will coordinate and monitor services between the kitchen and classrooms. The Health and Nutrition Service Manager is responsible for ensuring the kitchen staff and teaching staff support the nutritional needs of the children and implement wrap-around nutrition education in the classroom and home setting. This position is also responsible for providing nutrition consultation, education, and referrals, as needed directly to families.

Develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive plan for the delivery of program health and nutrition services and ensure all requirements are fully integrated into the program operations, policies, workplans, professional development plans, and program goals.

Health Services:

  • Responsible for ensuring family advocates, Teachers, and home-based staff are adequately trained and consistently supported to assist parents in gaining awareness of optimal health and wellness of their child.
  • Ensure that the program is conducting hearing and vision screenings and encourage and support families in accessing quality health care.
  • Regularly review and update policies and procedures for health services for the program.
  • Facilitate the services of community partners, such as All Smiles, and partner with the family services team.

Nutrition and Food Services :

  • Implement meal service for children by developing a culturally appropriate, whole and fresh food based 6-week cycle menu in compliance with CACFP requirement, ensuring food is prepared in a safe and sanitary manner at all times.
  • Ensure all staff are adequately trained in safe food handling, CACFP requirements (as pertaining to position), Civil Rights, classroom and home-based nutrition curriculum, food allergies, feeding practices, growth and development.
  • Maintain a special diet and food allergy list and documentation to develop and monitor nutrition plans for children with special dietary needs.
  • Ensuring classroom staff are adequately trained (and monitored) in properly documenting attendance and daily meal counts.
  • Complete food service and CACFP site monitoring at each site three (3) times each year and review results with food services staff and Head Teachers.
  • Observe meal preparation at least monthly for safety, sanitation, efficiency, adequate quantity and components, and quality of food.
  • Ensure family service teams are adequately trained to conduct and properly document a nutrition assessment at enrollment visits
  • Facilitate the services of community partners, such as NH Food Pantry, OSU Food Hero, ensuring kitchen staff are adequately trained to assist in the processes or events.

Fiscal Management

  • Collaborate with Program Director to complete annual CACFP renewal in an efficient timeline.
  • Assist Program Director in developing the program budget and monitor to ensure expenses adhere to the yearly budget and all contractual obligations.
  • Complete and submitting approved monthly CACFP claim to finance for processing.
  • Collaborate with NH finance department to ensure compliance with CACFP fiscal management requirements.
  • Assess needs for nutrition services, office, and facilities equipment and materials and facilitating the ordering of materials.
  • Approve and submit credit card expenses and ensuring project and program coding and allocations are accurate.
  • Identify and applying for grants, donations, and other options to supplement the program’s budget.

Data Management

  • Understand and remaining knowledgeable about Child Plus and research-based developmental assessment tool and ensuring all staff are adequately and consistently trained in and utilize to document, monitor, and evaluate curriculum and individual child outcomes.
  • Monitor nutrition and health data and compile relevant information for monthly program reports to supervisor and admin team.
  • Ensure all program data is properly and efficiently gathered, documented, updated, analyzed, and utilized.
  • Ensure staff are adequately and consistently trained in and utilize Child Plus to document, monitor, and evaluate referrals, family goals, health services and individual child outcomes.
  • Assisting Program Director in completing and submitting monthly and annual reports to funders and stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the management team to complete the annual self-assessment and development of subsequent quality improvement plan including program goals and workplans.

Leadership Collaboration

  • Assist in the development of bi-monthly narrative reports to the Board and Policy Council.
  • Advocate for parent leadership in the program systems, planning and committees, as well as utilizing parent voice and involvement at all levels of decision making when appropriate.
  • Participate in Policy Council meetings.
  • Engage with agency Board when the opportunity arises. Ensure supervisees effectively understand their complete job responsibilities and have the tools and systems in place to do so efficiently.
  • Ensure staff are adequately and consistently trained in and utilize Child Plus to document, monitor, and evaluate referrals, family goals, health services and individual child outcomes.

Staff Development
Ensure a positive work culture that is supportive of individual strengths, encourages collaboration between teams, allows for contribution from all levels of staff and fosters a commitment to the positive outcomes of the program participants by:

  • Co-facilitate the hiring process of new health and nutrition staff; ensuring candidates meet the Head Start Performance Standards and Oregon Childcare Licensing requirements for their position.
  • Ensure all supervisees understand their job duties, as outlined in job description, and have the tools necessary to accomplish them in an efficient, effective, and quality manner.
  • Providing adequate and consistent coaching and modeling related to food service and nutrition education best practices and programmatic policies.
  • Conducting monthly reflective supervision meetings that include the ongoing assessment and monitoring of job performance and professional development needs with each supervisee, utilizing the Supervision Meeting Template to fidelity.
  • Assisting supervisee in developing and implementing professional development goals and plans;
  • Understand and reinforce programmatic and agency policies, procedures, goals and mission and regulatory laws and ensuring all supervisees do too.
  • Develop and monitor performance plans for supervisees who are having difficulty accomplishing job duties.
  • Approve and monitor schedules, timecards and PTO in ADP.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in: community public health, nutrition, food systems; or a related degree with coursework that includes 30 quarter/20 semester college credits in Health or Nutrition and 3 years of providing direct family, nutrition services or early childhood services and one (1) year of direct supervision experience and program coordination required; or equivalent combination or experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in community public health, nutrition, food systems or related field and 3 years of providing direct nutrition education and one (1) year of direct supervision experience required; or equivalent combination or experience
  • At time of hire must be currently enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division Central Background Registry (CBR) and must be able to maintain current enrollment at all times of employment.
  • Completion of passing work physical.
  • Within 30 days of employment must attain and maintain current certification of: Adult and Pediatric CPR & First Aid Certification, Food Handler’s Card
  • Knowledge of CHILD PLUS preferred
  • Current Registered Dietitian status preferred

Salary and Benefits*
Starting salary of $70,012
Neighborhood House offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 26 days PTO and 12 paid holidays,
  • affordable health and dental insurance with low monthly premiums,
  • voluntary short- and long-term disability plans, 403b plan and paid life insurance,
  • FSA and HSA,
  • employee assistance program.
  • Neighborhood House employees are eligible for credit in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,012.00 per year

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