Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the AHW Manager the Nutrition Specialist will be responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition & sustainability initiatives for our K-8 students. The ideal candidate will be passionate about having a significant impact on children’s nutrition in the cafeteria, promoting healthy eating habits and sustainability in the communities they live in.
- Facilitate conversations during lunch about eating habits
- Surveys about food consumption from DREAM kitchens
- Support scholar food reviews
- Set-up kitchen tours
- Gardening Farm to table – seed to plate
- Deliver WITS content alongside WITS chef
- Supporting calorie expenditure and consumption monitoring and analysis
- Co-facilitate transition to and from lunch;
- Manage behavior during lunch to ensure a safe, productive environment;
- Oversee assigned zone;
- Facilitate the transitions to the bathroom, water fountain and nurse, as needed;
- Planning of nutrition activities
- Mapping of lunch space(s)
- Lead activity walkthroughs for collaborating staff
- Align recess plans to overarching Athletics, Health and Wellness outcomes
- High school diploma or equivalent required;
- Must be able to work in person at the program site;
- Ability to work collaboratively within a team setting;
- Foundational understanding of nutrition;
- Strong understanding of the connection between nutrition, health and wellness and other areas of a student’s life and wellbeing;
- Strong ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a variety of stakeholders, including students in grades K-8, school administrators, and staff;
- Previous experience working with children grades K-8 in a youth development setting;
- Exhibits high energy, warmth, enthusiasm and patience in working with youth;
- Coursework in nutrition or a degree in nutrition, exercise science, physical education or related field preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, organization skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to uphold, promote, and model sport based youth development principles;
- CPR/First Aid certification, a plus;
- A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the belief that all students can succeed, and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.
- August 15, 2022 – June 22, 2023
- Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm; Fri: 10-2pm
- Program dates and hours vary by site and are subject to change.
- East Harlem
- DREAM Charter School (East Harlem) – 1991 Second Avenue
- South Bronx
- DREAM Charter School (Mott Haven) – 411 Wales Avenue
- Starting rate: $21/hour
DREAM’s VACCINATION POLICY
DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including a booster dose. Part-time staff hired for the summer season only, are exempt from the booster dose, however they must have received a 2-dose series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.