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Associate Director, Cooking Matters Colorado

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Share Our Strength
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Denver Metro
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Since 1984, Share Our Strength® has led the fight against hunger and poverty by inspiring and organizing individuals and businesses to share their strengths. Today, through the No Kid Hungry and Cooking Matters campaigns, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need. No child should go hungry in America – we’re on our way to making that a reality and we want you to join us. We’re bold, creative, always open to new ideas, and 100% dedicated to our mission. If that sounds like you, we’d like you to consider becoming part of our team.  Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado campaign is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy food choices. Cooking Matters has reached over 110,000 families in Colorado since 1993 and is operating programming in 50 counties across the state.

The Cooking Matters Colorado Associate Director is responsible for informing, operationalizing and overseeing programming statewide, in accordance with program guidelines, grant deliverables and national strategy. As such, the Associate Director also provides inspirational and strategic leadership to Colorado program staff and serves as a representative for Cooking Matters nutrition food skills education externally.  This position supervises four staff members and reports to the Colorado Director.



  • Inform, operationalize the strategy for, and lead day-to-day management of Colorado programming model, including oversight of relevant staff, processes and systems used to support state-wide partner network, with a strategic eye towards continuing to streamline capacity and support evolving opportunities to expand impact.
  • Direct the work of others in order to ensure consistent program quality, successful monitoring and evaluation with an emphasis on tracking metrics and using data analysis to inform decision making, partnership planning, increasing ROI, and provide guidance on short- and long-term corrective actions to meet statewide goals.
  • Provide leadership to the program team, mentoring staff for professional development and independent problem solving. Ensure effective onboarding and team development (quarterly trainings) to reach annual programmatic goals and in support of broader team culture goals.
  • In consultation with the state CO Director, develop strategic and annual program plans for Colorado, including development and oversight of programmatic budgets.  
  • Serve as primary spokesperson on programmatic activities to develop, manage, and support relationships, and represent Cooking Matters to relevant statewide partners and participate in relevant coalitions.
  • Serve as main point of contact for the Senior Development Manager and program managers for funding proposals and reports. Also, support fundraising efforts by representing Cooking Matters and Share Our Strength with other external audiences.
  • Support the Director in managing the Colorado Cooking Matters Leadership Council, including providing program updates and actively participating in Council onboarding, committees when warranted, and supporting other key volunteer efforts when appropriate.   
  • Other duties as required and assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and/or credentials in fields such as public health, public policy, public administration, or nutrition strongly preferred.
  • At least 6 years of relevant experience in successfully implementing large-scale, partnership-based programs or projects at state, regional, and/or national level.
  • Demonstrated success managing others, motivating a strong team and experience managing through change strongly preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, project management, budget development, and organizational skills required.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills required, with public presentation experience.
  • Proven ability to develop strategy and plan and ability to translate that into results. Short and long-range planning and follow-through skills.
  • Discretion, maturity, emotional intelligence, and strong reasoning in resolving challenges; ability to make sound decisions on complex issues. 
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, organize, prioritize, and work independently on multi-step, detail-oriented concurrent projects.
  • Highly effective within a fluid, entrepreneurial environment, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience working on hunger, nutrition, or other issues affecting low-income families desired; enthusiasm for healthy, affordable, and delicious food.
  • Ability to work well with multiple groups of people and diverse populations.
  • Familiarity with Colorado’s various communities (including rural) and activities in the field of hunger, nutrition education, and federal nutrition programs, desired.
  • Ability to travel is required, and must provide own transportation for in-state travel; some evening and weekend work will be necessary.
  • Demonstrated interest in anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues.



At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives.  A hallmark of our history, culture and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results.

This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working to end hunger and poverty – in the United States and abroad.

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Competitive salary and rich benefits.

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