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Project Officer

School Food Matters
The Bridge, 7b Parkshot TW9 2RD

Posted: 23/02/2021

Deadline: 07/03/2021

Compensation: £27,418 per annum FTE

Paid Full-time Part-time Permanent


Job description

Background to School Food Matters

School Food Matters (SFM) exists to teach children about food and to improve children’s access to healthy, sustainable food during their time at school. We provide fully funded food education programmes to schools.  Our experience delivering these programmes informs and strengthens our campaigns, bringing the voices of children, parents and teachers to government policy.

Childhood Obesity Programme

Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC), this five-year programme will work with 80 primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark.  Building on our earlier Healthy Zones programme, we have developed a variety of activities to improve the food on offer throughout the school day. We will consider the needs of each school and offer support accordingly. This will include support to develop and implement food policies and/or to introduce healthier food to after school and breakfast clubs.

Job Purpose

  • To promote and deliver Healthy Zones Phase 2 across schools in Southwark and Lambeth

Key Tasks

  • Build relationships with teachers, teaching assistants, cooks and senior leaders in primary and secondary schools in Lambeth and Southwark to improve the food they offer their students
  • Deliver healthy after school club and breakfast club modules (convene working groups in schools, run simple food preparation engagement sessions (training provided), lead listening exercises with pupils, build relationships with the after-school club staff
  • Develop food policy improvements in schools in our six key areas by building relationships with staff, and engaging students and parents
  • Collecting data and maintaining accurate records relating to the programme
  • Work closely with our Evaluation Manager to complete all monitoring and evaluation
  • Gather content for our website and social media platforms
  • Keep Programme Manager fully updated on progress
  • Contribute to the smooth-running of SFM at this time of growth
  • Maintaining the ethos of the charity and positively promoting our work at all times
  • The Project Officer will also undertake any other tasks relevant to the affairs of SFM that may arise from time to time.  Therefore, being flexible and approaching the job with an open and positive mindset is essential!

Person Specification

Essential

  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills with great attention to detail
  • Clear and engaging communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent IT skills including excel, word and email 
  • Experience of building relationships with partner organisations and individuals
  • Ability to work in a team, and seek help when needed
  • Self-motivated and optimistic with a can-do attitude

Desirable

  • Experience of working for a charity or not for profit organisation
  • Experience of working in education
  • An interest in food education and children’s health

Application information

Once you have thoroughly read this Job Description and had a careful look at our website, please send your CV and a short covering letter (one side of A4) telling us:

  • how you heard about this job
  • why you want to work for us
  • what makes you suitable for this role

Applications must be submitted electronically to jane@schoolfoodmatters.org by midnight on Sunday 7 March 2021. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 16 March 2021.

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About School Food Matters

School Food Matters is a small charity based in London. Our mission is to ensure that every child enjoys fresh sustainable food at school and understands where their food comes from. To achieve this we listen to and involve parents, children and schools. We work together to improve school meals and support food education through cooking, growing and visits to farms. Over the past ten years, our food education programmes have reached tens of thousands of children across the UK.