In Wake County, Extension functions as a separate County Department; but with many integrated service delivery efforts including Youth Development, Social & Economic Vitality and Food Security, where strategies are planned, implemented, evaluated and resourced in partnership with Wake County Human Services.
The Food Security Program Manager works across County departments, within the community and across multiple sectors to convene partners around strategic issues; manage efforts and track the shared results of collective action towards priority outcomes established by Wake County. This position provides strategic planning and administration of integrated efforts in Wake County jointly administered by Cooperative Extension and Wake County Human Services to attain priority outcomes related food security.
Convene and facilitate shared decision-making, alignment of resources & shared measurement through collective impact infrastructure created to achieve food security outcomes.
Serve as Manager for the VISTA Food security efforts in Wake County
Provide regular and timely reports to Department leaders for Extension, Human Services, the County Manager & Board of County Commissioners
Design food security and food system development strategies for target audiences in vulnerable areas of the community as well as the community as a whole
Assist the Cooperative Extension Director in the day to day oversight of Food System Development efforts; Implement recommended changes and improvements to meet goals & expectations for Wake County and Cooperative Extension
Generate and manage public resources related to Food System/Food Security; initiate budget development, manage contracts or other fiscal issues
Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with all Human Services, Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning and Extension colleagues
Develop and maintain strong and effective community partnerships on behalf of Cooperative Extension and WCHS.
Work Location: Cooperative Extension Office Raleigh, NC 27610
NOTE: Upon acceptance of employment you acknowledge that (i) you will rescind your application for any other positions within Wake County Human Services, (ii) after accepting your position with Wake County Human Services you must remain in your role for one (1) year before you are eligible to apply for another position within Wake County Human Services, (iii) if you work in the Health Clinics and Public Health Division, influenza immunization is a condition of initial and continued employment, subject to compliance with federal law, (iv) actively supports and participates in department emergency preparedness and response activities, which may include temporary changes in responsibilities and working hours.
Wake County Human Services (WCHS) is a consolidated agency that provides an array of public health and social services that include public health and healthcare clinics, child welfare and economic services, housing and transportation, and other related services. Our mission: In partnership with the community, we will facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents. In addition to our many standard programs, Wake County Human Services is engaged in a number of special initiatives that impact services and programs throughout our entire agency and communities. Whether legislated down from the changing regulations on the Federal or State level or bubbling up from the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff, you can always look forward to Wake County Human Services implementing new and exciting enhancements to our services and programs.
Cooperative Extension represents a partnership between the land-grant universities in North Carolina, NC State and A&T State Universities and local government. The partnership established more than 100 years ago was intended to bring the research based and non-formal educational capacity of the land grant university to the people to improve the lives, land and economy in that area. As a whole, Extension’s programs are geared towards the development of agriculture and natural resources, strengthening food systems, including nutrition education and youth development. The unit deploys 34 staff across these four program areas, countywide serving more than 85,000 residents in Wake County.
Wake County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, which is responsible for enacting policies such as adopting the annual budget, setting the property tax rate and land use and zoning regulation. The Commission also determines the County’s strategic goals and objectives. The Commission appoints the County Manager, who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of all County departments and agencies. The County’s FY17 operating budget is $1.26 billion.
Wake County's 4,000 employees enjoy competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, generous paid leave, investment in professional development, and a balance of work and family life. We offer a diverse selection of benefits to choose from, allowing employees to customize their benefits package to meet their family’s unique needs. Our comprehensive benefits package and wellness programs are the rewards that go beyond the paycheck, and include:
Two on-site Employee Health Centers
Choice of medical, dental and vision plans Participation in the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS)
5% Employer Contribution to NC 401k
Voluntary Benefits such as accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity insurance
Employee Assistance Program offering social, emotional, financial and legal support
The County also offers a generous paid leave program that includes sick, annual, community service, parental, military and bereavement leave. These benefits, along with our award-winning wellness programs, set us apart as an employer of choice and affirm our commitment to supporting employees and their families, both inside and outside of work.
Wake County, North Carolina offers an outstanding opportunity for an experienced human resources professional who will enjoy a professional challenge and an unbeatable quality of life. The next Employee Relations Manager will enjoy a quality of life defined by natural beauty, a pleasant climate and a vibrant mix of cultural and recreational amenities. Offering a diverse culture, abundant natural resources and strong economy, Wake County is known nationally as a great place to live, work and play and has consistently received accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune and Time magazines.
Shared Vision : Ability to cultivate shared vision among diverse stake holder for community transformation.
Community Transformation : Knowledge of research-based community transformation models applied to vulnerable communities.
Shared Measurement System : Knowledge of initiating shared measurement at a community or system level.
Analytical Thinking: Ability to identify issues, obtains relevant information, relate and compare data from different sources, and identify alternative solutions.
Building Partnerships: Ability to develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals. Ability to identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships
Change Management: Ability to plan and implement change initiatives. Ability to support innovation and creativity by encouraging staff to accept and resolve challenges. Ability to remain flexible to meet constantly changing and sometimes opposing demands
Coaching/Mentoring: Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help an employee or groups of employees strengthen their knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish a task or solve a problem, which in turn should improve job performance.
Communication: Ability to present information to individuals or groups; ability to deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to groups or individuals either verbally or in writing to ensure that they understand the information and the message. Ability to listens and respond appropriately to others.
Decision Making: Knowledge of and ability to use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions and/or reaching conclusions. Ability to take action consistent with available facts, constraints, and anticipated consequences.
Leadership: Skill and ability in coordinating, facilitating, and participating in a collaborative approach to the completion of tasks or assignments.
Negotiation: Ability to confer with others to reach resolution. Ability to explore alternatives and positions to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties.
Program Management: Ability to coordinate and administer programs, activities and protocols. Ability to manage resources, monitor activities and assess environmental risks and quality control associated with the program.
Accountability: Ability to be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of responsibility are completed in a timely manner. Ability to monitor programs and/or activities and take corrective action when necessary.
Initiative: Ability to take prompt action to accomplish objectives. Ability to take action to achieve goals beyond what is required. Ability to be proactive.
Objectivity: Ability to make decisions without regard to that personal prejudices, biases, and experiences.
Valuing Diversity: Ability to recognize and respect the value of individual differences at all levels of the organization. Ability to provide employment and development opportunities equitably o support a diverse workforce.
Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, Health or related field and five (5) years of experience related to the area of employment
Preferred Qualifications (in addition to minimum requirements)
Position requires comprehensive knowledge of the local food system, both the social & economic challenges and opportunities associated with the strengthening all areas of the food system as well as linkages to addressing food security and health disparities. Applicants should have excellent communication skills, written and verbal; should be a skilled facilitator, knowledgeable of collective impact, shared measurement and be comfortable in the field with farmers & producers, in the community center working with multiple partners to develop a common agenda and in the board room articulating the purpose and promise associated with it.
Home to the State Capital, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and the second-most populous county in the state, with approximately 1,000,000 residents. The County has received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as Money, Fortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live, work and play. The central location of the Co...unty allows for a short drive to the spectacular mountains or coast. Wake County Government is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected at-large to serve four-year terms. Wake County Government has a general operating budget of $1.063 billion, employs approximately 3,800 employees, experiences minimal turnover, and is an award -winning leader in wellness and technology initiatives; such as offering employees and covered spouses free access to the Employee Health Center. Wake County Government offers a wide range of training and development opportunities, a stable career in public service with a balance of work and family life, flexible work schedules and a competitive salary and benefits package.