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Program Assistant Nutrition SFV North Hollywood

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | San Fernando Valley, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 0 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond.  Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.  Children receive health and dental services and have access to ongoing and acute and routine health and dental care. Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups.  Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.

Cities served include: Carson, Commerce, Compton, Culver City, Del Rey, East Los Angeles, El Segundo, Harbor City, Hawthorne, South Central Los Angeles, Lomita, Lynwood, Mar Vista, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Palms, Paramount, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, South Central Los Angeles, South LA, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Torrance, Tujunga, Val Verde, Valencia, Valley Village, Wilmington.


The Program Assistant I – Nutrition, provides administrative support for implementation of a nutrition services programs for families and children.   This position provides collaborative planning in conjunction with other support groups and agencies in meeting needs of families.


Nutrition Program Tasks:

  • Under the direction of the Nutrition Coordinator, conduct in-person or online Nutrition classes for parents.
  • Monitor assigned sites for compliance with USDA/Child and Adult Care Food Program regulations. Ensures
  • Work with family advocates to ensure proper case management and follow-up with families who have children with nutritional risks.
  • Provide technical assistance for site staff regarding meals, Nutrition screenings, and growth assessessments
  • Conduct Growth assessments for all children within their assigned caseload
  • Maintain continuing education in the areas of Nutrition, Head Start performance standards, and USDA regulations.

Administrative Tasks:


  • Assist with record keeping of files and monitor family files within an assigned caseload.
  • Must use a computerized data system to input, retrieve and update required data.
  • Establish formal and effective lines of communication between staff in order to facilitate coordination and efficient flow of communication.



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.


  • Minimum of one year of relevant experience in social work, case management in health, disabilities, mental health or parent involvement. (Associate of Arts degree in Social Services or related field can be used in place of the one year experience)


  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to individuals and families of low socioeconomic backgrounds.


  • Proficiency with computer, including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with using a database program such as Child Plus


  • Demonstrates excellent organizational skill and attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Strong customer service focus
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse population
  • Accurate data management, documentation and recordkeeping skills
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with and without reasonable accommodation including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.


  • Must be flexible, and able to work weekends and after hours
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Dependable, collaborative, have regular/dependable attendance, be prompt, positive mindset, flexible, organized.
  • Excellent time management.
  • Ability to maintain family confidentiality.


  • A.A Degree in Social Services or related field
  • Knowledge of Early Head Start/Head Start program.
  • Experience with Child Plus
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid Car Insurance
  • Reliable Vehicle

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.