Health & Nutrition Manager

For Head Start & Early Head Start, 35 hrs. per wk. Gloucester/Beverly/Salem

The Health & Nutrition Manager has the overall responsibility to ensure that health and nutrition services for young children are being provided. He/she will ensure that all early childhood health/nutrition standards are being met according to Office of Head Start and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (USDA) regulations. This position works as part of a program management team, supervises the health staff, connects with community health agencies and providers to ensure timeliness of services for children, and must work with families to engage them in advocating for their child’s health and nutritional well-being. The Health/Nutrition Manager must be organized, able to meet deadlines and must work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.

Essential Job Functions


  • Organizes meetings, workshops and trainings in health and nutrition for program staff.
  • Attends inter-disciplinary team meetings, manager’s meetings, and other staff meetings on a regular basis.
  • Maintains accurate documentation of parent contacts and community contacts.
  • Ensures participation in multidisciplinary team meetings.
  • Ensures the development of Individualized Health plans and Meal plans for children in collaboration with medical providers, nutritionists, and parents
  • Coordinates the annual component evaluations and revision of the component plans with staff and parents.
  • Attends health/nutrition meetings at the state level.
  • Provides guidance, supervision, and support to center health aides and the Health Coordinator through monthly group meetings and individual consultations.

Health Services:

  • Generates clear and professional written materials and tracks progress of required assessments, screening, referrals, and follow up.
  • Oversees the process of screenings and assessments of children as specified by Head Start Performance Standards and all regulatory agencies.
  • Ensures that all child screenings are carried out within the mandated time frame.
  • Ensures the establishment and maintenance of individual health and dental records for each child.
  • Ensures that parents whose children have special health and nutritional needs are provided with education and support.
  • Ensures the referral and treatment of all children for health and nutrition concerns, immunization, dental exams, and dental treatments.
  • Utilizes tracking systems for all screenings and for referrals of children.
  • Organizes the Head Start Health Advisory in conjunction with the Head Start Director.

Nutrition Services:

  • Oversees the program’s participation with the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Early Head Start, Head Start, and School Age Classrooms
  • Works with food contractors and provides support to Pathways Food Manager to ensure that Head Start nutrition standards are met.
  • Responsible for menus and individual dietary meal modification plans for children ensuring that all plans meet USDA health/nutrition guidelines and that food substitutions are authorized by certified professionals
  • Monitors compliance with the CACFP grant requirements including program observations and trainings.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related field with certification or experience in public health, nutrition, nursing, health education, or child health.

Experience working with children and families in a health or nutrition related field.                           

Preferred:  Registered Dietician or Nutritionist

Proficient with technological systems such as Microsoft WORD, EXCEL, and Outlook.  Ability to work at a desk and computer terminal for extended periods of time.   Must possess a valid MA driver’s license and be willing to travel between centers.              

Excellent benefits:  Health, Dental, Short-Term Disability and Life insurances. 401(k) and Roth retirement plans. Earned Time Off (sick, vacation and personal), Paid Holidays.

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