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Minuteman Senior Services Nutrition Program Assistant (Part-time with Benefits) in Bedford, Massachusetts

Position ​Summary:

The Nutrition Program Assistant assures the smooth operation of a senior dining site and is a substitute in the absence of a regular Dining Coordinator, Route Coordinator, Home Delivered Meals Driver, or the Daily Operations Coordinator in our Bedford office. On any given day, the Nutrition Program Assistant may cover any of our twelve Dining and Home Delivered Meal sites, or our office in Bedford, MA.

This is a great job for someone who:

  • is looking for part-time hours

  • enjoys working with elders

  • has a car and is willing to drive to any of the towns we serve and work in any of our dining sites including Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn.

Schedule:

  • Monday – Friday

  • Hours may vary between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. based on need.

  • 17.5 hours per week guaranteed and could be up to 20 hours depending on assigned meal site.

  • Prorated benefits are available

Note: Due to COVID, we have temporarily suspended our congregate dining but still operate the Meals on Wheels Program and "pick up and pay" out of the sites.

This important year-round position requires great flexibility as assignments are based on need and may be subject to change from day to day.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a warm and welcoming dining experience for seniors and disabled adults in a community setting such as a senior center or public housing.

  • Oversee the daily operations established by the assigned site's Dining Coordinator.

  • Maintain volunteer schedules established by the Dining Coordinator.

  • Deliver meals in the event a driver is not available.

  • Carry out food handling practices and procedures for dining and Meals on Wheels that adhere to agency standards and local fire, health, sanitation, and safety codes.

  • Keep required records and statistics and oversee the counting and deposit of donations. Submit all reports as needed.

  • Wear Minuteman identification including photo ID/name badge and a Minuteman apron at the site.

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions.

  • Display a consistently positive, cooperative, self-motivated, courteous, and professional attitude while working as a team member and pitching in as necessary.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • High school graduate, or GED or equivalent in experience in community or social group work (paid or unpaid);

  • Sensitivity to the needs of seniors and disabled adults;

  • Ability to establish a good working relationship with participants and co-workers;

  • Flexibility to switch gears based on the day-to-day needs of the Nutrition Program to accommodate planned vacations and the occasional unplanned absence of staff;

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a working, insured car. GPS is highly recommended;

  • Must be able to lift bags/coolers weighing a maximum of 35 lbs;

  • Familiarity with Minuteman Senior Services’ service area preferred. Our service area includes: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn;

  • Computer literacy to occasionally assist with office work preferred.

Competencies needed:

  • Problem Solving—identifies and resolves problems in a timely in conversation with the Nutrition Program Director

  • Customer Service Skills – demonstrates good listening skills, self-control, empathy, humor and positivity.

  • Oral Communication— Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both face-to-face and on the phone skills, using good judgment, speaks clearly and empathetically in positive or negative situations.

  • Planning/organizing—prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, has strong organizational and problem-solving skills.

  • Quality Control—demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility—adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and able to deal with change, delays or unexpected events.

  • Dependability—consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

About Us

For over 45 years Minuteman Senior Services has been helping older and disabled adults age with independence and dignity in the setting of their choice which is most often their own homes and communities. We have been supporting caregivers, local and long distance, who want to do the right thing for their loved ones and need help and advice as they balance the competing demands of family, work and self.

We offer over 20 programs and services and are continually improving and expanding. Our consumers give us very high marks as do our professional colleagues and that is very important to us. With over 140 employees, 900+ volunteers and over 70 subcontracted service providers that make up our vendor network we bring a lot of expertise, experience and resources.

Learn more by visiting our website: https://www.minutemansenior.org

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