HIP is recruiting for 2017-18 AmeriCorps positions

IMG_6812 (800x600)It’s not that time to say goodbye to Sam and Grace yet, but we are in the process of recruiting our new AmeriCorps members for next program year (2017-18). If you know anyone who is passionate about food and want to share that love to end hunger, send them our way! You can see the full job description with roles and responsibilities below. Please share on your network and help us get the best candidates there are. We would love to recruit members from local communities.

Sam and Grace have done an amazing work coordinating our Healthy HIP Packs Program, running Cooking Matters classes, and so much more. Their work has provided year-long nutritious weekend food to more than 200 children. They have helped hundreds of people eat healthy meals, discover the joy of cooking, and shop smart with a low budget. They are a huge part of our success at HIP. That is why we were so horrified when we saw that the AmeriCorps program is being completely eliminated in the proposed FY 2018 federal budget from the White House. However, congress has the power to protect this program. But they must hear from us. Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect funding for national service. Let them know how important these programs are to us and your community.

 

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The 2017-18 HIP AmeriCorps Nutrition Program Coordinator will play an integral role at HIP, providing direct services to the Lake City and greater North Seattle communities. This position requires a proactive, motivated, well-organized and culturally competent individual with the ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds. The AmeriCorps member will participate in our Healthy HIP Packs program, Cooking Matters classes, Summer Meals as well as other organization activities.

HEALTHY HIP PACKS PROGRAM (35%)

This program provides healthy meals to families that struggle to access enough food for their children when school meals are not available during the weekends. Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with monthly planning including but not limited to maintaining inventory, planning menu, and compiling food needs and finalizing packs for distribution each week.
  • Coordinate two monthly packing parties including but not limited to communicating with volunteers, ensuring equipment and materials are available, overseeing clean up and proper storage.
  • Create weekly newsletter and additional materials for HIP Packs.
  • Communicate regularly with school contacts, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Assist with fundraising projects for program expansion (to comprise no more than 10% of member’s total hours).

Nutrition Education (35%)

HIP offers a comprehensive nutrition class series to local families, through Cooking Matters/Share Your Strength. This program helps families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. In 2016-17 program year, HIP plans to expand this program. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate with host sites all the logistics and participant recruitment
  • Recruit volunteers for each class, coordinate, and assist with training
  • Prepare menus, procuring food, and planning each class activities
  • Coordinate the classes
  • Conduct surveys and do reporting

SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM (20%)

Every summer, HIP provides free meals to kids and teens, at multiple locations in the North Seattle and Shoreline area, along with many child-friendly activities in partnership with many other local organizations. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment and training for the Summer Meals Program
  • Assign volunteer duties for meal sites and meal prep and supervise volunteers
  • Provide support for Summer Meals preparation, outreach, and delivery as required.
  • Assist with nutrition focused activities for kids and youth at meal sites.

GENERAL HIP DUTIES (10%)

In addition to the above mentioned programs, the AmeriCorps members will be serving with other HIP staff in a variety of roles including volunteer recruitment, reporting, fundraising, donor outreach, and food procurement and storage related to their programs. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Serve alongside volunteers, maintain volunteer data and assist with volunteer recruitment.
  • Assist HIP staff with food ordering, tracking, storage and menu planning.
  • Ensure the safety of food and comply with local health and safety standards
  • Assist with food preparation as needed
  • Ensure food and supplies are properly stored and maintained.
  • Assist with senior meals program as needed
  • Contribute to organizational outreach including mailings and social media presence specific to their program
  • Additional duties as required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of cooking, following recipes and how to ‘troubleshoot’ food production issues.
  • Familiarity with food production equipment.
  • Demonstrated food safety and sanitation knowledge.
  • Passion for serving diverse clients, staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable to unexpected situations.
  • Excellent oral and written skills and ease in talking to the public.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Well organized, detail oriented, and able to successfully multi-task.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages a plus.
  • Must be able to safely lift 50 pounds, reach, bend, stand or kneel repeatedly.
  • Must have or obtain a current Washington State Food Handler’s Permit.
  • Must pass the Washington State Patrol background check and FBI check.
  • Must have a current Washington State Driver’s License, clean driving record, and current liability insurance.
  • Must be between 18 to 25 years of age at start of service term.

HOURS REQUIREMENT, STIPEND, & BENEFITS

This is a full time AmeriCorps volunteer position with the Washington Service Corps. It is a 10 ½ month position with a 1700 hours requirement (average of 40 hours per week). Member will receive the following benefits:

  • Living stipend of $1,202.86 (before taxes) per month (provided by WSC)
  • AmeriCorps health insurance
  • Subsidized child care if qualified
  • Training opportunities
  • A $5,815 Education Award provided by National Service Trust upon successful completion of the member’s term of service and 1700 hours of service
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans)

COMPENSATION this is a volunteer position with living stipend from WSC (see above)

HOW TO APPLY

Online at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=62251

Please apply online following the link above. In addition, also fill out this short form specific to the position at HIP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGh6tmGGsz5X5Jj9oVi5NH_34lVlp2LEUtKi8COvw915tNfg/viewform.

We are accepting applicants on a rolling basis and the positions are open until filled.

 

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