That is right! Hunger Intervention program (HIP) is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member who will be our Food Security Awareness Champion next year. This is a full time (40 hours/week) position for one year starting end of February 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in gaining a well-rounded experience in different aspects of nonprofit operations and taking a leadership role in advancing food justice in north King County.
Are you the right person? Or do you know anyone who might be a good fit? Please let us know! See the complete job description below.
Wondering what it’s like to work at HIP as an AmeriCorps VISTA? You can read what our last year’s VISTA, Stephen, had to say about his time at HIP. Ty, our current VISTA says: “My term was full of meaningful tasks that not every Vista gets to experience. I am glad I got accepted to an organization that gave me the freedom to work hard for food sovereignty in our local community, with results I could see.”
Are you ready to join the best team ever? Them read on and apply today!
Food Security Awareness Champion (AmeriCorps VISTA position)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead awareness and outreach activities and events specifically focusing on reaching out to underserved communities
- Help launch a new program focusing on minority communities
- Manage HIP’s social media and email marketing
- Coordinate outreach and youth activities for HIP’s Summer Meals program to increase participation
- Help with volunteer coordination and specifically group volunteering activities
- Develop new curriculum for food justice workshops
- Fine tune processes to increase HIP’s fundraising effectiveness
- Passion for food and food justice issues
- Excellent oral and written skills and ease in talking to the public
- Excellent computer skills and comfortable using Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, online blogs, and basic website skills
- Well organized about collecting and recoding data
- Passion for working with people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
- Demonstrated ability to serve independently and as a team member with a diverse set of people
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable to unexpected situations.
- Detail oriented, and able to successfully multi-task
- Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages a plus
- Able to safely lift 50 pounds, reach, bend, stand or kneel repeatedly and for longer hours
- Current Washington State driver’s license and a clean driving record
VISTA Program Eligibility
- Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.
- Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. F-1 visas are not sufficient.
- Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.
- Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility.
- Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.
- Have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
- Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot enroll in school except in limited circumstances or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation. VISTAs may have additional employment outside of AmeriCorps but this employment should not interfere with the VISTA project.
Compensation and Benefits
- Living allowance: Approximately $1,466/month (before taxes)
- Health benefits in compliance with the minimum coverage standards of the ACA
- End of Service Award: $5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend
- Student loan deferment or forbearance on qualified (federally-backed) loans; private loans are not eligible for this benefit
- Childcare assistance
- 10 days of sick leave, 10 days of vacation leave, plus federal holidays
- Enrollment in an assistance program with access to 24-hour phone counseling
- Professional work experience
- In-service training resources
- Non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs for one year after service
- ORCA LIFT transit pass
How to Apply
Please email your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested specifically in this position at HIP and your experience with food security issues. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. Please submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration, but no later than December 15th, 2017.