Hunger Intervention program (HIP) is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA member who will be our Food Security Awareness Champion. Apply If you are interested or share this with anyone who might be interested in this role. This is a great opportunity to champion the cause of food security in the north-end of Seattle, especially reaching out to underserved populations. This is a full time (40 hours/week) position for one year.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develop an enhanced outreach strategy for each of HIP’s meal programs, specifically focusing on reaching out to underserved communities
- Build connection with schools and other community organizations
- Use various social media channels effectively to reach out to more teens and underserved communities
- Do outreach and coordinate youth activities for HIP’s Summer Meals program to increase participation
- Organize outreach and awareness events
- Coordinate group volunteering activities including Holiday food drive(s)
- Re-design HIP’s volunteer management system integrating with existing database
- Connect with HIP program participants to collect stories and contribute to HIP’s newsletters
- Gather and analyze program data
- Closely track participation data for different programs and evaluate effectiveness periodically
- Research and analyze community demographic data and trends correlating those with HIP program data
- Excellent oral and written skills and ease in talking to the public.
- Excellent computer skills and confident about using new technologies
- Experience in systematically collecting and analyzing data
- Passion for working with 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.
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Be able to exhibit previous education, training, military, or work experience, and any other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment. VISTA requires applicants to have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
- Be willing, to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects.
- 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 $1,069/month (before taxes)
- Health benefits in compliance with the minimum coverage standards of the ACA
- End of Service Award: $5,730 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend
- Student loan deferment or forbearance
- Childcare assistance
- 10 days of sick leave, 10 days of vacation leave
- Professional work experience
- In-service training
- One year of non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs
- Orca pass
How to Apply
Please send a letter of interest and resume to Tiffany Anderson,firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate that you are interested in Hunger Intervention Program’s position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first round review beginning Monday, November 16. Please submit application materials as soon as possible for consideration, but no later than November 27th, 2015.