Student-Powered Hunger Relief

The Campus Kitchens Project AmeriCorps VISTA

The Campus Kitchen Project, in partnership with Hunger Free America, is seeking a full year AmeriCorps VISTA member based in our Washington, DC headquarters to help us grow the organization’s capacity to develop and deliver programs to combat on-campus hunger, SNAP, and SNAP E&T outreach; develop and maintain partnerships with state and national organizations; and develop enhanced resources around volunteer recruitment and retention. AmeriCorps VISTA positions are designed to enhance organizational capacity, but are not direct service roles. The VISTA will report to and support the Associate Director of Training and Evaluation in developing and improving resources for community outreach to be used by Campus Kitchens across the nation. Some activities will include collaborating with CKP staff and with VISTA members working at our other locations across the country to identify emerging best practices, so the position is a great opportunity for those who enjoy working as part of a national team and gaining experience in developing impactful nonprofit programs.

Time Commitment

This is a one year, full-time position beginning in July 2017. During this year of service, you are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. AmeriCorps members must adhere to some limitations on political and religious activities. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – https://www.vistacampus.gov/.

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing. Hunger Free America offers a small housing assistance of no more than $400 per service year to its members; however, members will need to fund their own housing outside of Hunger Free America’s assistance.

Program Benefits:

  • $1,333 Living allowance, paid biweekly
  • Segal Education Award ($5,815) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits
  • Housing or alternative assistance of up to $400
  • Training support up to $500
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position presents a unique opportunity to work with Campus Kitchens across the country, in addition to collaborating with local partners, to identify best practices for volunteer recruitment, SNAP outreach, and addressing on-campus hunger that can be shared throughout our network and result in the adoption of these promising programs nationwide. The VISTA will build upon existing best practice resources, create training videos, and skills-based learning activities. The VISTA will coordinate a monthly webinar series for all AmeriCorps members and Fellows serving at Campus Kitchens nationally, and will play a key role in developing partnerships, and revising and creating resources for our national community engagement platform, the Campus Kitchen Center.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Other Duties: Attend weekly DC team meetings and HFA team meetings as needed. Attend bi-weekly all staff meetings as needed. Complete timely reports for AmeriCorps and our partners at HFA, who administer this national cohort of VISTA positions.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Informed and concerned about issues of poverty, hunger, food security, food justice
  • Dedicated to promoting long-term food security of low-income population nationwide
  • Empathetic, compassionate, respectful toward people living in low-income situations and struggling to make ends meet
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, and organization skills
  • Ability to identify needs and take initiative
  • Comfortable giving presentations and facilitating discussions
  • Ability to exercise high levels of independent judgment
  • High level of comfort with the Internet and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word).
  • Familiarity with webinar software, or willingness to learn
  • Familiarity with basic design and layout software for creating presentable resource materials, or willingness to learn

Qualifications/education requirements

REQUIRED

  • Experience working on collaborative community initiatives with a focus on food, nutrition, healthy living, etc., ideally with low-income populations
  • General understanding of AmeriCorps service and the limitations of the living stipend provided; motivation to work for the mission for the entirety of the service assignment

PREFERRED

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Background in health and nutrition; education; community service; social work; or related field
  • Experience with volunteer management or service learning, familiarity with the SNAP program, or willingness to learn
  • Experience developing collaborative community partnerships

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs., comfortable with strenuous outdoor activity. Moderate physical activity required.

Email resume and cover letter to Laura Toscano at ltoscano@campuskitchens.org by April 17, 2017. It is to your advantage to apply early as candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will also be required to complete an application on the AmeriCorps website as part of the application process.

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