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Become an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the nation’s forefront anti-hunger VISTA program
Lead people who combat hunger across the country.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders act as guides and mentors to VISTA members while building their skills as professionals in the nonprofit sector.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader based in either Denver or Austin,* you’ll recruit, mentor, train and manage AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to AmeriCorps) members at anti-hunger nonprofits throughout the United States, while learning the ins and outs of program management. With a focus on communications management or fund development, you will be an integral part of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) team, a project of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. You’ll have opportunities to travel to partner sites and trainings across the country, meet your specific professional development goals and gain valuable management and leadership skills for the nonprofit sector.
Please note: You MUST have successfully completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service term to qualify for this position.
❖ You’ll manage approximately 18 - 25 VISTAs in your geographical region, by supporting, mentoring, training and connecting them to resources and each other.
❖ You’ll liaise between members, supervisors and program staff.
❖ You’ll compile reporting information on the program impact.
❖ You’ll convene members by conducting individual check-ins, bi-monthly virtual meetings, and potentially, site visits.
❖ You’ll be responsible for an AHOC program goal, either communications OR resource development.
❖ You’ll also specialize in a VISTA program goal. Develop a training curriculum and become an “expert” on either Fundraising and Development OR Communications and Social Media.
❖ You will commit to serving with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA for one full year.
*This VISTA Leader will work remotely out of one of our anti-hunger partner organizations; you’ll choose either Share Our Strength Colorado in Denver, CO or the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in Austin, TX.
❖ You have successfully completed one full-year term of AmeriCorps VISTA. No exceptions.
❖ You have demonstrated exemplary skills and leadership in community service.
❖ You have successfully earned a Bachelor’s degree.
❖ You’re a communicator. You keep everyone in the know; you know when to ask questions, when to speak up and when to listen.
❖ You’re a team player with strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
❖ You love to travel.
❖ You’re familiar with USDA FNS programs and you have experience in anti-hunger, food justice or economic development.
❖ You have experience working with diverse populations, you’re culturally sensitive and can apply an equity lens to almost anything.
❖ You have exceptional organization and project management skills.
❖ You get things done. You follow through on every job, and you live for deadlines. You take initiative on projects and you know how to bring people together. You’re a multitasking machine.
❖ You're a problem solver and a strategic thinker.
❖ You have a passion for social justice, alleviating poverty and ending hunger.
❖ Living stipend of $1,146 or $1,183 per month, depending on location.
❖ One-time housing assistance of $700-800, depending on location.
❖ Upon completion of service, choose the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of $5,645 payable to a lender of educational institute or to be used for future schooling up to seven years after service OR a cash stipend of $3,000.
❖ Relocation allowance, if eligible.
❖ Professional development (we promise, we take this seriously).
❖ Opportunities to travel throughout the country (amount depends on funding of program).
❖ Health coverage (AmeriCorps Seven Corners; does not meet the ACA requirements).
❖ Childcare assistance, if eligible.
This position will start in September or October, 2014. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position is opened until filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Associate Director, Ella Fowler at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
About the Anti-Hunger Opportunity Corps and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger:
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), in conjunction with some of the nation’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations, has begun its fourth year of the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC), a multi-state, 128-member AmeriCorps VISTA program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and the Walmart Foundation.
This program engages AmeriCorps VISTA members and partnering organizations in NYCCAH’s mission of “moving families beyond the soup kitchen” by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods via benefit utilization, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), the Summer Food Service Program and others.
AHOC members work with anti-hunger organizations in building their capacity and sustainability to ensure programs continue long after the VISTA members serve their term. Often, projects worked on by VISTA members include some of the following: writing grants and/or assisting in fundraising activities; recruiting, training, and managing volunteers; convening community members to survey effectiveness of programs; training organizational staff to provide nutrition education awareness; enhancing awareness of programs by engaging community members in educational opportunities and much more.
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports and advocates on behalf of the more than 1,100 soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the nearly 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers who live in households that cannot afford enough food. The Coalition works to meet the immediate food needs of low-income New Yorkers and enact innovative solutions to help society move "beyond the soup kitchen." The Coalition advances its mission both locally and nationally through: Policy Advocacy and Research; Increasing Access to Food and Benefits; Media and Communications; and Strategic Volunteerism.
In 2012, NYCCAH launched a nationwide strategic volunteer program, Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service, to revolutionize the way people think and act about volunteering to fight hunger, in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of service. The program engages individuals, nonprofits, civic organizations, youth groups, congregations, businesses and government agencies in focused efforts to end hunger and build nonprofit organizational capacity long-term. It seeks to move volunteers beyond food drives and direct meal service around the holidays, in order to engage in more focused and effective activities to reduce hunger, such as to increase participation in federal nutrition assistance programs (such as SNAP and the School Breakfast Program) and activities to advocate for improved government policies to reduce hunger. More information about this effort is available at: www.hungervolunteer.org
We are seeking a full-time Volunteer Coordinator, based in New York City, who is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers locally to engage in SNAP (food stamps) outreach and other high-impact service activities; maintaining volunteer program processes and database; and supporting national efforts to engage volunteers in SNAP outreach and other activities.
The Volunteer Coordinator will:
- Conduct volunteer recruitment, intake, and management processes for SNAP outreach and other activities to support NYCCAH’s work.
- Develop relationships with schools, businesses, community groups, and others to recruit and engage volunteers in individual and group projects.
- Manage volunteer matching system on www.hungervolunteer.org and postings on other sites (e.g. Idealist.org; NYC Service), and respond to user inquiries.
- Maintain volunteer tracking system – track volunteer placement, hours, and activities at NYCCAH and with program partners, as well as track progress towards meeting program benchmarks for grant reports and other materials.
- Coordinate annual MLK Day Serve-a-Thon, which engages hundreds of volunteers in anti-hunger service activities across the city each January.
- Update Emergency Food Program database with current volunteer needs and opportunities, to assist with volunteer placement and referrals with partner organizations.
- Facilitate volunteer orientations and trainings, and lead volunteer outreach activities in community locations around the city.
- Regularly communicate with volunteers about volunteer activities, and recognize volunteers for their service.
- Support local food pantries and soup kitchens to recruit and manage volunteers for their programs.
- Assist Director of Strategic Volunteerism & Child Nutrition to develop resources and tools for volunteer managers, as part of the national strategic volunteerism initiative.
- Collaborate with Communications Director on updating volunteer webpage on www.nyccah.org and increasing use of social media to communicate about volunteer opportunities.
- Develop outreach and recruitment materials for volunteer activities.
- Draft, edit, and disseminate monthly NYCCAH communications to volunteer listserv.
· Carry out other duties, as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of experience, or a HS diploma or equivalent and 3-4 years of experience, in volunteer management, community engagement, and/or program coordination.
· Experience recruiting and managing volunteers in diverse activities; and experience organizing events.
- Outgoing, engaging personality; strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences, including students, corporations, volunteers, nonprofit leaders, and other external groups.
- Proven ability to communicate and collaborate professionally and effectively with diverse stakeholders.
- Proficient to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite programs, particularly Excel; and social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Commitment to, and passion about, NYCCAH’s mission to end hunger in New York City and nationwide.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be competitive with other similar positions in nonprofit organizations. NYCCAH offers significant benefits to all full-time employees, including a strong health insurance plan. Employees also receive generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. In addition, employees have opportunities for training and professional development in their work for one of the nation’s most respected and innovative anti-hunger organizations.
How to Apply:
To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for this specific position to Rebekah Gowler, Director of Strategic Volunteerism & Child Nutrition, at:
Please use e-mail subject line, “Volunteer Coordinator.”
You can also mail your application materials to:
Mail: Rebekah Gowler
Director of Strategic Volunteerism & Child Nutrition
NYC Coalition Against Hunger
50 Broad St, Suite 1520
New York, New York, 10004
The Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. People of all races, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, economic and social backgrounds, genders, physical abilities, and national origins are strongly encouraged to apply.
The position is open until filled.