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AmeriCorps VISTA/Summer Internship Opportunity: Summer Meals Outreach Associate

About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:

The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Walmart Foundation, and managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Participants in AHOC work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to nutrition assistance programs for Americans in need. 

About New York City Coalition Against Hunger:

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 Volunteerism.

Position Description:

New York City Coalition Against Hunger, in partnership on the AHOC AmeriCorps VISTA program, is seeking a qualified candidate to assist in the implementation, access, and quality of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and improve access to nutritious food to Summer Food Service Program participants and families.

The Summer Meals Outreach Associate will:

·         Research participating neighborhoods across NYC

·         Create and distribute culturally-appropriate summer meals outreach materials

·         Perform community outreach for the summer meals program

·         Recruit and manage summer meals outreach volunteers

·         Perform other activities in collaboration with NYCCAH staff and community partners, as needed

Time Commitment:

This is a short-term, full-time position beginning May 26, 2015 and lasting through August 3, 2015. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment are strictly prohibited - no exceptions – as well as adhere to some political and religious constraints.  For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here - http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM

Housing:

You are responsible for finding your own housing.  No housing allowance will be provided.

Program Benefits:

     $1,276 biweekly living allowance

     Education award ($1,212) or end-of-service cash stipend (~$250)

     A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Christine Binder, Director of Child Nutrition Policy and Programs, at cbinder@nyccah.org. Applications are rolling. To be considered, applications must be received by April 16th, 2015.

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 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.

Responsibilities:

    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.

Must-haves:

    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.

Ideally:

    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.

Benefits:

    Living stipend

    One-time housing assistance of $700-800, depending on location.

    Upon completion of service, choose the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of $5,730 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 March 2015. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position is opened until filled. To apply, please go to https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=38787&fromSearch=true and complete the application. No phone calls please. 

Job Announcement

Recruitment Assistant

 

Background:

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) is seeking a full-time, temporary, Recruitment Assistant based in New York, NY, who is responsible for providing support to the recruitment efforts for the full-year, 70+ member  national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps AmeriCorps (AHOC) VISTA  program. This position reports directly to the Associate Director in charge of recruitment.

NYCCAH represents and is the voice for the more than 1,100 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers who live in households that can’t afford enough food. NYCCAH works not only to meet these residents’ immediate food needs but also to enact innovative policy solutions to help society move “beyond the soup kitchen” to ensure economic and food self-sufficiency for all Americans. In the last few years, NYCCAH has launched nationwide AmeriCorps VISTA and strategic volunteerism projects to fight hunger in over 30 states from coast-to-coast, and now also runs a National Hunger Clearinghouse on behalf of USDA.

NYCCAH’s nationwide AmeriCorps VISTA program, the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, aims to partner with some of the nation’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in the fight against hunger by engaging Americans in NYCCAH’s mission of “moving society beyond the soup kitchen” by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods via benefit utilization, including SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamps program), the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and others.  Participants in the Summer Associate program build partner organizations’ capacity and sustainability, as well as provide some direct services, in support of nutrition education, SNAP, SFSP and other anti-hunger programs.

 

Responsibilities:

·         Supervise AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders as their role relates to the recruitment of AmeriCorps VISTA members

·         Assist with the coordination and implementation of recruitment strategies

·         Schedule interviews with suitable candidates

·         Assist in screening eligible candidates

·         Monitor multiple applicant tracking systems

·         Research and compile list of  recruitment advertisement sites

·         Coordinate recruitment  needs and match with resources

·         Ensure completion of the AHOC placement survey, Mock Budget, Terms Condition and Benefits form, and other documents

·         Carry out other duties, as assigned

Qualifications:

§  Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

§  At least 2 years’ experience in volunteer management, program development and management, and/or working with AmeriCorps VISTA program required.

§  Knowledge of common staff or volunteer recruitment strategies.

§  Familiarity with common social media platforms, and ability to promote programs across multiple platforms.

§  Knowledge of federal nutrition programs, including the Summer Food Service Program and SNAP (formerly, food stamps), and some knowledge of nutrition education a plus.

§  Strong organizational and project management skills, with proven ability to multi-task effectively.

§  Commitment to, and passion about, NYCCAH’s mission to end hunger in New York City and nationwide.

§  Outgoing, engaging personality.

§  Excellent written and verbal communications skills for a variety of audiences.

§  Proven ability to collaborate professionally and effectively with diverse stakeholders.

§  Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.

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.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a position paid by the hour or part of hour worked, rather than by salary.  An ideal candidate is able to commit to this full-time, temporary opportunity which is scheduled to begin in mid-April and conclude in mid-June.

This position will be competitive with similar positions in nonprofit organizations. NYCCAH offers significant benefits to 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 Vicky Dumbuya, vdumbuya@nyccah.org.

Please mark your e-mail subject line, “Recruitment Assistant, AmeriCorps VISTA Program” The position is open until filled.

 INTERNSHIPS

“Thank you for your interest in NYCCAH. Unfortunately the only positions available at NYCCAH are those found on our website. If you are interested in one of those positions, please apply per the job description on the website. However if no position is available in your area of interest, there are many opportunities to volunteer to end hunger in America. Please visit Hungervolunteer.org or contact us at volunteer@nyccah.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.”