AmeriCorps VISTA Position with Food Literacy Project!
Seeking Applicants for 12-month AmeriCorps VISTA Position at the Food Literacy Project - Application Deadline Sep 18, 2013
• JOB OPENING: AmeriCorps VISTA Resource Development Coordinator
• TERMS: Full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position beginning in November 2013 and ending in November 2014.
The Food Literacy Project is a nonprofit education partner to a local vegetable farm in Louisville, KY. Our mission is to inspire a new generation of people to build relationships with healthy food, farming and the land. Founded in 2006, The Food Literacy Project offers a Field-to-Fork Program including student farm-based education, youth development, family and community engagement, and professional development. Program participants (typically K-12, with occasional pre-K and adult groups) visit our dynamic outdoor classroom on a working vegetable farm to learn about fresh healthy food and the soil where it grows while using all their senses to explore. Participants plant, cultivate, harvest, and taste fresh vegetables, then use our outdoor teaching kitchen to transform them into healthy and tasty recipes. While all Food Literacy Project programs bring the Field-to-Fork experience to life for participants, our teaching staff and volunteers customize each program to meet the unique learning needs of the diverse groups we serve.
The Resource Development Coordinator will strengthen the Food Literacy Project’s capacity to serve low-income youth by intensifying resource development efforts in 2013 and 2014—supporting our volunteer program, supporting efforts to develop our program site and curriculum, assisting with message development and sharing the story of our organization within the community, and broadening our base of financial support.
Specifically, the Resource Development Coordinator will:
1.Support a targeted outreach effort to recruit and train a team of volunteers who can facilitate experiential education activities on the farm, help maintain our Youth Learning Garden, and support the organization in a variety of behind-the-scenes roles, including serving on board committees.
2. Research grant opportunities and write quality grant proposals.
3. Assist with coordination of fundraising events.
4. Assist with administrative aspects of sustaining and expanding our individual donor base.
5. Assist with efforts to develop our program site, with particular emphasis on the continued development of a modular building which serves as program and administrative office space.
6. Assist with the development of hands-on activities and curricula for the youth we serve, with emphasis on our 2014 Field-to-Fork afterschool club pilot.
7. Assist with outreach and marketing/PR efforts by working with the marketing committee to develop the Food Literacy Project’s message and to outline goals and strategies for telling our story in the community.
8. Assist with telling the Food Literacy Project’s story by writing newsletters, press releases, etc. and by sharing the message of the organization with community members and supporters.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Possesses a clear understanding of the role of an AmeriCorps VISTA within a small non-profit.
• Demonstrated work experience as a volunteer or paid staff for a small, community-based non-profit organization.
• Willingness to earn and accept a high level of responsibility; willingness to seek and accept direction as appropriate.
• Demonstrates pride in work and possesses a high level of attention to detail.
• Self-directed and organized, with exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
• Shares a commitment to the Food Literacy Project’s mission.
• Adaptability, creativity, and independence.
• Experience teaching or working with children or the desire to learn; experience with diverse populations, especially at-risk youth, is beneficial.
• Be physically able to participate in and lead farm and garden work projects, and to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Background in or interest in sustainable agriculture, community food security, cooking, and/or nutrition are also assets.
Send resume, cover letter, and professional writing sample (i.e. press release, grant proposal, newsletter article) along with 5 references (3 professional and 2 personal) to Angelique Perez, Assistant Director. Hardcopy submissions are preferred: 9001 Limehouse Lane, Louisville, KY 40222. You must also register and apply through www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled or until September 18th, 2013.