- 17-Apr-2017 to 28-Apr-2017
- - IUPUI
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here - https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
(Full Time One year appointment) The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) in partnership with Hunger Free America is seeking a full-time VISTA member, a Program Manager, to: support CKIUPUI's capacity building through program expansion, community outreach, engagement, and partnerships; enhance volunteer recruitment and training; expand nutritional education; strengthen ties with urban campus and community gardens and farmers markets.
About the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps:
The national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Program (AHOC), an initiative of Hunger Free America (HFA) since 2010, is one of the largest anti-hunger AmeriCorps VISTA projects in the country. Its main focus is to fight hunger and improve nutrition, primarily by breaking down barriers to accessing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) as well as by expanding economic opportunity and ensuring healthy futures for all Americans, mostly through the SNAP Employment and Training program. Members also serve to increase the capacity of anti-hunger community organizations to help meet the needs of low-income community members, particularly to seniors, working families and non-English speaking populations.
The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI), located in Indianapolis, is an emerging leader in community service and anti-hunger programming. We provide thousands of meals to populations in need each year while offering supplemental programs to address the root causes of hunger. We are part of The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), an organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On over 60 university and high school campuses like ours across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers' markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need. By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.
To learn more about The Campus Kitchens Project, visit www.campuskitchens.org.
The CKIUPUI Program Manager will assist with development of standard operational policy and procedures, training & safety protocol, resource management and infrastructure gap analysis to identify and support capacity building and program expansion responsibilities that would include:
• Identify local food access barriers and develop a comprehensive plan for CKIUPUI to improve access in local communities. Serve to increase the capacity of CKIUPUI to help meet the needs of low-income community members, particularly to low-income children, adults, and senior citizens.
• Expand community collaborations and outreach. Develop an expansion plan for community partner resources and client needed services in cooperation with IUPUI Sustainability and Indianapolis community partners. Identify community needs and resources, develop collaborative opportunities, and integrate with the local Indianapolis food security initiatives, policies and programs.
• Evaluate and assess the impact of the CKIUPUI programs and services on campus and in the community. Create a system to implement appropriate services matched to the community needs and the respective populations in need through Community Public Health Assessments for community food insecurity needs, to assist in the evaluation of CKIUPUI services. Utilize resources such as: Healthy People 2020, SAVI, etc.
• With support from the Office of Sustainability and the CKIUPUI Advisory Council, develop a strategic operations plan for the growth of the Campus Kitchen, and pursue local funding opportunities. Identify and serve both internal (IUPUI) and external (Indianapolis Community) needs through strategic planning and implementation, capacity-building, policy development, and advocacy.
• Assist in identify and minimizing barriers for potential client agencies requiring site licensing through the Marion County Public Health Department Food & Consumer Safety agency.
• Aid in campus and community volunteer recruitment plans by improving integration of CKIUPUI into IUPUI academic units/departments and developing a leadership team and volunteer recruitment training program.
• Develop innovative and meaningful programming to increase food justice and hunger awareness for the larger campus and surrounding community such as nutrition education, community gardening, SNAP outreach, community dinners, or other programs as needed to address the underlying causes of hunger in the community, and improving access for low-income children, adults, and senior citizens. Identify and integrate other academic program services, in collaboration with our food assistance program, to meet other social needs of the food insecure.
• Review and improve program policy, procedural guidelines, and standard operating procedures to support leadership team transition training. Develop a Quality Assurance plan regarding operational procedures, documentation, and reporting.
• Lead students in managing all aspects of the program, which includes volunteer recruitment and training, food recycling and purchasing, meal and menu planning, creating and maintaining community partnerships, meal distribution, publicity, fundraising, reporting and overall management. Ensure safety of kitchen operations, along with quantity and quality of meals provided, through direct action or delegation to certified volunteers.
• Other Duties: Attend weekly Leadership Team and Executive Team meetings as needed. Attend other CKIUPUI or national office meetings and webinars as needed. Complete timely reports for AmeriCorps and our partners at Hunger Free America, who administers this national cohort of VISTA positions.
This is a one year, full-time position beginning July, 2017. 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, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here - https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
• Experience working with and managing volunteers, or experience in a collaborative volunteer role.
• Experience working on collaborative community initiatives with a focus on food, nutrition, healthy living, etc., ideally with low-income families, youth and/or seniors
• 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
• Bachelor's Degree
• Background in health and nutrition; education; community service; social work; or related field
• Experience developing collaborative community partnerships
• Basic cooking skills and knowledge of food safety
• ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification
Click the APPLY button to submit your resume and cover letter to the IUPUI Office of Sustainability by Friday, April 28, 2017