GFC-Good Sam | Food Security Champion

2019-2020 Program Year

Team UP AmeriCorps Member Position Description:

Food Security Champion

POSITION DEPENDENT ON PENDING GRANT AWARD

The Program: Team UP is a Collective Impact initiative serving Dolores and Montezuma Counties in southwest Colorado. Since 2015, Team UP has operated under its backbone organization, United Way of Southwest Colorado (UWSWC). Team UP’s mission is to provide a comprehensive system of support to every child in our counties, from cradle to career. Team UP collaborates across sectors and promotes clear communication towards common progress in order to make a big difference.

The Good Food Collective was created in May 2018 to reinstate an intact regional food system in the 4 Corners Region, with the belief that – through food – we can create a vibrant economy, build meaningful employment, steward our environment and feed our entire community. Currently, GFC’s work is focused on four major initiatives – Regional Convening & Collaboration, Agricultural Support, Marketplace Development, and Food Security. 

The Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry helps people weather life’s storms by making sure there is food available to everyone who is in need. They are a safety net for people who might not otherwise have a strong support system so no one needs to go hungry.   

AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service, and has been called “the domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps provides opportunities that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

Service Position Summary: 

Our Food Security Champion (FSC) will work with the Good Food Collective (GFC) Director to support Montezuma County-focused food security efforts. This includes an exciting opportunity to launch a community-based gleaning program in Montezuma County. The FSC will work with the Montezuma County Gleaning Coalition to build a network of community partners to capture unwanted/unused, high quality, fresh, local food and redistribute it to food insecure members of the community via existing and trusted food access points such as food pantries, churches, and after-school programs.  Additionally, the FSC will work with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry (GSFP) to expand services, including expanded produce offerings, extended hours, and building client-focused cooking programs. The FSC will assist both organizations in creating and hosting community-focused food security related educational and engagement events such as film screenings and community meals.

Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities):

  • Coordinate with local farmers, community gardeners, orchards, and ranchers to identify gleaning host sites and establish communication systems. 
  • Collaborate with community food security access organizations (schools, food pantries, soup kitchens, etc) to create a gleaned food distribution plan and schedule
  • Develop a network of volunteer community gleaners, and host weekly gleaning events during the harvest season 
  • Facilitate postseason food processing and storage
  • Expand Good Samaritan services by offering evening hours and managing a  monthly Care & Share produce offering to the community 
  • Coordinate with the GSFP Director to create cooking training programs including on-site, prepared food demonstrations and Cooking Matters programming. 
  • Support Community Food System events & outreach opportunities during the offseason
  • Track progress and collect data for Performance Measures and other evaluation tools
  • Communicate with the regional Team UP AmeriCorps team, and represent Team UP and Serve Colorado in the community and on social media; 
  • Attend trainings and participate in Days of Service

Marginal Functions (Secondary Responsibilities): 

  • Create and facilitate Train-the-Trainer modules to build gleaning capacity among Montezuma Gleaning Coalition membership
  • Coordinate with GFC Director to build out and implement a communications and outreach strategy for the Montezuma County Gleaning Program. 
  • Attend weekly team meetings, and actively provide feedback and insights on ways to improve the efficacy and operations of the fruit gleaning program.
  • Program reporting, tracking and assessment
  • Support United Way of SW Colorado, the Food Security Action Team, and Team UP AmeriCorps team as appropriate and necessary

Physical, Emotional, and intellectual Demands:

  • Ability to squat, walk on uneven ground, harvest from trees, and lift objects up to 50 lbs for up to 8 hours/day

Qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal
  • Strong time and task management skills
  • Respect for economic and cultural diversity, and ability to serve with diverse groups of people
  • Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
  • Basic computer literacy (ability to use email, spreadsheets, and word processing)
  • Ethic of national and community service, strong desire to create positive change
  • High School Graduate required (GED accepted,) college graduate or prior work experience preferred
  • Ability to pass criminal history check
  • Reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance if you will be transporting others in your vehicle
  • U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required
  • Food insecure residents of Montezuma and surrounding counties are encouraged to apply
  • Skills or experience preferred: community and volunteer organizing

Term of Service – Time Commitment: This is a full-time national and community service position requiring, at a minimum, a total of 1,700 hours during the year (approximately 40 hours/week.) The position begins September 3, 2019 and ends August 31, 2020. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments. Service on the following dates is required (note that Days of Service dates are subject to change): 

    • September 3-4: Team UP AmeriCorps Member Orientation (2 days, 1 night,) Dolores
    • September 5: Site Specific Training at The Good Samaritan
    • September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance 
    • October : Statewide AmeriCorps Retreat, location in Colorado to be determined
    • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day of Service 
    • 4 additional Team UP AmeriCorps Trainings, dates and locations to be determined

Trainings and Support Provided: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved trainings. Member will be supervised and supported by Rachel Landis (rachel@goodfoodcollective.org) and Kristen Tworek (Kristen.tworek@gmail.com), as well as Al Huckins, AmeriCorps Program Director (alh@unitedway-swco.org). The 11 Team UP AmeriCorps members serving throughout the region will act as resources and support for each other.

Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at The Good Samaritan office in Cortez, Colorado and will involve service at other locations in Montezuma, La Plata and/or Dolores Counties. This position is split between being office and field based, with frequent days of service outdoors

 

Benefits: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive:

  • A living allowance of $17,000/year for full-time members. Taxes are deducted and the living allowance is distributed monthly, by direct deposit to the member’s bank account.
  • Health insurance; child care assistance eligible. 
  • An education award of $6,095 upon successful completion of term of service. It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.
  • Mileage reimbursement will paid at the IRS rate for travel to required trainings and days of service. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • Non-tangible benefits including extensive training, valuable experience, networking, and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.

 

Diversity and Equal Opportunity: United Way values the diversity of our community.  In principle and in practice the diverse nature of our board, staff, and volunteers is recognized as one of our best assets.  We respect each individual’s unique gifts and prohibit unfair or discriminatory practices against anyone because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and any other protected category.

To Apply: To apply to be an AmeriCorps member, you need to create an account with the AmeriCorps Recruitment System. The application period opens July 15, 2018, and the deadline is August 5, 2018.

  • Go to the website: my.americorps.gov, click on “Apply to Serve” at the bottom of the page. 
  • Complete the requested profile information. (You will need a Social Security number and valid address, telephone number, and email.) 
  • Once you receive your account information via email, log on to the myAmeriCorps portal and use the navigation pane on the left to complete your application and references. 
  • When your application is complete, click “Search Listings.” Type “United Way of Southwest Colorado” into the Program Name field, click “Search.” Click the listing and submit your application to United Way of Southwest Colorado.

LOCAL APPLICATION HERE