Healthy and Hunger-Free AmeriCorps Position

Position Description

Commit to a year of service with the Healthy and Hunger-Free Schools Campaign!

United Way of King County is seeking 20 entrepreneurial, energetic, problem solvers to commit to a year of service with our Healthy and Hunger-Free AmeriCorps team. This team will help launch our new, innovative Nutrition Hubs in high-need schools in Seattle and South King County. This unique AmeriCorps opportunity is the perfect fit for someone who enjoys a fast-paced environment, is goal-oriented, and is willing to go above and beyond to serve the community and help end childhood hunger.

Background

United Way is committed to ending childhood hunger by helping low income children access nutritious food where they live, learn, and play. Schools play a critical role in getting children the nutrition they need to learn and thrive. In school year 15/16 we will begin establishing Healthy & Hunger Free Nutrition Hubs at King County schools. Hunger Free Schools will leverage partnerships with schools, AmeriCorps members, and community based organizations, to make sure no kid is hungry. We will increase participation in federal nutrition programs, connect families with income supports, expand access to emergency services, and provide nutrition education to low income kids and families. Building on the model of our successful One Million Meals Campaign, we will launch the program at 10 schools and plan to replicate the model in the most high-needs King County schools.

Goals and Responsibilities

  • Help launch and establish a Nutrition Hub in a high-need school in King County
  • Increase food security within schools by engaging stakeholders within the school and community
  • Increase participation in federal nutrition programs, including school breakfast, at-risk afterschool meals, and summer meals
  • Develop and execute programming, events, and activities to engage students, parents, and school staff around federal nutrition programs
  • Promote school breakfast and support schools in establishing a Breakfast After the Bell program.
  • Support or establish an Afterschool Meals program in collaboration with community partners
  • Host a Summer Meals program, including relevant programming
  • Create and manage at least three events dedicated to increasing student food security
  • Promote and deliver nutrition education to students
  • Build relationships with parents and school community
  • Collect data and support the evaluation of the Nutrition Hub model

Qualifications

  • Available to work full-time from September 15st, 2015 to July 30th, 2016
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a variety of contexts with diverse groups of people
  • High level of energy for off-site work and the ability to carry equipment up to 25 pounds
  • Reliable, with good time management and organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Warm, friendly, and approachable
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

Preferred Qualifications

  • AA Degree or two years of equivalent educational background/experience
  • Live in or have strong ties to Seattle, South King County community
  • Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, Amharic or Tagalog
  • Comprehensive understanding of systemic causes of poverty, racial inequities, and hunger
  • Experience working with schools or school districts
  • Experience working with children or teens
  • Experience or understanding of federal child nutrition programs
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Access to a car

Benefits to Joining the Healthy and Hunger-Free Schools AmeriCorps Team

  • AmeriCorps members serve at United Way for 10.5 months and receive a living stipend of $1,195 a month
  • At the end of the service year, members are eligible to receive a $5,730 education award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Chance to work with smart, passionate and enthusiastic team members and volunteers
  • Culture of high-performance expectations and accountability
  • Opportunity to launch a completely new model to end childhood hunger
  • Exciting and challenging work
  • Chance to help solve the community’s toughest problems
  • Basic health insurance
  • Forbearance of qualified student loans during service term and payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term.
  • Plus many other benefits that we are happy to discuss with you

To Apply

  • Complete the application at this link: http://bit.ly/nutritionhubapp
    • Submit resume and cover letter addressing the following:
      • Why you are interested in this position
      • A description of your experience working with diverse populations or developing strategies to reduce inequities
      • Why you would be successful at the following:
        • Problem solving
        • Setting and achieving goals
        • Going above and beyond to achieve a goal
        • Working as part of a team

If You Have Questions About the Position

  • Email Tiffany Anderson at tanderson
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