18 Reasons is a nonprofit community cooking school located in San Francisco. Our mission is to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. Our Cooking Matters program helps 3,500 low-income families annually learn the skills they need to make healthy food choices. We also work to expand access to CalFresh (food stamps), and offer a peer-to-peer training program that expands our pool of instructors. We are a tight-knit team and love to cook, eat, and work hard together.
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18 Reasons in partnership with Americorps VISTA is seeking full-time VISTA members to start September 1st. The Program Assistants will serve with 18 Reasons for 1 year.
We are hiring a Program Assistant through the AmeriCorps VISTA program to help expand access to CalFresh benefits and support our Cooking Matters program.
Responsibilities may include the following tasks:
Cooking Matters Course Coordination
Manage communications with course volunteers and host site coordinators Manage volunteers, including chefs, nutritionists/dietitians, and class assistants
Identify, recruit, and train peer educators
Collect and prepare materials for classes, including food, cooking equipment, and course paperwork
Administer participant and volunteer course evaluations
Teach cooking and nutrition lessons as needed.
Become an expert in the CalFresh application process
Train volunteers to conduct CalFresh outreach
Manage volunteers and track outreach activities
Work with agency staff to schedule classes and carry out shared expectations and responsibilities for hosting Cooking Matters classes
Help plan and execute trainings for volunteers and peer educators
Passionate about food, health, and nutrition
Ability to travel 2 times per year for overnight trainings
Valid driver's license and a car you can use for work
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to make public presentations
Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team in group projects
Excellent organizational skills, proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and to meet deadlines
Experience working or volunteering with low-income populations
Willingness and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and of all ages, including professional chefs, social service providers, volunteers, and low-income participants.
Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for the purposes of conducting classes and attending community meetings
Preferred but not required - fluent or conversant in Spanish
This position requires being in the field 70% of the time, driving 10% of the time, and working in an office setting 20% of the time. While in the field, frequent lifting, moving, or carrying supplies up to 50 pounds, including use of stairs, is required. General office duties include: computer work, filing, phone communication, copying. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable any qualified person to perform the essential job duties.
This is a twelve month, full-time position beginning August 22nd. You are expected to work at least 35 hours per week. Part-time school schedules can be accommodated.
Note: You must be a US citizen to accept an AmeriCorps position.
$12,000 annual living allowance, paid biweekly
$500 additional monthly living and travel stipend
Segal Education Award ($6,857) at the end of the service year
Opportunity to forbear student loans while in service
Relocation assistance (if applicable)
Childcare assistance (if applicable)
Optional life insurance
One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums
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