Feeding Texas Client Empowerment Corps VISTA Leader
About the organization
Feeding Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit statewide network of food banks leading a unified effort to end hunger in Texas. Together with our 21 member food banks, we reach over 3 million Texans annually with food and resources and engage the state in the fight against hunger.
Our goal is to ensure adequate, nutritious food for all Texans, improve the health and financial stability of the communities we serve, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for hunger solutions. Join us!
The Client Empowerment Corps is a statewide program powered by AmeriCorps VISTA, made up of a creative and motivated team focused on alleviating the upstream, economic causes of hunger as well as the downstream effects of hunger on health. VISTAs in the program build non-traditional partnerships to increase client access to new services, and strategically incorporate the voices of hungry Texans into the public conversation on hunger through StoryBankTexas.org and client feedback loop projects. With ample coaching and personal development opportunities, our corps offers emerging non-profit professionals a way to gain a level of experience above other entry-level positions. Collaborate with other VISTAs and non-profit professionals in a variety of positions, while building a foundation for a meaningful career.
The VISTA Leader serves for a year alongside a Co-Leader and a VISTA Program Manager to support up to 16 VISTA members in place in food banks across the state. They provide recruitment, training, and personal support to members with ample opportunity to practice mentoring and coaching skills. VISTA Leaders develop a stronger understanding of grant and program management, program monitoring and evaluation, food security and food banking, partnership building and relationship maintenance, professional communications, and the dynamics of building and managing a team. This position is a great bridge from more direct work to supervisory and administrative roles.
-Applicants must have completed at least one full prior term of National Service with at least one of the following: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA
-Interest in innovative approaches to addressing poverty and food insecurity
-Strong English written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to connect easily with others even over long distances
-Passion for supporting others in working through adversity and assisting them in building successful projects in service to their communities
-Belief in the ability of community service to improve the lives of community members and service members alike
-Ability to work as part of a cohesive team, balancing independent work with cooperative tasks and open communication
-Prior experience with project or program management a plus
-Minimum 18 years of age and eligible to work in the US
-Access to reliable transportation, personal vehicle recommended
-Responsible for finding own housing (relocation benefits available if moving 50+ miles for service)
Contact email: [email protected]
Please also complete the applicant questionnaire here: https://forms.gle/izYJyXFAfjBzJHASA
Equal Opportunity Employment
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