Food Security Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA, 06/06/2022- 06/05/2022

City of Portland Health Human Services

About the organization

Portland’s HHS is in the heart of downtown Portland, within walking distance to restaurants, parks, grocery stores, and Portland’s beautiful working waterfront. Parking will be provided, along with opportunities for hybrid/flexible work schedules, and networking with local partner organizations and workgroups.

This position contributes to Maine’s historic goal of ending hunger in the state by 2030 as part of Ending Hunger Corps, a 25-member cohort model VISTA program sponsored by Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Forestry (DACF): https://www.maine.gov/dacf/about/commissioners/endhunger/

Duties

The Food Security Coordinator VISTA will create a new project to coordinate food services for a population of new Mainers staying in hotels for temporary shelter in greater Portland.

The VISTA member will meet with internal and external stakeholders to understand the current operating picture of food services; work to improve coordination and collaboration across local partner organizations; create opportunities for community members to provide input to program enhancements; and work with community partners to build capacity within their programs to increase access to culturally appropriate healthy food.

The VISTA member will work with the City of Portland’s Resettlement Coordinator in Portland’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, which strives to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Portland in collaboration with our community, state, and federal partners. The Resettlement Coordinator is responsible for coordinating reception and placement services to newly arriving homeless families.

Qualifications

High school diploma/GED

French/Portuguese Language helpful but not required

We are looking for a compassionate coalition builder to understand and improve food programs and services to this population. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills and will be eager to work with community partners.

Duties (cont.)
Make a positive impact for families living in temporary shelters by improving the food services available. Meet with internal and external stakeholders in private meetings and in workgroups. Identify gaps in meal and pantry services and convene partners to identify solutions. Provide opportunities for community input. Communicate gaps and opportunities through written and oral reports to internal and external partners. Work with community partners to build capacity within their programs to provide culturally appropriate food and nutrition education programs. Grow your network and use your coalition building skills to improve the lives of new Mainers!

Salary

Bi-Weekly Stipend of $674.66, Plus Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Prospective applicants can contact Caity Hager at [email protected] for more information.

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