Wake County Food Security VISTA Program Now Accepting Applications!

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension – Wake County Center and partners are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic AmeriCorps Leader for our Wake County Food Security VISTA Program.

The Wake County Food Security VISTA Program helps develop sustainable strategies and programs to address hunger and access to services across Wake County, NC. Our program will have 8 full-time members serving in a variety of programs starting at the end of August 2021. Our goal is to utilize community voice and grassroots programming to meet the needs of the vulnerable, yet resilient communities across our region.

Our VISTA members work in a variety of positions including examining and addressing college hunger, connecting members of the Raleigh Latinx and Hispanic communities to food security resources, building resident capacity and programming in SE Raleigh and Eastern Wake County, developing and enhancing the farming community in Eastern Wake County, strengthening the collaboration around the Adverse Childhood Experiences initiatives, and assisting with increasing the number of youth served and engaged in year-round food service programs. As a Leader, you will help to mentor and guide our cohort of 8 VISTAs and help build our program.
*The leader position requires applicants to have already served one year in an AmeriCorps program and pays an additional $200/month in living allowance.

VISTA Benefits

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $606.06 (pre-tax).
Choice of Following: End of Service Education Award of $6,495 OR End-of-Service Cash Stipend of $1,800.00
Relocation Allowance: Up to $1000.00 relocation expenses covered if moving more than 50 miles.
Settling In Allowance: Up to $550.00 for settling in expenses (utilities, deposits, etc.)
Mileage Reimbursement: Provided by host sites
Health Care & Child Care Info: See benefit Guide for more details
Requirements: All Applicants must be 18 years or older and an American citizen

Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits.

HIRING TIMELINE
Service Term: August 16, 2021 – August 15, 2022
APPLY ONLINE – CREATE YOUR PROFILE AND APPLICATION.

For questions regarding how to complete an application and apply for this listing, please reference: How to Apply to AmeriCorps VISTA. Any other questions, please direct to:

Sydney Klein
Food Security Program Manager
Sydney.klein@wakegov.com

Kate Perry
AmeriCorps Leader
kate.perry@wakegov.com

Wake Food Security VISTA Leader

(To qualify, candidate must have served for one year prior in an AmeriCorps Program)

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Agricultural Services Building)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 88895

VISTA LEADER Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $606.06 (pre-tax)

Position Description: The Wake Food Security VISTA Leader will support our VISTA program by providing training, peer development, mentorship, and support to our 8 VISTA members in the Wake County Food Security Program and will assist them in completing their VISTA Assignment Descriptions. The VISTA Leader will also help recruit and support incoming VISTA members, track program outcomes, develop ongoing professional development opportunities, network with community partners and county leadership to highlight the program, evaluate VISTA member satisfaction to improve program sustainability, and work closely with program managers to identify and facilitate engagement opportunities. The VISTA leader may also apply for grants and funding to support member development or program expansion.

Candidate Qualifications: The AmeriCorps VISTA Leader will play a vital role in ensuring that VISTA members have a meaningful service year at their host agency by acting as a mentor and coach. Considering this, candidate should have strong communication and leadership skills and preferably, should have previous experience supervising and mentoring others. The VISTA Leader should possess strong time management & organizational skills and should be comfortable working independently and on a team. Experience with program development & management is a plus, as is knowledge of food security, community development, and collective impact. To be eligible for this position, candidate must have prior service experience through either a full term of VISTA, NCCC, AmeriCorps State and National, or the Peace Corps.

College Hunger VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Agricultural Services Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 105355

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description: The College Hunger VISTA will conduct research to better understand issues faced by and key differences among the diverse populations seeking further education in Wake County. This research will be utilized to inform the 2022 – 2025 Comprehensive Food Plan for Wake County as well as inform leadership within the county. The VISTA will support and develop sustainable networking and relationship-building opportunities between partners active in college hunger work and/or those looking to better understand and support students facing food insecurity. They will provide best practices and information to inform work underway in Wake County to address food insecurity among college students and to assist colleges and universities to increase the food security of their student population.

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have a strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as skills in oral and written communications, grant-writing, public speaking,  problem-solving & critical thinking, and time management. An ideal candidate will have a background and/or working knowledge of public health and food security—especially in a college setting—as well as an awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity. This VISTA should display strong leadership, and the ability to work independently and on a team. May require some weekends and evenings.

Wake County Regional Food Security VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Agricultural Services Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 105357

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description:

The VISTA will provide leadership in the following areas:

  • Researching and potentially piloting equitable food-oriented development strategies that support low-income and food-insecure residents through our food security and social and economic vitality programs.
  • Building leadership capacity of food insecure and low-income residents to be agents of change in their communities in conjunction with the 2021 – 2025 Comprehensive Food Security Plan.
  • Promoting sustained community engagement in food systems change in Wake County, NC by developing systems to increase community participation and input into policy and program decisions.

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have a strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as skills in oral and written communications, grant-writing, public speaking, problem-solving & critical thinking, and time management. An ideal candidate will have a background and/or knowledge of public health and food security, economic development, and urban planning, as well as an awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity. This VISTA should display strong leadership and the ability to work independently and on a team. May require some weekends and evenings

Latinx and Hispanic Food Security VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Agricultural Services Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 105354

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description:

The VISTA will build upon prior research to address hunger among Latinx and Hispanic individuals. Activities will include:

  • Developing an inventory of current programs available for Latinx & Hispanic individuals and families facing food insecurity
  • Facilitate meetings and forums to better understand issues faced by the Latinx and Hispanic communities relating to food access
  • Use community-centered approach to gather feedback for the 2022 – 2025 food plan
  • Develop best practices and resources for hunger relief organizations to better serve Latinx and Hispanic individuals (e.g. client choice food pantry models, culturally appropriate food lists, volunteer recruitment strategies, material translations, etc.)
  • Increase Latinx and Hispanic participation in the Capital Area Food Network
  • Research & inventory case studies in similar regions and analyze best fit for Wake County

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have a strong command of the Spanish language and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods. They should possess skills in oral and written communications, public speaking, problem-solving and critical thinking, and fundraising/grant writing. An ideal candidate for the position will have a background and/or working knowledge of public health and food security—especially as it relates to Hispanic and Latinx communities—business and entrepreneurship, and an awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity. The VISTA should display strong leadership and conflict resolution skills and the ability to work independently and on a team. May require some weekends and evenings.

Wake County Farm and Food VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Agricultural Services Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 105356

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description:

This innovative position will move the needle in building up the farming community in Eastern Wake County, NC. The VISTA will gather data and case studies on food apartheids and strategies to improve food access and protect small to medium farms in areas with both rural and urban communities. The member will support farmers in being active participants in the development and launch of a SNAP-supported CSA or farmer co-op farm stand operation by developing lists of potential farms, researching SNAP-supported CSA models, gathering community feedback, etc. Overall, this position will put systems into place to launch a CSA model focused around equitable, economic development.

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have a strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as skills in oral and written communications, grant-writing, public speaking, and critical thinking, and time management. An ideal candidate will have a background and/or working knowledge of farming and food systems, public health, food security, and economic development, as well as an awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity. This VISTA should display strong leadership, and the ability to work independently and on a team. May require some weekends and evenings.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Community Liaison VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Crosby Garfield Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 89707

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description: The VISTA will Coordinate resilience screenings to increase community awareness and dialogue around the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Member duties include scheduling and identifying facilitators and speakers, finding appropriate community locations, conducting outreach, developing evaluation tools to assess pre/post learning occurring from the screenings, and creating a facilitator toolkit to future partners to host screenings. The VISTA will recruit Restorative Circle participants & circle keepers to increase conversations and restorative practices. The VISTA will develop ACES structural concept to inform the Kaleidoscope gardening project at the Crosby Garfield Building by coordinating with community partners and identifying how to incorporate Nature to Nurture. Lastly, the VISTA will research available community resources, partners, and training and share with community partners in SEV regions so they may incorporate trauma-informed care into their existing systems.

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have strong skills in oral and written communications, grant-writing, public speaking, problem-solving & critical thinking, time management & community organization. They should have a basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity, strong leadership, and the ability to work independently and on a team. The candidate ideally will have a background and/or understanding of trauma-informed practices, food security, and youth development. May require some weekends and evenings.

Social and Economic Vitality SE Raleigh Strategist VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Crosby Garfield Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 85246

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description: The Eastern Wake SEV Strategist will focus on building partnerships with an emphasis on resource development and connections in the eastern zone of Wake County, including the towns of Zebulon, Wendell, and Knightdale. They will implement strategies from the Moving Beyond Hunger Food Security Plan in SEV Zones with an emphasis on economic development, job training, and community capacity building. In addition, the VISTA will help increase the effectiveness of the Summer Food Program in Eastern Wake County, including identifying solutions to transportation barriers and identifying funding opportunities. The capstone project for the VISTA will be developing an anchor asset action plan for the SEV Zones.

Candidate Qualifications: The VISTA should have skills in oral and written communications, grant-writing, public speaking, customer service, problem-solving & critical thinking skills, time management & organization and leadership. VISTA should possess a basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, racial equity & cultural sensitivity, food systems and food security and be able to work independently and on a team. An ideal candidate will have a background and/or knowledge in urban planning and community organization. May require some weekends and evenings.

Social and Economic Vitality SE Raleigh Strategist VISTA

Location: Raleigh, NC (housed with Wake County Human Services – N.C. Cooperative Extension of Wake County, Crosby Garfield Building in Raleigh, NC)

AmeriCorps Listing ID: 73885

VISTA Living Allowance: Bi-Weekly pay of $513.94 (pre-tax)

Position Description: The Social and Economic Vitality SE Raleigh Strategist VISTA will focus on relationship building with grassroots and resident-owned organizations and creating resources to maintain, build, and track human capital development in the SEV target regions.

Candidate Qualifications: College degree preferred but significant experience may be considered. Skills needed in communication, writing, public speaking, customer service, ability to work independently and on a team, problem solving & critical thinking, basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, awareness of racial equity & cultural sensitivity, time management & organization and strong leadership. Knowledge of community development and collective impact a plus. May require some weekend and evenings.