We are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member for our Massachusetts program.
The Cooking Matters AmeriCorps member will work with Cooking Matters staff in Massachusetts to implement and support programs that teach our priority audience—parents and caregivers of children 0-5 with limited food budgets—to shop for and cook healthy meals. Member responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Maintain positive relationships with agencies serving parents and caregivers of children 0-5 to host Cooking Matters programs.
- Implement Cooking Matters programs, using Cooking Matters curricula, with an emphasis on serving the priority audience. Work with volunteer chefs, nutrition educators and agency/site managers to ensure Cooking Matters’ programmatic gold standards are upheld. Engage in approved alternative programming during COVID-19, including online programming.
- Complete all preparations for programs including, but not limited to, communication with volunteers and/or partner organization staff and updating and adjusting online programming materials for delivery. As programming evolves in response to COVID-19, additional responsibilities could include in-person tasks such as assembling and transporting equipment, materials, and groceries.
- Assist with the development of Cooking Matters outreach materials and handouts for Cooking Matters audience, as needed.
*Applicants should note that while courses and tours are the main priority for the service year, implementation ebbs and flows based on seasonal demand from community partners. COVID-19 has also impacted program delivery: as of August 2020, all programming is conducted online.
Volunteer Management and Training:
- Roles and responsibilities for working with volunteers will evolve as programing changes in response to COVID-19 and could include some or all of the following components:
- Provide volunteer instructors with training and materials needed to teach courses and make sure they follow procedures and course guidelines.
- Support and manage volunteer instructors during class to make sure they have all required materials and communicate key messages.
- Provide timely and consistent communication, feedback, and recognition to volunteers.
- Identify and participate in opportunities to recruit volunteers. Build relationships with chefs, dietitians, nutritionists and other potential volunteers to maintain enough trained instructors to reach course goals.
- Work with supervisor to set personal goals and follow the work plan created for the AmeriCorps National Direct Member.
- Participate in additional learning opportunities related to systemic causes of hunger and poverty, nutrition standards and food-related regulations, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Collaborate with various, Massachusetts, Colorado, and National Cooking Matters staff and AmeriCorps members to conduct special projects, as appropriate.
- Submit timesheets in accordance with AmeriCorps and Share Our Strength guidelines.
- Ensure all necessary programmatic reporting is entered accurately and documented in appropriate databases.
- Complete additional reporting and communications contributions as required, which may include blog posts, newsletters, photographs, and using intentional listening to gather participant stories.
- Participate in national, state and other trainings as requested – some may require travel out of state when it is safe to do so.
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- At least 18 years of age
- High school diploma, or GED
- Interest or experience in nutrition, culinary arts, education, public health, and/or food justice
- Public speaking and/or presentation skills, including ability to present in front of groups
- Computer skills (such as Zoom online meeting platform and Microsoft Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Ability to balance a variety of tasks simultaneously
- Experience working with adults and children in formal and/or informal education programs
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidate desired.
- Enrollment contingent on successful passing of criminal background search (including an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check).
- Driver's license and good driving record, as well as a reliable personal vehicle
- Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds regularly
- Volunteer management experience desired
TERMS and BENEFITS
Full-time member term: 1700 hours of service within a 12-month period. This position will start between December 1st-15th, 2020.
The full-time member will receive a living allowance of $18,250, a basic health plan, training, childcare (based on income eligibility), and an AmeriCorps education award of $6,095 upon successful completion of service.
For questions about Cooking Matters AmeriCorps National Direct program, contact:
Chef Ellen Damaschino, National Program Manager, at email@example.com
Submit your resume and cover letter to Veronica Palladino, Program Associate of Cooking Matters in Massachusetts, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply directly to the “Cooking Matters – Boston, MA” posting on the AmeriCorps website: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do
Si prefiere esta información en Español, por favor manda un email a Veronica Palladino at email@example.com.
Cooking Matters AmeriCorps members are part of local and national Cooking Matters teams and take part in all associated trainings and activities. AmeriCorps members will receive orientation training from Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters staff as well as the Massachusetts-based Cooking Matters staff. Members will be part of a peer network of AmeriCorps members from around the nation and be a part of regular training opportunities including monthly webinars and one in-person retreat (if possible, in compliance with the most up-to-date guidance regarding COVID-19).
- Share Our Strength is committed to staff and AmeriCorps member safety and health, including considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of this posting, Cooking Matters team members are primarily working remotely with limited in-office and direct community-facing work. If/when in-person programming resumes, the member must be geographically situated such that they can travel throughout Massachusetts. This arrangement will continue to evolve according to organizational policy, public health guidance, and local laws and regulations.
- Standard working hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, the nature of our community-based work means that schedules fluctuate and members should anticipate shifted schedules to include 1-3 evenings per week and occasional weekend work.
- Over the course of the service year, members can expect to spend approximately 50% of their time developing/iterating, planning, delivering, and engaging in direct partner follow-up for programs but this fluctuates week to week.
- Work environments may include a professional office setting, home office setting, as well as various community settings (schools, community centers, health fairs, etc.).
- Member will use computer and phones extensively.
- If/when leading in-person programming, regularly lifts, moves and carries objects of up to 40 pounds, such as food and classroom supplies. Exposure to a variety of foods in residential, community, and industrial kitchens.
- If/when leading an in-person class or tour, may stand and work at tables and stoves for extended periods of time.
- Members are required to have their own personal vehicle, since they will be expected to drive frequently if/when in-person programs resume. Mileage reimbursement is provided for work-related travel at the federal rate.
At Share Our Strength, we value an individual’s diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. A hallmark of our history, culture, and values has been the organization’s desire to bring together motivated, intelligent, and talented people to work together to find and implement solutions to eliminate childhood hunger. We each come to Share Our Strength with a unique background, but together we form a team that yields amazing results.
This shared value of encouraging and embracing diversity in our organization fosters a workplace and culture that is highlighted for its innovation, open expression of ideas, and collaboration. With a strong shared commitment to the organization’s mission, and a unique blend of individual strengths, we are all working toward ensuring that each child in America has food where they Live, Learn, and Play.