18 Reasons is hiring a full-time Program Assistant to work with our Cooking Matters cooking and nutrition education program. The full-time, paid position will begin on September 16th and will last for one year (1700 hours). You will work one day a week in our office in San Francisco, and spend the other four days training volunteers, meeting with community partners, and coordinating nutrition education classes. You will also assist with cooking classes and public and private events at our classroom space in San Francisco.
This is an AmeriCorps position.
• Work with chefs, nutrition educators and agency/site managers to
implement courses using the Cooking Matters curriculum
• Complete all preparations for class including, but not limited to,
assembling and transporting equipment, materials, and groceries, and preparing volunteer staff
• Complete program evaluation and other program reporting documentation
• Participate in actively seeking out, working with, and maintaining
positive relationships with agencies serving low-income clients to host Cooking Matters courses and tours
• Assist with the development of Cooking Matters outreach materials and
handouts for Cooking Matters audience, as needed
• Work with Program Director to assist with public programming
Volunteer Management and Training:
• 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 communications with 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
• Help with special events such as volunteer appreciation/recognition
• Work with supervisor to set personal goals and follow the work plan
created for the AmeriCorps National Direct Member
• Ensure all necessary course reporting is in order in database and
network resource center
• Complete additional reporting and communications contributions as
required, which may include blog posts, newsletters, photographs, and volunteer and participant story gathering
• Submit timesheets in accordance with AmeriCorps and Share Our Strength
• Participate in national, state and other trainings as requested – some
may require travel out of state
• Maintain a high level of working knowledge related to hunger,
nutrition standards, regulations, and trends
• Fluent or near fluent in both Spanish and English (can effectively
teach a class in Spanish and communicate with mono-lingual Spanish speakers)
• Must have a driver's license and a car you can use for work, and feel
comfortable driving up to one hour to sites
• Experience and/or education in nutrition or cooking, or both
• Experience working with youth and/or adults in community settings
• Detail-oriented, self-motivated, can work from home and manage a
• Works well as a member of a small, dynamic team
• Outgoing, great with people, not afraid to pick up the phone and call
• Passionate about healthy food access and food justice
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• High School diploma or GED required. BA preferred.
• Must be at least 18 years old
• We prefer a candidate based in the East Bay due to program needs
• Enrollment contingent on successful passing of criminal background
search (including a FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check).
Work is performed in a variety of office and kitchen settings inside and outside 18 Reasons. Member will use computer and phones extensively. Regularly lifts, moves and carries objects of up to 50 pounds, such as food and classroom supplies. Exposure to a variety of foods in residential, community, and industrial kitchens. In a class or tour setting, may stand and work at counters and stoves for extended periods of time. Frequently works outside normal working hours such as evenings and weekends, and will drive frequently due to work performed in the community.
About 18 Reasons:
We are building a healthy community of cooks, gardeners, and eaters of all ages, empowered to create social change through food. Founded in 2008, we are a small nonprofit based in the Mission district of San Francisco. In our classroom space, we offer classes that help the community build food skills.
We also offer over 150 Cooking Matters series each year, which help low-income families learn to plan and prepare healthy meals on a limited budget. We conduct special events throughout the year, including the Food & Farm Film Fest in April. Our staff consists of the Executive Director, Program Director, Program Manager, three other full-time AmeriCorps members, and a seasonal intern. Please take a look at our website to learn more about us: www.
About Cooking Matters:
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get healthy meals at home, as part of the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Cooking Matters serves families across the country through hands-on, six-week cooking courses; interactive grocery store tours; and mobile, online and educational tools. Participants learn to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.
Compensation: you will receive a stipend of $12,300 over the course of the year. At the end of your term of service, you will receive an education award of $5,550, which can be used for student loans or further education. The position includes health insurance, student loan deferral, and childcare (if eligible), as well as travel reimbursements. You may also be eligible for CalFresh (food stamps).
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Sarah Nelson, Executive Director. Interviews will be conducted during the last two weeks of August.
Application deadline: August 19th