Food Access Outreach Coordinator

Quarter-Time Member Position

Immediate Opening

March 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015

Approximate 3 to 4 month term earliest start Feb 16, 2015

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. (WHGA) are seeking a quarter-time (450 hour within four months) AmeriCorps member to serves as the Food Access Outreach Coordinator, as part of the Communities for Healthy Food initiative. The member will receive a stipend for a total of $4,500 and an education award after completion of service.

 West Harlem Group Assistance, Inc. is a community-based development corporation, was established more than 30 years ago to revitalize the under- invested West and Central Harlem communities, riddled with dilapidated and abandoned buildings. Ironically, WHGA's primary function has become to quell the negative impact of such rapid gentrification on our low to moderate income constituency as Harlem, over the past several years, is experiencing an influx of new businesses and investments.

 Local Initiatives Support Corporation is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.  LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

 Through LISC New York City’s Communities for Healthy Food NYC program, West Harlem Group Assistance hired a Community Healthy Food Advocate in 2013 to address the compelling need for healthy food access and consumption in the West Harlem neighborhood of the Manhattan. The AmeriCorps member will support the Community Healthy Food Advocate in the implementation of the program with the goal of:

•  Incorporating healthy food access, programing, education and outreach into affordable housing developments and existing community services for neighborhood residents; • Working with neighborhood residents to raise awareness about nutrition, food preparation, community based healthy food resources and overall health; and • Partnering with public, private and not-for-profit organizations to increase impact.

 AmeriCorps Member Responsibilities:

• Support WHGA’s tenant and community resident outreach and education.

Conduct community outreach efforts to raise awareness about the importance of eating healthy and available resources, services and supports related to healthy food. Focus outreach efforts on specific West Harlem healthy food interventions for residents, by promoting education about nutrition, food preparation, community-based healthy food resources, and/or overall health.

• Assist WHGA’s Community Healthy Food Advocate with information gathering, data collection and entry, and writing for program planning and monitoring purposes. Administer surveys, focus groups, and community member interviews.

• Manage and grow WHGA’s healthy food initiative through a social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) by updating and posting relevant content regularly.

• Develop compelling, culturally appropriate brochures, flyers and fact sheets about healthy food.

• Recruit and manage volunteers working at the food pantry and other food related activities.

• Assist with developing and designing a volunteer handbook for program volunteers.

 Members will also be expected to fully participate as part of the LISC AmeriCorps team.  LISC sponsored activities include:

 Attend all locally sponsored monthly meetings;

Participate in nationally sponsored webinars

This is an AmeriCorps position, and neither LISC nor WHGA will allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

Desired Skills

Experience working in a low-income, community-based setting.

Experience in outreach or community engagement.

Good verbal and written communication skills. Strong public speaking,

listening,     and interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, food issues as related to

healthy living and low-income communities.

 Experience in public health, nutrition, or food education preferred.

Strong organizational skills. Highly reliable. Good computer skills

including Microsoft Office and social media.

Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be


 Self-directed and can take initiative.

Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

 Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED

during the term of service

Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no age limit)

Have status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status

Be eligible to earn an education award and not be barred from

performing a term of service

Be able to complete a minimum of 450 hours of service within a FOUR

MONTH time period

Be available for service from Feb 16, 2015 through Jun 15, 2015

 Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $1,493 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $4,500.  The stipend is paid by West Harlem Group Assistance.

 To apply, please send cover letter, resume and list of three references by email to:

 LISC & West Harlem Group Assistance promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

West Harlem, New York
Publicaton Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Local Initiative Support Corporation
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