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Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT), in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, is seeking a year-long Americorps VISTA Member who will use his or her passion for a more just society along with robust interests and/or abilities in urban agriculture, marketing and communications to amplify the impact of SCLT’s programs.

Organization Description: SCLT improves health, economic security and the environment in Rhode Island by providing thousands of families with access to land, resources, and education to grow food. We support a network of 43 community gardens and 4 sustainable farms in Greater Providence. We offer nutrition, food preparation and gardening workshops for adults; youth employment and environmental education; beginning farmer support and training; and advocacy for urban agriculture initiatives. SCLT offers a supportive culture and meaningful work experience. SCLT VISTA members and employees develop lifelong friendships and values while advancing environmental, economic and social justice.

Position Description: The VISTA Program Associate is a year-long position that begins in June 2015. It has been designed to provide the VISTA member with a well-rounded learning and work experience. The position provides opportunities to support multiple program, outreach and fund developments goal of the organization.

Job Duties: The position supports 3 areas of work: farmers market promotion, fund development and community gardens.

Farmers Market Promotion

  • Work with local farmers, farmers market managers and SCLT youth interns to develop and execute a multi-faceted, grassroots outreach campaign promoting 3 Providence farmers markets.
  • Develop and implement measurement program to track impact of marketing campaign.
  • Attract additional resources to execute the campaign through grass roots methods as well as more traditional media like radio, public transportation, print advertisements, etc.
  • Promote SNAP Education and Training programs at Providence farmers markets
  • Offer nutrition, food preparation, and gardening workshops to adults and youth at Providence farmers markets and other locations
  • Provide Technical Assistance to Farmers at SCLT Sankofa Market Stand

SCLT Fund Development

  • Events – Work closely with Development Director and Fund Development Committee to plan and execute fund development events including Harvest Society Dinner, Dexter Ribbon Cutting, Harvesting Hope.
  • Provide support for completion of Annual Appeal and Membership campaigns.
  • Assist with outreach and promotion of SCLT fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Grant writing – write 2-3 grants for SCLT farmers market/community gardens programming.
  • Contribute content for SCLT enews and newsletters.
  • Participate in planning/event implementation team and execute outreach activities for Urban Ag Kickoff and SCLT Plant Sale.
  • Participate in SCLT membership and fundraising events.

Community Gardens

  • Assist with Fall resource distribution and workdays at Community Gardens
  • Assist with Spring resource distribution and workdays at Community Gardens
  • Promote and lead gardening workshops for adults and youth.

Qualifications:

  • College degree
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to multi-task, and function independently or as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Experience working in multi-cultural setting
  • Conversational Spanish

Schedule and Compensation: 40 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work is required. Americorps VISTA positions are compensated at $983/month and with a choice of $5,730 Educational Award which can be used to pursue further education or a $1,500 end-of-service cash stipend.

Other program benefits include: Monthly public transportation (RIPTA Bus Pass), health benefits (members must apply for additional coverage and reimbursement of up to $6,000), opportunity to forbear student loans while in service, relocation and childcare assistance, optional life insurance, one year non-competitive status for federal government positions, a network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged.   Spanish speaking candidates are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline: April 22, 2015. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Margaret DeVos, SCLT Executive Director, at jobs@southsideclt.org. At least 2 references will be required of all finalist candidates.

SCLT is an equal opportunity employer. This position is funded by the Walmart Foundation and The Corporation for National and Community Service.

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