FAM is hiring, some more!

August 19, 2014

Full time position opening:

AmeriCorps position

One-year position to start by September 9

This position is a part of the Bangor AmeriCorps Opportunity Collaborative (BAOC)

Background 

The AmeriCorps member would focus primarily on community organizing and leadership development projects related to improving the economic well-being of underemployed and unemployed home health care workers and low-income seniors receiving home care with access to basic needs such as good food, fair wages, transportation, and adequate housing (through our faith-based and . In 2013, we began work organizing home care workers, consumers and clergy to seek a greater voice in local, state and federal matters related to homecare.  This work is done in partnership with the national Caring Across Generations campaign. Our work with faith communities grew significantly in 2013, as we began working with 16 Greater Bangor congregations spanning all major faith traditions to start Maine’s first congregation-based community organizing project, based on developing people in poverty as leaders and address the root causes of our region’s economic problems. Our agriculture work specifically is focused on making local food accessible to low-income and working-class Mainers. We organize several major local food projects each year including a Thanksgiving basket program for over 1,000 Maine families, a farm share that offers 50% off for SNAP (food stamps) recipients, a 25% SNAP discount program at three local farmers markets, a gleaning project to distribute local food to pantries and shelters, and a year round greenhouse which grows food for families in need.

 

Key Responsibilities:

Organizing – FAM has a long history of supporting working families who have been laid off or hit other hard times to improve their lives individually and to collectively seek economic justice. Our goal for the AmeriCorps member is to build relationships with low-income people (unemployed or underemployed) in our region and connect them with opportunities for improved economic well-being through both existing and new FAM programs.

  • Survey homecare workers and customers
  • Plan public hearings and other public venues, including press coverage, to highlight struggles faced by found in surveys
  • Support the development of a report based on the findings and the public hearing
  • Help organize elder dialogues between homecare workers and union retirees
  • Organize three trainings on home care such as transportation, healthcare and access to local food
  • Coordinate connections between food access projects and home health care workers, including supporting some food access projects (gleaning, farm share)
  • Work with Greenhouse Team to create plan for growing food on site to deliver to low-income families

Member Leadership Development – FAM is based on a membership model, where our 260+ members guide and lead our work areas and help choose program direction. Because we are committed to this grassroots model, we expect the AmeriCorps member to:

  • Involve FAM’s constituency of workers, unions, farmers and low-income people as volunteers and leaders in program work areas
  • Orient volunteers to FAM’s organizing model, history and campaign strategies
  • Build relationships with volunteers and members
  • Help facilitate members’ consciousness of obstacles to economic well-being for low-income people and local farmers in relation to broader social issues and systemic inequality.

Other duties shared by all FAM staff

  • Participate in annual events and some fundraising efforts, which could include support on grant proposals and major events (July 4th, Labor Day, January Annual Meeting, Legislative Breakfast)
  • Engage in Fall 2014 Strategic Planning process and subsequent follow up work
  • Represent FAM positively in public and support FAM’s mission and goals  in daily work
  • Maintain accountability to administrative systems and procedures.
  • Participate actively in weekly staff meetings as well as retreats and Board meetings when requested.
  • Plan, track, and report on work in support of organizational coordination and synergy.
  • Report progress to FAM supervisor, Director and Board on a regular basis
  • Contribute content for organizational communications as requested, such as mass email blasts.

Qualifications

A strong candidate would have:

  • A commitment to FAM’s mission and organizing model, which focuses on grassroots organizing,  leadership development and social and economic justice in Maine.
  • A commitment to cooperation and desire to explore ideas, test assumptions, and find solutions as a team.
  • Some experience in community, faith-based and/or union organizing, workers rights, and/or food access
    • Interest in gaining fundraising experience, including grant writing and event planning.
    • The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and to complete assigned projects under deadlines.
    • Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer and telephone; driving frequently to meetings and events; occasional night and weekend work.
    • Car recommended but not required
    • At least an Associate’s Degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, including the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Be comfortable making phone calls and personal visits to organize trainings and events
  • Listen compassionately to stories from low-income community members
  • Analyze data and write summary reports
  • The capacity to work with diverse communities and reserve any pre-conceived judgments.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and email servers (Gmail or Outlook available).
  • Self-motivated and directed. Good attention to detail and follow through

Reporting and Authority

The AmeriCorps member will report directly to the Director. Candidate will be accountable to all staff, and will provide updates to Board members as requested. Member will also provide weekly and monthly reports to Mary-Anne Saxl, Eastern Maine Community College and Bangor AmeriCorps Project Coordinator.

Compensation: Annual living stipend of $12,100; Education award of $5,550 upon successful completion of service; Health Insurance; Childcare assistance if eligible; training and professional development.

Timeline: We will be accepting applications from 8/12/2014 –9/09/2014 (or until position is filled), but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. FAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, low-income and working class people particularly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply: Interested applicants should email fam@foodandmedicine.org and include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) at least two references. Inquiries will be directed to FAM Steering Committee for review and interview process.

Applicants must also complete an application through the AmeriCorps portal at http://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community and can contact Mary-Anne Saxl at msalx@emcc.edu for more information or assistance with the portal.

 

 

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