Food Security Program Coordinator

Job Title:

Food Security Program Coordinator

Organization Name:

JFCS of Minneapolis

Job Type:

Parttime; 2530 hours per week

Salary Range:

$22-$24/hour

Deadline:

11/19/2022

Position Summary:

The Food Security Program Coordinator helps individuals and families access food resources and plays a lead role in JFCS’ advocacy on food justice policy and funding. This role includes building relationships internally with JFCS staff and with staff and volunteers from other community agencies and advocacy networks. In this role, the coordinator will assist community members with assessing their eligibility for programs and resources including helping people enroll in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). This position manages the Food for All program, providing healthy snack options to local organizations to distribute to individuals and families in need. In addition, this position serves as a liaison to PRISM, providing intake and SNAP support to PRISM clients and implementing advocacy opportunities for JFCS and PRISM to support legislation and initiatives that advance food access. This position has a flexible work schedule averaging 25 hours/week, which may include evenings and weekends. The hourly rate is approximately $22.

JFCS and PRISM Food Shelf of Golden Valley are co-located and have an operating partnership to extend the capacities of both social service agencies to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing financial hardship and/or food insecurity.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Intake: Provide telephone and in-person assessments to determine eligibility for SNAP allocation and other food programs. Respond in a timely manner to internal referrals and community requests for food resources, connecting individuals to other JFCS and community resources as needed. Help community members apply for SNAP and other benefits. Provide intake services at PRISM Marketplace one day/week. (35%)
  • Outreach: Create and implement an annual outreach plan to strengthen and form new community partnership relationships to support food access and reach people who are likely to be food insecure. Serve as a liaison to PRISM, a community partner with a shared focus of providing food and support services. Coordinate JFCS’s Food for All program, providing healthy snack options to local organizations to distribute to individuals and families in need. (25%) 
  • Advocacy: Participate in statewide advocacy efforts with Partners to End Hunger, keep JFCS leadership informed of advocacy issues related to food security, write and speak on behalf of JFCS’ efforts, and coordinate JFCS/PRISM voter registration and activation efforts (10%)
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert: Stay up to date on the latest resources, policies, and specific rules, regulations, and barriers when applying for SNAP benefits in Minnesota, as well as DHS procedures for processing applications. Communicate policy and resources updates to JFCS staff and collaborate with the JFCS intake team. (10%)
  • Logistics and Volunteer Engagement: Manage inventory and supervise delivery of Food for All products and delivery volunteers, maintain emergency food boxes, conduct occasional food drives and other food-related volunteer projects. (15%)
  • Record and Data Management: Maintain accurate and timely records, correspondence and tracking outcomes of outreach and engagement activities. (5%)

Experience and Qualifications Requirements: 

Experience:

  • Minimum of two years of volunteer or professional experience in community outreach work. 
  • Volunteer or professional advocacy experience is preferred.
  • Working or otherwise developing relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, such as differences related to culture, religion, financial resources, race, national origin, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and abilities. 
  • Experience working with and providing supervision to volunteers.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Sincere commitment to consistently reflecting JFCS’s Values: compassion; inclusion; innovation; integrity; and collaboration
  • Strong interviewing and assessment skills
  • Relationship builder and sustainer, with staff, clients and community partners
  • Knowledge of Twin Cities food security community partnerships and opportunities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Creative and effective problem solver
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of unique barriers faced by people experiencing food insecurity
  • Accurate and timely electronic record keeping
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel
  • Ability to manage a hybrid work model between in office and working from home
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds routinely

Additional Information

JFCS is a multi-faceted human services agency with the mission to provide essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and offer support in times of need. JFCS is a place where you can put your values to work every day. You will be able to:

  • Make a positive difference in the lives of others
  • Feel energized to give your best effort and enjoy a healthy work/life balance
  • Learn, grow and accomplish new things

JFCS serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values inclusion and diversity. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability. AA/EEO

Salary and Benefits:

  • Approximately $22/hour; 25 hours/week
  • Benefits package including 401(k) with match, vision and dental
  • Work-life balance including 3 weeks vacation, sick time, holidays, and flexible schedule

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume Diana MacLennan, Human Resources Manager. E-mail [email protected] or apply directly at https://www.jfcsmpls.org/about-us/jobs-at-jfcs/. For more information on Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, see www.jfcsmpls.org. AA/EEO