Food Security Program Coordinator
Nov. 30, 2021
The Food Security Program Coordinator will develop and implement outreach and education strategies to advance food access for individuals and families who experience food insecurity. This position is integral to JFCS’ work in advancing systemic change to address food security and build relationships and connecting people to food resources. This role includes building relationships internally with JFCS staff and with staff and volunteers from other community agencies, the Minnesota Department of Health and advocacy networks. In this role, the coordinator will assist community members with assessing their eligibility for programs and resources including Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and the enrollment process. 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 helping plan and implement advocacy opportunities for JFCS and PRISM to support related legislation and initiatives that advance food access. This position has a flexible work schedule averaging 25 hours/week, which may include evenings and weekends.
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.
Salary and Benefits
- Hourly rate – $22/hour
- Competitive benefits package includes 401(k) with match, vision, dental, vacation, sick time, and holidays
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Outreach: Create and implement an annual outreach plan strengthening existing and identifying new community partners 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 to the community co-located in the JFCS building. Coordinate Food for All program, providing healthy snack options to local organizations to distribute to individuals and families in need. (25%)
- Intake: Conduct prescreening meetings for community members to determine eligibility for SNAP allocation or other food access programs. Respond in a timely manner to all inquiries for information including internal referrals and provide holistic support to ensure individuals are able to connect to other JFCS and community resources. Assist with the completion and submission of applications and accompanying documents. Act as a liaison between the applicant and their county of enrollment, to mitigate potential enrollment problems and delays. Provide intake services at PRISM Marketplace 1 day/week. (35%)
- 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 efforts (10%)
- Serve as Subject Matter Expert: Stay up to date on 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 JFCS intake team. (10%)
- Logistics and Volunteer Opportunities: 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%).
- Administrative Management: Manage administrative elements tracking outcomes and evaluating effectiveness of activities. (5%)
Experience and Qualifications
- Minimum of two years of volunteer or professional experience in community outreach work.
- Proven ability to compassionately engage with people from across all backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and mental and physical abilities.
- Experience working with and providing supervision to volunteers.
- Knowledge of Twin Cities food security community partnerships and opportunities.
- Proven oral and written skills to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
Skills and Qualities
- 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 work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues in Community Services department and other JFCS staff.
- Strong time management and task prioritization skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to establish relationships with people and organizations from diverse populations.
- Knowledge of unique barriers faced by people experiencing food insecurity.
- Strong community outreach skills.
- Ability to lift up to 30 pounds routinely.
- Sincere commitment to consistently reflecting JFCS’s Values: compassion; inclusion; innovation; integrity; and collaboration.
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