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CFS VISTA Project: Local Food Development Coordinator S 2022
As a CFS VISTA member, you will serve among a cohort of Community Food Security (CFS) VISTA members throughout Iowa, sponsored by the Center for Energy & Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, & will have frequent opportunities to share knowledge within this community through regular cohort-wide meetings & site visits. In addition to all standard AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, you will engage regularly with thought leaders in local food via the Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network & Regional Food Systems Working Group, in addition to being invited to professional development opportunities coordinated by a VISTA Leader in your cohort. Our full time AmeriCorps VISTA member is currently working with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development (Iowa Valley RC&D) to center racial equity and food sovereignty across all facets of the Grow: Johnson County program’s efforts. Your position will closely collaborate with this full-time VISTA to conduct research into best practices in advancing racial equity and implement those practices in the form of racial equity policies, a Community Advisory Board (CAB), and farm-based educational programming for BIPOC youth. The CAB will include people receiving food from Grow Johnson County who are experts in this work in our community and who will help guide program decision making. Iowa Valley RC&D is leading exciting new projects through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the United States Department of Agriculture. As an AmeriCorps VISTA hosted at Iowa Valley RC&D, you will learn about local farming and food businesses, develop a deeper understanding of food insecurity and hunger in Iowa and will learn about a broad range of solutions to challenges facing local food value chains.
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Member Duties : You will work with diverse local producers in our region & across the state to strengthen the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program & Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program projects, collaborating with staff & community partners; research best practices & work within a racial equity framework; develop educational resources; & improve technical assistance resources & strategies to help local producers strengthen their businesses & sell to new markets. You will thrive as a critical & innovative thinking self-starter who works alongside diverse groups of people with accountability & compassion; eager to establish & maintain positive working relationships internally & externally; & having an equity centered mindset, excellent communication, interpersonal & organizational skills with interest in community development projects. Strong computer skills, with ability to learn & use new programs, & experience overcoming adversity are desired.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Education ,  Recruitment ,  Law ,  Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Social Services ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
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CFS VISTA Project: Local Food Development Coordinator S 2022

Program Start/End Date
08/29/2022  -   08/28/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  06/01/2022  To  07/31/2022 

Contact Sarah Steinmeyer
8106 Jennings Dr
Cedar Falls   IA   50614

Listing ID 112939