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Women in Transitions - Business Development for Refugees
The Women in Transition Initiative is a collaboration between Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Benevolence Farm and AmeriCorps VISTA CNCS which focuses on employment and workforce development strategies through agricultural-based social enterprise programs as a tool for overcoming and preventing poverty. The initiative seeks to ensure that North Carolina women facing major transitions (refugees, immigrants, formerly incarcerated and others) gain the educational and professional skills needed to improve their economic situation. The Americorps VISTA Social Enterprise coordinator will ensure sustainable and feasible social enterprise strategies to support program participants and organizational programs long-term. This will be achieved through assessing the current social enterprise methods used , conducting external research of additional social enterprise models, developing a business plan, identifying potential business partners and customers, and developing new systems for effective management and coordination of social enterprise initiatives to help meet business goals. Qualifications: Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to justice, equity and have experience working with people from diverse cultures, ethnicity, races, religion, language, socioeconomic groups, and educational backgrounds. Relevant experience with business development planning, sales and marketing are ideal. Strong communication skills are essential for success, written and oral communication as well as technical skills for website and social media management and proficiency with word and excel. Candidates are expected to have excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to multitask and be able to work both collaboratively and independently. Flexibility, adaptability, humility and openness to new situations are necessary. Knowledge of food justice, sustainable agriculture or refugee resettlement are a plus.
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Member Duties : In close collaboration with participants and staff, the Americorps VISTA member will facilitate the development of a 5-year business plan for refugee agricultural businesses. Once the 5-year plan has been developed, the Americorps VISTA will work with refugee farmers to define potential barriers and solutions to their business plans; pilot new agricultural marketing opportunities and develop capacity building materials for new programming areas identified in 5-year plan. In addition to the project goals, the Americorps VISTA member will also participate in staff meetings; contribute to the development of the organizational and programmatic goals and provide regular progress reports.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Environment . 
Skills :
Education ,  Team Work ,  Environment ,  Social Services ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Women in Transitions - Business Development for Refugees

Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  21    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NORTH CAROLINA  


Accepting Applications
From  05/15/2021  To  06/15/2021 

Contact Elly Goetz
2912 Jones Ferry Rd
Chapel Hill   NC   27516
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 92218