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Our success in ending hunger in San Luis Obispo County relies on the people who work for our organization. If you would like to be a part of building a healthier community where nutritious food is available to all, please consider joining our team of talented and dedicated individuals.

Position: AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP) Fellow
Term: 900 hours (full time, 40 hours per week)
Location: Primarily based out of San Luis Obispo but travel throughout SLO County

Position Summary

The VIP Fellows’ primary role is developing the volunteer program at the Food Bank. Members increase the number of high-value (skilled and corporate) volunteers providing needed services to children, youth and families who face economic hardship in the community. Additionally, VIP Fellows build capacity within the Food Bank’s volunteer program to provide the support, skills and resources volunteers need to be successful. VIP Fellows work as a part of a team to coordinate volunteer programs and to coach and support high-value volunteers. Members spend time in the community, building partnerships, and forging lasting relationships.

This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply your leadership and community organizing skills to make a lasting difference in the lives of children, youth, their families, and the local community and receive personal and professional development. Benefits include: education award upon successful completion of service, childcare assistance if eligible, stipend, health coverage, and training.

Major Duties

  • Develop and implement a volunteer program that specifically engages high-value volunteers, particularly specialized/skilled volunteers.
  • Develop business partnerships that provide material and volunteer support for the Food Bank.
  • Recruit and train community members as volunteers who support the infrastructure of programs run by the Food Bank.
  • Track volunteer program and infrastructure development at the Food Bank, utilizing a defined AmeriCorps Member Work Plan.
  • Serve side-by-side with volunteers to provide guidance, to better understand the clients’ needs, and to improve the volunteer experience.
  • Participate in all program-required trainings and development opportunities including: orientation, regular meetings with your local VIP team, and a minimum of 4 Days of Service with the cohort and any/all regional/state trainings and online trainings.
  • AmeriCorps VIP Fellow’s work station will be at reception. Will greet volunteers as they enter office to orient them and answer phones as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Schedule Requirements

  • Full-time commitment serving a minimum of 900 hours that may include some evenings and weekends.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as determined by the Program Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Interest in food security, social justice, and local food systems
  • Interest in and/or a background in community service, volunteerism, or university work.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple tasks.
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with the team.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to approach situations creatively.
  • Ability to create positive relationships with site staff.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Member Requirements:

  • Must provide current photo ID, signed Social Security Card, and proof that they are a US Citizen, a US National, or a Legal Permanent Resident before or at the time of sign-up.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must follow the AmeriCorps Code of Conduct while serving.
  • Must clear a criminal background check (DOJ and FBI; National Sex Offender Public Website Database).
  • Must have a valid CA driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance.

Resources

Apply

  • Applications are considered as they are received. To learn more and start the application process please contact:
  • Aracely Aceves Lozano, Director of Community Relations, aalozano@slofoodbank.org.


Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.