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The Arkansas Foodbank is the state’s largest non-governmental provider of emergency food aid. In 2014, the Arkansas Foodbank distributed 22.4 million pounds of food; the highest ever in our 30 year history. The Arkansas Foodbank operates as a distribution hub for 300 member agencies in 33 counties in central and south Arkansas. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, youth programs, senior centers, schools and emergency shelters. Foodbank member agencies service approximately 30,000 people per week—touching the lives of 280,000 individuals every year.


SNAP Program Associate

JOB DESCRIPTION:   The Arkansas Foodbank Program Services Food for Families Supplemental Nutrient Assistance Program (SNAP) is partnering with the Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) which is a nationwide AmeriCorps VISTA program. Funding is provided by the USDA with matching support from the Wal-Mart Foundation, sponsored by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH). The AHOC program collaborates with some of the nation’s most innovative anti-hunger nonprofit organizations. AHOC engages those who commit a year of their life as community change agents in this highly commended program by way of new project implementation, capacity building, volunteer management and community support building while at the same time breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthy, nutritious foods via nutrition education and benefits utilization, including SNAP (formerly Food Stamps).  The AmeriCorp VISTA will report to the SNAP Coordinator.   This opportunity will be open until November 30.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • VISTA will work a minimum of 37.5 hours each week
  • VISTA will complete Arkansas Foodbank SNAP Training
  • VISTA will sign a Arkansas Foodbank SNAP Confidentially Agreement to protect all parties
  • VISTA will assist the community, faith-based organizations, and state agencies in decreasing barriers and improving access to USDA FNS’s SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Program in order to help enable people eligible for SNAP to obtain employment and/or increase their wages, with the hope that someday they will no longer need SNAP benefits
  • VISTA will recruit, manage, and train unpaid SNAP volunteers and agencies to conduct SNAP screening and application assistance
  • VISTA will increase access to nutritious food options by expanding awareness and programming to increase utilization of benefits within the food bank service area
  • VISTA will create SNAP materials for agency awareness and volunteer opportunities
  • VISTA will identify potential relationships within food bank service area for SNAP agency awareness, application assistance, and SNAP Application Assistance events sites
  • VISTA will assist clients at SNAP events with navigating the application, requirements, and filling out the SNAP application
  • VISTA will create, update and maintain SNAP volunteer database for SNAP and other programs
  • VISTA will compile data and information on indicators of food insecurity, poverty and food assistance need on state, county, and city levels as appropriate
  • VISTA will create general and customized reports, materials graphics and presentations for use in meetings, educational presentations and advocacy meetings with key constituents
  • VISTA will administer and conduct focus groups particularly with SNAP Volunteers and agencies
  • VISTA will travel 25% to 30% within the food bank service area
  • Other duties as assigned

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Segal Education Award ($5,775) or end-of-service cash stipend ($1,500)
  • Professional work experience with one of Arkansas’s respected and largest anti-hunger organizations
  • Living allowance, paid bi-weekly
  • Health coverage
  • Training Support
  • 10 paid holidays, sick days and vacation days
  • Potential to forbear or defer student loans while in service
  • Relocation Assistance (if eligible)
  • Childcare Assistance (if eligible)
  • Optional Life Insurance (members must buy-into insurance)
  • One year Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) status for a US federal government position
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and alums
  • Professional non-profit work experience

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to travel
  • Valid driver’s license

EDUCATION:  

  • College degree from an accredited college/university is required

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to communicate effectively, oral and written format
  • Ability to do basic writing and editing
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word
  • Ability to lift approximately 20-25 pounds
  • Ability to do public speaking

WORK SCHEDULE:  One year, full-time position

TERMS:  There are restrictions on paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time.

CLOSING DATE:  This position will remain open November 30.


Program Services Assistant

The Program Services Assistant will report to the Food For Families Program Officer and have the following essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate and timely records of all Program Services activities, including federal/state reimbursement programs and numbers served by each program;
  • Collect monthly agency reports using the electronic reporting program and compile data into monthly and quarterly reports;
  • Field telephone calls for the Arkansas Foodbank Food For Families Program Services when other staff members are not available;
  • A Provide data for program and grant reports;
  • Assist FFF Program Services with workshops including registration, assisting with planning coordination and details;
  • Maintain/update regularly Food for Families Program Services part of website.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Associates degree or equivalent two-year college or technical school degree preferred, high school diploma or general education degree (G.E.D.) required;
  • At least three years of experience in an administrative role;
  • Skilled with computer operations and Microsoft Office, with particular experience in Word, Excel, other spreadsheet and data base programs and survey programs such as Survey Monkey or Survey Gizmo;
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in oral and written format;
  • Ability to work independently and to organize and prioritize work;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and operate office equipment;
  • Ability to lift approximately 20 pounds;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.

You may apply in person at the Arkansas Foodbank or send a resume to Erika Hadley ehadley@arkansasfoodbank.org attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format only. Please include the job title in the email subject line.