Bucky’s Food Pantry Coordinator

AmeriCorps Service Member Position

BACKGROUND

East Tennessee State University (ETSU), located in Johnson City, TN provides a student-centered community of learning, reflecting high standards and promoting a balance of libral arts and professional preparation, and continuous improvement. 

Bucky’s Food Pantry is a food access point designed to assist ETSU students in meeting their nutritional needs, and connecting students with additional community resources.

ROLE

The purpose of the Bucky’s Food Pantry Coordinator is to support students in accessing food and other community resources as necessary, and to grow the organizational strength of Bucky’s Food Pantry. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone interested in entering the nonprofit field with a strong focus on nutrition and food access. This position is an AmeriCorps member service position for a six month term beginning in August 2021 with East Tennessee State University, supported by the AppalCorps AmeriCorps program of the Appalachian RC&D Council.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Food Pantry Operations
    • Supporting food access for students
    • Overseeing general daily operations 
    • Overseeing volunteers and APS student workers
    • Distributing food boxes and bags 
    • Overseeing distribution records
 Community Support Activities 
    • Responsible for tracking and maintaining record of new and current members
    • Responsible for planning, administering, and reporting on current specialty crop focused programming
    • Assisting in determining educational needs for members
    • Assisting in the procurement and development of member support resources
    • Assisting in the establishment of data collection plans for farmers markets receiving grant and project support through  specialty crop focused programming
    • Coordinating with farmers market managers to collect grant and program specific data to support specialty crop focused programming 
 Marketing and Communications 
    • Serving on teams and collaborating with others to support food access
    • Researching and compiling additional community resources for students
    • Networking with partner organizations to support student services
    • Assisting students with accessing community resources 
    • Presenting program information in classrooms and for partner organizations 
    • Participate in and help support activities with strategic partners

 QUALIFICATIONS 

    • Strong interest and commitment to locally grown food and agricultural products
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule
    • Ability to lift 25 pounds
    • Must submit to and pass a criminal history background check
    • Must be a US Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • Must abide by a drug-free workplace policy
    • Must commit to an AmeriCorps service term of 6 months, equalling a minimum of 900 hours. This averages out to about 34 hours a week over the 6 month term.

BENEFITS 

    • Gain valuable work experience in the non-profit sector and in grant management
    • Living allowance of $1,258.30 a month before taxes
    • Segal Education Award equalling the max amount awarded in a Pell Grant for the fiscal year
    • Student loan forbearance during service term 
    • Child Care stipend during the service term

HOW TO APPLY

Interested parties can submit a resume to Dr. Michelle Byrd at byrdt@mail.etsu.edu

If you have questions about the ARCD AmeriCorps program, please contact Rachel Armor, ARCD AppalCorps Program Director.

The Appalachian Resource Conservation & Development Council is 501(c) (3) non-profit organization chartered in 1994. Our Board of Directors includes representation from across the region that we serve. Our mission is to conserve natural resources and improve rural economies through community leadership and enhanced educational opportunities. We work to preserve our heritage, promote local growers/producers and protect the lands of past generations so that future generations may be able to enjoy the natural wonders our region has to offer.