Program Assistant – Lacey Client Services Center Operations Team Support

**PLEASE NOTE – ALL CANDIDATES MUST APPLY THROUGH AMERICORPS. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CANDIDATES HAVE CONFIRMED AMERICORPS APPLICATION FIRST. **

Position Summary:

This position is an 8.5 month AmeriCorps contracted placement that will support our work to eliminate hunger in our local community in an atmosphere of neighbor helping neighbor. Our organization provides food programs and services to more than 71,000 residents of Thurston County. This position focuses on distributing food at our Lacey Food Pantry, assisting staff with our seasonal Saturday Farm Stand, grounds keeping, and general building maintenance. This position will provide support to all aspects of our operations. The AmeriCorps member will be supported by staff and volunteers with opportunities to learn about food insecurity in Thurston County and how our collective community efforts work to reduce barriers to accessing food for marginalized, underserved and underrepresented members of our community.

Stipend of $3,143.24 per month

40 hour full-time

Typical Work week will be Tuesday through Saturday

September 2022 through May 2023

Upon successful completion of service, you’ll receive an education award that you can use for future college plans or to pay existing college loans. If you are over 55, you also have the option of transferring your education award to a family member.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Assist Volunteer Coordinator in setup and keeping stations well-stocked throughout the day

· Directing client traffic when necessary

· Receive, rotate and put away weekly food orders/shipments

· Receive in-house Client Intake training

· Seasonal Saturday Farm Stand: client intake, quality control, restocking, sorting, consolidation, cleanup

· Help staff with grounds keeping to include: weeding, trimming, planting

· Help staff with building maintenance to include: cleaning fans, mopping, and sweeping

· Use of equipment such as pallet jacks and walking-stacker

· Maintain receiving area and other work areas to acceptable operating standards

· Sort, pack, restock and distribute food to clients

· Work in cooperation with Food Bank staff and volunteers in groups and independently

· Possible off-site work supporting deliveries, pickups, distribution of food

Skills we are looking for:

· Able-bodied enough to lift 50-pound boxes.

· Valid driver’s license

· Must have or obtain a valid Washington State Food Workers Card.

· Willingness to be flexible with types of tasks given.

· Willingness to learn to operate heavy machinery

· A team player, but also capable of working independently.

The following link is to apply for our AmeriCorps position: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=98140.

These links are for videos on AmeriCorps and how to apply:

https://washingtonservicecorps.org/enrollment-member-training-and-resources/ for a video and steps on applying through AmeriCorps.

If you need assistance with the AmeriCorps application process or have questions, free to reach out to our Staff Development Director by messaging us through this site or you can contact AmeriCorps directly.

AmeriCorps Candidate Eligibility Requirements

At a minimum, the following criteria must be met:
1. be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident (must submit proof as defined by CNCS regulation);
2. be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service (17 years of age with signed parental consent form);

3. pass required National Service Criminal History Checks;
4. not be listed on the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR);

5. a high school diploma or GED for any tutoring position.

What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for approximately 80,000 individuals each year to volunteer by providing direct service to their communities and country.  AmeriCorps members recruit, train, and oversee community volunteers; tutor and mentor youth; build affordable housing; teach computer skills; clean parks and streams; support after-school programs; help communities respond to disasters; and build the capacity of nonprofit groups to become self-sustaining, among many other activities.  Learn more at the Corporation for National and Community Service website.

What is the Washington Service Corps?
The Washington Service Corps was created by the Washington State Legislature in 1983 to give young adults opportunities to serve their communities. When the federal government established the AmeriCorps program in 1994, the WSC was one of the programs used as a successful example. When WSC joined the AmeriCorps program in 1994, the eligibility for the program was expanded to include individuals age 17 and over.
WSC is one of the largest intermediary organizations in the country, and is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. WSC receives federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service through grants awarded by Serve Washington. WSC AmeriCorps members are placed with schools, nonprofit organizations, state, local and tribal government agencies, and faith-based organizations to address a variety of unmet and pressing community needs. WSC partners/sub-grantees must demonstrate evidence-based solutions that produce positive community outcomes.

Thank you for considering the Thurston County Food Bank.

Benefits available through AmeriCorps:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

COVID-19 considerations:

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated as determined by Thurston County Food Bank unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Masks are encouraged in our facilities but are not required.

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