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San Diego job posting

  • Subject: [cg] San Diego job posting
  • From: "Betsy Johnson" betsy@bgjohnson.com
  • Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 11:17:33 -0400

International Rescue Committee

AmeriCorps*VISTA Community and Economic Development Job Announcement

Project Description

The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933, is a leading
non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief,
protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services and advocacy
for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  The IRC
Community and Economic AmeriCorps*VISTA project is designed to develop
innovative programs that address food security amongst San Diego's refugee
and low-income communities.  Our current departmental initiatives focus on
increasing nutritional education and access to fresh, affordable produce. We
provide a continuum of food security services that enable these communities
to resettle: from educating individuals about low-income food resources, to
starting school and community gardens to helping refugees start new food
businesses, these efforts mirror our clients' transition from first learning
about US food culture and ways to access affordable produce to developing
their own food businesses that can increase economic self-sufficiency and
provide culturally appropriate foods to the community.

The Community and Economic AmeriCorps*VISTA will be have considerable
opportunities to develop professional skills and plan and oversee programs.

Community and Economic Devlopment

Under the supervision of the Community Development Specialist in San Diego,
the AmeriCoprs*VISTA Community Development Position will contribute to the
overall mission of the IRC by assisting with:

*         Creating and teaching garden-based lessons to high school students

*         Starting new community gardens (especially in the refugee

*         Researching local food security issues and creating forums for
educational and outreach opportunities

*         Researching and proposing new food security initiatives through
community collaboration and independent efforts

*         Local and national advocacy efforts to strengthen and secure
strong food security policies

*         Providing technical assistance to newly established refugee and
low-income entrepreneurs who own food business

*         Departmental outreach efforts to increase knowledge of our
Microenterprise services

*         Building and strengthening partnerships with the refugee community
and relevant organizations

*         Volunteer recruitment and management

*         Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

1.   Interest in food security and nutrition

2.   Interest in community/youth development

3.   Interest in micro-enterprise and small business development

4.   Gardening/farming experience

5.   Demonstrated leadership and ability to plan and orchestrate programs

6.   BA (all fields accepted) or equivalent experience

7.   Teaching and research experience preferred

8.   Prior experience working with refugees and/or immigrants a plus

9.   Second language (Somali, Arabic - or other) a plus

10. Grant writing experience a plus

11.  Must join AmeriCorps*VISTA program

Please contact/send your resume to Kate Hughes: (619) 641-7510 x244,

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