Farm Share Veggie Rx Coordinator (Seasonal: June through October, 2022)
$19.18 - $22.54 /hour - Approximately 30 hours/week
Farm Share Veggie Rx Coordinator (Seasonal)
Marion Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk Counties. Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food for children, adults, and seniors through more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites and home-delivered meals and to carry out programs to address the root causes of hunger.
Our Mission: “to bring people together to end hunger and its root causes.”
At the Food Share, our commitment is to:
- Treat all people as our neighbor.
- Encourage creativity and be willing to take risks.
- Listen first and seek to understand.
- Focus on shared goals.
- Celebrate diversity, ensure dignity, and act equitably.
Summary of Role:
The Farm Share Rx Coordinator will coordinate a prescription vegetable distribution program in Salem and Grand Ronde. This position will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, and facilitating the distributions of free weekly produce shares on a seasonal basis to patients of three partner clinics in Grand Ronde and Salem.
Core Areas of Responsibility
- Program Coordination: Collaborates with clinic partners to enroll eligible patients, collect participant data, manage waitlist, and communicate regularly with participants.
- Education Coordination: Communicates with OSU Extension and volunteers to provide nutrition education opportunities for participants.
- Produce Distribution: Distributes free produce shares to enrolled participants in the program weekly.
- Communication: Corresponds with volunteers and participants in the program through email, text, and a weekly newsletter.
**This position has no supervisory responsibilities but will provide leadership, guidance, and training to volunteers.
Areas of Responsibility, Evaluation and Essential Functions:
- Collaborates and coordinates with our clinic partners to advertise program and enroll eligible patients.
- Collects basic data from participants through pre and post surveys.
- Tracks attendance at all distributions.
- Prepares final report that includes information from the surveys and attendance.
Nutrition Education Coordination:
- Collaborates with OSU Extension Services to offer regular tastings and/or cooking demos at distributions as OSU policies and staff availability allow.
- Curates weekly recipes and storage tips for distribution.
- Coordinates an online recipe sharing circle for participants.
- Leads produce distributions at separate sites three days per week.
- Follows food safety procedures to ensure safety and quality of produce.
- Loads truck; transports produce to site; sets up produce display.
- Communicates with Youth Farm staff each week regarding contents of shares.
- Assists farm staff occasionally with harvesting duties.
- Communicates effectively and proactively with volunteers, program participants, clinics, staff and others involved in the Farm Share program.
- Sends reminders to program participants regularly to encourage program attendance
- Creates weekly newsletter, both printed and digital, publicizing share contents and recipes for patients.
Other duties as assigned[i]
[i] This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked to perform other duties. You will be evaluated in part based upon your performance of the tasks listed in this job description. MPFS has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and physical demand satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. EOE.
Education and/or Experience; Certificates/Licenses/Registrations:
- 1+ years of experience in program coordination or community organizing preferred, including experience supervising volunteers.
- Strong Spanish skills (written and verbal). Bilingual Spanish/English is strongly preferred.
- Must be proficient in English, both verbally and written.
- Must have current driver’s license, auto insurance and be cleared to drive company vehicles.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook as well as email communications and basic computer technology.
- Must pass pre-employment drug screen and full background check, including driving record check.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent organizational skills required. Ability to successfully balance multiple projects and prioritize effectively.
- Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to make strong public presentations and write in a professional manner.
- Proven ability to work effectively with a diverse group of external and internal persons to achieve results, including non-English speakers and families experiencing poverty.
- Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
- Strong passion for community gardening, food security, community food systems or poverty issues.
Job Conditions: Work will be performed in both an office setting as well as outdoors, in all types of weather. Will regularly involve sustained periods of standing and walking and moderate to heavy manual labor, including bending, reaching, squatting, crawling, stooping and use of the hands, arms and fingers. Will regularly be required to lift up to 50 pounds and climb into a pickup truck. Work will involve travel and use of a Food Share truck or other vehicles. Some work on evenings and weekends may be required.
Remote work is NOT possible for this position. The Food Share provides essential services to our neighbors in Marion and Polk counties. As a result, all Food Share employees may be asked to report to work during local public health, weather, or other environmental emergencies.