Position:  Campus Kitchens Community Coordinator

Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL)

Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

Full-time, 11 months (Start date:  September 1, 2011)

Position Description:

Gonzaga University’s Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL) is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to coordinate the Campus Kitchens many community-minded endeavors.  One of these is the Campus Kitchens Community Dinner, which provides a Thursday evening meal to homeless and low-income individuals in downtown Spokane.  The Dinner not only provides a weekly meal service to low-income individuals and families but is also a nexus of support for those in the community suffering from hunger, homelessness, and the impact of the recent economic downturn.

A second focus is on the Ruellen-Day Community Garden. Located on the Gonzaga University campus, the Ruellen-Day Community Garden engages GU students, staff and faculty in the growing of fresh organic produce for the Campus Kitchen.  Service-Learning courses use the garden as a touchstone to teach about local issues of food insecurity and sustainability. Youth from the mentoring partners use the garden as a resource to learn more about where their food comes from and making healthy meal choices.

A third focus is working with the Gonzaga University Mentoring Programs Nutrition Education Programs. CKGU partners volunteers and service-learning students with Gonzaga’s mentoring programs.  They provide healthy meals as well as programs on nutrition and healthy eating.  Youth and their mentors also volunteer at the community garden and in the process learn more about where their food comes from and how to make healthy meal choices.

The Americorps will work in partnership with the Campus Kitchen Coordinator and CCASL staff to support these Community-minded endeavors.  The Americorps will report directly to the Assistant Director of CCASL and schedule regular meetings with the Campus Kitchens Coordinator.  They will help to build program capacity by recruiting and coordinating volunteers, conduct outreach to connect with community members who could benefit from participating in health education programs, partner with Gonzaga’s mentoring programs and service-learning faculty to provide nutritional education and activities including involvement in the Ruellen-Day Community Garden, Develop the volunteer recruitment and management plan for the garden,  fundraising and resource development, building upon current community partnerships to provide additional services, and completing various other projects that help to develop and sustain this program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the organization and coordination of the weekly Campus Kitchens Community Dinner
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers, with a focus on recruiting veterans to volunteer.
  • Collaborate with the Campus Kitchen, community partners, university departments, students and faculty to develop and sustain programming for the Campus Kitchens Community Dinner
  • Partner with Gonzaga’s mentoring programs and service-learning faculty to provide nutritional education and activities including involvement in the Ruellen-Day Community Garden.
  • Outreach to the L’Arche Community, serveral adult family homes for developmentally disables adults, to see if there is a need for fresh produce from the community garden.
  • Track the number of referrals to local social services CHAS and other agencies provide to clients met at the Campus Kitchen Community Dinner.
  • Track the number of veterans receiving food and other services at the Campus Kitchens Community Dinner
  • Attend Spokane Homeless Coalition and Feed Spokane meetings and events
  • Identify resources, solicit donations, present program outcomes and statistics to governmental and community stakeholders e.g. Spokane City Council, local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.
  • Participate in professional development and training activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications needed:

  • Ability to advise higher education students
  • Ability to work with marginalized groups (homeless)
  • Leadership experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Background in community service work
  • Self-motivated, a self-starter
  • Must be 21 years of age or older and a college graduate (or graduating in May of 2012)
  • Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Must be able to successfully complete a twelve month term beginning September 2011

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume and list of references to ayers@gonzaga.edu andbdesantis@gonzaga.edu by Wednesday, April 6th.