• Hunger Action Corps: Chicago's Community Kitchens Program Assistant

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago
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  • Overview

    Position purpose:
    Within the Food Depository’s service area of Cook County, 10.7 percent of individuals in the labor force are unemployed, and nearly 900,000 individuals live in poverty. The Food Depository recognizes that often, hunger and poverty are intertwined, and that unemployment is an indicator of food insecurity. The Food Depository’s Chicago’s Community Kitchens (CCK) program is a free, 14-week workforce development program that teaches students the culinary arts, as well as job readiness skills that are essential for those seeking employment. CCK targets unemployed and underemployed men and women in Cook County, and gives them the assistance necessary to succeed in the food service field.


    Duties & responsibilities:
    Two full-time AmeriCorps members will support the Chicago’s Community Kitchens program to enhance student recruitment strategies and engage more students in the program. The members will develop and implement new procedures to reach those interested in the CCK program, and enrich life skills development opportunities for students after enrollment. These members will bolster the student support network by creating an updated network of resources students can access while in the program and after graduation to increase their opportunity for success.

    • Recruit new students to enroll in the program, and identify additional recruitment strategies to reach those in need of the CCK program
      • Recruitment Strategy Execution and Tracking
        • Implement Recruitment strategy follow up table for program inquiries
        • Track follow up contact and success rates
        • Use recruitment strategy follow up table to reconnect with potential students and better link call log, online applications, and referrals to follow up initiatives
      • Community Recruitment Opportunities
        • Research recruitment opportunities in Cook County
        • Coordinate with SBV and CCK team to arrange best fit representative for job/resource/health fairs, community events, presentations, etc
        • Track details of each opportunity for future reference in returning
        • Track response of interested program participants
        • Perform networking and follow up measures after each event
    • Perform detailed success tracking of CCK network of recruitment sources and strategies
      • Create tracking system for DHS, PGM, Recruitment Roundtable and other CCK referral partners
        • Maintain referral partner contact information
        • Track CCK communication and response from recruitment partners
        • Track referral numbers at multiple stages throughout program – intake, enrolled, graduated, employed, etc.
      • Develop way to track usefulness of Rambler, Roundtables, Resource Fairs, Flyers, etc.
    • Ensure that students enrolled in the program have access to an adequate support network so they complete the program successfully
      • Create inspirational displays for student boards: Graduate highlights, success stats, etc
      • Assist with student support services such as transit cards, career services, etc
    • Build CCK Alumni tracking, network and contact
    • Propose an outreach calendar to increase Alumni contact that incorporates a diversity of methods and medias to reach a diverse Graduate population
    • Implement outreach and assess if tracking is possible to gauge any increase in Alumni contact
    • Use outreach to add and build the success stories and graduate highlights used for program purposes such as marketing, recruitment partner outreach and student inspiration boards
    • Work as part of a cross-functional team that is developing and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and address the root causes of hunger


    Qualifications & competencies:

    • Minimum of Associate’s degree preferred, or 2+ years of relevant experience in social services or community outreach
    • Strong interpersonal skills required
    • Experience with community outreach preferred, but not required
    • Good organizational abilities required
    • Typing proficiency and an intermediate skill level in MS Office applications
    • Ability to learn new databases and train others to use technology
    • Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and projects
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
    • Must be friendly and outgoing
    • Members must have access to a working vehicle and valid insurance, as regular travel throughout Cook County is required


    Working conditions:

    • This role requires travel done in a personal vehicle (travel expenses are reimbursable): approximately 10% of a member’s time will be spent in the field, and 90% of their time will take place in the office. Members must be comfortable traveling to rising communities throughout Cook County.
    • Members will serve full-time (40 hours per week, not including meal/break times).
    • The role requires a flexible schedule: occasional weekend or evening hours required.
    • Members may occasionally interact with individuals who are experiencing mental illness.


    Physical requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by Hunger Action Corps members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

    • Physical Activity:
      • Manual dexterity to use computer, mouse, telephone, and other standard office equipment.
      • Light work – lifting of up to 20lbs occasionally.
    • Visual:
      • Close visual acuity (with correction) to read needed work documents, papers, and computer terminal.
      • Visual acuity (with correction) to operate a motor vehicle for the purpose of site visits.
    • Other:
      • Verbal skills – member must be able to communicate with others in person and over the phone.


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