• Hunger Action Corps: Youth Engagement Coordinator

    Internship Locations US-IL-Chicago
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Position purpose:
    Volunteers provide vital support to further the Food Depository’s mission of “providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.”  From helping repackage food to distributing food to those in need, volunteers make the Food Depository’s impact in Cook County possible.  Over the course of FY17, the Food Depository received the support of nearly 23,000 unduplicated volunteers.  To expand the volunteer program further, the Food Depository is looking to engage additional youth in our mission, and in turn help ignite a lifelong passion to serve others and end hunger.


    Duties & responsibilities:

    Two full-time Hunger Action Corps members will serve alongside the Food Depository’s Volunteer Engagement Team within the Communications and Marketing Department.  One Hunger Action Corps member will focus on the development and facilitation of programming to increase engagement among youth. 

    • Lead the Food Depository’s Nourish 101 series
      • Research strategies to increase engagement in Nourish 101 classes
        • Create a mobile module of Nourish 101 in order to bring the series to schools
      • Conduct outreach to and build relationships with Chicago-area schools to increase awareness of Food Depository engagement opportunities
      • Lead Nourish 101 classes for groups of 10-30 students (ranging in age from 8 to 14 years of age)
      • Collect feedback from stakeholders engaged in Nourish 101 series
      • Propose changes to programming based on experience leading Nourish 101
    • Spearhead the development of the Food Depository’s Youth Corps
      • Develop strategies to engage high school age students in the Food Depository’s mission
      • Conduct outreach to partners to recruit students to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Food Depository’s Youth Corps
      • Conduct a needs assessment to understand the interests of students
      • Guide students as they develop curriculum for the program
      • Support the program curriculum by facilitating meetings, organizing guest speakers, gathering necessary supplies, etc.
    • Develop an in-depth knowledge of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s current volunteer strategy, including in-house and external volunteer opportunities, and contribute to all cycles of volunteer engagement



    • Some college experience preferred, or 2+ years of relevant experience in volunteer management, community outreach, project management, or supervising youth
    • Strong interpersonal & customer service skills required, with clear oral and written communications
    • Commitment to volunteerism and passion for engaging the public in service
    • Strong problem-solving skills required, with an ability to think creatively to resolve issues
    • Good organizational abilities required, with an ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and projects
    • Experience with public speaking preferred
    • Typing proficiency and an intermediate skill level in MS Office applications
    • Ability to learn new databases
    • 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 20% of a member’s time will be spent in the field, and 80% 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), and follow a Monday through Friday schedule. This role will primarily occur during normal business hours, but may include occasional weeknight or weekend events.
    • This role requires public speaking – members are expected to provide volunteer orientations and present information to large groups on a frequent basis.
    • Member must be comfortable supervising and presenting information to children of a wide age range (ages 5-18).
    • Member may occasionally interact with children experiencing a range of mental, emotional, or physical disabilities.


    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
      • Medium work: exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up tp 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
    • Visual
      • Close visual acuity (with correction) to read needed work documents, paper, 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


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed