• Hunger Action Corps: Older Adult Program Specialist

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

    Position purpose:
    In Cook County, 12 percent of older adults live in poverty – within the city of Chicago, that number jumps to 16 percent.  183,000 older adults in Cook County are at risk of hunger due to limited budgets, declining mobility, or medical issues, which can lead people to make heartbreaking decisions such as choosing between paying for medication or food.  In response to this need, the Food Depository collaborates with older adult living communities and senior centers to provide food for older adults facing food insecurity.


    Duties & responsibilities:
    Three half-time (18-24 hours per week) Hunger Action Corps members will work alongside the Programs Team to plan and execute programming targeting older adults who face food insecurity. The Food Depository currently serves older adults assorted produce and shelf stable goods through older adult markets conveniently located in senior centers and residential buildings.  Hunger Action Corps members serving in this capacity will play a critical role in implementing programs aimed at alleviating hunger among older adults in Cook County, and providing additional resources for those in our community most vulnerable to hunger.

    • Develop in-depth knowledge of older adult programs at the Food Depository and Cook County and stay up-to-date on the latest developments.
    • Support older adult programming throughout Cook CountySteward and build relationships with program partners
      • Provide ongoing training and technical support to program coordinators
      • Ensure program activities are tracked and reported to various stakeholders
      • Perform outreach activities to increase participation at program sites
        • Support pilot programs targeting populations with low mobility
    • Work as part of a cross-functional team that is developing and implementing strategies to strengthen communities and address the root causes of hunger.



    • Some college experience preferred, or 2+ years of relevant experience in social services, community outreach, or project management
    • Experience with community outreach preferred, but not required
    • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
    • Strong interpersonal & customer service skills required, with an ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically
    • 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
    • Typing proficiency and an intermediate skill level in MS Office applications
    • Ability to learn new databases
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
    • 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 be subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.
    • Members will serve part-time (18-24 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: exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
    • 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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