The Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator (Coordinator) participates in a yearlong term of service (1,700 hours) providing capacity-building services in support of Plant the Seed’s mission to inspire and empower young people through garden-based learning — connecting them to their food, the earth, their education, and one another.
PtS serves more than 1,300 young people weekly in school and community settings through partnerships with seven public schools and five public libraries. PtS believes that everyone has a right to fresh, affordable, culturally relevant foods and that young people are capable of effecting meaningful change in their diet, their lives, and their communities. They see sowing, preparing and sharing food as a powerful tool for a lasting education, starting cross-cultural conversations and growing together in community.
PtS is a very relational organization, and this AmeriCorps member helps establish and strengthen those relationships. The Coordinator assists with communications, including developing and implementing social media strategies and seasonal e-newsletters, and tabling at community and partner events. The member also supports and develops community engagement systems, including partner trainings and volunteer development.
PtS aims to be a strong placement site for individuals wanting to learn the ins and outs of a growing nonprofit, who are unafraid of a good day’s work, who don’t mind jumping in and getting dirty, and who want to encourage growth in themselves and others.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Develops relationships with PtS stakeholders, including front-line phone and email communication, site visits, and technology support.
• Attends staff and board meetings and assists with organizational events and fundraisers, community fairs, and partner events, some of which may take place outdoors and during evenings and weekends.
• Develops agency communications, including newsletters and social media, and improves volunteer orientation and engagement systems.
• Supports program evaluation, reviews existing communications and data management systems, and develops methods to improve and maintain those systems.
• Assists with writing grants for volunteer and educational activities, data systems, and community outreach (up to 10% of service hours).
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Community Organizing
• Conflict Resolution
• Public Speaking
• Youth Development
• Nonprofit Management
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and/or Google-based office apps
• Attention to detail
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to operate independently and within a team environment
• Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 2019 – August 2020)
• Bachelor’s Degree
• U.S. Citizenship
• Valid driver’s license and reliable access to transportation (members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage)
• National Service Criminal History Check clearance
• Living allowance of $17,000, paid bi-weekly throughout the term of service
• Education award of $6,095, applicable to student loans and/or future education expenses at accredited institution, upon fulfillment of service obligations
• Healthcare coverage, if elected
• Child care benefits, if eligible
• Professional development training
• Members serve an average of 35-40 hours per week
• Service activities will take place indoors and outdoors
About the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program
Hands On Nashville's AmeriCorps Program engages civic-minded individuals in yearlong terms of public service. HON AmeriCorps members are part of a 17-person cohort that receives skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between HON and participating AmeriCorps Program agencies.
The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee and the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund.
Hands On Nashville does not discriminate based on age, skin color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, or other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people.