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The Nashville Food Project

AmeriCorps Member – Food Justice Community Engagement Coordinator

The Nashville Food Project


Job Summary

The Food Justice Community Engagement Coordinator (Coordinator) fosters a wide range of community, volunteer, and partner relationships at The Nashville Food Project, a nonprofit working toward a vision of vibrant community food security. This role elevates community voices to guide programming and develops educational resources to strengthen a holistic understanding of food justice.

The Food Justice Community Engagement Coordinator serves with a 30-member cohort of community-focused individuals who receive skills training, professional development, and networking opportunities through a partnership between The Nashville Food Project and Hands On Nashville, Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center.

The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps program is made possible through the support of the Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, Volunteer Tennessee, and participating AmeriCorps host organizations. 

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

Job Responsibilities

The Nashville Food Project is looking for a dedicated Food Justice Community Engagement Coordinator with an interest in food justice education, volunteer management, community building, and event planning. This role will support various aspects of community engagement across The Nashville Food Project’s food access and urban agriculture programs, with a focus on enhancing volunteer opportunities and strengthening community relationships.

The Nashville Food Project seeks an individual who has strong communication and organization skills, enjoys connecting with people, and has a passion for building a just, sustainable food system. Women, individuals who are gender non-conforming, people of color, those with differing physical abilities, and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply!

  • Conduct outreach and enhance systems to better engage, schedule, facilitate, and acknowledge individual volunteers and service groups from diverse backgrounds in meal prep and urban agriculture projects.
  • Create and pilot interactive food justice tours and activities for various age groups with school, community and faith groups.
  • Enhance support offered to The Nashville Food Project’s nonprofit food access partners, such as food safety education and round-circle conversation opportunities.
  • Work with Community Engagement Manager to plan food justice education and assist in research, promotion, and material preparation for community engagement efforts.
  • Conduct research on coalition building in other communities and potential applications to The Nashville Food Project’s work.


The Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program is designed for entry-level or experienced professionals interested in a career in nonprofit management. You have amazing skills. We will teach you how to put them to work for the greater good. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Interests

  • Communications
  • Community Organizing
  • Computers/Technology
  • Teamwork;

Minimum Requirements

  • Commitment to fulfill a one-year term of service (August 16, 2021 – July 29, 2022)
  • Bachelor’s Degree. Experience can be accepted in lieu of education.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Reliable access to transportation (Members will be reimbursed for service-related mileage.)
  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • National Service Criminal History Check clearance 

Physical Requirements

Lift and carry up to 20-30lbs; Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Responsibilities in this position may entail standing for extended periods of time.; Responsibilities in the position may entail serving in the outdoors and potentially in inclement weather; Office or service environment may include noisy environments.; Service responsibilities require moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.; Service responsibilities require member to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;

Additional Information


  • $6,345 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through Healthcare.gov
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management

How to Apply

Please complete the Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Application Form. We will contact you within two weeks to let you know if you have been selected for an interview.

Accepting candidates on a rolling basis through August 1, 2021


  • Date Posted: March 26, 2021
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/16/2021
  • Salary Range: $17,500 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments
  • Working Hours: 35 – 40 hours per week