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The Nashville Food Project

Food Justice Storytelling Content Leader – AmeriCorps

The Nashville Food Project

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Job Summary

Summary Statement 

Are you interested in developing content, including videos and mixed media, specific to food sovereignty, cultural awareness, urban farming, and Nashville’s immigrant and refugee communities? Serve with the Growing Together program and join The Nashville Food Project’s mission to alleviate hunger and cultivate community.

Term Commitment  

Full Time, August 15,2022 – July 28, 2023

Position Description 

The Food Justice Storytelling Content Leader is a creative and interactive service role requiring strong initiative, empathy, a love of growing food, and the belief that everyone deserves a just and equitable food system.  You must have the ability to design and implement projects independently and have confidence in sharing this work publicly in a variety of settings.  Good communication skills through writing, photgraphy, video, and art will be a great asset, especially with the goal of storytelling and knowledge sharing.  Although not all of your time will be in the community farm setting, experience in and understanding of agriculture will greatly enhance your ability to fully convey the depth of the program.

Some projects for this AmeriCorps member may include: creating video content based on farmer knowledge and experience geared toward sharing of information to the immigrant/refugee community; designing materials to be used for community outreach and food sharing that includes education about culturally relevant foods, recipes, urban farming, and storytelling.  These projects will broaden the program’s community impact by growing its customer base, developing partnerships, promoting immigrant and urban farming, and positioning the Growing Together program as a source of inspiration, hope, and celebration.

This program leader will gain skills in cross-cultural communication and content development though a variety of media.  They will learn project managment, program design and implementation, and community outreach.

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.

The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges.

 

Job Responsibilities

 

Responsibilities

  • Create daily garden content that documents farmer participant of food, cooking, and agricultural practices such as seed saving, intercropping, and trellising for educational and storytelling purposes
  • Use the practice of ethical storytelling to create an oral history archive of Growing Together (GT) farmers
  • Design outreach material around culturally specific vegetables and foods for share partners and CSA customers
  • Create cooking videos featuring farmers and chefs that highlight foods and recipes specific to GT for CSA customer enrichment
  • Design program outreach material that can be repeatedly used for tabling and other community events
  • Participate as a Growing Together program representative in work with local partner organizations

Typical Day in This Position 

The member may spend their day at the community farm site, The Nashville Food Project headquarters, out in the community , or with farmers’ families. During the growing season, most mornings will start at the farm, participating in the work flow and capturing content.  In the winter months, there will be greater focus on office and computer projects, as well as outreach with partner organizations and community members.

Service Schedule 

This schedule can be flexible and will be determined by garden/farmer schedule as well as community event schedule.  The expecation will generally be Monday – Friday, approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Qualifications

Competencies  

Members should have experience with or the willingness to develop competencies in these areas:

(1) Working with all ages, from youth to elderly.
(2) Creativity and design skills to generate content for a variety of media
(3) Knowledge or interest in issues related to food justice, food soveriegnty, and immigrant/refugee rights.

 

Key abilities include:

(1) Knowledge of gardening, farming, or urban agriculture practices
(2) Willingness to work outdoors in cold, heat, rain, or other weather conditions
(3) Excellent written and verbal skills
(4) Experience in video editing and graphic design software such as Canva.
(5) Ability to work independently in the design and implementation of projects.

Other Skills 

Multilingual skills are a plus but not necessary.

 

Prerequisites  

High School Diploma/GED

 

Can professional experience be substituted for formal education: Yes


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; Responsibilities in the position may entail operating machinery and/or power tools; Farm environment includes uneven ground with loose dirt and exposed roots or rocks; 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; Service responsibilities require the member to communicate verbally via the telephone and/or computer;

 

Required Driver’s License: Yes

 

Additional Information

Benefits

  • $6,495 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
  • $20,000 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments

How to Apply

Please apply using the link: https://forms.office.com/r/4BZ11DvFuv

Details

  • Date Posted: April 7, 2022
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/15/2022
  • Salary Range: 20000
  • Working Hours: 37.5