Job Opening: Americorps VISTA Micro-Business Coordinator
Full-time, 1 year position
Start Date: January 21, 2020
The Mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. TTCF works with refugees that fled Burma as a result of warfare and have resettled their lives in North Carolina. All participants were farmers in Burma and the majority are women. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.
Summary: The Americorps VISTA Micro-Business coordinator will ensure sustainable and feasible business strategies to support program participants and organizational programs long-term. This will be achieved through assessing the current small business methods used by Transplanting Traditions (such as the community tours, work days, the community supported agriculture), conducting external research of additional small business models, developing a business plan, identifying potential business partners and customers, and developing new systems for effective management and coordination of the various AC business initiatives to help meet organizational goals.
Potential VISTA candidates should demonstrate a deep commitment to justice and equity and have experience working with people from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, religion, language, socioeconomic groups, and educational backgrounds. Due to the agricultural focus of the project, previous gardening and farming experience or knowledge is ideal. Strong communication skills are essential for success both written and oral communication as well as technical skills for website and social media management. Candidates are expected to have excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to multitask, and work both collaboratively and independently. Flexibility, adaptability, humility and openness to new situations and learning are necessary given the range of backgrounds of participants, staff, board and the small and emerging stage of the participating organizations.
Program Benefits: This position is a full-time, year long domestic volunteer service opportunity. Americorps VISTA members are not employees, they are volunteers and therefore do not receive compensation for their service, however they do receive a living Allowance, health coverage, a relocation allowance, a choice of education award or end of service stipend. For more information on program benefits visit the Americorps VISTA website.
Service Areas: Refugee, Resettlement, Employment, Hunger, Food security
Skills: Business Development, Writing, Customer relations, Website Administration, Social Media Analytics
Transplanting Traditions is part of the Women in Transition VISTA Initiative. The Women in Transition Initiative is a collaboration between Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Benevolence Farm and AmeriCorps VISTA CNCS which focuses on employment and workforce development strategies through agricultural-based social enterprise programs as a tool for overcoming and preventing poverty. The proposed VISTA project will seek to ensure that North Carolina women facing major transitions (refugees, immigrants, formerly incarcerated and others) gain the educational and professional skills needed to improve their economic situation.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com by November 25, 2019.