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New Roots Coordinator IRC in Atlanta

  • Date Posted March 14, 2019
  • Location Atlanta, GA
  • Category Agriculture / Education
  • Job Type Full-Time
Company Description Operating in 26 U.S. cities, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides resettled refugees with the assistance they need to survive and thrive. The IRC in Atlanta offers wrap around service provision in the areas of resettlement and social services, youth and adult education, employment services, health and wellness programs and immigration assistance. Clients served arrive from all over the world with varying levels of native language literacy, English language proficiency and skills needed to thrive in the United States. Over 3,500 refugees and immigrants from over 18 countries received culturally-competent, trauma-informed services in 2017 through IRC's programming and initiatives. 

Over 90% of refugees arriving in Georgia settle in Clarkston, Georgia. There are many obstacles to accessing fresh, healthy and affordable foods in Clarkston, where 76% of families with two foreign-born parents are living below the federal poverty level and over 95% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Due to heightened language and cultural barriers, refugees often struggle to understand the U.S. food systems and access culturally-appropriate information related to healthy eating. This can lead immigrant and refugee families to adopt unhealthy eating habits.

Through the New Roots program, the IRC helps refugees establish a strong future for themselves, their families and their communities. The Atlanta chapter of this nationally-acclaimed initiative enables refugees to celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves through youth programming, adult education and community gardening.  New Roots Atlanta works collaboratively with other IRC programs and community-based organizations to provide nutrition education, advocacy and food-related assistance to improve long-term health outcomes for refugee clients throughout Atlanta. Job Description

The New Roots Program Coordinator leads the IRC’s New Roots program which works with IRC clients and community in two main areas: 1) youth gardening & food justice and 2) food security and nutrition. The program’s goals are to connect IRC clients and the community with access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food options; provide nutrition education in the U.S. context; and facilitate participation in gardening/food production programs. This position is a limited-term, 6-month position, with the possibility of extension pending grant funding.

Major Responsibilities:

Program Design and Delivery:

  • Design and implement all aspects of the New Roots program in Atlanta.
  • Develop and implement educational programs, including gardening and food justice activities for youth, along with nutrition, food security, and gardening programs for adults.
  • Assist with the development of community-based collaborations around food and food justice.
  • Provide technical advice to support community-based, and school-based gardens, and assist with garden site maintenance.
  • Conduct community outreach and manage the recruitment of New Roots participants.

Resource Development:

  • Collaborate with the Atlanta Resource Development Team, Deputy Director, and Youth Programs Supervisor to create and implement a plan for continued funding for New Roots.

General Support:

  • Maintain thorough and accurate records for all New Roots activities, ensuring program compliance with its goals through required reporting to funders and internal stakeholders.
  • Work with Atlanta’s Finance Manager to track spending for New Roots and ensure adequate use of funding.
  • Attend Youth Education Team meetings and complete administrative duties, including but not limited to reporting, timesheets, and expense reports.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Youth Program Supervisor
Position directly supervises: AmeriCorps staff member, volunteers, and interns

Indirect Reporting: N/A

Job Requirements:

  • BA degree in agriculture, nutrition, or related field and/or a minimum of two years of relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge of agriculture and production.
  • Experience coordinating a program and designing and delivering food and agriculture programming.
  • Experience in developing and implementing educational programs.
  • Proven record of successful development of grant proposals.  
  • Reliable, professional, resourceful, team-oriented and sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Able to occasionally work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
  • Must have reliable transportation and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance coverage for vehicle. 

Working Environment:  Time is split between a standard office work environment and program delivery in community gardens. 

Compensation this position is PAID: salaried, less than 50k How to apply Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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