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This job expired on July 09, 2023

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator 2023 18 Reasons

  • Date Posted May 10, 2023
  • Location San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • Category Education / Nonprofit
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description 18 Reasons is a nonprofit on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. We offer two food education opportunities. At our 18th Street Kitchen in San Francisco, we host paid cooking classes with chefs from around the world, and ticket sales help support our free community programming. Through our free Community Programs, we offer grocery donations paired with free cooking and nutrition classes to families on a limited budget throughout the Bay Area. Our vision is to create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of home cooking. This is an AmeriCorps position; you will serve for one year with 18 Reasons, ideally beginning on July 31st (flexible start date). For more information about the AmeriCorps program, please see the Benefits section below. Job description

About you:
The Program Coordinator is a hands-on and solution-oriented person who coordinates cooking and nutrition classes, manages volunteers, and works closely with diverse communities of kids, teens, adults, and community partners. You are passionate about food, learning, community, and equity, and you love working independently to solve problems and lead team projects. We take special care to create a working team of positive, flexible, and driven people who are committed to caring for the community. A year of service at 18 Reasons is an opportunity to learn new skills and play a valuable role in serving the community. 

The Program Coordinator will coordinate our free community programs. Through our community programs we help over 2,500 families each year learn the skills they need to make healthy food choices on a budget. We also work to expand access to CalFresh (food stamps), offer a peer educator training program that expands our pool of instructors, and engage hundreds of volunteers each year.

You do not need to have a culinary or nutrition background to succeed in this position, but you must be organized, motivated, and eager to learn. You are meant for this role if you are a lifelong learner with a passion for food and community service. 

This is an Americorps position; you will serve for one year with 18 Reasons, ideally beginning on July 31st (flexible start date). For more information about the Americorps program, please see the Benefits section below.


  • Coordinate hands-on cooking and nutrition series in partnership with community organizations
  • Shop for and manage grocery distribution in cooking classes
  • Manage communications with partner host site agency staff
  • Work with partner host site agency staff to schedule classes and carry out shared expectations and responsibilities for hosting cooking classes
  • Train and supervise volunteers & peer health educators in their roles as chef educators, nutrition educators, and class assistants
  • Collect and prepare materials for classes and tours, including food, cooking equipment, and course evaluations
  • Administer participant and volunteer course evaluations
  • Teach cooking and nutrition lessons as needed
  • Community outreach to recruit new host site agencies and increase community support
  • Manage capacity building projects
  • Contributes to the overall culture and business growth using our Culture Guide as a tool for self-reflection and an ongoing commitment to self-growth, the growth in others, and the growth of the company
  • Contributes to the overall culture and business growth by participating in or leading improvement committees and projects when needed

**COVID status:

Due to COVID, our community programming is also offered virtually. Depending on the status of COVID and shelter in place orders during the next Americorps program year (2023-2024) the Program Coordinator responsibilities may vary to include virtual programming and assisting in food distribution efforts in the community.


  • Passionate about food, food justice, and racial equity
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to speak in front of a class
  • Valid driver’s license and a car you can use for work
  • Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team in group projects
  • Excellent organizational skills, proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and to meet deadlines
  • Experience, willingness, and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and of all ages, including professional chefs, social service providers, volunteers, and low-income participants
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for the purposes of conducting classes and attending community meetings
  • Not required, but extremely helpful: Fluent or conversant in Spanish

Physical requirements:


This position requires being in the field 65% of the time, driving 15% of the time, and working in an office setting 20% of the time. While in the field, frequent lifting, moving, or carrying supplies up to 50 pounds, including use of stairs, is required. General office duties include: computer work, filing, phone communication, copying. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable any qualified person to perform the essential job duties. 

Program benefits:

  • $3,284 monthly living allowance, paid biweekly ($21.65/hour)
  • Segal Education Award ($6,345) at the end of the service year
  • Health benefits* 
  • 17 paid holidays, 10 personal days, 10 sick days 
  • Travel Reimbursement for travel to local work sites at current IRS rates 
  • Internet Stipend ($30/month)
  • Opportunity to forbear qualifying student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 Americorps members and alums   
Note: To accept an Americorps position you must be: 18 years old; be U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and be able to successfully complete a background investigation.

*For details about Americorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit
Compensation this position is : hourly, $20/hr + Application instructions
This job expired on July 09, 2023
DeadlineJune 30, 2023

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