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Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

Fellowship start/end date: Aug 6, 2012-Aug 9, 2013
Application deadline: June 4, 2012
Employment type: Full time
Living allowance: Varies by location
Benefits: Health, Child Care, Relocation, Training, End of Service $5,550 Education Award OR
$1,500 additional cash stipend

About New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows
The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is a post-college national volunteer service program developed in partnership of TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement and the Bonner Foundation. The New Jersey Bonner VISTA Fellows comprise a cohort of 17 members who serve full-time to enhance volunteerism, develop economic opportunities, and address policy issues across central New Jersey.

Position Summary:
The NJ Bonner VISTA Fellows Program is seeking a Communication and Volunteer Management Coordinator to increase the awareness of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and recruit specific skill-based volunteers. This Coordinator will work directly at TASK in Trenton, NJ.The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) provides more than 3,000 free meals per week to people in need in the Trenton area. TASK and agencies using its facility provide a wide array of social, community, and health services, including educational training for patrons to acquire a GED, learn computer skills, gain work experience and prepare for interviews.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and implement social media programming  that will educate the local community about the needs being addressed by TASK and increase donor support;
  2. Develop position descriptions for volunteers with bilingual skills and human resource knowledge to work with the Adult Education Programs, employment preparation, and the Computer Labs;
  3. Develop and implement a marketing campaign designed to target these volunteers;
  4. Develop a training curriculum utilizing a combination of online tools and classroom settings to educate newly recruited volunteers about the organizational mission, policies and procedures, and standards;
  5. Create an assessment plan and tracking tools to evaluate volunteer satisfaction and the impact of volunteer service on program delivery; and
  6. Organize a volunteer appreciation event or banquet to celebrate the work of volunteers and improve volunteer retention rates.

Position Qualifications:

  • Must be available to serve full-time for one year
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • GED or high school graduate
  • Experience with community service and/or non-profit organizational work a plus
  • Ability to research information and make strong recommendations for best effective practices
  • Self-starter who can work independently and on a team
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency with emphasis on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and willingness to learn and use a variety of online tools, including Wikis, Facebook and other social media tools

Apply here.  If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Chung, Lead Coordinator for the NJ Bonner VISTA Fellows Program, by calling 609-771-2108 or email vista@bonner.org.

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