AmeriCorps VISTA: Food & Sustainability Coordinator

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AmeriCorps VISTA: Food & Sustainability Coordinator | Position Description

Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, YWCA Dayton, dedicated to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team.
VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for 45 years.

Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service.

The Food & Sustainability Coordinator will build the capacity of YWCA Dayton by establishing relationships, and a robust supply chain, for low/no-cost food to serve our domestic violence shelters and transitional housing program. This person should maintain a high standard of service and hospitality at all times, as well as assure safety and confidentiality of residents and visitors. The Food & Sustainability Coordinator will be a key representative of YWCA Dayton, its mission and values.


  • Collect information on current food distribution at YWCA Dayton’s Domestic Violence Shelter and Food Pantry to generate a strategic plan for food services delivery.
  • Assess current resources and food providers and determine areas of growth.
  • Seek expert advice on producing nutritious food in bulk and serving diverse populations.
  • Develop strategies to maximize the use of donated food from the Food Bank, community gardens, and other partners.
  • Identify and connect with food providers to determine sources for food at minimal cost to the agency.
  • Collaborate with the Food Operations Manager to develop a recipe and ordering guide for producing healthy, seasonal meals in bulk.
  • Work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator to grow the volunteer base for the Food Pantry and the 13×9 Club volunteer cooking program.
  • Establish a plan for improvement and growth of the Food Operations Program, including Domestic Violence Shelter Food Services, 13×9 Club volunteer cooking program, the Food Pantry, and the Welcome Home and Emergency Assistance food basket program.
  • Assess, improve, and utilize established policy and procedure to track metrics for success.
  • Assess, improve, and utilize established policy and procedure for food storage, food safety, and distribution.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Proven high level of professionalism and poise during interpersonal interactions.
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility, with the ability to handle many tasks with few errors.
  • Exceptional, proven organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, with the ability to quickly learn new programs.
  • Discretion regarding confidential information.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and championing of the organizational mission and vision.
  • Must be able to work independently and be an enthusiastic self-starter, who is intelligent, highly creative and innovative in planning; hard-working, punctual, detail-oriented, and personable, with strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.


  • High school diploma or GED. Two years related experience in food programs/Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.


  • Must be responsive to the needs and requests of clients, residents, staff and Board of Directors.
  • Must extend courtesy, friendliness and overall respect to all of the above.
  • Will collaborate with other staff and/or departments to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Will be available to times and events when evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill duties.


  • Listens well, shares work-related information, is open to others’ perspectives, work styles and
  • Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization.
  • Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to
    effective work.
  • Ability to address conflict in a respectful manner.
  • Expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Consistently follows through on projects and issues.
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to adequately respond to requests and demands in a timely manner.
  • Adept at modifying plans/strategies as needed to best meet the needs of those involved.

ANTICIPATED SALARY RANGE: CLICK HERE to learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA compensation (a modest living allowance and end-of-service awards).

TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest and your résumé to:
Human Resource Department
141 W. Third St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402

YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.

Need help? It starts with a call.

If you are in immediate need of assistance, call 911.

24/7 Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline: 937-222-SAFE (7233)