AmeriCorps National Direct Member - Cooking Matters

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



7900 Northeast 33rd Drive
United States


Application Deadline: 8/1/18 by 9PM PST. Please upload your cover letter and resume.

Pay Details: AmeriCorps member will complete 1700 hours of service within a 12-month period. The full-time member will receive a living allowance of $13,762 from Share Our Strength, a basic health plan, training, child care (based on income eligibility), and an AmeriCorps education award of $5,920 upon successful completion of service. Out-of-state travel required to attend Cooking Matters conferences, training, and orientation activities. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Who We Are:

Oregon Food Bank (OFB) works to eliminate hunger and its root causes… because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities. Please visit our website to read more about our commitment to equity.

Who We Are Looking For: 

In partnership, Share Our Strength and OFB are seeking a dedicated AmeriCorps member to coordinate and implement the Cooking Matters program, volunteer-staffed learning courses that deliver hands-on cooking and nutrition education to low-income community members in the Portland Metro area, including Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. You have an exceptional track record with project plans, volunteer management and have previous volunteer experience. As the AmeriCorps member, you will be working closely with OFB’s Nutrition Education Program and School Pantry teams to effectively organize Cooking Matters courses throughout the community and at OFB school pantries.

Who You Are:

You care deeply about people experiencing hunger. You believe that no one should be hungry; that communities thrive when people are nourished; that hunger starves the human spirit and that together, we can solve hunger. You have strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills. You love interacting with people from all walks of life. You are known for your positive approach, as well as your ability to creatively strategize and seamlessly manage multiple priorities at the same time. You have a collaborative and flexible style, with a deep passion for learning and a team approach, including excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills. You are looking for an exciting opportunity to weave work addressing food insecurity with education and public health. 

Primary Responsibilities:

·      Coordinate and implement Cooking Matters courses, including managing the classroom, developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, securing class materials, coaching and supporting volunteers and class participants.

·      Center equity and cultural-responsiveness while managing, training, recruiting, recognizing, and supporting volunteers and school pantry staff who lead courses.

·      Foster an inclusive, safe and fun learning environment for volunteers and class participants.

·      Develop volunteer and host agency outreach and training materials.

·      Track program activities and record class successes through interviews, photographs, and videos for quarterly program reports.

·      Regularly spend time at Cooking Matters class sites throughout the Portland Metro area to train and support volunteer, facilitate classes and build relationships with potential volunteers and host agencies.

·      Complete enrollment documents and paperwork required by Cooking Matters.

Skills and Experiences of the Ideal Candidate:

·      A high school diploma, GED or further education; and education or experience in community education, social work, anti-poverty work, health education or a related field.

·      Strong interest or experience with food assistance programs, hunger issues, and with social service agencies.

·      Direct experience working with people form diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

·      Demonstrated success with developing and implementing project plans.

·      A collaborative and flexible style with a learning orientation, including excellent judgment.

·      Proficiency with computers and basic software programs.

·      Bi-lingual and cross-cultural skills strongly preferred.

·      Candidates with personal lived experience of food insecurity, poverty, and/or hunger strongly preferred.

The Fine Print: You must be able to pass FBI criminal background check and National Sex Offender Registry background check. The work is performed in a variety of office and kitchen settings inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank. The member will use a computer and phones extensively. Regularly lifts, moves, and carries objects of up to 50 pounds, such as food and classroom supplies. Exposure to a variety of foods in residential, community, and industrial kitchens. In a class settings, may stand and work at counters and stoves for extended periods of time. Frequently works outside of normal working hours such as evenings and weekends. You will drive frequently due to work performed in the community. (Mileage reimbursement for work travel is provided.)



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School