AmeriCorps VISTA Communications Specialist

San Diego Hunger Coalition
September 8, 2021
San Diego, California
Job Type
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Sarah D'Agostino
Contact Email


Our Organization:
San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC or Hunger Coalition) leads coordinated action to end hunger in San Diego County, supported by research, education, and advocacy. SDHC is committed to ensuring that every human being facing hunger has immediate and equitable access to food assistance sufficient to see them safely through their time of need. Before COVID-19, 1 in 7 San Diego County residents experienced or were at risk of food insecurity, meaning they did not have enough to eat to lead an active, healthy life. Due to the pandemic, that number has increased to 1 in 3.

AmeriCorps Anti-Hunger Corps VISTA Program:
The Anti-Hunger Corps VISTA program aims to reduce hunger and poverty and build the capacity of the agencies that address these issues. Hunger Free America (HFA), in conjunction with some of the nation’s most effective anti-hunger and poverty organizations, engages VISTA members and partnering organizations in moving families beyond the soup kitchen by breaking down barriers and providing improved access to healthful, nutritious foods.

For complete information about joining AmeriCorps visit:

Project Description:
The San Diego Hunger Coalition advocates on behalf of the nearly half a million San Diegans who don’t have ready access to healthy, affordable food. We do this by engaging with partners in hunger relief, human services, education, and healthcare. We spread awareness about issues and solutions related to hunger in our region by coordinating communications across our programs, platforms, and partners.

Communications supports each of our program areas using a variety of platforms including:

Digital:                                  Print:                                   Media:
• Social Media                      • Fact Sheets                     • Media conferences
• Website                               • Brochures                       • Media releases
• Blog                                     • Issue Briefs                     • Op-Eds
• E-blasts                               • Reports                           • Pitching reporters

The Hunger Coalition is looking for an AmeriCorps VISTA who can support our communications, specifically for the Hunger Free Navigator Program which works with local community members and resident leaders to bring hunger relief solutions into their neighborhoods. This position is designed for a creative, energetic individual who is passionate about using communications to help people and create a more equitable San Diego County.  This position reports to the Director of Communications and will support work to create communications and designed materials for the newly launched Navigator Program. This position will also support ongoing communications related to the Hunger Coalition’s work, the current hunger crisis, and other projects as assigned.

Responsibilities may include:
• Conducting interviews and other research to create written and/or video best-practice success stories.
• Creating digital and printed communications and marketing materials to support Hunger Coalition programs, especially the Hunger Free Navigator Program.
• Creating digital graphics for social media, blogs, and e-blasts.
• Identifying creative ways to incorporate graphics and visuals to explain data.
• Identifying new opportunities to engage communities through communications.

Required Qualifications:
• Some graphic design experience, preferably with Adobe Creative Suite, or a demonstrated
artistic eye with the willingness to learn more.
• Knowledge of the social media landscape, including various sites such as Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, and social media analytics tools.
• Experience with website updates.
• Excellent communication and active listening skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across cultural
• Ability to work independently and take projects from concept to completion.

Preferred Skills:
• Bilingual, English & one of the additional languages listed below.
o Arabic, Burmese, Khmer, Chinese, Creole, Farsi, French, Hmong, Karen, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Filipino, Tigrinya or Vietnamese.

Time Commitment:
This is a one-year, full-time position beginning October 25, 2021. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project with a minimum of 35 hours a week. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, there are restrictions on outside full-time employment, along with some restrictions on political and religious activities.

Housing & Transportation:
You are responsible for finding your own housing and must have access to a vehicle. PLEASE NOTE: SDHC Staff are working remotely during the COVID‐19 pandemic and will determine as a team when it is appropriate to return to in-person meetings and involvement within the community.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program Benefits:
• $925.12 bi-weekly Living Allowance
• Segal Education Award or End-of-Service stipend
• Health benefits*
• Potential to forbear or defer 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 VISTA members and alums
**NOTE: SDHC cannot provide any compensation in addition to the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Benefits

For More Information or To Apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted.  No calls, please.

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