Community Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps)

REPORTS TO: Community Organizer

STATUS: Full-time (40 hours/week), AmeriCorps Position

Under the direct supervision of the Community Organizer, the Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for: building the base of both TNDC tenants and residents at large in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods; coordinating TNDC’s efforts to address the needs of low-income and working-class communities through campaign development and coalition building; and collaborating across departments to build resident leadership and to achieve the organization’s mission of equitable access to opportunities and resources. Specifically the organizing staff will focus on supporting the Community Organizer in building capacity of resident volunteers at TNDC community gardens as well as the Farmers Market food distribution through door-to-door outreach, training and workshop coordination and data management.


The Community Outreach Coordinator customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the following job duties:

  1. Provide technical assistance and support to the Community Organizer in running the SoMa People’s Garden. The coordinator will outreach to, follow up and convene meetings with various community-based organizations and stakeholders in SoMa to maximize resident involvement in daily maintenance and collective decision making process for the garden.
  2. Recruit, train and coordinate workload of tenant volunteers to ensure successful operation of TNDC rooftop gardens and the Farmers Market food distribution.
  3. Conduct regular outreach and generate awareness within TNDC’s base for CO department’s Food Justice efforts.
  4. Collect, manage and analyze data for all TNDC gardens and Farmers Market food distribution. Work collaboratively with the Fund Development to measure the impacts of CO department’s work and communicate internally and in public.
  5. Develop new and maintain positive working relationships with various service providers and City departments to support the Community Organizer in implementing a regular workshop series on healthy cooking, nutrition and food justice issues in TNDC buildings.
  6. Help coordinate community mobilizations at large.
  7. Work collaboratively with all TNDC departments on relevant community issues.
  8. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bilingual in English and at least one of the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including but not limited to: verbal and writing communication, public speaking and conflict mediation
  • Experience in community gardening, urban agriculture, food production and/or health and nutrition education
    • Experience with various data collection methods, management and analysis softwares/tools (i.e. MS Excel)
    • Ability to conduct door-to-door outreach and phone-banking
    • Ability to understand and effectively communicate the needs of low-income and working-class communities with different City agencies, neighborhood stakeholders and other constituents
    • Ability to work independently and within a team structure
    • Able to attend evening meetings and work on some weekends

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (as required by the AmeriCorps Program)

  • High school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within the year
  • Minimum of 18 year of age, US citizen or permanent resident status


  • Commitment to social justice and community organizing
  • Familiarity with the Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods
  • Experience in facilitating small group discussions as well as larger community meetings

NeighborWorks AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits

Full time members are required to serve for a minimum of 1,700 hours and one full year at TNDC. VISTA members will begin service Nov 2013. There is a mandatory VISTA Orientation Nov 19-22 in Los Angeles, CA. TNDC will also make additional training opportunities available. Members will earn an annual stipend of $19,272 (or $1,606/monthly), will receive 10 days of paid vacation, plus 12 days of paid holidays, and can participate in health insurance and childcare benefits (if eligible). Upon successful completion of the service year, members will receive an education award of $5,550 to pay off existing student loans or return to school.

How to apply

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to: by 5pm, September 16, 2013. To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, visit

San Francisco, California

201 Eddy St., San Francisco, California, 94102, United States