Spice Kitchen Incubator Value Chain Coordination VISTA
1. IRC Background: ===============
Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. In the U.S., the IRC resettles approximately 11,000 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship. The IRC in Salt Lake City opened it office in 1994, and provides resettlement services through extended case management to newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower refugees.
Job Overview: =============
Spice Kitchen Incubator is a food business incubator assisting low-to-moderate income individuals, primarily refugees, asylum seekers and asylees, and other new Americans to start food businesses that leverage their natural culinary talent, create a sufficient source of income for their household and contribute to the diversity of Salt Lake City’s food scene.
This position will be part of a fast-paced environment and team that focuses on market access and income generation through logistics and hands-on work. The Summer Associate will be responsible for supporting the kitchen and events team with event coordination and execution, e-commerce sales and growth, and identifying sustainable practices and educational opportunities to ensure entrepreneurs have long-term access to income generating markets avenues.
AmeriCorps receive a living allowance for the time served, which is equivalent to the amount received by full-time members serving in the area, and the choice between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service summer stipend. Only those Summer Associates who successfully complete their full term of service are eligible to receive the education award or end-of-service summer stipend.
Major Responsibilities: =======================
The Value Chain Coordination VISTA will work with entrepreneurs and the Spice Kitchen Incubator team to develop networks between viable agricultural producers, value-added and culinary producers, and retail markets to create a value chain that generates economic opportunity for those involved. Additionally, the VISTA will provide training and access to other tools and resources that allow socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs to be able to successfully develop purchasing networks and market locally produced value-added products that utilize locally grown ingredients. This position will focus on event coordination and management, e-commerce, and community engagement.
Identify viable produce to utilize for in-season extension and extended shelf-life based on market research (demand), cost, and resources needs to implement the use of these products.
Produce multi-lingual trainings and toolkits with the help of industry experts on procurement, recipe costing, price-setting, branding and marketing for packaged food products.
Refine, present, and distribute workshop curriculum(s) related to packaged products, pitch decks, permitting, licensing and e-commerce systems
Design a client-centered monitoring and evaluation plan for program managers and stakeholders to predict and measure business growth rates as a result of developing value chain
Record outputs and project data using online databases and software like Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and Podio
Provide one-on-one technical support related to packaged or prepared products
Incorporate market research results and develop business operations to increase participant capacity for sales independent of Spice Kitchen’s marketing opportunities.
Develop entrepreneurs’ digital literacy skills and familiarity with permitting and licensing regulations, including product review and approval, renewal of necessary permits and food safety inspections as needed.
Ensure profitability of products and identify areas to substitute local produce via recipe costing and menu development Coordinate meetings with food/farm organizations and service agencies in order to build a network of interested farmers, value-added and culinary (VA&C) producers, and retail and wholesale markets across the Wasatch 2. • Financial Support
o Monthly “living allowance” of $1,116 (pre-taxes) paid in biweekly installments.
• End-of-Service Benefit
o This is a full-time contract and commitment for the course of one year (365 days). Upon successful completion of the contract, the AmeriCorps VISTA will receive one of two end-of-service benefits: 1) Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equivalent to $6,345 (to be used to pay for education costs at eligible institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay eligible student loans), OR 2) a $1,800 Cash Stipend.
• Healthcare Benefit
o Limited options provided through International Medical Group.
o Visit https://americorpsvista.imglobal.com/ for more information.
• Leave Benefits
o 10 national holidays (observed by the IRC)
o 10 personal days
o 10 medical days
o Extended medical leave (up to 5 days)
o Parental leave for birth/adoption (up to 10 days)
o Emergency leave for critical illness or death of immediate family member (up to 5 days)
• Travel (if relocating from 50 or more miles away from Salt Lake City)
o Relocation Travel Allowance: Based on the direct mileage ($0.40/mile) between permanent home of record and the IRC.
o Settling-In Allowance: $750 (pre-taxes) intended to help with initial expense deposits and utilities.
o Close-of-Service Allowance: Same amount as Relocation Travel Allowance if moving back to permanent residence once service year is completed.
• Childcare Assistance
o Up to $400/month per child under the age 13. Paid directly to qualified childcare provider(s).
o Visit https://www.americorpschildcare.com/ for more information. 3. • To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA benefits, visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/members/benefits-of-service.
• Ability to fulfill requirement of AmeriCorps VISTA program: full-time service for 1 year without school or other interfering commitments.
• Highly organized and detail-oriented, with ability to prioritize, plan and manage time efficiently.
• Demonstrated multi-cultural experience, or experience working with refugees or other diverse populations, preferred.
• Experience working with people of different linguistic backgrounds and levels of computer literacy
• Experience in food and/or hospitality preferred.
• Strong written communication skills.
• Strong Microsoft Office skills.
• Clear an FBI Criminal Background Check.
• Patience, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
• Commitment to the missions of the IRC and AmeriCorps.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.