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Iowa Valley RC&D is currently seeking applications for a 2021 Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA

The Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will be focused on building capacity within the Grow: Johnson County program. In order to advance Grow: Johnson County’s effort to center racial equity and food sovereignty across all facets of the program’s efforts, the Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will conduct research into best practices on these topics, and then implement those practices in the form of racial equity policies, a Consumer Advisory Board, and farm-based educational programming for BIPOC youth. This position will focus on three key objectives:

1. Develop a set of recommended policies and indicators that incorporate Grow’s racial equity goals and present recommendations to staff and Board of Directors;

2. Launch Grow: Johnson County’s Consumer Advisory Board to create a shared-power structure that directly involves those receiving food from the farm in crop planning and program decision making;
3. Support the Grow: Johnson County Education Coordinator in creating educational and community programming to ensure that Grow’s racial equity goals are accomplished;
To that end, this position will make important connections with Grow’s partner organizations, as well as those who receive Grow’s food and those who participate in the farm’s educational programming. Through these relationships, the Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will be charged with making the program more inclusive to and driven by the communities being served through the program. This is a full-time, temporary position (July 2021 – July 2022). The Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA will report to Access and Equity Coordinator Míchi López. This position is primarily based at Iowa Valley RC&D’s office in Amana, Iowa, though they will also spend time at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm in Iowa City. The staff is currently transitioning to a hybrid-work model including a mix of remote and in-office work.
● Have an interest in issues surrounding food apartheid, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture, and be eager to get involved in addressing those issues;
● A mix of educational background and real-world experience in public health, community organizing and engagement, environmental issues, and/or community food systems;
● Excellent communication & facilitation skills;
● Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite;
The Americorps VISTA compensation package includes a bi-monthly stipend of as a $6,195 Segal education award.

To apply for the 2021 Community Outreach Coordinator VISTA, complete the form on and send a resume to Míchi López at Interviews will be conducted with qualified applicants on a rolling basis beginning on the week of May 31st and will continue until the position is filled.

Iowa Valley RC&D is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable food system and furthering inclusivity in small rural communities. We are a proud equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. There is no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind in our organization.