AmeriCorps VISTA: Community Outreach Specialist

Dependent upon final funding authorization, the Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies seeks expressions of interest in a full time, VISTA-funded position to begin in June 2017 and extend for one year for its office in Frederick, MD.

The Community Outreach Specialist is responsible for project implementation within the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies to support the Growing for a Healthy Future Program, a program which will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families in our region.  The specialist will initiate, organize, and manage an effort to involve the interfaith community of Frederick County in growing garden vegetables for local, low income families. This position will be responsible for community relations, facilitating external and internal communications, and planning, organizing, and implementing project events and activities.


The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and experience in community or educational program development.
  • Specific skills and experiences include: strong oral and written communications skills and experience in grassroots program development; event-planning, fund-raising, and marketing; knowledge and experience with community gardens and gardening; and the ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments and contingencies.

Technology Skills:

  • Proficient in office productivity suite software (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet.
  • Possess the ability to use available instructional technology resources to effectively communicate to stakeholders including, but not limited to, use of audio visual equipment, computer, presentation software, etc.

Communication Skills:

  • Possess excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret general literature, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Possess the ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to present information effectively and respond to questions from groups of stakeholders and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Be able to work with and apply simple statistical and mathematical concepts in a timely and accurate fashion, either manually, by using a calculator, or a spreadsheet package (such as Excel).

Reasoning Ability:

  • The ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of contingencies in situations where only limited information exists.
  • Be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Able to hypothesize, draw conclusions, and support conclusions.
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans.

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