Community Garden & Cultural Orientation Coordinator – Bridge

Location of Service: Bridge Refugee Services – 4420 Whittle Springs Rd, Ste A, Knoxville, TN 37917

About Bridge Refugee Services:

Founded in 1982, Bridge Refugees Services, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ inspiring journey and to helping refugees find a secure path towards self-sufficient lives in the U.S. within a supportive community. Incoming clients are welcomed by Bridge staff who arrange for housing, provide cultural orientation, and assist in navigating the often confusing and numerous processes within U.S. society. Staff help clients learn how to access healthcare, public services, and basic necessities. Through their Refugee School Impact Program, Bridge informs newly-arrived parents on what to expect at school and offers guidance as they adjust to a new culture and language. Bridge partners with faith communities and local volunteers to help provide tutors, recreational activities, summer programs, English Language classes, and field trips for students. Bridge’s Employment Program assists refugees in securing employment through job readiness training, placement assistance, interpretation services, post-employment follow-up, and referrals to additional employment resources.

Position Summary:
  • Manage Bridge’s community gardening program, whose mission is to increase clients’ food security and improve mental health through gardening.
  • Supervise Bridge’s current community gardening program and manage volunteers (in partnership with the Volunteer Manager) to assist clients with this program
  • Develop community partnerships to ensure the sustainability of the program
  • Deliver cultural orientation classes to clients, which includes health and nutrition sessions.
  • Assess current garden and cultural orientation programming and adjust them in response to client and staff feedback.
  • Administer cultural orientation assessments to clients to gather data on their understanding.
  • Enhance opportunities for refugees to integrate into their local communities by introducing them to local resources and services as well as the local natural environment.
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • College or University Degree in the Humanities, Social or Natural/Agricultural Sciences, Community Development, or Global Studies
  • Experience working with multi-lingual and multi-cultural populations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite products
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $18,000*, or, $765.95 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 80 Hours Personal Leave
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.