Food Access Coordinator – KCDC

Location of Service: Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) – 901 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

About Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation:

KCDC is the housing authority for the City of Knoxville and Knox County and the redevelopment authority for the City of Knoxville. We have 3,500 units dedicated to the low-income and extremely low-income area residents. We also manage an additional 4,000 vouchers through the Section 8 program.

Position Summary:

The CAC VISTA member will develop more sustainable food security services through identifying existing or needed resources in the community, co-write grants for existing community gardens, food access, and outdoor programming, work with expanding food access partnerships to underserved KCDC properties, develop educational opportunities around food for residents at KCDC properties, collect best practices, observations, and existing research around food insecurity and access for low-income individuals, arrange and assist with partnership-based community activities such as food and commodities distribution, review data collected from KCDC needs assessment to identify high need properties and areas while developing a matrix to connect needs with partners.

  • develop list of food access partners in the greater Knoxville area
  • develop list of grant opportunities
  • develop seminar ideas for residents at KCDC properties
  • collect best practices, observations, and existing research around food insecurity and access for low-income individuals
  • arrange and assist with partnership-based community activities such as food and commodities distribution.
  • develop a needs matrix based on available data
  • evaluate food access programs and partnerships on an annual basis
Site Preferences/Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; social media platforms; Zoom.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work well in a team environment with residents, community partners, and KCDC staff.
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $17,600 or, $675.08 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 52 weeks.
  • Education Award of $6,495 that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses OR a $1,800 end-of-service stipend.
  • Housing subsidy of up to $300/month
  • Relocation reimbursement at $0.40/mile if relocating more than 50 miles for service
  • Up to $750 Settling-In Allowance to reimburse upfront moving costs
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 80 Hours Personal Leave AND 80 Hours Sick Leave
  • 11 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.
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility status for federal hiring after completion of service.
  • 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.