Location of Service: The Bottom – 2340 E Magnolia Ave Knoxville, TN 37917
About The Bottom:
Named after the Black neighborhood and business center in East Knoxville that was demolished by urban renewal in the 1950s, The Bottom was established in January 2020 as a community space. In response to issues of Black dispossession and displacement, The Bottom was conceptualized as a justice and equity project centered in space reclamation, reimagination and transformation. Given the historical obstacles for Black Knoxvillians to claim space, a collective effort is required to hold Black space in Knoxville and to engage in place making practices. Recognizing historic and systemic injustices that have indirectly impacted Black people and places is also required to respond and heal from related trauma. The Bottom proclaims space for Black people to build community, celebrate culture, encourage creativity and share our history — together!
The VISTA member will play a critical role in expanding the capacity of The Bottom’s grant-writing efforts by writing grants, updating a grants calendar and developing standard language that can be used in grant development. The VISTA member will work closely with The Bottom’s Executive Director and other members of our team to accomplish this. This work will help eliminate unnecessary barriers to raising private and other kinds of revenue that would support our mission. It will also make grant-writing more streamlined, efficient and effective. This member will also work with other staff at The Bottom to establish relationships with organizations in the areas we serve, to increase our outreach and community participation.
- Identifying potential funders and funding sources
- Assisting staff in preparing grant proposals
- Revise internal grant preparation and submission processes and procedures
- Enhancing processes and procedures around The Bottom grant and donation database
- Preparing communications materials to alert internal and external audiences about grant funding
- Assist in fundraising event planning and execution
- Research the local and nearby communities to identify partnerships
- Generate a contact list for outreach efforts
- Maintain regular communication with partners.
- Competent research technology skills.
- Excellent people skills: able to work with people from a variety of backgrounds; in particular working with community members of the black diaspora, and our allies.
- Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal. This person should have a good track record of building lasting professional relationships.
- Solid organizational skills. This position will require tracking, reporting, and synthesizing lots of information over time.
- Comfortable working in an inclusive, but often all-black/African American space.
- Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit able to chart new paths and try new things given support and direction from the Director of Outreach.
- This person should have initiative, independently identifying duties that needs to be done, or asking for tasks when there are no obvious ones.
Member Benefits Include:
- A modest living allowance of $15,001.50 or, $575.40 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.