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Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA), a human services agency, is seeking qualified applicants.

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Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA), a large mid-coast human service agency, is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions.

Summer Food Service Program Summer Associate VISTA

The Anti-Hunger Corps Summer Associate Program is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, Sponsored by Hunger Free America, that aims to create more food-secure families and support nutritious food choices.   This national project operates two programs, one for a full year and other for just the summer, called the Summer Associate program.  Both full-year and Summer Associates work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), the Summer Food Service Program, and other anti-hunger programs for Americans in need.

Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA) is a non-profit organization, located in the southern mid coast region, that works to benefit individual and families in the communities we serve through a range of programs and services including Head Start and Early Head Start; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) ; emergency housing, utility, and rental assistance; and parenting education.

DESCRIPTION:

MMCA, in partnership with Hunger Free America, is seeking a Summer Associate member to help expand and support community food access programs, including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), WIC nutrition education efforts, and WIC farmers’ market promotion.  The work will include outreach and education to improve awareness of nutritious food options and the use of SNAP and WIC benefits at farmers’ markets, and other food/nutrition-access services.  Through a combination of research, communication, and direct service, the Summer Associate will support the day-to-day operations of these programs, increase their capacity and sustainability to serve more participants, and work closely with programs within MMCA and local partner agencies to support anti-hunger initiatives in the following ways:

  • Assist with preparation and distribution of SFSP meals to participating families; assist with federal reporting of meal counts and help ensure program compliance with USDA regulations.
  • Collaborate with local and regional food pantries, gleaning organizations, and community anti-hunger organizations to source and/or coordinate distribution of food.
  • Research current demographics in participating neighborhoods to determine underserved populations and neighborhoods with low participation rates. Use research to collaborate with partner agencies, including community and faith-based organizations in order to increase participation.
  • Distribute SFSP nutrition education literature and USDA program information in locations where those eligible to participate in SFSP live, work, and play in order to raise awareness of anti-hunger benefits and nutritious food resources. Support WIC farmers’ market coupon use through outreach and promotion.
  • Create and distribute promotional materials to businesses in target areas with high levels of poverty and food insecurity near SFSP sites, including grocery stores, neighborhood markets, and other places where SNAP and WIC benefits may be used.

TIME COMMITMENT:  This is a short-term, 10-week full-time position beginning June 7, 2021 and ending August 16, 2021.  The Summer Associate will be expected to be available for the needs of the community and project the entire duration, including days and evenings or weekends as needed.  Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and the community, full-time employment with other entities is prohibited; part-time work may be possible, but must be discussed with the project supervisor prior to starting.  AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates must also adhere to some restrictions on political and religious activities.

HOUSING:  You are responsible for finding your own housing.  No housing allowance will be provided.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • $513.94 Living allowance, paid biweekly
  • End of Service Award – Segal Education Award: $1,342.86 OR Cash Stipend: $345.80
  • Paid holiday – July 4th
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • In order to qualify for the position, you must be 18 years or older (no upper age limit).
  • Members must also hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  • Due to the fact that some duties may require travel between Summer Food Program sites, the member must have insured, reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license, and be willing to travel within the MMCA catchment area. Mileage will be reimbursed at $0.44 per mile.
  • Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) licensing rules require that, prior to starting the assignment, the member must satisfactorily complete State Bureau of Identification, DHHS Child Protective Services, state and federal sex offender registry, and driving record checks. These background checks are conducted and paid for by Maine DHHS and MMCA will assist the member with the process.

Full Time Cook

Brunswick Center – 1 position
Friendship Street/Waldoboro – 1 position 

We are looking for energetic and well-organized individuals to plan and prepare high-quality meals for children and staff in accordance with Head Start nutrition standards. The Cook is responsible for dish washing and cleaning of kitchen areas and equipment; maintaining inventory of
kitchen equipment and food items; initiating purchase requisitions; and ensuring that federal food handling, safety, and sanitation requirements are met. You will interact with children at meal/snack times and throughout the day. The Brunswick position is 37.5 hours per week and The Waldoboro position is 32 hours per week.  Both positions are eligible for MMCA health, dental, life and disability insurance; paid vacation, sick time and holidays; and retirement plan benefits.

REQUIREMENTS:

The right people for these positions should have previous food service experience or formal training. Experience or sincere interest in working with children and low-income families is preferred. Practical experience in food preparation for groups of 25 or more is desirable but training will be provided. Experience with federal food programs such as Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a plus.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED; a two-year degree in nutrition or food service is a plus. * Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team, read recipes, possess good communication and math skills, and understand standard measurements, including calculating quantities of ingredients for larger or smaller amounts of food. * Position requires a valid driver’s license and insured, reliable transportation; and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds, stand for long periods of time, and bend to the level of a child. * Will be required to pass criminal background, child protective services, sex offender and motor vehicle record checks required by state childcare licensing regulations.

 Pay Rate: $12.25 to $15.27 per hour DOE

Housing Stability Services Specialist

 This position works directly with clients to complete central intake applications and provide support for households needing to access services to either stabilize current housing or find and move to safer, more stable, and more affordable housing.  The person in this position will establish relationships with landlords in the service area, collect information for rental assistance applications, and determine eligibility for social services offered through MMCA and partner agencies.  In addition, the Housing Stability Services Specialist will work collaboratively with other community providers to identify and offer appropriate housing stability services for both renters and landlords, and will help coordinate access and referrals to other community resources.  Travel may be required throughout the service area (Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties).

Other responsibilities include working with clients to develop individualized housing stability plans focused on addressing immediate needs; collecting and maintaining complete, accurate, and organized program records; and documenting contact with tenants/landlords and service providers, referrals made, actions taken and results achieved in an electronic database.

The job requires learning and using application processing software to calculate income and assistance payments and   to capture household criteria for participation in programs via data entry.  You will also be expected to acquire and maintain up-to-date knowledge of MSHA and federal guidelines and requirements to provide accurate information in response to client inquiries and to ensure that activities are in compliance with relevant regulations and contracts.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate Degree in social or human services or a related field preferred; High School Diploma/GED required.
  • 1-2 years of experience in work involving client contact, interviewing, helping clients complete applications, performing calculations and documenting eligibility required; prior experience in social services or housing preferred.
  • Knowledge of the needs of low-income persons, local housing, and social service programs and resources available to assist families and individuals.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer services skills; good listening skills and demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written form. Relationship building skills a must to partner with and engage landlords and other community providers.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, ability to prioritize and coordinate work activities and handle frequent disruptions in order to meet critical deadlines.
  • Ability to show patience, empathy, tact, discretion, and sound judgment in dealing with clients; must be able to engage people with respect and dignity.
  • Solid math skills and attention to detail needed to perform calculations accurately and quickly.
  • Proficiency with computers and related software, including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and databases preferred; able to learn other computer software, enter data accurately into designated software, and generate electronic records.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and insured, reliable transportation.
  • Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must satisfactorily complete background checks to indicate no previous or current record of involvement with child abuse, neglect or exploitation; no disqualifying criminal record; and no motor vehicle record as outlined in state regulations and current contract provisions.

This position is full-time, 37.5 hours per week and benefits eligible.  It is a grant-funded position for one year but may possibly go longer if funding is extended.  This person may have the option of some remote work, due to COVID-19, but generally, will be expected to be onsite.

 

WIC Nutrition Counselor II Part Time

Responsibilities: The person is in this position is responsible for determining eligibility and nutrition risk priority of WIC applicants, conducting dietary assessments and physiological measurements, and providing orientation to WIC participants. Primary job duties include providing counseling and education on proper nutrition and good health, with special emphasis on nutritional needs of pregnant, postpartum, and breast-feeding women and infants and children less than 5 years of age. Will also oversee and conduct regular educational outreach efforts including offsite evening clinics.

Other duties including making referrals on immunizations, prenatal care, smoking, drug and alcohol cessation, and health checkups; documenting and maintaining data on client orientation, participation, and satisfaction with the program; and maintaining clinic equipment and supplies, such as measuring devices, diapers and infant formula. This position is part-time, 24 hours per week and is eligible for paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and retirement plan.  This person will have the option to work remotely some of the time temporarily due to COVID-19.

Qualifications: Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences, community or public health nutrition, or a health-related field and at least 2 years of experience in a similar position. An equivalent combination of experience and an associate degree in nutritional sciences or similar field will be considered. Registered Dietetic Technician preferred. One year of experience providing breast-feeding counseling to new mothers and nutrition counseling to parents and children 0-5 years of age preferred. Must have 7 hours of continuing education on lactation within the past 2 years or be willing to obtain within 3 months of hire.

Other requirements include:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with computers and related word processing, spreadsheet and database software, maintain accurate electronic records, and generate reports
  • Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of all client and agency information
  • Ability to sit for long periods and work in a variety of busy clinic environments; able to life 20 pounds and set up clinics at outreach sites
  • Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance and reliable transportation
  • Must complete State Bureau of Investigation and DHHS Child Protective Services background checks prior to starting employment.

Accounting Specialist 

 The person in this position will provide assistance to the Finance Director and other Fiscal Services staff by performing data entry of invoices, purchase orders and daily receipts; preparing cash receipts for daily deposits; preparing and posting journal entries; and monitoring receipt of and recording accounts receivables.  Additionally, the Accounting Specialist will assist with payment of invoices, processing of purchase orders, reconciliation of agency balance sheet accounts, and performing budget entries into the agency’s accounting software system.  As needed, this person may also be tasked with collecting data for and preparing reports and working on finance projects.

Qualifications:

  • Associate degree with a major in Accounting or Business Administration preferred. Additional relevant work experience may be substituted for a two-year degree.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a business environment with knowledge of filing and office procedures is required; prior accounting experience preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency with computers and related software, including Office 365, SharePoint, databases and computer peripherals, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to plan, organize, schedule and manage complex multiple tasks required, as are a high degree of organizational and computational skills, attention to detail, and accuracy.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills required.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team but also perform duties individually with minimal supervision.

State Bureau of Identification criminal record and driving record checks must be satisfactorily completed prior to starting employment.  Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and properly insured, reliable transportation.  Other requirements include ability to sit for long periods of time, and ability to lift up to 25 pounds and be capable of physically bending and stooping.

This position is a full-time (37.5 hours per week), benefits-eligible position.  Pay range is $13.00 to $20.00 per hour; pay will be dependent upon qualifications.

Family Resource Navigator

The person in this position will be responsible for conducting comprehensive intakes, evaluations and assessments to determine areas of risk for f low-income families and individuals and eligibility for MMCA supportive living services. Works with clients to identify their needs, establish goals, and obtain services necessary to support their future success. Provides information, advocacy, application assistance and referrals to other community services as needed. This person will also be required to maintain current knowledge of program requirements, regulations and laws; to collect and report program and client satisfaction data; to maintain complete, well-organized and accurate records; and to participate in training. This is a 2-year grant-funded position with possibility for continuation depending on continued funding and need.

Qualifications:

 Candidates must have a minimum of an associate’s degree with at least 1 year of experience in a related position or training in social services. A bachelor’s degree in mental health, social work, or a related field is preferred. Additionally, candidates should have prior experience in interviewing, completing applications, and calculating and documenting eligibility, as well as social service case management and supportive counseling. Knowledge of family systems and the needs of low-income persons, experience working with low-income families, familiarity with local housing and social service programs, and a commitment to equality and social justice are key qualifications.

Other requirements include:

  • Demonstrated ability to work with computers and related software, maintain accurate electronic records, and generate reports
  • Ability to communicate clearly in oral and written form
  • Ability to work as part of an integrated team but also independently with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of all client and agency information
  • Adherence to Social Work Code of Ethics, including mandated reporting of suspected abuse or neglect
  • Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance and reliable transportation
  • Must complete State Bureau of Investigation and DHHS Child Protective Services background checks prior to starting employment.

This is position is 37.5 hours per week and is eligible for MMCA benefits.

The pay range is $12.83 – $20.07 per hour, depending on experience.

Part-time Cook

Responsibilities:  Midcoast Maine Community Action (MMCA), a large, mid-coast human services agency, is currently seeking applicants for Part-time Cook in its Head Start and Early Head Start (HS/EHS) Program.  MMCA has Head Start Centers located in Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Newcastle, Waldoboro, and Whitefield. The part-time cook will assist center cooks with meal preparation, dishwashing, and cleaning of kitchen areas and equipment, and will interact with children at meal/snack times and throughout the day.  This position will be based in Bath but must be available to provide coverage for absences of center cooks at all but the Whitefield location.  The position is 20 hours per week and is eligible for paid vacation and sick time benefits, plus paid holidays.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age.   Past experience or formal training in the food service field is strongly preferred.  Practical experience in food preparation for groups of 25 or more is desirable, but training will be provided.  Experience with federal food programs such as Child and Adult Care Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a plus. Must be able to work independently and with others, read recipes, and understand standard measurements, including calculating quantities of ingredients for larger or smaller amounts of food.  Position requires a valid driver’s license and insured, reliable transportation; and the ability to lift up to 25 pounds, stand for long periods of time, and bend to the level of a child.

Head Start Teacher Assistants

Bath Center – 2 positions (2 HS)
Brunswick Center – 2 positions (HS)
Friendship Street/Waldoboro – 1 position (HS)

Responsibilities: Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting classroom teachers in providing a safe, nurturing environment that maximizes the ability to learn and the health and welfare of all children in the Head Start or Early Head Start classrooms. This includes participating in the supervision and providing support to the children, and using appropriate behaviors when interacting with the children and their families.  The Teacher Assistant is also responsible for helping with the daily health and safety routines of the classroom, supporting the integration of special needs activities with other classroom activities, and preparing the center for programming.  All classroom staff are supervised by a Regional Manager.  Head Start staff work with children ages 3 to 5 years old, which includes preparing preschoolers for kindergarten. Early Head Start staff work with children ages 6 months to 3 years old.

Qualifications: An associated degree in early childhood education or a related field is strongly preferred.  Consideration may also be given to candidates who possess a high school diploma and an equivalent combination of directly relevant experience plus a Child Development Associates certificate or other comparable state-awarded credential.  Prior experience working with young children is essential; must have an interest in working with children from low-income families.  Must be able to lift a child if necessary (approximately 40 pounds) and be capable of physically bending to a child’s level.

Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, insurance and reliable transportation.  Upon hire and periodically thereafter, the candidates selected must successfully complete background checks through the State Bureau of Investigation, Maine Department of Human Services, and Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles that indicate no previous record of involvement with child abuse or exploitation and no disqualifying criminal record or motor vehicle record that would preclude working with children.

Head Start positions are 35 hours per week.  Pay range is $12.00 to $14.17 per hour, depending on qualifications.

Head Start Teachers

Friendship Street Center (Waldoboro) – 2 position (HS)

Responsibilities: Teachers are responsible for dialing planning and implementation of the Head Start early childhood curriculum and supervision of classroom activities for children 3-5 years old.  Working together with the center team, to provide a safe, nurturing environment, the teachers conduct child assessments, meet with families, encourage parent engagement in their children’s education, ensure a smooth flow of daily activities and events, and serve as a role model for staff and parents in educating the children.  MMCA uses the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum and the Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) assessment system.  All teaching staff are supervised by a Regional Manager.

Qualifications: An associate or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a closely-related field is required.  Infant-Toddler or Pre-K Child Development Associates certification may be considered.     Prior experience working with young children is essential; must have an interest in working with children from low-income families.  Must be able to lift a child if necessary (approximately 40 pounds) and be capable of physically bending to a child’s level.

Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, insurance and reliable transportation.  Upon hire and periodically thereafter, the candidates selected must successfully complete background checks through the State Bureau of Investigation, Maine Department of Human Services, and Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles that indicate no previous record of involvement with child abuse or exploitation and no disqualifying criminal record or motor vehicle record that would preclude working with children.

These positions are 35 hours per week.  Pay range is $12.83 to $18.87 per hour, depending on experience and other qualifications.

Substitute Cook

We are looking for an energetic and well-organized individual to assist us as needed to prepare high-quality meals for children and staff. The right person for this position should have previous food service experience, be able to work independently and as part of a team, and have good communication and math skills. Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift approximately 25 pounds. This is a temporary, on-call position offering flexibility of hours. Assignments may be at any of our centers located in Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Newcastle and Waldoboro. Open until position filled.

Benefits

MMCA offers a comprehensive benefit package to all staff who work a minimum of 30 hours per week which includes: health and dental insurance, life/disability insurance, paid vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Please forward a cover letter, resume with complete work history, and contact information for 3 professional references to mmcacareers@mmcacorp.org. Positions are open until filled.

MMCA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER

All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, and physical or mental disability.