Americorps Development Coordinator

Website 18 Reasons

Empower our community to buy, cook, and eat good food everyday.

About us:

18 Reasons is a nonprofit on a mission to empower our community with the confidence and creativity needed to buy, cook, and eat good food every day. We offer two food education opportunities. At our 18th Street Kitchen in San Francisco, we host paid cooking classes with chefs from around the world, and ticket sales help support our free community programming. Through our free Community Programs, we offer grocery donations paired with free cooking and nutrition classes to families on a limited budget throughout the Bay Area. Our vision is to create equity and belonging through the transformative and healing power of home cooking.

About you:

The Development Coordinator is a hands-on and solution-oriented person who works on the Development & Communications team supporting aspects of fundraising and donor engagement, marketing and communications, and department operations. You are passionate about food, learning, community, and equity, and you love working independently to solve problems and lead team projects. We take special care to create a working team of positive, flexible, and driven people who are committed to caring for the community. A year of service at 18 Reasons is an opportunity to learn new skills and play a valuable role in serving the community.

You do not need to have a fundraising, marketing or nonprofit background to succeed in this position, but you must possess critical thinking skills, be a sharp writer, detail oriented, organized, motivated, and eager to learn. You are meant for this role if you are a lifelong learner with a passion for food and great customer service. In a nutshell, you can:

Help keep the development and communications team organized
Write words that inspire the community to contribute to our mission
Engage with social media and newsletters

This is an AmeriCorps position; you will serve for one year with 18 Reasons, ideally beginning on July 31st (flexible start date). For more information about the AmeriCorps program, please see the Benefits section below.


  • Assist the Donor Relations Manager keeping donor information organized and up to date
  • Assist with donor communications such as thank you letters and working with the team on fundraising appeals and campaigns
  • Assist the Communications Manager with maintaining and growing 18 Reasons’ social media presence: posting, responding to comments and questions, creating content with templates or your own imagination and social media savvy
  • Working with approved copy, the Development Coordinator will select images, build and send 18 Reason’s newsletters. With training, the
  • Development Coordinator will also have the opportunity to write copy for newsletters and other marketing and outbound communications projects.
  • Track communications metrics for newsletters, website and social media
    Maintain image library and testimonial/quote listings
  • Community outreach: tabling at various locations (farmer’s markets, specialty grocery, community events) to promote 18 Reasons
  • Event coordination: assist with guest management, volunteer coordination, production logistics, other event production tasks as needed
  • Contributes to the overall culture and business growth using our Culture Guide as a tool for self-reflection and an ongoing commitment to self-growth, the growth in others, and the growth of the company
  • Contributes to the overall culture and business growth by participating in or leading improvement committees and projects when needed


  • Passionate about food, food justice, racial equity, and communications
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent organizational skills, proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks, and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work individually in a self-directed manner and as part of a team in group projects
  • Experience, willingness, and ability to work with people from a variety of racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds, with various lifestyles, sexual orientations, and of all ages, including professional chefs, social service providers, volunteers, and low-income participants
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings at fundraising and donor appreciation events
  • Helpful technical skills:  Google Suite (docs and sheets), familiarity with database concepts, Canva or other graphics software

Physical requirements:

Ability to work at a computer the majority of the work day. General office duties include: computer work, filing, phone communication, copying. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable any qualified person to perform the essential job duties.

Program benefits:

●  $2,925 monthly living allowance, paid biweekly ($19.29/hour)

●  Segal Education Award ($6,345) at the end of the service year

●  Health benefits*

●  17 paid holidays, 10 personal days, 10 sick days

●  Travel Reimbursement ($0.65/mile over 15 miles in one day)  and Internet Stipend ($30/month)

●  Opportunity to forbear qualifying student loans while in service

●  Relocation assistance (if applicable)

●  Childcare assistance (if applicable)

●  One year non-competitive status for federal government positions

●  A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps members and alums

Note: To accept an AmeriCorps position you must be: 18 years old; be U.S. citizens, nationals, or legal residents; and be able to successfully complete a background investigation.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit

How to apply:

Please send a one-page resume and a cover letter to [email protected]

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with each qualification in the job description, please go ahead and apply anyway! You might be just the right candidate for this role.

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