What you should know about Merrick Community Services

For 109 years Merrick Community Services has succeeded in its mission to improve the lives of residents of the East Side of Saint Paul by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and promoting their independence.

Merrick Community Services was founded on Saint Paul’s East Side in 1908 as the Christ Child Society, a part of a national model of settlement houses, which provided essential services to economically disadvantaged communities.  Today, Merrick Community Services (MCS) stands as one of the oldest nonprofit agencies in Ramsey County, with a history of being steadfast in assisting individuals and families escape poverty and become self-sufficient.  The core programs of MCS are the Food Shelf and Employment, Family, Senior, and Youth Services.

CURRENT OPENINGS

FOOD SHELF LOGISTICS COORDINATOR

Position Type:             Full-time (32-40 hours per week)
Location:                     Saint Paul, MN
Hourly Rate:                $15/hour
Travel Required:         Local (fewer than 10%)
Required Education:   Bachelor’s Degree in related field or 2 years Post-Secondary Education plus work experience
Start Date:                   Beginning of May 2017

Description:

The Food Shelf provides nutritious food to over 600 households on the East Side of Saint Paul and Maplewood each month.  The fast paced work environment at the food shelf is perfect for a person who is passionate about health and wellness and loves to work with the public.  This position supports the Food Shelf and Mobile Food Shelf Programs, its staff, and volunteers.  The Logistics Coordinator reports to the Food Shelf Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise food shelf volunteers to refine daily food shelf processes and procedures
  • Food ordering from food banks and produce distributors
  • Data entry and registration
  • Assist food shelf participants with intake and screen for community resources
  • Create calendars, flyers, schedules
  • Unloading trucks
  • Lead Mobile Food Shelf Distributions: planning monthly mobile food distributions at 2 local sites including ordering, day of logistics and partnership building
  • Lead Jet Fuel Backpack Collaboration: order food and coordinate delivery with local school
  • Represent MCS to support and/or establish collaborative relationships with businesses, churches, other organizations and individuals interested in donating food and/or product and/or volunteering to Merrick Community Services Food Shelf
  • Weigh and track food shelf donations into database
  • Coordinate donor communications
  • Maintain organization throughout areas of food shelf
  • Load, unload, and stock product. This position is physically demanding and requires repeated lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field or 2 years Post-Secondary Education plus work experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Hmong Preferred
  • Ability to communicate positively with a diverse community
  • Cooperative team member who can also work well independently
  • Ability to multitask while still meeting deadlines
  • Flexible when situations arise that are not planned
  • Possess problem solving skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
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    All interested applicants should send a cover letter and professional resume to hr@merrickcs.org

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MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM ASSISTANT  

Position Type:                Contract/Part-time (Up to 29 hours per week)
                                           Option to transition into Full-Time
Location:                          Saint Paul, MN
Travel Required:            Local (fewer than 10%)
Required Education:     Associate’s Degree;  Bachelor’s Degree Preferred
Min Experience Req:     2 Years

Description:

Merrick Meals on Wheels delivers daily hot meals to approximately 100 seniors on the East Side of Saint Paul. The Meals on Wheels Program Assistant reports to the Senior Services Program Manager and provides general support to the Meals on Wheels Program, its staff, and 150+ program volunteers. This position’s main responsibility is to assist with Meals on Wheels daily operations, meal ordering, and orient and support program volunteers.

Responsibilities

  • Manage meal orders and dietary needs twice a week for approximately 100 clients
  • Coordinate heating and packing of daily hot meals
  • Prepare packing needs for the following day (list on white board, route sheets, special dietary needs, appropriate counts, bags, getting ready Monday’s needs, etc.)
  • Track meals delivered/missing from caterer on spreadsheet; keep a running list of issues that will need to be checked over when the monthly caterer bill arrives
  • Create route sheets for volunteers to use daily, to maintain an efficient delivery system Perform new client intakes, set-up meal routes, etc.
  • Orient and train new volunteers, while establishing and maintaining positive relationships
  • Assist volunteers with occasional route coverage and address meal shortage issues
  • Maintain up-to-date volunteer and client contact information (including emergency and case manager contacts); track birthdays for acknowledgement
  • Ensure overall order and cleanliness of work location, including vacuuming and break down rooms, when applicable
  • Coordinate Senior Group activities, in collaboration with Program Manager
  • Provide data entry and general office duties, including answering phone, checking messages, and responding to client needs
  • Support Program Manager with monthly reporting and billing processes
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • AA; BS/BA degree or equivalent preferred
  • Two years of Program and/or work-related experience
  • Bilingual proficiency preferred (Hmong or Spanish)
  • Must have a passion for working with seniors and vulnerable adults
  • Ability to model respectful, inclusive, and responsible behavior that is consistent with the agency mission, vision, and values
  • Skills that engage volunteers, display thoughtfulness and gratitude, and go above and beyond for program volunteers and clients
  • Possess strong interpersonal and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills and experience, as exhibited to clients, caregivers, and volunteers
  • Cooperative team member, who can work well independently
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Detail-oriented, ability to work well under pressure, and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Strength-based, self-motivated, and goal-oriented
  • Excellent computers skills and experience with client databases and MS Office: Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word
  • Ability to maintain databases and client/participant tracking systems, which are based on intake forms, ServTracker, and the requirements of funders and Merrick Community Services
  • This position requires valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle to travel locally and pass a background checkCLICK HERE FOR JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

All interested applicants should send a cover letter and professional resume to hr@merrickcs.org

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The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position.  Rather they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position.  Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description.  Employment at Merrick Community Services is at-will and may be terminated by either employee or employer for any lawful reason.