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Community Assistant - Ventura County, California

UFW Foundation Ventura, CA

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description: About UFW Foundation: For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in the state of California. The organization has staff in California, Washington, Arizona, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Georgia. SUMMARY: The Community Assistant will assist the Emergency Relief Coordinator to provide wraparound services and direct financial assistance to agricultural and food processing workers who have tested positive for or have been exposed to COVID-19 so that they may isolate or quarantine, and to prevent further spread in communities already disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing appropriate translation and interpretation services for people with limited English proficiency. The Community Assistant reports to the Emergency Relief Coordinator. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: (This is not an exhaustive list)Adhere to proper and safe food handling/storage best practices.Assist Emergency Relief Coordinator to collect data required for State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reporting, including confirmation of eligibility and tracking of services and direct financial assistance provided.Assist farm workers with booking hotel when needed for isolation using the State-provided Housing for the Harvest Program (H4H Program) Reservation Request Form:Assist the Emergency Relief Coordinator with the provision of direct financial assistance to agriculture workers who may not otherwise be able to afford to self-isolate or quarantine. Assist the Emergency Relief Coordinator with the provision of wraparound services as needed to agriculture workers self-isolating in hotels, as well as those who choose to self-isolate or quarantine in their homes. Services shall include, but are not limited to, the following: Coordination of transportation to and from hotel for essential reasons including medical appointments (as applicable); Provide basic public health education about COVID-19 and the importance of isolation or quarantine; Coordinate delivery of three (3) meals per day, or the grocery item equivalent, and disposable plates and cutlery, as needed; Provide the client names and quarantine location information to the County’s contracted meal provider to facilitate distribution, manage the participant list for meals daily, and coordinate with the meal provider to resolve any delivery issues including missed deliveries; Provide toiletries and other necessities; Distribute PPE that is provided by COUNTY; at minimum, face masks and gloves; Conduct daily wellness checks; Provide language access services, including Spanish, Indigenous languages and others; and Provide information about additional local COVID-19 support services available to participants such as food banks, health clinics providing free vaccinations, and charitable organizations providing assistance.Assist with grant deliverable reporting using our internal databases, software, and systems (including Quickbase, Egnyte, Teleconsulta and or their successors).Assist with logistics and organization of emergency relief events (venue – capacity, mapping for trucks, pallets, and recipients, transportation of people or event items from place to place, order/coordinate/accept delivery of food and supplies, coordinate truck rentals as needed, set-up and break-down, shop as needed, set-up for prep area, inventory control, advance walk-throughs, assemble food bags/boxes, traffic control, intake, distribute bags/boxes, certificate of insurance, etc.)Assist with volunteer recruitment, training, scheduling, retention, and empowerment with regards day-to-day functions of the emergency relief events.Attend trainings as needed to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.Conduct outreach to agricultural and food processing workers and employers to increase awareness of the H4H Program. Ensure high standards of service and delivery in a positive and respectful atmosphere to emergency relief events’ recipients.Ensure participants meet the grant’s eligibility criteria.Facilitate two-way communication between community members, public health, and others as applicable to identify, elevate, and respond to any concerns about the vaccine among community members.Intake and orient clients into the H4H Program. Respect dignity and confidentiality of emergency relief events’ recipients.Other tasks as needed. SUPERVISING RESPONSIBILITIES:May involve the coordination and supervision of volunteers/interns. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to remain calm and patient with frustrated or distraught applicants.Ability to work both independently and under supervision.Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.Bilingual (Outreach shall be in multiple languages, not just Spanish, so that communities who speak Indigenous languages, such as Mixteco, Zapoteco, Purepecha and other languages relevant to Ventura County, Tagalog, or other languages learn about the H4H Program.)Dedication to mission and a genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.Detail oriented.Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude.Must be computer literate and have working knowledge of MS Word, Access and Excel or equivalent applications.Problem solving/analysis and results driven.Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) attitude: the embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from applicants, colleagues, supervisors, and the general public. Must be biliterate English/Spanish. Mixteco a plus.MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply mathematical operations to problems requiring the use of basic statistics and statistical inference. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience working with the Latino community. Familiarity with governmental agencies and disaster relief. ADDITIONAL AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: None. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: A valid Class “C” Driver’s License is required. Must be computer literate and have working knowledge of MS Word, Access and Excel or equivalent applications. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The UFW Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity is more than a legal and moral obligation – it is also a sound business practice to realize the potential of every individual. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all! In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunity to all individuals, employment decisions at the UFW Foundation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Except where required or permitted by law, employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or any characteristic protected by law. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for farm worker and immigrant communities! The UFW Foundation believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. The UFW Foundation will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, formerly incarcerated, persons 40 years old or older, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions with the UFW Foundation. This policy governs

UFW Foundation


Ventura, CA
93001 USA



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