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VVC Position Descriptions

Unique Work Placement

One way VVC is unique among year-of-service programs is that all VVC members serve full-time in a unique work placement with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati for the duration of their 11-month commitment. The program provides members with excellent professional work experience in a supportive context and in a variety of departments at St. Vincent de Paul.

Grow in Faith and Friendship

Because VVC members live and work in the same area, they have an unparalleled opportunity to support one another as they grow in faith, friendship, and service throughout the year.

VVCs are assigned to an area of interest or department. VVC Positions for 2022-23 include:

Note: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul uses the phrase “neighbors in need” instead of “clients,” as we recognize the mutual relationships, as well as giving and receiving, that occurs with each interaction.

 

Social Services – VVC Social Services Associate

The Social Services team works directly with those we serve, helping them overcome barriers to stability and providing personal assistance with: food, clothing, rent, utilities, furniture, and transportation. As part of our team, you will work to provide help to those seeking assistance through home visits and one-on-one in-office meetings.  You will also have the opportunity to be involved in other projects, such as overseeing one of our client support programs, which provide transportation or furniture assistance; the Sweet Cheeks diaper program; facilitating financial literacy trainings; or working with programs designed to build and enhance community.

 

Healthcare (Charitable Pharmacy) – VVC Pharmacy Associate

As the only charitable pharmacy in southwest Ohio, we meet one-on-one to provide individual support and assistance to each neighbor seeking medication assistance, qualifying them for services, and assessing other basic needs. Working in the Charitable Pharmacy, you serve as a link to a very important resource: completing the intake process to provide people with access to free prescription medication. This experience will be beneficial for people interested in both healthcare administration and direct patient care professions. We serve patients in Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler Counties. Knowledge and interest in the healthcare field is helpful but not necessary

 

Re-EntryVVC Re-Entry Associate

People face many challenges when rebuilding their lives following incarceration, and many times these challenges can keep them stuck in poverty. St. Vincent de Paul’s Re-Entry program addresses these challenges, providing returning citizens with mentorship, access to needed resources, and ongoing support as they work toward employment and self-sufficiency. In this position, you will help support returning citizens seeking to gain stability through our Working Better Together Program and through one-on-one meetings to connect them to our services and programs, as well as provide education around Re-Entry to our participants through the Ozanam Center for Service Learning Retreats.  This position will be part-time, coupled with another part-time VVC position, depending on your interest and placement needs.

 

Outreach Services and FoodVVC Outreach Services/Food Pantry Associate

Our Outreach Center Programs department includes our food pantry, Volunteer Program, Bed Program, and seasonal programs. In this position, you will provide support for each of these areas, which will include a mix of direct service, volunteer support, and behind the scenes coordination.  Specific projects will include providing beds to families in need through our Bed Program; coordinating our Christmas Together holiday program (matching sponsors with families in need); and facilitating our annual Fan and A/C distribution program. You will also serve in the Choice Food Pantry, which provides families and individuals free, monthly access to food, where the families are able to choose what they take home, within guidelines based on household size. Working in the Choice Pantry, you will have the opportunity to develop relationships with our neighbors in need and volunteers alike, work with food donations, and assist with key logistics for our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Distributions. The versatility in the job makes each day a little different and fosters a wide array of managerial, professional and personal skills.

 

Communication & DevelopmentVVC External Relations Associate

Our External Relations department works to promote the work of the Society, to support the programs that provide basic needs for our neighbors. Your work focuses on marketing and publicity (including social media, email and text campaigns, writing, photography, video, etc.), supporting event planning and coordination, particularly related to donation drives, distributions (i.e. winter coat distribution to neighbors in need), and may include some design work.  This position includes a weekly block of time working directly with our neighbors in need.

 

Latine Support and Advocacy (Social Services)VVC Bilingual Support Associate

St. Vincent de Paul provides assistance without regard to race or creed. As a significant number of neighbors requesting assistance from SVDP speak Spanish as their first language, speaking with these neighbors in their native language provides dignity and respect and ensures they are understood and their needs are met. In this position, you will assist the organization by providing interpretation for meetings with neighbors across all of our direct service programs. You will also help to develop bi-lingual promotional materials and assist Conference Vincentians in their communications with Spanish speaking neighbors. This position will be complemented with a full-time position with our Social Services team.

 

Finance and AccountingVVC Accounting Associate
To best serve our neighbors in need at St. Vincent de Paul, responsible stewardship of the resources given to us is crucial. Equally important to direct service work is the team of people who operate behind-the-scenes to ensure that our neighbors can receive much-needed support. In this position, you will assist the finance department in completing the month-end closing cycle, including thrift store revenue, bank reconciliations, financial statements, and accounts payable processing. In addition, you will assist with fixed asset accounting and tracking, preparation of documentation for our annual financial audit, and using donor tracking software to prepare reports for a monthly revenue journal entry. This position will be part-time, coupled with another part-time position working directly with our neighbors in need. Accounting degree necessary.

 

Operations & FacilitiesVVC Operations & Facilities Associate

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates seven thrift stores and one outlet store in the Cincinnati area, providing a source of hope for those who cannot purchase basic necessities or need to shop on a budget. Thrift Store and Donation Center proceeds support the Society’s direct service programs like our Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy and homelessness prevention program. In this position, you will learn about the different facets of store operations, providing support to our stores’ retail managers during routine store visits, learning about what it takes to provide each store with the tools and processes they need to run efficiently; gain skills around navigating interpersonal dynamics and learn different management styles; provide support to store employees as needed, including having direct interactions with customers and neighbors in need in the store voucher redemption process. This position will also include hands-on work assisting with facilities management of our 12 building facilities, responding to various needs from small projects like correcting a toilet leak and completing oil change to big projects like repairing an industrial compacter. A basic knowledge of tools, a desire and confidence to learn more skills, and the comfort level and ability to lift heavy items would be essential.