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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 2021-22 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.

 

Communication & Development – VVC External Relations Associate

Our External Relations department works to promote the work of the Society and 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 for working directly with our neighbors in need.

 

Food & Nutrition (Choice Pantry) – VVC Food Pantry Associate

Our Choice Pantry provides families and individuals free, monthly access to food. Neighbors 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 both our neighbors in need and volunteers alike, work with food donations, as well as assist with key logistics for our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Distributions. The versatility of this job makes each day a little different and fosters a wide array of managerial, professional, and personal skills.

 

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.

 

Outreach Services —VVC Outreach Services Associate

Our Outreach Center Programs department includes our Choice 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 by matching sponsors with families in need; and facilitating our annual Fan and A/C distribution program. You will also serve in the food pantry and engage with our regular and group volunteers. You will have ample opportunity to exercise your organizational and interpersonal skills in this position, while gaining leadership and program coordination experience.

 

Ozanam Center for Service Learning – VVC Service Learning Associate

The Ozanam Center provides service learning experiences for youth, young adult and adult participants in hopes of instilling a passion for service, social justice, and advocacy. Working in the Ozanam Center, you will both facilitate service learning experiences (retreats, Poverty Simulations, and workshops) as well as provide administrative assistance. You will need self-motivation and a passion for social justice as you research social justice issues, learn our curriculum, assist with data and retreat preparation, and facilitate discussions and activities. This position will be part-time, coupled with direct service opportunities, depending on your interest and placement needs, which would include providing assistance to neighbors we serve through holiday programs, the Choice Food pantry, home visits, one-on-one meetings, etc.

 

Parish Support – VVC Conferences Associate

At the heart of St. Vincent de Paul’s work are more than 1,000 volunteers, called Vincentians, who are organized into 56 parish-based Conferences around the Greater Cincinnati area. Vincentians respond to their neighbors in need through home visits and direct services.  In this position, you will support Vincentians by working with our Conference Assistance Fund, and by advocating to local utility companies and landlords in issuing these funds. Other responsibilities may include helping with events or programs designed for Conference Members, and providing access to resources that support spiritual formation and service. This position will include a weekly block of time working directly with our neighbors in need, either in the Choice Food Pantry, or through Social Services.

 

Finance and Accounting – VVC 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 as important to direct service 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 our 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.

 

Data Management and IT – VVC Data Management Associate

In order to best serve our neighbors in need, we capture personal and family information, as well as service history, allowing us to determine how to best provide support and share the story of the work we do. In this position, you will put analytical and detail-oriented skills to work alongside our Resource Analyst to analyze data trends via CMS (Case Management System) to help inform staff and volunteers how to best operate our programs. You will also provide training and support for volunteers in using CMS, while gaining experience in project management skills and practical implementation of data processing. This position will include a weekly block of time working directly with our neighbors in need.

 

Latino Support and Advocacy (Social Services) —VVC Bi-lingual Support Associate

St. Vincent de Paul provides assistance without regard to race or creed. As a significant number of neighbors requesting assistance from St. Vincent de Paul speak Spanish as their first language, speaking with neighbors in Spanish provides the dignity and respect they deserve and ensures that 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.

 

Operations & Facilities – VVC 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. Proceeds from our thrift stores and donation centers support the Society’s direct service programs including the Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy, and our homelessness prevention program. In this position, you will: learn about the multi-faceted world of thrift store operations and what it takes to provide each store with the tools they need to run efficiently, provide support to our retail managers during routine store visits, gain skills around navigating interpersonal dynamics and management styles, and provide support to store employees as needed, including direct interactions with customers and neighbors in our store voucher redemption process. This position will also include hands-on work in facilities management of our 12 building and responding to needs as they arise, whether be small projects like correcting a toilet leak or completing oil change, to big projects like repairing an industrial compacter. A basic knowledge of tools, a desire and confidence to learn, and the ability to lift heavy items would be essential.