Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

StayFitInCollege.org Announces Scholarship Awards

$700 Scholarship Award

For Immediate Release: StayFitInCollege.org, which promotes

fitness in college, has just announced scholarship awards for the

2012/2013 academic year. There is no purchase necessary to apply

for the scholarship. The scholarship award aims to help students

avoid the dreaded freshman 15.

Any student that attends a university, community college, or even a

technical/trade college may apply for the scholarship award.

Also, up to the first 10 applicants of each deadline month (see

below) will receive one free product of their choice from Stay Fit

In College.

Prospective student applicants should contact their school’s

scholarship office and request an application or simply visit

http://www.stayfitincollege.org/scholarship-awards.html to be


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Comcast seeking Business Acct. Exec.

Comcast Cable is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. This job posting is now currently available within Comcast:

Business Acct Exec 1, SMB Direct Sales, Memphis TN 

If candidates are interested in applying to Comcast Cable for this or any other positions, apply online in the career section on www.comcast.com/careers .

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Shelby County looking at dumping minority-hiring rules

Shelby County government might do away with rules that require businesses it works with to hire a certain percentage of workers from racial minority groups.

Proposed new rules would evaluate the efforts the contractors are making to hire minority workers, without setting a percentage.

The potential new rules would affect every contractor with 15 or more workers who wants to win Shelby County business.

Commissioners reviewed the rules Wednesday but didn’t vote. The next discussion is set for July 25.

To read entire article go to http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jun/21/county-looking-at-dumping-minority-hiring-rules/.

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Financial hardship waiver advances

The City Council approved the second of three readings on a proposal to create a financial hardship waiver for motorists who fail vehicle emissions tests.

To qualify for the waiver, drivers would have to provide a written cost estimate as well as meet income guidelines.

For one person, that means an income falling below $16,245. For two people, that income level is $21,855. For three or more, the level is $27,465.

The waiver system would essentially allow those who meet the criteria to get their plates. They would then have until the next annual inspection to have the problems repaired.

You can find this and other City Council briefs at http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jun/20/city-council-briefs/.

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MLGW Job Openings 6/15-6/29

Opening Date: June 15, 2012
Closing Date: June 29, 2012

Job Title: Drafter I

Duties: Prepare detailed drawings for the construction of or revision to the electric, gas and/or water distribution systems, street light system and/or underground transmission system; prepare one line diagrams for planning and feeder studies; and make field trips as needed.

Must have knowledge and skills in electrical–mechanical drafting and layout tasks.  Must have a valid driver’s license from state of residence.  Must successfully complete Placement (Group 001 “Drafters”)/Performance Exercises.

Works in office majority of time.  Subject to pulling/heavy lifting of manhole covers, transformer vault gratings and electrical equipment, bending, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, and other hazards associated with occasional field inspections; and sitting for long periods of time and eye fatigue while working in the office.    

Job Title: Computer Software Specialist (Level IV)

Duties: Apply advanced level principles/concepts in the analysis of information system
requirements to determine software that will provide system capabilities required; extremely accountable for end results.     

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Information Systems or Business with a concentration in Information Technology or Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 hours college accredited programming in computer-related courses plus seven (7) years of experience in database, computer hardware/software, mainframe, networking, programming or systems analysis skills depending on departmental need.  Must meet proficiency requirements.  Must have a minimum of two (2) years experience and be proficient in one of the following major Data Base Management/Operating/Utilities/Screen Generators/programming and/or Data Communication Systems depending on expertise required.  Networking: Novell Netware, GroupWise.  Desktop Support: Visio, MS Project, GroupWise, Windows, Microsoft Office, Windows Vista, Windows Group Policies, ZEN works, Blackberry Enterprise Server, NAI Epolicy (McAfee Viruscan Enterprise).  Must have a valid driver’s license from state of residence.

Works inside under good conditions.  Subject to sitting for long periods of time at computer terminals, eye fatigue, grasping/reaching for technical manuals/printouts and distinguishing color, and occasional light lifting, bending, stooping/crouching to load computer equipment, paper and carry materials.

Candidates accepting Employment with MLGW must live and maintain their residence within the boundaries of Shelby County, Tennessee within six months of their employment date.  EOE M/F/D/V

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Mid-South Food Bank has opening for Agency Relations Coordinator

Agency Relations Coordinator

Hours:  8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.   Mon, Tue, Thurs

                7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Wed

                8:00 A.M. – Noon  Fri.



  • Two years of college or equivalent; at least one year of sales experience preferred.  Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of good record keeping procedures and the ability to maintain accurate and legible records.
  • Computer skills or the ability to type a minimum of 30 words per minute. Knowledge of inventory/database software a plus.
  • Must work well with agency representatives, volunteers, senior aides and other Food Bank staff.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Acceptance of philosophy of food banking.



  • Process agency orders by email, telephone or FAX; enter data into the system and schedule order pickup and delivery appointments.
  • Respond to inquiries from potential new agencies and mail applications.
  • Ensure that agencies adhere to all Food Banks policies and procedures, including ordering agency appropriate food and other grocery products and quantities.
  • Provide agencies with quality customer service and use good judgment to meet requests.
  • Recognize trends in the types of foods agencies request and recommend improvements in products and services provided.
  • Provide assistance as needed in distributing food items from the Pantry and coordinating agency shopping orders including generating invoices, posting and closing out invoices daily.
  • Perform on-site inspection of new and existing agencies as requested to ensure that they meet and maintain the qualifications and standards for participation in the Food Bank program.
  • Accurately file invoices, post agency payments and respond to agency account inquires.
  • Produce and distribute the weekly shopping list by web posting, mail and FAX in a timely manner.
  • Maintain working relationships that ensure the success of Mid-South Food Bank programs.  This includes positive interpersonal relationships with agency representatives, Food Bank management and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Apply in person: 239 South Dudley St., Memphis, TN 38104.  Only those applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls or emails please.



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BRIDGES looking to fill four full-time AmeriCorps Positions

POSITION TITLEBRIDGES AmeriCorps Member: Bridge Builders® Facilitation Specialist

REPORTS TODirector of Community Engagement


POSITION DESCRIPTIONBRIDGES is seeking four (4) full-time AmeriCorps members to

serve as Facilitation Specialists for the Bridge Builders® program. This is a one-year, full time

(1700 hours required) position from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. Members will work 25-30

hours per week during the school year (August – May) and 40+ hours per week during the summer (June – July).

BENEFITS:  AmeriCorps members will receive a living stipend of $17,000 per year, an  education award of $5,550, and full employee benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. Other benefits include student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, and working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and BRIDGES staff to create positive community change in Memphis.

ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Founded in 1922, BRIDGES is a local non-profit located in Memphis, Tennessee. Its mission is to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. Located in the Uptown neighborhood, the BRIDGES Center is the first green commercial building in Memphis and features a state of the art indoor high ropes course and rock climbing wall. Founded in 1988, the Bridge Builders® program uses experiential learning/adventure based education to empower diverse youth leaders to create positive community change. Bridge Builders® currently serves approximately 5,000 youth from more than 100 schools across the Greater Memphis area.


1. Serve 25-35 hours per week during the school year and 40+ hours per week during the summer. Program dates and times vary but normally occur during the school day and afterschool (Monday through Friday from 7:30am – 8pm), and on weekends (Saturdays from 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm). Intensive summer programming occurs May 29 – July 28 with required attendance Monday through Friday from 7:30am-6:30pm and Saturdays from 7:30am-3:30pm.

2. Facilitate/co-facilitate Bridge Builders® programming – including meetings, workshops and full day events and conferences – in schools, community organizations and on-site at the BRIDGES Center.

3. Lead groups of 10-20 youth through experiential learning activities and discussions focused on leadership,  cmmunity and justice.

4. Prepare program materials, handouts, curriculum guides, etc. for all meetings, events and trainings.

5. Assist in the managing and maintenance of curriculum tools and supplies.

6. Facilitate pre- and post-program evaluations.

7. Assist with the recruitment and retention of Bridge Builders participants.

8. Support the positive development and sustaining of partnerships with schools and other community organizations.

9. Ensure, with the guidance of the Director of Bridge Builders® , that risk management procedures are implemented and followed during Bridge Builders®  programming.

10. Represent BRIDGES at events, conferences, meetings, public forums, etc. that may require speaking to groups on behalf of BRIDGES.

11. Attend all trainings per AmeriCorps and BRIDGES requirements.

12. Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the Director of Community Engagement or other senior managers.


1. To serve in AmeriCorps, individuals must be at least 17 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Documentation of age, education and citizenship are required.

2. Experience providing and leading programs for adolescent youth in the field of experiential/adventure based education.

3. Possess a genuine interest in and desire for knowledge that promotes the mission of BRIDGES, including community building, leadership development and youth-led movements for racial, economic, educational and environmental justice.

4. Possess a genuine interest, knowledge and passion for working with a diverse population of adolescent youth so that their unique assets are recognized and developed.

5. Is a lifelong learner and exhibits this in his/her life.

6. Have experience and enthusiasm for coaching and developing the strengths and skills of youth participants.

7. Values diversity and seeks out opportunities for self, staff, volunteers and program participants to interact and learn in diverse settings.

8. Detail oriented with ability to multi-task while maintaining high quality accountability measurements and documentation for the Bridge Builders® program and each of its components.

9. Strength in developing and maintaining positive working relationships where open communication exists with BRIDGES staff, community partners and funding agencies.

10. Good verbal and written communication skills (interpersonal, intercultural and corporate); good interpersonal and leadership skills.

11. Must be computer literate with knowledge of and experience using Microsoft products.

12. Must possess a valid driver’s license and show proof of liability insurance coverage as required by the laws of the State of Tennessee and as outlined in the BRIDGES Employee Handbook.

13. Must have own means of reliable transportation to work and to multiple program venues throughout the city.

14. Must be flexible and able to work evenings and weekends as required.



1. Requires ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit departments at BRIDGES Center, schools, off campus training sessions, summer camps and conferences, etc.

2. Employee will participate in all high-energy activities of the Experiential Learning Center; participation requires ability to climb, run, stoop, elevate to high ropes course, etc.

3. Able to lift, carry and / or move 40 pounds unassisted and up to 75 pounds with assistance.

4. Employee is regularly required to walk, talk, see and hear.

5. Requires excellent communication skills, both spoken and written.

6. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, talk, hear and see. The employee is required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to Julia McWhirter, Director of Community Engagement, at jmcwhirter@bridgesusa.org by July 1, 2012. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. Due to the large amount of applicants, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants selected for an interview will also be required to submit an application through the My AmeriCorps portal. For additional information about AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov.  For additional information about BRIDGES and the Bridge Builders program, please visit www.bridgesusa.org.

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