To Apply: Please submit a VISTA Application by June 27, 2016 through the MyAmeriCorps website, found at the following address: my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do
To qualify for AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.
LAF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY
For 50 years, LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year LAF's attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community-based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent problems that affect low-income families. Our work impacts more than 40,000 people each year.
Job Description: An AmeriCorps VISTA serving as Volunteer Coordinator at LAF will help the agency expand its capacity to serve clients by engaging and supporting volunteers. Under the supervision of LAF's Volunteer Services Unit Director, the Volunteer Coordinator will seek to better volunteers' experience and improve available pro bono opportunities by streamlining and standardizing the volunteer onboarding and training process; streamlining and standardizing the law student recruitment, onboarding, and supervision process; recognizing volunteers for their service to increase volunteer satisfaction; coordinating efforts to ensure a high quality experience for volunteers, both in what they contribute to and receive from the agency; assisting with pro bono project assessment in order to maximize the effectiveness of each project.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Term of Service: July 18, 2016 to July 17, 2017.
Program Benefits: Living allowance ($1,026/month), choice of Education Award ($5,775) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($200/month), transit pass ($100/month), healthcare allowance, life insurance, relocation payment if eligible ($550), and professional development opportunities.
Other Considerations: VISTAs may have outside employment and pursue an education, as long as it does not interfere with service responsibilities and is approved by a supervisor.