Americorps Service Opportunity - Paid Stipend

Academic Credits

Yes

Wage

17000 annually

Hours per week

40 hours a week

Published

11/06/2018

Application Deadline

11/30/2018

Start Date

12/03/2018

End Date

07/31/2019

Address

517 Moody Street, 3rd floor
Lowell
MA
01854
United States

Description

Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Career Coach. The candidate will ideally begin service on November 1, 2018 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2019. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation. The individual selected to serve is not considered to be an employee of CBA or LISC.


ORGANZIATION BACKGROUNDS

Coalition for a Better Acre is dedicated to resident empowerment and sustainable community revitalization for current and future residents of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley through developing resident leaders, affordable housing, and economic opportunities. The program for which we are currently seeking an AmeriCorps member, STEP (Supported Training Education Program), is a workforce development program that offers 6 weeks of soft skills training for low income individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent, guarantees job placement following graduation, provides free transportation to and from work for up to one year and 18 months of follow-up case management services.


With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families. Over the last 38 years, LISC and its affiliates have invested approximately $20 billion in businesses, affordable housing, health, educational mobility, community and recreational facilities, public safety, employment and other projects that help to revitalize and stabilize underinvested communities. These investments have leveraged more than $50 billion in development activity and helped families and communities raise their standards of living. LISC investments impact the lives of nearly 7 million Americans. Headquartered in New York City, LISC’s reach spans the country from East coast to West coast in 31 markets with offices extending from Buffalo to San Francisco. Our rural programs make an impact in 44 states, and are supported by LISC’s talented and dedicated workforce. Visit us at www.lisc.org


AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The LISC AmeriCorps member will serve as a career coach to help provide one on one guidance, trainings and coaching to clients of our STEP graduate program.


During STEP sessions, the member will be involved in all aspects of the STEP program from outreach, info sessions, interviews and assessments, curriculum building, facilitating team builder and Ice-breaker activities, attending financial literacy classes, attending tours of partner companies, and creating an individual jobs and service plan with graduates. AmeriCorps member will be part of the classes, which take place 25 hours a week for six weeks, enabling them to continue to build relationships with our incoming participants.


·        AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for inputting own program data specifically regarding STEP participants into CBA’s Apricot database system. The database system tracks clients visiting the Merrimack Valley Food Bank for services. 

·        AmeriCorps Member will attend a variety of meetings throughout the week including Workforce Development department meetings, CBA program meetings, and CBA staff meetings to keep up-to-date on our organizational goals. 

·        There will also be an opportunity to serve some evenings and weekends during the CBA program events including CHOP (Community Health Outreach Project) dinners monthly, Acre clean up, National Night Out, community swap, and Acrefest, as well as partner events to promote STEP.


When STEP classes are not in session, the member will be checking in with graduates and partner companies to follow up on supervisors' assessments, check on any barriers graduates might be facing at their work, work towards each individuals service plan, and provide encouragement and guidance to participants. Related to the program they will also be supporting outreach, tabling, presentations to partner organizations, and interviewing potential candidates for the next cohort of STEP.


PERFORMANCE, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and CBA will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

 

Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.


Members will perform day to day service at CBA and serve a minimum of 40-42 hours per week. Normal service hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with 60 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve evenings and weekends.  


Members will have an immediate supervisor and a local LISC supervisor throughout the term of service as identified by LISC and CBA.


Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2019;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.


DESIRED SKILLS

  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)


PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:


  • Be eligible to earn 100% of the education award associated with this description
  • Be eligible to perform the term of national service associated with this description
  • Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS during the pre-enrollment period
  • Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
  • Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
  • Be able to complete at the hours within the timeframe of the service term and serve the full term


NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application. Candidates must be cleared by CNCS prior to the first day of service.


PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,920 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $17,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is required. A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible). For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service). 


Additional benefits for alums can be found here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/alumni and information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be found here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.


HOW TO APPLY:

Contact Sako Long at   sako.long@cbacre.org   or   978-856-6627


 

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.  


How To Apply

sako.long@cbacre.org
http://www.cbacre.org

Please send cover letter along with resume to sako.long@cbacre.org


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