Are you interested in gaining professional experience while effecting positive change at the local level? If so, CivicSpark, a Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program, is right for you! CivicSpark is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate, water, and access to opportunities. During the 2018-19 service year, 90 CivicSpark Fellows will support over 100 cities, schools, and other public agencies to implement local sustainability projects on topics including sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, climate action planning, water conservation and drought response, and affordable housing, among others. Fellows gain exceptional career experience, training to become future leaders in California's response to community resilience issues.
We are specifically looking for a Fellow to work in the County of Ventura on their Improving Broadband Infrastructure Deployment, Adoption, and Access in the Tri-County Area project.
The Pacific Coast Broadband Consortium, for which the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County (EDC-VC) serves as the fiscal agent, co-chaired by EDC-VC and the County of Ventura, represents a large network of community-based public and private entities committed to working together in order to develop an integrated approach of shared interests and priorities. The three county stakeholders and consortium partners are all motivated to action by an agreement that our regional economic, social, and cultural competitiveness is dependent upon an effective broadband infrastructure. In working together for the advancement of broadband, the stakeholders embrace the opportunity and benefits of collective impact and demonstrate an innovative and effective mechanism to develop optimum solutions for regional problem solving. As they complete the first two years of this initiative, the imperative has only grown in support with the findings of an infrastructure analysis of the region, the identification of areas of need and opportunity, and the commitment of community leaders. Unique to this ensuing effort is the application of the lessons learned for strategic execution in areas of mapping, policies and standards, task force communications and collaboration, and accelerated adoption.
The areas requiring the support of a Fellow involve analysis of CPUC broadband adoption data, use of GIS tools, and assistance in stakeholder (and community) communications, coordination, and social media. Ideally the skills involved will include effective communication, personal initiative, and the ability to identify and contribute to regional stakeholder-related issues, opportunities, and problem solving.
If you are interested, please visit http://civicspark.lgc.org/ to learn more and apply.
Applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S., and must complete Department of Justice (DOJ), State, and NSOPR background checks prior to service. Applicants must also have:
- A 4-year undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) from an accredited college or university.
- Climate Fellows: A degree in an environmentally related field and one year of relevant experience is preferred.
- Water Fellows: A background knowledge of water policy, water management, or water-related sciences (coursework or project/professional experience) is preferred.
- Opportunity Access Fellows: Experience with equity, affordable housing, or rural broadband policies and practices is preferred.
- Strong communication (both verbal and written) and teamwork skills; some experience with outreach, facilitation, and/or grassroots organizing is preferred.
- The capability to work in a professional office setting up to 40 hours a week.
- Commitment to the full term of service (11 months).
This is an equal opportunity position and we prefer to place a candidate who already lives in the community being served.
AmeriCorps was created to address community needs through service. AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to make an impact in their community while gaining valuable career and life experience. In exchange for their service, each Fellow receives the following benefits:
- A living allowance of approximately $16,000+ (before taxes) spread evenly over 11 months
- Segal Education Award of $5,920 at the completion of service
- Forbearance on existing qualifying student loans and payment of interest accrued during service
- SNAP (CalFresh/Food Stamps) benefits to those who qualify
- Health insurance
- Childcare assistance to qualifying Fellows, paid to an eligible provider of your choice
- Significant professional development training
- Network development with regional and statewide contacts in the sustainability field
- Valuable experience in the sustainability field and the local government sector
- Connection to a network of hundreds of CivicSpark alumni and hundreds of thousands of AmeriCorps Alums
Level of Language Proficiency
Knowledge of a language other than English is not required for each Fellow position; depending on your project and placement site, you may be working with underserved/non-English speaking communities, so intermediate knowledge of a second language is preferred for these.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Apply for the CivicSpark Fellowship online at http://civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/fellow/. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Please do not send any resumes or cover letters via email; we will only accept applications submitted via our website.