Development VISTA

Job Type

Full Time


Details: AmeriCorps Stipend Provided



Start Date


Application Deadline



33 N. LaSalle
Suite 900
United States



For over 30 years, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing has been recognized as a leading public interest law firm specializing in housing law and policy. LCBH offers a full spectrum of legal programs plus supportive services for low to mid-income renters in Chicago who are suffering from critical housing issues. LCBH provides advocacy, legal representation, supportive services, education and outreach as a means of empowering renters and preserving decent affordable housing in Chicago, impacting over 6000 individuals each year. Through the collaboration of legal and supportive services, LCBH offers a holistic approach to its clients to provide equal and meaningful access to the judicial process and linkages to essential services that can help renters avoid homelessness and help stabilize housing beyond the short term.


Housing Action Illinois works to increase and preserve the supply of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois for low-and moderate-income households. The Illinois Affordable Housing Support Project manages 15 AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers to work for seven organizations in the Illinois area.

These national service positions provide opportunities to coordinate local volunteers, develop resources, fundraise, build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, eliminate poverty and assist individuals who are homeless. These national service positions are part of AmeriCorps VISTA ( and VISTA members will serve with a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working on issues related to affordable housing.


Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing is seeking a Development VISTA to help build capacity of the organization to support its mission. The Development VISTA will work as a team member to increase the visibility of LCBH in the Chicagoland community and create awareness of its mission to shed light on the housing related issues faced by the most vulnerable members of our community.

The Development VISTA will be an instrumental member of the development team and can expect to be involved in a wide range of sustainable capacity building activities that will lead to an exciting and enriching experience and will deliver meaningful and transferable skills relevant in today’s employment market.

VISTA Member Duties:

  • Expand and ensure the sustainability of programs to improve low-income renters’ housing stability through resource development, donor cultivation, and other fundraising efforts.
  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of individual gifts, grants and in-kind donations.
  • Develop and document procedures for using Neon, LCBH’s donor database, to record donations and analyze the effectiveness of LCBH’s various fundraising approaches.
  • Enhance community awareness of affordable housing and renters’ rights issues, as well as the availability of LCBH’s free legal and supportive services, through communication and marketing activities and direct client solicitation.
  • Increase organizational and community capacity to resolve low-income renters’ housing issues by offering technical support and data, and engaging community partners, including tenants, tenant advocates, community-based organizations, and policy makers.

General Eligibility:

  • AmeriCorps*VISTA Members must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Resident
  • Able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 1 year
  • Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in using the Internet and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and willingness to learn new applications
  • Interest in social media and other communication through technology
  • Works well on a team, takes initiative to motivate volunteers and teammates

Overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

VISTA Members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

By serving through VISTA, you will gain new skills, friends and experiences - plus you will get the satisfaction that comes from serving others. During your service you will also receive a modest living allowance, health care and other benefits. Upon completing your service you can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a post-service stipend.


Benefits & Support

In addition to making a credible effort to help people and communities escape poverty, AmeriCorps*VISTA Members receive benefits and support during and after successful completion of a year of service. Members are eligible to receive:

  • A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend
  • Up to $550 for relocation
  • On-site orientation and training in project management and leadership
  • Modest living allowance
  • Healthcare benefits while serving
  • Childcare assistance for income-eligible members
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment while in service
  • FICA (Social Security and Medicare) contributions
  • One year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job
  • Access to the network of VISTA & VISTA alumni (170,000 strong)
  • Public Transit Assistance

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Send your writing sample, resume and cover letter directly to LCBH, addressed to Allen Hailey, Development Director through Questions should be directed to Dana Klasky 


Go to and fill out an application through the AmeriCorps VISTA portal. Questions should be directed to Willie Heineke at Housing Action Illinois