120 South LaSalle Street, Suite 900
LAF makes equal justice a reality and gets people back on track. For 50 years, LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) has provided free legal assistance in non-criminal issues to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. LAF’s more than 150 full-time attorneys, staff, and volunteers help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. Our work stabilizes lives by increasing safety, protecting economic security, and preventing homelessness. 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 and chronic problems that affect low-income families.
Position: A member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program will engage in a year of national service at LAF, serving as its Community and Organizational Affairs Coordinator.
Responsibilities: Assist with outreach initiatives designed to create awareness of LAF’s mission and the services it provides in order to enhance its community profile; support efforts to cultivate relationships with local service providers, law firms, law schools, corporations, and foundations; help coordinate recruitment of community board members.
· Bachelor’s degree
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Term of Service: November 13, 2018 to November 12, 2019.
Program Benefits: Living allowance ($1,178/month), choice of Education Award ($5,920) or End of Service Stipend ($1,800), Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($200/month), transit pass ($100/month), healthcare allowance, and relocation payment ($550 if eligible).
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
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.
To Apply: Submit a VISTA application by October 15, 2018 through the MyAmeriCorps website, found at the following address: my.americorps.gov
*To qualify for AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.
LAF values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate on the basis of disability, and encourages candidates with experience working with our client population to apply.