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 VISTA serving as the Development Project Coordinator at LAF will work as part of the External Relations department to increase the agency’s capacity to provide free legal services by supporting its fundraising and marketing efforts.
Responsibilities: With the assistance of the Associate Director of External Relations, manage daily donation processing, donor acknowledgement, donor database management, and reporting on donor data trends in LAF’s eTapestry donor database; develop and manage updates to LAF’s public website to bring in new donors and followers; provide support for fundraising events, including the LAF Young Professionals Board Autumn Affair; help with other departmental campaigns and events.
· Bachelor’s degree
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Ability to work independently and as part of a team
· Special events planning experience preferred
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Term of Service: November 12, 2018 to November 11, 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).
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 12, 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.