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AmeriCorps Immigrant Integration Specialist

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CASA de Maryland Inc.
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Baltimore, MD
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Published 13 days ago

Position Name

Immigrant Integration Specialist AmeriCorps Member


Number of Individual AmeriCorps Members Serving in This Position

The Program aims to recruit 11 (eleven) full-time and 4 (four) half-time AmeriCorps members to focus on financial literacy programming for eligible participants.


Member Immediate Supervisor Name

The Site Supervisor will provide day-to-day supervision and evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to the Program policies and procedures.

CASA’s Baltimore Services Manager is the Program Supervisor.

He can be reached at apiedramartel@wearecasa.org


Position Start Date

The Program launch will be on Tuesday, 07 September 2021. If there are any position available after that day, members may start as agreed with the Program Supervisor. The actual start date for each individual will be identified on the Service Agreement.


Position End Date

12 August 2022


Days / Hours of Service

Full-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible, but will serve approximately 40 hours per week. Part-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible, but will serve approximately 20 hours per week. Regular service time will occur Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Some evening and weekend service is required.

Individual schedule is agreed by the AC member and the Program Supervisor at the beginning of the program. The schedule may be changed upon agreement, based on program or member’s need.


Host Sites. Location(s)

Members may be asked to serve at any of the following locations:

CASA Baltimore                       2706 Pulaski Highway            Baltimore,  Maryland 21224

CASA Center for Citizenship     14645 Rothgeb Drive             Rockville,   Maryland 20850

BCCC Harbor                           710 East Lombard Street       Baltimore,  Maryland 21202

CASA Langley Park                  8151 15th Avenue                  Hyattsville, Maryland 20793


The main service location for each member will be identified on the individual Service Agreement.

If due to COVID-19 CASA should close its offices, members will be allowed to continue service on virtual mode for the time of the closure.


CASA’s Mission and Goals

CASA’s Mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities. CASA’s Vision is a future with diverse and thriving communities living free from discrimination and fear, working together with mutual respect to achieve full human rights for all.


Project Mission and Goals

The program is focused on providing immigrant integration services, with an emphasis on developing participant’s financial capabilities, job readiness and supporting eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to apply for the US citizenship. The project is coordinated by CASA, funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and PennSERVE.

The program aims to provide financial education services to 500 economically disadvantage people during the program year. Of them, at least 400 should show improvement in their skills, knowledge and confidence. The program utilizes surveys to track these goals. The program also aims to serve 400 economically disadvantage individuals on employment advancement training and 320 individuals receiving job placement services.

Other goals related to naturalization efforts may be set at the beginning of the Service.

Community Need

Low income immigrants and Latinos in Maryland face a number of economic challenges.

The majority of individuals who access CASA's services come from Latin America and West Africa and have limited English skills, are unfamiliar with U.S. financial systems, and are unaware of the resources available to them. Due to experiences in their home countries, they often mistrust government and financial institutions, and as a result, operate largely in a cash economy and utilize check cashers, payday lenders, pawnshops, and rent-to-own stores. These families are vulnerable to the tactics of predatory actors that exploit them by charging exorbitant fees. Because many immigrants work multiple low-paying jobs, having an understanding of financial literacy concepts and how to create a household budget is critical. Without the tools and knowledge needed to fully participate in U.S. economic systems, immigrant families will be unable to transition out of poverty and positively contribute to the larger economy.

CASA views naturalization as a key strategy for economic empowerment and stability for those who are eligible. But Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) from Latin America and West Africa historically take much longer to naturalize than other groups. In response to these needs, CASA operates an integrated program of financial literacy, naturalization, and legal services.


Member Position Summary

New Americans Opportunity Project of Maryland’s AmeriCorps members provide a range of direct services to LPRs including one-on-one tutoring and workshops on financial education (household budget, banking, saving for a goal, credit score management, etc.) as well as support for them to apply for US citizenship. (Tutoring, teaching ESOL / Citizenship classes, N‑400 assistance, Citizenship workshops, and coordinating volunteers).

The member will conduct as well outreach activities to ensure the program target population register to participate in the program.


Required Training Prior to Member Placement

CASA will provide a two (2) week orientation program at the beginning of the Service Year. The Training will include financial education and naturalization content, as well as best practices on outreach, record keeping, and other relevant issues.

The training includes an overview of National Service, the role of CNCS and the Maryland’s GOSV, as well as training on prohibited activities as described by CNCS.

In order to be able to provide free income tax preparation services, members will be required to obtain an IRS certification. CASA will provide a free training, usually in January, to facilitate members to be certified.


Member Impact

Members will be able to improve the quality of life and integration of immigrants to the broader Society by helping program participants to improve their financial skills and knowledge, prepare high-quality and accurate taxes and preparing the citizenship application for Lawful Permanent Residents.

Members will be evaluated about outcomes such as number of people who receive financial education services and outputs such as how many of those participants showed actual improvement in their financial skills and confidence, as well as their soft-skills require in every job environment, such as learning will, teamwork, communication, and professionalism.


Essential Functions of Position

  • Direct Services

o   Facilitate and/or coordinate workshops and individualized coaching sessions focused on naturalization, financial literacy and economic development, and access to public benefits.

o   Teach and/or coordinate citizenship preparation courses.

o   Assist Legal Permanent Residents to complete the Citizenship application form (N-400).

o   Conduct outreach activities to identify potential program participants.

o   Prepare taxes for program participants during the February / April tax season.

  • Information Gathering

o   Strengthen and develop organizational partnerships with existing community organizations that serve immigrant and working-class communities in Maryland.

o   Conduct needs assessments and provide community education within immigrant community.

o   Update organizational databases based on activities conducted.

  • Community Involvement / Leadership Development / Volunteer Management

o   Develop volunteer opportunities related to immigrant integration and U.S. citizenship.

o   Train and coordinate volunteers to participate in immigrant integration workshops or Citizenship mentoring.

o   Reach out other community organizations to offer program’s services to their constituents.


Note

The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience performing duties in multicultural environments.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills (bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred).
  • Highly organized and efficient, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Access to personal transportation.
  • Fast learner.
  • Some knowledge of popular education preferred.


Required Academic and Experience Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one during the service year.
  • Having a Bachelor degree on social sciences is a plus.


Other required Qualifications

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (recently naturalized citizens are encouraged to apply).
  • At least 17 years old.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository checks (Pennsylvania and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check, before starting national service.
  • Express commitment to complete one year of National Service.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination: CASA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective 01 July 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees and prospective employees, AmeriCorps members, and paid or non-paid internships. In accordance with CASA's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees, AmeriCorps members and interns, and their families, CASA members and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. In making this decision, the executive leadership team reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and local health officials. All prospective employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical / religious accommodation documentation prior to the first day of employment with CASA. AmeriCorps member candidates will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical / religious accommodation documentation at the time of presenting proof of citizenship and SSN eligibility.

Prohibited Activities

Read attached list of prohibited activities for AmeriCorps members. They are also listed on the Member Service Agreement.


Placement Type

The position is not a reassignment from a previous Host Site / Agency.


Benefits

Full-time commitment (1700 hour / year)

Living allowance of $ 615.38 bi-weekly, health care coverage.

Member may apply for child-care allowance.

Member will be entitled to a $ 6,345.00 education award upon program completion.


Half-Time commitment (900 hours / year)

Living allowance of $ 307.69 bi-weekly.

Member will be entitled to a $ 3,172.50 education award upon program completion.


Living allowance will be paid bi-weekly by direct deposit based on the schedule to be shared at the time of signing the Service Agreement.

CASA offers a variety of free-, high quality- training courses on Financial Education, Taxes and Citizenship.

Individuals may be eligible to have the repayment of their qualified student’s loans postponed while serving. This postponement is called forbearance. While interest may continue to accrue during your service, if you successfully complete the term of service the National Service Trust will pay all or a portion of the qualified loan's interest that accrued during your service. Most federally- guaranteed student loans are eligible for forbearance.


Selection Process

To be considered for the New Americans Opportunity Project program, interested individuals must submit a current resume and cover letter in the CASA website (https://wearecasa.org/join-us/). Staff will review the application, request an interview and application (if appropriate), conduct three reference checks, and match a potential applicant with a host site. After the applicant has met with the site supervisor at the host site, the applicant will be responsible for getting a three-part criminal history check. Individuals will not be allowed to start orientation or be enrolled in the program until all appropriate background check and paperwork is received by CASA.


Contact

For more information and to apply, contact:

Abdel Piedramartel

Baltimore Services Manager

CASA

apiedramartel@wearecasa.org

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit

www.americorps.gov

For more information about CASA, visit

www.wearecasa.org

Position Name

Immigrant Integration Specialist AmeriCorps Member


Number of Individual AmeriCorps Members Serving in This Position

The Program aims to recruit 11 (eleven) full-time and 4 (four) half-time AmeriCorps members to focus on…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in any of the following Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred

Bilingual in any of the following Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred

Location

On-site
Baltimore, MD, USA

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