AmeriCorps Vista Opportunity: Landlord-Tenant Law Initiative Outreach Coordinator
- Job posted by Philadelphia VIP
Full Time Temporary
AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity:Landlord-Tenant Law Initiative Outreach Coordinator
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services to low-income clients.
POSITION SUMMARY: Philadelphia VIP seeks an energetic, goal-oriented team player to serve as its Landlord-Tenant Law Initiative Outreach Coordinator, focusing on Philadelphia’s emerging eviction crisis. The Outreach Coordinator will build VIP’s long-term capacity to represent low-income clients facing eviction by helping design, implement, and support programs that provide renters facing a scheduled eviction hearing with legal representation from a volunteer attorney. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, highly detail oriented, and successful at managing multiple deadlines; has strong skills in written and oral communication, and demonstrated experience in working with people from a range of socio-economic backgrounds; and cares deeply about access to justice for underserved communities, values volunteers, and enjoys working on a collaborative team. VIP values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.
This is a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA position. An overview of VISTA benefits for 2018, including living allowance and health benefits, is attached.
• Bachelor’s Degree required. This position does not require a law degree.
• Passion for access to justice for underserved communities.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in data entry, database management, and full suite of Microsoft Office programs.
• Close attention to detail, organized, and able to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines.
• Embraces technology, including leading-edge case management systems.
1.Develop an understanding of the underlying law and court processes for eviction cases.
• Review and assess VIP’s current approaches for recruiting volunteer attorneys to represent lowincome
clients in eviction cases.
• Develop a workplan for designing a LFD program.
• Research similar LFD programs in other jurisdictions.
• Design and launch a beta LFD volunteer tracking system.
• Assess implementation of the beta LFD program and make necessary refinements to the process.
2. Recruit and retain volunteer attorneys in private practice to represent tenants facing eviction:
• Use multiple modes to recruit volunteer attorneys and match them with clients, including
maintaining volunteer records to identify potential volunteers for new cases.
• Develop new sources of potential volunteers, while maintaining and strengthening relationships
with current volunteers.
• Deepen partnerships with key stakeholders, including law firms, and participate in volunteer
recognition efforts and events.
• Assist in planning, execution, and follow-up for volunteer clinics, trainings, and other events.
3. Guide and support clients and volunteer attorneys throughout the life of the case:
• Interview new clients to gather necessary information and documents and, with attorney
supervision, assess the legal merit of cases.
• Develop client relationships and provide ongoing case management.
• Facilitate the volunteer-client relationship, and obtain case updates from attorneys.
• With attorney supervision, provide technical assistance to volunteer attorneys in case subjects,
procedures, support services, and client interaction.
• Monitor cases for deadlines and emergencies.
You’ll receive your VISTA living allowance biweekly, at a rate determined by your service site’s county:
• $13,297/year in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties
• $12,311/year in all other PA counties
If you’re a VISTA Leader, you’ll get an additional $2,400 per year. We withhold federal taxes from living allowance payments. You are responsible for your own state and local taxes, and we recommend you budget and save for any tax obligations you may have.
Before you begin service, you’ll choose between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and an end-of-service
stipend, which you’ll receive when you successfully complete your service term.
• Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: This education award is $5,920 for qualified classes, student
loans, and other educational expenses. You can use the award up to seven years after you complete
service, and it’s payable only to a lender or educational institution. You can earn up to the full value
of two education awards if you complete multiple service terms. You cannot transfer your education
award, and it’s taxable when used. For more information, see the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
• Stipend: The stipend is a cash award of $1,800. We issue the stipend at the end of the service term
and withhold federal taxes at that time.
Please note, if you initially choose the education award, you may change your election to the stipend any
time before the end of your tenth month of service on your My AmeriCorps home page under the “Edit End
of Service Option." You may not change from a stipend to the education award.
If you relocate from more than 50 miles from your service site in order to start your term of service, you
may receive a settling-in allowance of up to $550 and relocation travel allowance of $0.34/mile (up to
$1,000). We will review your eligibility for these benefits before you begin service. Your supervisor can
confirm the amount of any approved settling-in allowance and the VISTA Member Support Unit will confirm
the relocation travel allowance. For details on relocation assistance, see VISTA Travel Fact Sheet.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
HOW TO APPLY: E-mail cover letter and resume to Lizette Ortiz Torres, Director of Operations,
email@example.com. No calls, please.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR COVER LETTER: All cover letters should include describe the applicant’s
qualifications for and interest in the position. Applicants are invited to include a statement about how
the applicant’s unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality,
and perspective of VIP’s staff team and legal practice.
DEADLINE: Applications are due by 5pm EST on Friday, June 1, 2018.
PHILADELPHIA VIP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER