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COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT VISTA MEMBER

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PROGRAM START DATE/END DATE: July 19, 2021-July 16, 2022

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 05/13/2021-06/10/2021

  • Living Allowance Amount = $13,362 annual, gross | $514 bi-weekly, gross
  • Education Award = a taxable education award that can be used for qualified student loans, tuition, or eligible student expenses. VISTAs receive $6,345 upon successful completion of the program. VISTAs may also elect to receive a cash stipend of $1,800 in lieu of the education award.


GENERAL SUMMARY:

The purpose of this VISTA position would be to elevate MHC's mission and impact in the community. Activities will include: 1) Creating awareness building materials related to advocacy on pertinent issues associated with fair and affordable housing; 2) Expanding MHC’s presence and impact on social media platforms; 3) Planning and implementing community learning sessions on topics related to fair and affordable housing; 4) Collaborating with partner agencies in the community on joint advocacy work; 5) Supporting fundraising activities for the organization to include grant writing, event planning, and membership development.  



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS:

  • Enhance civic engagement and help revitalize neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty by educating and empowering residents through assistance in planning and facilitating the Fair Housing Coalition, the Louisville Vacant Properties Campaign, public forums, roundtables, presentations, and other outreach/educational opportunities. 
  • Educate the Louisville community about Land Development Code (LDC) Reform and play an active role in LDC reform community conversation. 
  • Assist in preventing evictions in Louisville through research, policy and program development. 
  • In conjunction with the Director of Development and Communications, develop a plan to enhance MHC’s presence on social media.  
  • Assist in graphic design and content development of marketing materials for the organization as well as for specific advocacy initiatives. 
  • Enhance MHC’s advocacy impact by researching and implementing options for online advocacy tools.
  • Work with the Director of Development and Communications to identify and pursue new and existing fundraising opportunities. 



EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • College degree is required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of the job.


SPECIALIZED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Must be proficient in Google Suite Tools
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in an effective manner
  • Familiarity with Constant Contact preferred
  • Experience with Graphic Design
  • Experience managing social media sites preferred
  • Must be able to exercise good judgment and adapt to change
  • Must be able to maintain the confidentiality of any information she/he encounters
  • Public speaking experience preferred
  • Must be able to drive personal vehicle to various locations within the Louisville Metro area


ABOUT THE METROPOLITAN HOUSING COALITION 

MHC strengthens, unites, and mobilizes private and public resources to provide fair, accessible, and affordable housing for everyone in our community. We do this by facilitating research-based advocacy for fair and affordable housing in the Louisville MSA. Formed in 1989, MHC is a coalition of 300 individual and organizational members—including non-profit housing developers, financial institutions, service providers, and neighborhood and advocacy groups. Our coalition forms the united voice for fair, accessible, and affordable housing. 


Research & Policy Analysis - MHC provides a unique voice for fair and affordable housing in Louisville and is the leader in housing data and policy analysis. Since 2003, MHC has produced the annual State of Metropolitan Housing Report (SMHR) with nine measures of fair and affordable housing and a focus topic. We are the only group to produce an annual housing report to track key housing data and to make housing policy recommendations in Louisville. MHC has a well-established history of producing high-quality reports on a variety of fair and affordable housing topics. 


Advocacy & Education - MHC works as a coalition to follow up on State of Metropolitan Housing Report recommendations, by facilitating ongoing community based groups, by engaging in public education campaigns through community meetings, by providing online resources to community members, and by advocating for safe, fair, and affordable housing policies. For example, MHC convenes monthly meetings of the Fair Housing Coalition and the Louisville Vacant Properties Campaign; hosts a public forum during Fair Housing Month in April; intervenes in cases before the Kentucky Public Service Commission to keep utility rates affordable for low-income individuals; and creates digital resources, such as Renter Center, a rental readiness program to educate individuals on important rental topics and to help households have a successful term as a renter. 


Housing Resources - MHC plays a critical role in creating affordable housing resources for the Louisville community, such as the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, LHOME, and the All Seasons Assurance Plan (ASAP), and facilitates a loan pool for non-profit developers for low-income people.

PROGRAM START DATE/END DATE: July 19, 2021-July 16, 2022

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 05/13/2021-06/10/2021

  • Living Allowance Amount = $13,362 annual, gross | $514 bi-weekly, gross
  • Education Award = a taxable education award that can be used for qualified…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    July 19, 2021
    9:00 AM EDT
    1:00 PM UTC
  • End Date
    July 15, 2022
    5:00 PM EDT
    9:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Louisville, KY
Associated Location

Metropolitan Housing Coalition

Louisville, KY, USA

How to Apply

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to info@metropolitanhousing.org 

Attn: Tony Curtis

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to info@metropolitanhousing.org 

Attn: Tony Curtis

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