Volunteer & Special Initiatives Coordinator with Blackland Community Development Corporation

Published

04/09/2018

Start Date

05/14/2018

End Date

05/13/2019

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Austin
Texas
United States

Description

This position is a one-year national service commitment with AmeriCorps VISTA which provides a monthly stipend and an education/cash award upon completion. This VISTA position is managed through the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas - the VISTA member with serve at the Blackland Community Development Corporation.


About the Volunteer & Special Initiatives Coordinator Position:


BCDC’s VISTA Volunteer and Special Initiatives Coordinator will support the capacity building efforts of the organization by recruiting and managing volunteer efforts in three important BCDC programs: Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes, and Professional Support Program. Americorps/Vista Volunteer and Special Initiatives Coordinator will work closely with the BCDC CEO, Operations Manager, and Family Support Manager to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies, conduct outreach and engagement to providers and program participants, organize and manage BCDC events, and develop and manage lists/databases of volunteers and project participants. BCDC is looking for a driven, motivated, self-directed member who can really dive in and help shape this position.


About Blackland Community Development Corporation:


BCDC was founded to end the blighted conditions of the long neglected and underserved Blackland neighborhood of Austin, Texas, as well as mitigate the displacement of its affordable housing resulting from UT-Austin expansion and gentrification. BCDC operates 48 units of affordable housing in the neighborhood, including permanent supportive housing, senior housing, and housing for formerly homeless families and disabled individuals. Although currently going through a transition, the Blackland neighborhood has historically been, and still remains, a majority community of low-income African Americans. BCDC households comprise approximately ¼ of the neighborhood’s residents. In addition to low-income housing, BCDC operates an array of projects and programs that increase economic and income stability, as well as remove access barriers to critical services such as healthcare, for the Blackland community. BCDC’s African American Behavioral Health Resource Center is an initiative that will use outreach and education to reduce health disproportionalities and disparities among Blackland’s African American residents. It is a new initiative in collaboration with Austin Clubhouse that will offer outreach and educational services, as well as direct financial assistance for treatment, targeted at reducing these disproportionalities and disparities around behavioral health. It will be comprised of a range of health education and promotion services that target improved overall health and wellness, while placing a special focus on identifying behavioral health issues, removing the stigma associated with mental illness, and expand the availability of and access to culturally sensitive behavioral health interventions.


About AmeriCorps VISTA Service:


AmeriCorps VISTA members are full-time volunteers at nonprofit agencies partnered with the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. VISTAs help to improve health services, create and evaluate programs, strengthen community groups, conduct outreach, and much, much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTA members and their service sites create, implement, expand, and improve programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.


A VISTA member's commitment to serve includes:

·    1-year term of full-time (40 hours/week) volunteer service at nonprofit agency

·    Bi-weekly living allowance (approximately $1,000/month based by county)

·    Ongoing professional development opportunities

·    Regular mentorship and coaching from a nonprofit professional at your service site

·    Health and prescription drug benefits ( *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service)

·    Eligibility for additional stipends and benefits to assist with relocation expenses and childcare

·    End-of-Service Benefits: Members elect to receive either a cash stipend ($1,800) or the Segal Education Award ($5,920 - applicable to student loans or future tuition) upon fulfillment of their service commitment



About the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas:


The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas believes everyone should have the skills they need to reach their full potential. To achieve this, we embed high-quality, proven programming in the business, education and workforce sectors outside of the K-12 system to end the intergenerational cycle of poverty and illiteracy. Programs and services are designed to deepen the impact of local nonprofits, strengthen the business workforce and build stronger communities.

Our three program areas help:


The Literacy Coalition has proudly been an AmeriCorps VISTA intermediary organization in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service since 2012. Coordinating VISTA service at partner agencies is one of the fundamental ways in which the Literacy Coalition achieves its mission. By leveraging federal resources, our existing partnerships with nonprofit agencies in Central Texas, and creating new partnerships across the state, the Literacy Coalition is changing the landscape of service provision and nonprofit sustainability. Learn more about our VISTA program here: https://willread.org/vista



The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas is currently recruiting eight AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve in nonprofits throughout Texas to build capacity by developing new programs, conducting outreach, assisting in fundraising and development, and/or managing volunteers. Please click on the links in order to apply:











BENEFITS

·    Bi-weekly living allowance (approximately $1,000/month based by county)

·    Ongoing professional development opportunities

·    Regular mentorship and coaching from a nonprofit professional at your service site

·    Health and prescription drug benefits ( *For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service)

·    Eligibility for additional stipends and benefits to assist with relocation expenses and childcare

·    End-of-Service Benefits: Members elect to receive either a cash stipend ($1,800) or the Segal Education Award ($5,920 - applicable to student loans or future tuition) upon fulfillment of their service commitment

Benefits

  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

sforbes@willread.org
https://willread.org/vista

Please visit https://willread.org/vista to view open AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Each position will require an application submitted through the myamericorps.gov application site. Follow the link to apply.





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