Community Engagement Coordinator | AmeriCorps Member Service Opportunity

Published
August 15, 2016
Location
Houston
Category
Job Type

Description

Project GRAD Houston and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Engagement Coordinator.  The candidate will ideally begin service on October 1, 2016 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on July 31, 2017.

 

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS

Project GRAD Houston’s mission is to improve lives in low-income communities by helping students develop and achieve their educational aspirations. For more than 20 years, Project GRAD’s mission has remained constant but the approach in achieving that mission has changed and developed with the communities GRAD serves. Over the last two years, GRAD has made important programmatic shifts to its model, positioning the organization to expand its reach with greater efficiency and increased sustainability while at the same time deepening community reach. GRAD reaches students, families, and adult learners through cafécollege – a one-stop college access center where students and families can access information, resources, support, and financial aid guidance. At every stage of their educational path, GRAD supports students and their families to accomplish their goals.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children.  LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

 

AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to effectively recruit and manage volunteers at Project GRAD, the Community Engagement Coordinator/AmeriCorps member will take the following steps:

  1. Formalize a system to provide regular supervision and communication with volunteers
  2. Provide a formal mechanism for screening and matching volunteers to jobs
  3. Implement recognition activities for volunteers such as award ceremonies (non-fundraiser)
  4. Measure and report on annual measurement of volunteer impact
  5. Provide training and professional development for volunteers
  6. Support the development of a manual, policies, procedures, and partnerships
  7. Support the mission of cafécollege Houston by becoming an ambassador to its programs and services; therefore be willing to go to fairs, tabling events, and other community events.
  8. Support the GRAD Scholar Program’s outreach & recruitment efforts.
  9. Recruit community members to serve on a student and/or parent advisory council within cafécollege Houston.
  10. Research professional development opportunities for Project GRAD Scholar Alumni who are recent college graduates or early-career individuals. Assist the Alumni Association in its outreach efforts through social media and other forms of communication.
  11. Attend community events and meetings to promote GRAD’s programs and cafécollege Houston.
  12. Research various topics, programs and initiatives to inform GRAD programs.

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS

Members perform day to day service at Project GRAD Houston and are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

  • Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2017;
  • Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
  • Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
  • Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
  • Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.

This is an AmeriCorps position.  As such neither LISC nor Project GRAD Houston will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.

 

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
  • Showing initiative
  • Professionalism
  • Emergent leadership skills
  • Relationship-building communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to respond to constructive coaching
  • Spanish/English Speaking, preferred

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:

  • Be eligible to earn 100% of a full-time education award
  • Be eligible to perform a term of national service
  • Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
  • Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
  • Have proof of status as a US citizen or possess permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
  • Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
  • Be able to complete at least 1700 hours of service within the 10 months of service

 

NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT

If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of First Degree Murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member.  Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.

 

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $5,775 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. The position pays a total stipend of $15,000.  The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC.  Direct deposit is highly encouraged.  A health care benefit is available for the participant only (dependents are not eligible).  For members with children under the age of 13, there is a child care subsidy benefit available which is dependent on the participant meeting all eligibility requirements (This benefit is administered by a contracted provider via the Corporation for National and Community Service).

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and letter(s) of reference to Dr. Pamela Hernandez, GRAD’s Director of Program Design and Community Engagement, at phernandez@projectgradhouston.org.

We promote equal opportunity in selecting AmeriCorps members.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.

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