AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Leadership Coordinator – Community HousingWorks (CHW); Mission Valley

Position Description:

This full-time (35 hours per week) AmeriCorps position works with Community HousingWorks (CHW) in Mission Valley to empower CHW residents, called “Community Volunteer Leaders”, to tap into the volunteer resources and assets in their community to provide essential services, such as access to tutoring for school students, job training, computer literacy, and more. The VISTA Volunteer Leader Coordinator will help connect residents to local companies and organizations to conduct community service events, and develop partnerships in the community that bring services into CHW’s community centers. This year-long program provides a living stipend paid bi-weekly by AmeriCorps along with other VISTA benefits described at https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Member Activity: Curriculum Development/Asset Mapping
• Assist the Community Engagement Coach and Community Building Coordinators with asset mapping of internal and external community resources, as needed
• Create and deploy a toolkit of community activities that can be used by trained residents (Called Community Volunteer Leaders) to host events that build relationships and ties between neighbors.

Member Activity: Volunteer Training and Coordination
• Assist with contacting and recruiting volunteer partnerships, through one-¬time events, initially
• Assist with the recruitment and training of Community Volunteer Leaders, as needed
• Trial a system to train, measure hours/activities, and monitor Community Volunteer Leaders that open their centers for CHW partners to provide ESL, Computer Literacy, professional development or after-school programs.

Ancillary (Administrative) Activities:
• Attend and participate in monthly department meetings, quarterly staff meetings, and other meetings as assigned.
• Complete biweekly report detailing accomplishments, challenges, and goals for the past reporting period and send to supervisor for review.
• Complete administrative duties on time (Timesheets ADP, P-Cards, E-mail, and Contribute to CHW Newsletter, Data Entry, tracking volunteer background checks, and other duties as needed).
• Supervise and consistently adhere to the policies and procedures related to the proper use of equipment, technology, and room usage by partners, residents and volunteers in the Learning Center.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Experience managing/coordinating, motivating and building skills among community volunteers.
• Familiarity with nonprofit and volunteer community resources in California.
• Understanding or interest in issues faced by low-income families from psycho-social and economic perspectives such as immigration, domestic violence, and substance abuse issues, parenting related matters, and teen behavior challenges. Community organizing experience a plus.
• Experience with computers, Email, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher), database systems a plus, but not required.
• Bilingual in English / Spanish a plus but not required.

Additional Requirements:
• High School Diploma or GED.
• Valid driver’s license and regular availability of an insured vehicle to travel.
• Must be able to pass a Federal Live Scan background check and able to work with children. Must be able to provide documentation of legal right to work in the United States.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10-20 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Some travel will be required, approved and documented personal auto mileage will be reimbursed by CHW.

Compensation:
Program Benefits provided by AmeriCorps: Education award upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage*, Training, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Relocation Allowance if eligible, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Stipend.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Jana Zawadzki at jzawadzki@chworks.org

Community HousingWorks is an equal opportunity employer.

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