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AmeriCorps Member
Service Opportunity
Full-Time Position
1700 hours in 10 months

LINC Housing Corporation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a full-time AmeriCorps member to serve as a Community Assessment Associate. The candidate will ideally begin service on November 1, 2017 and serve a minimum of 1700 hours though the end of his/her term on August 31, 2018. The exact start and end date is confirmed by the Member Agreement of Participation.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUNDS
LINC’s mission is to build communities and strengthen neighborhoods for people underserved by the marketplace. LINC’s affordable housing communities are known for excellent design, outstanding management, and life-enhancing services. Through collaboration with local governments and financial institutions, LINC has had a hand in creating more than 7,500 affordable apartments in 73 communities across California. We have 33 years’ experience creating communities for families, seniors, and individuals with special needs. We are committed to building and preserving housing that is affordable, environmentally sustainable, and a catalyst for community improvement. LINC Cares, our resident services division, provides services and referrals at no cost to our residents to address their financial, social, educational, and health needs. LINC Housing has been significantly expanding permanent supportive housing as well as pursuing deeper community development in the communities in which we build affordable housing.

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
The AmeriCorps member will assist LINC Housing to conduct neighborhood assessment and outreach in communities where LINC is working to build affordable housing and enhance community resources. The member will put together a community assessment (or assessments), including comprehensive information gathering, analysis, and documentation to understand community needs and concerns. The member will focus on at least two Los Angeles area communities where LINC is “going deep” through multiple affordable housing projects and community development work.

The member will be responsible for conducting research, working with neighborhood partners, engaging community members, and analyzing neighborhood feedback related to affordable housing and community development activities. They will work closely with LINC staff both in the Long Beach office and conduct meetings in the designated communities as needed. The member will spend approximately 20% of work time coordinating assessment with community/partner organizations, 20% acting as point of contact for stakeholders, 40% researching community history/assets/issues/barriers/resources/goals, and 20% writing/documenting the assessment work. This work will help LINC address community concerns, determine needed services, select property amenities, and develop solid relationships with businesses and community organizations that will serve the affordable housing development/residents in the long term.

AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final performance appraisal.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day to day service at LINC Housing and serve a minimum of 40 hours per week, or other scheduling arrangement that allows the member to complete their required hours. Normal office hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm with 30 minutes for lunch per day. There will be opportunities to serve Fridays, evenings, and weekends through additional remote assignments, work in community outreach, and special events.

Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:

•   Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
•   Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
•   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. LISC and LINC Housing 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)
•   Possess vehicle and appropriate auto insurance coverage and a valid California’s Driver’s license
•   Bilingual in Spanish (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 unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired 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 as well as serve the full term of the 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 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 $5,815 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. 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:
Candidates should apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to: jobs@linchousing.org. Questions about the position can be directed to Stacey Slevcove at sslevcove@linchousing.org.

 
  AmeriCorps Member - Community Assessment Associate Posting

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