AmeriCorps Vista Program

We're looking for a new Community Engagement Coordinator through the AmericaCorps VISTA program to start on March 16, 2020. More information is below, and a full description of the role can be found here.

 

Job Brief

The Community Engagement Coordinator will enhance and implement a program of volunteer recruitment, engagement, and coordination to address the critical needs of families who are facing homelessness. This term serves families from Everett to Tacoma for 1 year starting March 16, 2020.

 

Program & Impact

Wellspring Family Services is seeking a creative problem-solver who is organized, detail-oriented, and a stellar relationship manager comfortable working with diverse populations.

As part of this team, you will recruit and engage volunteers who will greatly impact families who are (1) at risk of becoming homeless, (2) currently homeless, and/or (3) were recently homeless and in need of stabilization support. Your impact will help end the cycle of family-homelessness for specific families.

Wellspring Family Services focuses on the largest, yet least visible, homeless population in our region: families. Families remain hidden for a variety of reasons including the fear of being separated. 20,000 children in King County experienced homelessness this past year and that number is growing. You can help make a difference for some of these children.

Each family experiences crises. Many families have a “safety net” to help them out when they are in trouble. Those who do not are at a higher risk of homelessness. For those families, Wellspring aims to serve in the role of being a safety net and you can help with this.

Family homelessness is often a cycle. A child who experiences homelessness is 15 times more likely than other children to experience it again when they have children of their own. Most family homelessness is preventable by providing families in need with a safety net and addressing the causes and impacts of child and adult trauma.

 

Role & What the Candidate Will Learn:

You will receive extensive training and will have the opportunity to learn about the context of homelessness for children, youth, and families – as well as the unique ways volunteers could be utilized to help – through onboarding meetings with project leaders and managers.

  • Improve and implement a system for recruiting volunteers who will help with operations and logistics for Wellpring’s free family store.
  • Build a recruitment strategy that specifically targets new volunteers, with an intention to engage people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Network with companies and nonprofits that encourage volunteerism in order to bring visibility to meaningful, effective opportunities through Wellspring Family Services.
  • Increase promotion and participation in volunteer opportunities.
  • Improve and implement a system for recruiting volunteers who will help with translation of documents and materials for parents who do not speak English, or for whom English is a second language.
    • Build a recruitment strategy that specifically targets new volunteers, with an intention to engage people from diverse backgrounds. Specific needs to be filled include volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, Amharic or Tigrinya.
    • Identify critical documents and resources needing translation, then work with program leads to coordinate translation and redesign of such materials.
  • Improve and implement a system for recruiting volunteers who will help with coordination of activities supporting housing-navigation.
    • Build a recruitment strategy that specifically targets new volunteers, with an intention to engage people from diverse backgrounds.
    • Implement recruitment, collaborating with other staff and volunteers, as defined by the plan developed.
  • Improve and implement a system and practices for engaging, stewarding, thanking, and retaining volunteers who help families who are facing homelessness.
    • Build an engagement and retention strategy and plan for volunteers, with an intention to be culturally competent and inclusive, in so doing, relative to honoring volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and contexts.
    • Coordinate with Director of Evaluation to establish and track metrics to assess volunteer satisfaction and continuous improvement.
  • Creation of Volunteer Handbook
    • Research and create a handbook for volunteers that will help inform and engage volunteers who help families who are facing homelessness.
  • Connect students who are facing homelessness to resources available from Wellspring
    • Outreach to schools (preschool to high school) from Everett to Tacoma making connections and sharing information about resources that are available for families who are facing homelessness.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Passionate social justice advocate driven to end poverty in our region
  • Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations
  • Flexibility! Ability to manage multiple tasks of competing priorities, doing what it takes to get things done in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker ready to contribute to systems change in supporting low-income students
  • Eager to take initiative and step into a leadership role
  • Second language skill is highly desirable
  • Experience in a community college setting a plus
  • Passionate social justice advocate driven to end poverty in our region
  • Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations
  • Flexibility! Ability to manage multiple tasks of competing priorities, doing what it takes to
  • get things done in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker ready to contribute to systems change in
  • supporting low-income students
  • Eager to take initiative and step into a leadership role
  • Second language skill is highly desirable

 

Required Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the US; For this federally-stipend program, F1 Visas are not sufficient
  • Must be available and on-site 40 hours a week Monday - Friday from March 16, 2020, through March 15, 2021
  • Must already live (or be willing to move) within a 15-minute drive or 60-minute public transit commute from your service location.

 

Benefits of joining the team:

  • Living allowance of $1,583.00 (pretax)
  • Loan deferment and payment of interest accrued during service year on qualified student loans (loans must be federally-backed; personal/private loans not eligible)
  • Health benefits that meet the minimum standards of ACA compliance
  • ORCA LIFT card
  • $5,815 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion
  • Childcare assistance
  • 10 days sick leave, 10 days personal leave, 9 federal holidays
  • Enrollment in an assistance program with 24-hour access to phone counseling
  • Noncompetitive eligibility for federal jobs for up to one year after completing service
  • Professional work experience
  • In-service training, skill-building and professional development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training
  • Trauma-Informed training

 

To apply:

No resume or cover letter is necessary when you apply directly to the My AmeriCorps portal.

  1. Apply directly to our position here
  2. For technical assistance or additional information, contact United Way’s AmeriCorps leader at unitedwayamericorps@uwkc.org

​Rolling interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. First generation students and people of color are encouraged to apply.