Dallas Area HFH - VISTA - Project Development


Cause Areas


Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


2800 N Hampton RdDallas, TX 75212


To express interest in this opportunity, please visit http://www.habitat.org/job/dallas-area-hfh-vista-project-development. Deadline to submit an application for this opportunity is August 12, 2016.

Dallas Area HFH

In an effort to Build a Better Dallas, we are committed to better understanding how we can break the cycle of poverty, transform our neighborhoods, bring back our middle class, and help create safer, stronger communities. Since 1986, Dallas Habitat has invested over $150 million across 25 communities in Dallas County, while Dallas Habitat homeowners pay about $2 million in property taxes in Dallas County each year. Dallas Habitat homes are built to LEED standards; an EPA study found that Habitat homes save approximately 1 ton of CO2 air pollution per year, per home. Dallas Habitat also engages community members -- volunteers contribute over 90,000 volunteer hours annually. In Dallas Habitat communities, crime drops an average of 39% and children of homeowners are 20% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college. We hope YOU will join us in our efforts to continue to build a better Dallas!

Project Development

Dallas Area HFH is seeking a Project Development VISTA who will work with host site staff and volunteers to develop and implement a new Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) program to increase the number of families served through the Habitat mission. To accomplish this, the VISTA member will need to research and develop strategies to build leadership, leverage resources, and develop policies and procedures. This member will also help the affiliate build and maintain productive relationships with community partners, volunteers, neighborhood leaders and residents, and partner families.

Member Activities Include:

  1. Identify which resource opportunities are viable and will yield maximum benefit for the residents of the neighborhoods and develop a protocol for establishing a relationship with said resources.
  2. Identify the most effective methods to increase participation of non-Habitat neighborhood families and work to develop best practices for the execution of decided methods - cross departmentally if help from a related department is required (i.e. cooperation from construction, as they are the most visible to the neighborhoods).

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position

  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
  • Personal vehicle required
  • Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word/Excel)
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
  • Strong research skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of community development practices preferred
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Knowledge of data entry best practices
  • Marketing experience is highly desirable
  • Associate’s degree

We look for members who:
Possess a sincere desire to serve others and are dedicated to Habitat’s mission
Have strong written and verbal communication skills
Have excellent attention to detail skills
Are able to work with a diverse group of people

Benefits of Service:
Skills for the future
Minimal living allowance (living allowance determined by county position is based in)
An education award of $5,775 or a cash stipend of $1,500 upon successful completion of service
Personal and sick leave
Health care benefit
Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible - Go to AmeriCorps.gov website to see if your loan would qualify)
Child care assistance (if eligible)
Non-competitive Hiring Status - When you satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member's service

What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will have gained new skills and expertise, developed new relationships, and maybe even become a member of a new community.

What’s needed to apply?
Resume (tell us about your experience)
Motivation Statement (this essay gives you the opportunity to express why you want to serve)

Requirements to serve at this site:
18 years of age or older
U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
Confirm understanding that this is a full-time volunteer opportunity and that AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance

About Habitat:

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

Habitat for Humanity engages people of all ages and backgrounds in addressing community needs.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
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