HFH Chicago - VISTA - Project Development


Cause Areas


Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


2201 South Halsted St Ste 1251Chicago, IL 60608


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

HFH Chicago

Project Development

HFH Chicago is seeking a Project Development VISTA who will build and lead sustainable, long-term, scalable home repair and weatherization programs and advance the affiliate's coalition building efforts in its target neighborhoods. This VISTA member will advance the affiliate’s coalition building and quality of life planning in West Pullman and perform critical research into needs and feasibility of programming in the next Chicago neighborhood on which the affiliate will focus. That research will lead to the development of programs customized for partner families in the affiliate's new target neighborhood, which will allow the affiliate to serve more families and provide the affiliate with knowledge and skills to serve those families in a more effective way.

Member Activities Include:

  1. Develop program criteria and timeline.
  2. Determine resources needed to execute programs.
  3. Document all processes, materials, and procedures for home repair and weatherization program.
  4. In collaboration with development department, research and secure funding to expand housing products.
  5. Collaborate with key stakeholders identified during Exploration Stage.
  6. Convene meetings with West Pullman coalition members to discuss quality of life plan, report on its status, and document action items.
  7. Participate in neighborhood engagement committee meetings as an affiliate liaison; identify committee needs and support committees’ development
  8. Develop communication protocol to support the coalition’s efforts.
  9. Develop systems to accurately track and record project related data, focused on ensuring sustainability. Develop evaluation tools that will assist in projecting and assessing project impact.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position

  • Belief in the Habitat mission; desire to bring people closer to it
  • BA/BS required
  • Strong interest in developing sustainable programs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail a must
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of service. No serious driving related convictions/at fault accidents in past 3 year
  • Experience in research a plus, particularly for grant funding
  • Knowledge of asset-based community development and the Chicago community preferred

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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