HFH Newark - VISTA - ReStore Development


Cause Areas


Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


PO Box 32189Newark, NJ 07102


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

HFH Newark

ReStore Development

HFH Newark is seeking a ReStore Development VISTA who will help to develop the logistics of the Virtual Restore. Additionally, this VISTA member will work with staff to create a comprehensive plan to open a physical Restore, which will consist of: projecting the budget needed to open the ReStore, locating potential spaces to house the ReStore, assisting with the creation of a volunteer recruitment plan for the ReStore, and the creation of a ReStore operations manual. It is necessary that this member be capable of building and maintaining positive relationships and partnerships with community members, vendors, potential volunteers, and other relevant organizations/entities as these relationships will enhance the likelihood of the ReStore's success. Due to the work and time involved in opening a physical ReStore, this will be the Year 1 of the multi-year project.

Desired outcomes of this member's project include:

  • Creation of an outreach plan for the Essex and Union County GSAs,
  • Recruitment of volunteers who can assist with the implementation of the project plan developed by the VISTA member, including things like the pick-up of furniture, assisting to find donated storage facilities to store the merchandise, listing current inventory on Ebay, and facilitating buyer pickups from the storage facility
  • Creation of a marketing plan to advertise the ReStore and its connection to Habitat/serving families and communities as well as items in stock and/or items anticipated in stock soon.

Member Activities Include:

  1. Develop a ReStore-specific volunteer recruitment, orientation, training and recognition plan that increases the amount of repeat volunteers serving with the virtual ReStore. Create a ReStore volunteer directory database to capture volunteer data.
  2. Develop marketing and outreach strategies/materials designed to increase visibility of the Virtual ReStore in the community and increase unrestricted revenue as a result of increased purchases and donations. Develop a media directory database. Develop materials which are relevant to the various media outlets sourced in the media directory database. As the plans for the physical ReStore evolve, adapt outreach strategies to create visibility of the impending opening of the new store.
  3. Develop ReStore donor outreach plan to increase recurring donations. Create a ReStore donor directory database of local businesses and community partners that would be ideal donors.
  4. Where possible, craft new or updated ReStore procedures and policies for our Virtual ReStore to be in line with standard ReStore operating procedures that have been identified as best practices. Further, begin crafting procedures and policies that can be enhanced in the future for our physical ReStore.
  5. Develop all processes, materials, and procedures for project.
  6. Help in liquidating all current inventories sitting in storage.
  7. Continue with researching space for ReStore.

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)
  • Knowledgeable about the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Retail experience preferred
  • A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish.
  • Project management experience helpful
  • eBay/Amazon and other online marketing experience is highly desirable

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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