HFH of Collier County - VISTA - Family Services Development


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Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


11145 Tamiami Trl ENaples, FL 34113


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

HFH of Collier County

Family Services Development

HFH of Collier County is seeking a Family Services Development VISTA who will develop, document and implement a plan for partner family recruitment, tracking, scheduling and support in order to increase the overall partner family experience for participants. This VISTA member will be responsible for the creation, implementation, documentation and sustainability of an expanded array of products (regular homeownership products, expansion of Neighborhood Revitalization 'NR' products such as A Brush With Kindness 'ABWK', weatherization, critical home repair, etc.), and therefore, will be an integral part to the growth and viability of the affiliate moving forward. Additionally, this member will research best practices and collaborate with staff and the Family Services Committee to lay the foundations for consolidating the housing program applications and family selection process into a single streamlined process that accepts applications more frequently-while also ensuring that partner families are set up for success and are given adequate support while completing their requirements. This member will create and implement this process, as well as gain the community support necessary to launch successful projects. Lastly, this member will be responsible for setting up the system by which success is measured by gathering data about the community prior to expanded implementation and create a tracking system for impact moving forward.

Member Activities Include:

  1. Develop a partner family recruitment plan, including targeting local faith organizations, employers, school groups, civic groups and other community organizations. Create a partner family recruitment community directory. Inform plan with partner family recruitment, orientation, and educational resources available from HFHI, other affiliates, etc.
  2. Develop a system - such as an online database -- to track partner family housing applications and status, sweat equity hours and scheduling.
  3. Develop a partner family education plan and curriculum to include items such as finances, home repair, review of legal documents homeowner will sign at closing (ex. mortgage), etc.
  4. Develop semi-annual newsletter for Habitat homeowners; create template for ongoing use by affiliate.
  5. Develop materials to recruit new Family Services Committee members, including a volunteer job description.
  6. Distribute and collect Success Measures surveys. This may be done in one of several different ways, from mailings, to personal interviews, from phone surveys to general meetings. The goal as a team is an estimated 300 Habitat Homes and 200 non-habitat homes.
  7. Interview recommended families to develop leadership group and encourage participation by completing questionnaire. All in the hopes to strengthen the bond between HFH and the community.
  8. Interviewing stakeholders in their involvement in the effort of revitalizing Naples Manor and their views on Habitat’s impact in the neighborhood. These observations will be evaluated to measure our progress for the near future.
  9. Research and develop an updated list of affordable Homeowner contractors as a guide for homeowners to utilize when their home is in need of repair.

Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position:

  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements. (No serious driving convictions)
  • 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
  • Public speaking experience
  • Fluency in a second language (Spanish, French, or Creole) would be essential
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Strong research skills through use of the internet
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • Project management and marketing experience
  • Analytical Skills

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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