HFH of Sonoma County - VISTA - Family Services Development


Cause Areas


Thu Sep 01, 2016 - Thu Jun 15, 2017


3273 Airway Dr Ste ESanta Rosa, CA 95403


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

HFH of Sonoma County

Come join us in Sonoma County! We are a small but rapidly growing Habitat affiliate in one of the most beautiful areas of California. With hundreds of wineries, a vibrant farm to table culture, a multitude of outdoor adventures, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and our close proximity to San Francisco, Sonoma County is a wonderful place to live and work. We look forward to serving with you!

Family Services Development

HFH of Sonoma County is seeking a Family Services Development VISTA who will research best practices and collaborate with staff and the Homeowner Selection Committee and Faith and Homeowner Support Committee to lay the foundations for streamlining the Family Services Program process while also ensuring that partner families are set up for success and are given adequate support while completing their requirements. This VISTA member will create and implement the process, as well as gain the community support necessary to launch successful projects. In addition to launching the framework of the Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) intake model, this member will also be responsible for setting up the system by which success is measured; this will be done by the member gathering data about the community prior to expanded implementation and creating 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. Improve upon the current 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 monthly newsletter for Habitat homeowners; create template for ongoing use by affiliate.
  5. Improve upon the current recruitment materials to for new Homeowner Selection and Faith and Homeowner Support Committee members.

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
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Strong research skills
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working as a member of a team
  • A second language is highly desirable, with preferred languages being Spanish.
  • Marketing experience is helpful
  • Project management experience helpful
  • Real Estate, title or mortgage lending experience helpful

We look for members who:
Possess a sincere desire to serve others and are dedicated to Habitat’s mission
Enjoy people and have a passion for volunteerism and teaching/group facilitation
Have strong team building skills and are comfortable leading and/or being part of a team
May have prior experience with power tools

Benefits of Service:
Skills for the future
The AmeriCorps National direct living allowance up to $12,530 paid over the full 46.5 weeks of service
Education award - $5,775 upon successful completion of service
Personal and sick leave
Health care plan
Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible - Go to AmeriCorps.gov website to see if your loan would qualify)
Child care assistance (if eligible)

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
Driver's license required
Personal vehicle required

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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