Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., Jacksonville Regional Office and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are seeking a part-time AmeriCorps member to serve in the Workforce Development Program. This is a 10 month part-time position working approximately 23 hours per week in downtown Jacksonville, a maximum of 900 hours. The ideal candidate is interested in providing service to the local Jacksonville community and has a passion for helping people become self-sufficient. A stipend is provided to the member (see program benefits).
Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. has served the Jacksonville community for 70 years. The Agency grew from service provided through St. Mary’s Home, founded in 1886, which was a critical operation in the State’s child welfare program. The Jacksonville office is one of four regional offices under the direction of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. The Workforce Development Program assists underemployed and unemployed individuals become self-sufficient by providing job seekers with training, job referrals and support for up to 4 months.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help community-based organizations revitalize underserved neighborhoods. This strategy extends to the LISC AmeriCorps program where we support placing AmeriCorps Members with local non-profit partners. Members assist in efforts to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across America and create vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.
AMERICORPS MEMBER ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct telephone pre-screenings of clients interested in the Workforce Development Program
- Schedule clients for assessments
- Contact referrals and client follow-up in a timely manner
- Assist with job searches
- Refer clients to supportive services, including financial assistance
- Manage the Workforce Development Clothing Closet, "The CC Boutique"
- Encourage clients to fully participate in the Workforce Development Program
- Conduct client assessments, as needed
- Maintain confidentiality of client information and apply discretion and appropriate security measures in handling confidential information
- Assist during the job readiness class, as needed
- Exhibit sensitivity to the service population’s cultural, social, and socio-economic characteristics
- Perform duties and responsibilities in a manner which reflects the philosophy of the Catholic Charities Mission Statement
AMERICORPS MEMBER PERFORMANCE
Members will be provided with goal(s) at the onset of the service assignment based on the activities and responsibilities noted above. Members will track goal attainment monthly through an on-line system (training provided). Members will also discuss professional performance in the form of a mid-term and final appraisal.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
Members will perform day to day service at Catholic Charities and serve a minimum of 23 hours per week. Normal service hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with 1 hour for lunch per day. There will be few opportunities to serve evenings and weekends. Members are required to track time and submit on-line (training provided) timesheets twice per month.
Members are expected to attend and participate in all LISC AmeriCorps sponsored activities including but not limited to:
- Attending a local onboarding session coordinated by LISC and an onsite orientation to our organization;
- Attending a national leadership conference tentatively scheduled for March 2018;
- Attending all locally sponsored monthly meetings;
- Participating in nationally sponsored webinars;
- Actively participating in at least two locally identified and team coordinated service projects (one for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and one for National AmeriCorps Week); and,
- Engaging in any other LISC events as determined by the local LISC office.
This is an AmeriCorps position. LISC and Catholic Charities Jacksonville will not allow the member to engage in activities that are considered prohibited under the terms of the grant while serving as a LISC AmeriCorps member.
- Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be required)
- Enjoys telephone work
- Organizational skills
- Customer service skills
- Has reliable transportation
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible to participate as a LISC AmeriCorps member the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements to serve as a National Service participant including but not limited to:
- Be eligible to earn 100% of a part-time education award
- Be eligible to perform a term of national service
- Possess a high school degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED during the term of service
- Be at least 17 years of age (note there is no upper age limit)
- Have unexpired proof of status as a US citizen or possess unexpired permanent resident status and be able to provide documentation as determined by CNCS
- Be available to serve for a full 10 month period of time
- Be able to complete at least 900 hours of service within the 10 months of service as well as serve the full term of the service
NATIONAL SERVICE CRIMINAL HISTORY SEARCH REQUIREMENT
If a candidate has a criminal record, it does not necessarily make a candidate ineligible for service. Only candidates who are subject to registry on the National Sex Offender Public Website or have been convicted of murder may not participate as an AmeriCorps member. Only candidates being offered and then accepting the position must consent to a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a State Level Criminal History Search and an FBI search. Consent is provided via the LISC AmeriCorps application.
Upon successful completion of the term of service, the member will be eligible for a $2,907.50 education award to pay off existing, eligible student loans or return to school. Members are eligible to place existing student loans (loans must qualify and not in a state of default) into AmeriCorps forbearance. The position pays a total stipend of $8,000. The stipend is taxable and paid in 20 equal checks twice a month from LISC. Direct deposit is highly encouraged.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to email@example.com This position closes October 20, 2017
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.
This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic
- Basic Computer Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 23 hours per week
- Compassion for others; attention to detail; good telephone skills; interested Workforce Development