Economic Opportunity Coordinator VISTA

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ORGANIZATION: HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES INC

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Job Title: HANDS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COORDINATOR VISTA 2022-23

AmeriCorps VISTA - full time; one year position

Advance Economic Justice Imbedded in a Resilient NJ City - Live your Values - Change Lives

Empower people to generate economic prosperity that benefits ALL residents and entrepreneurs (NYC metro)

DESCRIPTION

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 36-year-old community development nonprofit recognized as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in and near Orange, NJ to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income-constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent cities.

We actualize our vision by building safe and affordable housing and commercial space and bolster economic development activities with innovative community empowerment initiatives that inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a JUST and BEAUTIFUL CITY.

To achieve our vision in this time, HANDS recognizes that we must take on a key driver behind the interconnected impediments to revitalization: the huge and growing disparity in income and wealth between residents of cities like Orange and residents of more affluent places. We are linking our longstanding commitment to addressing the lack of decent affordable housing with new efforts on the economic development front to build personal, family and neighborhood income and prosperity in the neighborhoods we serve. The task before us is to empower business owners, homeowners and all residents to take control of their financial future. In the past year, we piloted programs to aid small businesses with training and capital, assist homeowners to maintain and enhance their largest asset, and help individuals and families to increase their capability to manage their finances and accumulate savings. This year, we will evaluate, adjust and grow these programs. Our VISTA will join a community, impact the trajectory of lives and enhance our capacity to execute well-designed initiatives.

DUTIES

Our VISTA will change futures and boost capacity by coordinating programs to (1) arm small businesses owners with tools and mentors to grow profitability; (2) provide homeowners with small rehab grants to raise their homes’ livability & value, (3) provide learning and referrals to improve residents’ financial management habits/savings and (4) research creation of a special improvement district & improving profitability for small construction contractors. The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Create and manage communications materials, surveys and data for participants to assess needs and program effectiveness
  • Work with small businesses to coordinate program delivery with provider and gather/analyze data
  • Work with homeowner grantees to monitor progress
  • Curate workshops and service referrals for residents facing financial challenges
  • Use creative and critical thinking, a sense of humor and teamwork to get the job done

Conversational Spanish desired - - Car helpful; not required

Work setting: currently hybrid remote/in-person & subject to change

1 Shift

  • 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    FULL TIME VISTA SERVICE POSITION FOR ONE YEAR starting August 29, 2022
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES INC

Location:

15 SOUTH ESSEX AVE, REAR, ORANGE, NJ 07050, US

Mission Statement

HANDS' mission is to keep the neighborhoods of Orange and East Orange places where people can and do choose to raise their family and run their business. We amplify neighborhood voices and implement the ideas that elevate the quality of community life. HANDS invests expertise and funds in places where the private sector sees insufficient return and in projects that the public sector has not yet prioritized.

Description

Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS) is a 35-year-old nonprofit recognized as an innovator in resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. We work in Orange, NJ and nearby to amplify the underappreciated strengths of income-constrained residents and organizations. Our goal is to help them build up and sustain healthy neighborhoods that provide economic, educational and cultural opportunities and outcomes rivaling those found in more affluent towns and cities.

We work toward our vision by building safe and healthy affordable housing for residents and affordable commercial space for entrepreneurs and small businesses. We bolster our economic development activity with innovative community empowerment initiatives that seek to inspire neighbors to cultivate their inherent assets to help build a JUST and BEAUTIFUL CITY.

To achieve that vision in these times, HANDS recognizes that we must take on a driving force behind an array of interconnected impediments to revitalization: the huge and growing disparity in wealth and income between residents of cities like Orange and residents of more affluent towns. We are linking our longstanding commitment to addressing the lack of decent affordable housing with new efforts on the economic development front to build personal, family and neighborhood income and wealth in the neighborhoods we serve.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 1 shift

WHERE

15 S. Essex AvenueOrange, NJ 07050

(40.77229,-74.23162)
 

SKILLS

  • Financial Literacy
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Business Development
  • Home Repair
  • Project Management

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • This is a full time VISTA service position for one year starting on August 29, 2022
  • The AmeriCorps VISTA member receives a stipend of approx. $ 18,127 (annual) and benefits. See full description at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=104888 Applicants MUST apply through the AmeriCorps website.

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