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AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator position for Our United Villages & The ReBuilding Center RE-OPENED

Northwest Service Academy AmeriCorps


Portland-Vancouver Individual Placement


Volunteer Coordinator Position Available


Term of Service: September 20, 2010 - August 12, 2011


Are you interested in:


* Helping build healthy and successful communities?


* Developing your leadership skills and capacity?


* Preserving the environment/


* Working with people from diverse backgrounds?


* Serving locally?


* Getting things done?


This opportunity might be for you!


Our United Villages is a locally-based, private, non-profit community enhancement organization. The ReBuilding Center, a project of Our United Villages, accepts and carries the region's largest volume of used building and remodeling materials. It provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of inspiring reuse.


Our Volunteer Coordinator position is in partnership with the Northwest Service Academy (NWSA), an AmeriCorps program of ESD112. NWSA's mission is: To preserve and restore the natural environment, and to develop community leaders through service and community partnerships. For more info: www.northwestserviceacademy.org .


Position Summary:


The Volunteer Coordinator will maintain, enhance and further develop Our United Village's (OUV) volunteer program. S/he will research and implement a variety of volunteer recruitment strategies (10%); work with OUV staff to identify volunteer tasks and projects (5%); provide volunteers with orientation, tours, and safety training and assign to tasks (35%); work side-by-side with volunteers (10); develop and implement recognition strategies (5%); maintain volunteer paperwork and tracking mechanisms (5%). S/he will also contribute to the overall mission of Our United Villages by coordinating participation in trade shows (Home & Garden, Home Improvement & Remodeling, Fix-It Fairs, Earth Day events, etc.) including training, scheduling and maintaining relationships with trade show volunteers (30%).


Most volunteers work in the warehouse of The ReBuilding Center. Other volunteers assist The ReBuilding Center's services, ReFind Furniture and DeConstruction Services. Volunteers also support Our United Village's administrative staff. They work in a variety of capacities, from pulling nails to sorting doorknobs to office projects. The work of the Volunteer Coordinator will serve the overall goal of increasing OUV's organizational capacity to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to local communities.


Qualities of successful candidates:


* Ability to work in a diverse environment and conditions. * Flexible schedule; ability to work evenings and weekends. * Enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. * Organization skills and ability to take initiative. * Ease and confidence in public speaking. * Demonstrate grace and humor under pressure. * Minimum one year experience with computer and office equipment.


NWSA Member benefits include:


* A taxable, monthly living allowance (before taxes, approximately $1,072). * Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members/leaders receive an education award of $5,350. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans or for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or trade schools. The education award is taxed in the year that it is used. * Loan forbearance (after successful completion of a term of service, AmeriCorps will pay the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable). * Basic medical insurance (covers members only, not dependents; vision and dental not included). * Child care allowance for those who qualify. * Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities. * 10% off ReFind Furniture inventory and 20% off all other ReBuilding Center inventory.


For more information including detailed responsibilities, position requirements and how to apply:


Please see www.northwestserviceacademy.org or www.AmeriCorps.org .


For more information about Our United Villages and The ReBuilding Center, please see: www.rebuildingcenter.org and www.ourunitedvillages.org .


Our United Villages is committed to workforce diversity.


Chris Bekemeier Assistant Director Our United Villages & The ReBuilding Center 3625 N. Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR 97227 503-517-0953 www.rebuildingcenter.org