SW Washington Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


position summary:

We are looking for an energetic and persistent individual, committed to growing awareness of the 2-1-1 service in Southwest Washington. Promote 2-1-1 to a wide-variety of audiences through presentations, collateral material, website updates and e-communications. Use your community and relationship-building skills to create a network of partners to support the growth of this valuable service. Collect and update information about local resources. Work with dynamic organizations that are committed to breaking down barriers for folks trying to access social services. As a spokesperson you will meet a wide-variety of staff in the social service field, participate in community events and meetings. Candidates must be self-motivated, organized and detail-oriented.

This is a 900 hour project to be completed over 9 months, approximately 20-25 hours/week, schedule is flexible.

Member will be located at our partner agency: Council for the Homeless, Vancouver, Washington.

Salary / Pay Rate:Benefits include: * Stipend of $6,000/term of service, paid on bi-monthly schedule. (approximately $667/mo) * Upon successful completion of a term of service, eligible members receive an education award of $2,362. The education award can be used to repay qualified student loans, for further education in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational or for 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 a portion of the accrued interest on qualified loans, which is taxable).
Required Skills and Abilities:1. This position will require significant travel across the four-county service area, although members are not required to have their own vehicle, they must have a driver’s license and access to a vehicle when it is necessary to travel to areas without public transportation. Other staff members have used Zipcar or rental cars when it is necessary. 2. Willingness to work with diverse community members. 3. LINKS members must be at least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment in the program. 4. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. 5. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award. 6. Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying. 7. Submit to a criminal history background check and National Sex Offender Registry search. 8. Regular and reliable attendance that might include some weekend and evening community meetings and events. 9. Physical Requirements: Frequent physical activities are standing, walking, talking, sitting, and hearing/listening. Occasional physical activities are grasping, repetitive motions of hands/wrists and handling. Stooping, bending, and lifting may be required during outreach activities. 10. Able to interact with stakeholders to strengthen relationships and to advocate for Council for the Homeless and the population they serve. 11. Consistently comply with position and department safety and attendance standards. 12. Establish and maintain positive, productive relationships with Council for the Homeless employees, clients, and vendors. 13. Those applying for this position may not have resided in a Clark County shelter or participated in a Clark County Housing Program in the past year or have any felony convictions.
Qualifications:Preferred Qualifications: 1. An independent, self-motivated, creative and resourceful individual who is sincerely interested in achieving the project goals. 2. Ability to communicate with a wide-variety of people; low-income consumers, business groups, social service providers, community groups, etc. 3. Knowledge of social services systems, governmental bodies and geography of Southwest Washington. 4. Ability to create and implement a work plan, tracking and communicating progress to supervisor. 5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience writing news articles, press releases a plus. 6. Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook. 7. Interest/Ability in creating website updates, electronic newsletters, and printed collateral materials. 8. Ability to speak and write Spanish and/or Russian a plus. 9. Valid driver’s license and vehicle for on-the-job use. For more information about the position and the application process, visit the LINKS AmeriCorps website: http://www.esd112.org/links/openpositions.cfm Accepting applications until filled, however applications received by February 9th, 5pm will receive priority.
Education Required:High School or equiv.
website link:http://www.211info.org/