AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Equal Justice Works

1730 M. St. NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 Full-time

ABOUT EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS:

The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Equal Justice Works is a recognized leader in the public interest law movement. Please go to www.equaljusticeworks.org to learn more about Equal Justice Works.


GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION:

Equal Justice Works seeks a motivated AmeriCorps VISTA Leader to support the work of the AmeriCorps VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) and Tenant Engagement and Development (TECDev) project. The projects work to develop over 50 VISTA member positions across the country, including lawyers and community organizers, focused on affordable housing preservation, tenant engagement and community economic development. Leaders are former AmeriCorps VISTA Members who have completed at least one term of full time service and have displayed exceptional leadership and passion for community service.

In this full-time national service position, the VISTA Leader will assist VAHPP and TECDev in achieving program goals through expanding and building the capacity of individual VISTA members and service sites. The capacity building, knowledge and skills training for project partners and VISTA members, partnership and resource development, and project evaluation.

Reporting to the Public Programs Unit Assistant Director, the VISTA Leader will work closely with the VISTA Program Specialist and VISTA Program Coordinator as well as VISTA program partners.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Build the capacity of VAHPP and TECDev projects by developing and deepening relationships with stakeholders, trainers, and VISTA program partners.
• Assist in increasing the knowledge and skills of AmeriCorps VISTA program partners and VISTA members around poverty alleviation, housing issues, economic opportunities, and community development.
• Support program outreach and support activities to VISTA members including mentoring, conference calls, webinars and other trainings. 
• Assist in processing and maintaining up to date project information in Equal Justice Works information systems and databases.
• Assist with the recruitment, mentoring and coordination of AmeriCorps VISTA members and service sites. 
• Develop resources for VISTA member alums.
• Attend a Leaders Training hosted by VISTA.


QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Available to begin by July 2017.
• Must have successfully completed one term as an AmeriCorps member prior to starting the position.
• Attention to detail and problem solving skills.
• Experience working with large amounts of information.
• Knowledge of one or more project-relevant areas such as housing issues, economic opportunities, and       community development preferred.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, professional maturity and excellent customer service.
• Strong oral, written and organizational skills.
• Comfortable with public speaking, experience facilitating workshops and/or webinars preferred.
• An upbeat positive attitude and willingness to be flexible.
• Self-starter and team player.
• Interest in the intersection between public interest law and national service.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:

This national service position is provided a modest living allowance of approximately $22,975.68 plus health insurance, childcare, transportation and emergency costs, and additional support for housing and transportation. The position is eligible to receive either a $5,815 education award or a $3,000 cash stipend at the end of one year of service.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, the position is accountable to the AmeriCorps VISTA program and not deemed an employee of Equal Justice Works, the sponsoring organization.

TO APPLY:

Applicants should submit an application through the MyAmeriCorps portal.  Application deadline is July 1, 2017.   Please do not submit applications to Equal Justice Works.  

 

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.